The Murphy is a vintage banquet hall wedding venue situated in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1926 to serve as an everlasting tribute to Dr. John B. Murphy, this impressive auditorium features French Renaissance-style architecture and a breathtaking dome ceiling. Having hosted hundreds of fashion shows, galas, and other celebratory events, this spectacular building is eager to provide the setting for more unforgettable festivities. For those seeking a one-of-a-kind environment that oozes sophistication in the heart of The Prairie State, The Murphy is sure to deliver.
Facilities and Capacity
As guests arrive at this venue, they are immediately greeted by large green doors and stone pillars either side that is reminiscent of ancient Rome itself. The main auditorium is a grand event space that boasts two floors of chic decor, wooden floors, and a truly marvelous dome ceiling. For intimate ceremonies, the area includes a stunning stage where couples can exchange vows as guests on both floors watch on in pure joy. The stage is overlooked by the property’s undeniable masterpiece, a larger than life stained-glass window which is accompanied by an arched ceiling and further pillars. For receptions, this ample space can accommodate up to 300 guests and include tables, a dance floor, and live entertainment upon the stage. Receptions can be arranged in several ways to make use of both floors in the auditorium. Additionally, there is a luxurious side lobby adjacent to the auditorium that makes for ideal cocktail hours before the reception gets underway. Here, guests can converse, congratulate the happy newlyweds, and look forward to a night of dancing and celebration.
Upon booking The Murphy for your wedding, you will receive full access to the building and its range of event services and items. This includes the help of an experienced on-site event coordinator who can help create the wedding you’ve always envisioned. From the stylish decor to ensuring that every inch of space is optimized, this coordinator makes sure that no small details are overlooked. The help staff at this site will also help in the setup and breakdown of the event. This allows you to focus on more pressing matters as you get ready to walk down the aisle. A relaxing suite is also provided on the fifth floor for you and your wedding entourage to prepare yourselves for the grand day ahead.
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10 Reviews for The Murphy
Recommended by 96% of couples
Melanie · Married on 08/22/2015
This was the best venue ever! It was incredibly unique and the layout is amazing for a wedding around 160 people with a large dance floor area! Our guests were mesmerized by how gorgeous and spacious it was inside and had a blast dancing on the stage, sitting in the wooden thrones, going up to the second level (with auditorium seats). We also had a private suite on the 5th floor which was perfect for us to have a quiet moment together and our wedding party to store their stuff! Would 100% recommend having your wedding at The Murphy.Sent on 09/30/2015
User4116321 · 2+ years ago
We had a fairytale wedding! The Murphy is an absolutely stunning venue that will leave all of your guests talking. We couldn't have asked for a better contact (Cathy)...she made everything so easy and was always available if we had any questions. if you are looking for a gorgeous and classic Chicago wedding, this is the space you have been dreaming of!Sent on 06/18/2015
Courtney · event on: 04/25/2015
This was a spectacular place for our reception. There was ample space for dancing, Our 12 piece band, and 170 guests! This historic building was a huge hit for the out of towners and Chicago locals alike. We recommend this venue highly.Sent on 05/26/2015
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