Winter venues provide couples with a cozy (and hopefully warm!) setting to celebrate their special day. While people usually opt to wed in warmer seasons, Chicago winter wedding venues also host a vast amount of weddings each year. The city is filled with indoor event spaces that provide a unique and photo-worthy setting to say “I do.” Chicago winter wedding venues allow couples to plan a wedding that feels dreamy and romantic. Thinking about having a winter wedding in the heart of Chicago? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Chicago winter wedding venues that you and your guests will love.
Here a few of our favorite Chicago winter wedding venues.
Bridgeport Art Center
With sweeping views of downtown Chicago and two different event spaces to choose from (The Skyline Loft and Sculpture Garden), The Bridgeport Art Center is the perfect winter venue. The Skyline Loft features stunning views of the city’s skyline and creates a modern space to exchange vows due to its exposed beams and dramatic inlays. The Art Center also offers couples the option to rent out its Sculpture Garden, which features floor to ceiling French doors, solid wood flooring and other beautiful amenities that evoke a romantic aesthetic for any wedding day. Both of these event spaces can also accommodate more than 500 guests making the venue a great pick for a larger scale wedding, too.
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Looking for an indoor blank space that you can easily dress up for your winter wedding? The Room 1520 provides couples with a raw urban space filled with Italian crystal chandeliers and all-white decor. Located in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, this historical gear factory loft also works well for couples who want their ceremony and reception at the same place. The venue provides a drape space divider where you can divide and transform the two different spaces, which lets couples totally switch up their ambiance from ceremony to reception.
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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
The Alder Planetarium lets couples get married in a wow-worthy setting that will have guests dazzled by scenic views and more. The Alder has up to 60,000 square feet of exhibitions making it a great pick for couples wanting a versatile and unique venue. Their experienced staff will make sure that everything is catered to your liking, too. From sitting down and customizing menus with you to tackling your reception seating, this venue does it all. The best part? The window ceiling will make you feel like you are celebrating literally in the sky. Swoon.
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Chicago Illuminating Company
This wedding venue works best for couples who still want an outdoor option for their celebration. The Chicago Illuminating Company has a 7,000-square-foot indoor area that provides an airy setting for a wedding. The event space also features high ceilings that can be decorated with drapery, twinkling lights or any other accessories to transform your winter wedding into a one-of-a-king party. However, If you and your partner have your hopes for also celebrating outdoors, The Chicago Illuminating Company has a garden space available where you can set up a tented reception. Just make sure to rent outdoor heaters, of course.
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Foodie couples looking to host a winter wedding in Chicago should definitely add Kitchen Chicago to their venue list. Located just minutes from Chicago’s Union Park, this loft venue provides couples with a fully equipped shared-use kitchen that they can use for their big day. The dynamic space also can can host up to 150 guests and creates a hip and fun space for guests to mix and mingle. You and your S.O. will also fall in love with the loft’s urban setting that features vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls.
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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Nature loving couples trying to find a winter wedding venue that is bright and cheery should look into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This museum has a variety of unique spaces to wed by providing cool and funky backdrops. It even has a butterfly sanctuary that you and your guests can tour either during your cocktail hour or reception. How cool is that? The Nature Museum is also a great pick for couples looking for an on-site staff to help make sure everything runs smoothly. If these amenities don’t have you hooked yet, then you should definitely check out this real wedding that took place at this unforgettable venue.
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