There are seemingly endless Chicago wedding venues, and whether you live here or are coming here from somewhere else, trying to choose one can be a daunting process. Here are nine bright, white, and airy Chicago wedding venues to get you started.
I love Room 1520 because it's about as all-white as you can get. It's probably my favorite blank-slate venue, located in the West Loop, made up of white brick, lots of windows, a getting ready room, a cute lobby lounge and decorated bar, and a great rooftop with a view of Chicago. This is a great venue to have lots of fun, bright colors that will really pop in the bright, white light of Room 1520. (Personally, it's my favorite West Loop wedding venue). In a city full of options, this Chicago wedding venue mixes the feel of an industrial venue with the feel of a modern Chicago wedding venue.
Some of my favorite weddings to shoot are here at Room 1520--besides the super amazing people who work there, the bright venue fits my style so well and makes editing super quick, which means you get your photos even faster, too! Colors pop so well, and all-white themes are stunning in here too.
Chez is another great all-white, lot-of-windows wedding venue in Chicago. Its key features are the glass staircase for the couple to enter, and its in the heart of downtown Chicago, just a few blocks from Michigan Avenue, Gold Coast, + the Riverwalk. This provides so many great photo ops both inside the venue and near some of the most iconic Chicago photo locations.
If you're a big plant person like me and want to feel like you're getting married in a jungle--and not the urban kind--check out one of the fantastic conservatories we have here in Chicago. There are two conservatories, Lincoln Park, and the slightly bigger Garfield Park, or there's always the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. These are some awesome wedding venues in Chicago if you want to do minimal decorating, have a really open feeling to it, but still be indoors and protected from the elements. Can you imagine a summer-escape wedding in the middle of Chicago winter? How amazing would that be!
If you're looking for a great indoor/outdoor hybrid venue, this is the one! I'm a huge fan of outdoor wedding venues in Chicago to add some extra beauty to the day, and to let guests enjoy some nice weather during the few months we have that in Chicago ;) The outdoor area is covered with a tent, and can be lit up at night with some gorgeous string lights to enhance the atmosphere and keep the party going past dark. So many wedding venues in Chicago give you that big-city feel, which can be great, but sometimes you want a bit more privacy and nature in your wedding pictures. If that's the case, this is the Chicago wedding venue for you! I personally love shooting nature-filled weddings, because it's free decor and pops of colors make you stand out more than anything.
Looking for a spacious Chicago wedding venue with a little more small-town, country-club feel? Check out Woman's Club of Evanston! It has multiple getting ready rooms, the sunroom (my fave!), two floors, and tons of windows to let in allll that natural light. Plus, it has a pretty little garden outside and a loop driveway, both perfect for some wedding party pictures. I've mentioned how much I love shooting wedding photos in nature, and this is a great mix of cute building and cute nature. Basically, it's a super cute Chicago wedding venue (or Evanston, if we're getting specific!).
If you're not a huge fan of the downtown vibe, check out Gallery 1500. Located in Lincoln Park, you get plenty of photo ops near the LP Zoo, conservatory, and tons of fun restaurants and bars for your guests to check out if they're staying nearby. Not to mention how big the space is for a Chicago wedding venue, and it's full of garage door windows and an industrial feel while still keeping the vibe light and airy and open--a perfect combo in my opinion. This has the same perks as a venue like Room 1520--it's bright and light, modern, but definitely still has the industrial Chicago wedding venue charm.
With a beautiful outdoor space, the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum is one of my favorite Chicago wedding venues that has some outdoor elements, all without going too far from the city itself. There are endless photo ops in Lincoln Park, and as I've mentioned above, nature is the best way to have free decoration and pops of color to complement your wedding day. As a Chicago wedding photographer, I never get sick of shooting in the city, but the colors that we have in nature work so well with my editing style and make you feel like there is so much life and energy in the space!
The museum also has a great indoor space with lots of windows and natural light, plus tons of greenery so you can get tons of photos without ever leaving the venue.