There’s so much to love about the Windy City! Everyone knows it’s a food town, a sports town, and a blues town. Those most familiar with the city will tell you: don’t let the urban backdrop fool you — there’s also a vibrant scene for creatives and artists of all kinds, providing tucked-away corners and exciting spots for your special, most intimate events for friends and family. The following are several fabulous bridal shower venue ideas in Chicago that you may not have thought of!
Each spot is a different kind of giddy and fun, suitable to a variety of styles. These and other unique, unexpected event venues are listed on Peerspace. Need more event planning inspiration? A visit to Peerspace should be the first item on your event planning checklist!
1. A bright and trendy event space situated in Humboldt Park
The festive scene is set as soon as guests walk in the door! The room is bookmarked by accents of bright colors on one side and natural light through glass block walls on the other. Use the existing tables and chairs to create clusters of unique conversation areas, appropriate for dining or traditional bridal shower-appropriate activities! The entire feel of the space lends well to hands-on, DIY entertainment and games; instead of word jumbles have someone on hand to teach your friends how to craft contemporary paper flowers or hand-macrame chair back covers. If that’s too tame for your tastes, bring in a mixologist to provide custom cocktail lessons.
2. A vibrant and versatile space in Lincoln Park
Do traditional-with-a-twist bridal shower venue ideas in Chicago suit your theme? Look no further than this carefully styled, contemporary space found on Peerspace. The neutral, bright-white walls create soothing vibes of light and space; colorful yet simple furnishings usher an intimate, cozy feel. The traditional twist in this trendy, understated venue comes in the form of their signature, ultra-feminine Tea Party packages. Offerings include a high-tea style menu presented on vintage tea service and cake stands. In-house event photography and photo booths make this a one-stop-design-and-planning shop!
3. A rustic, spacious urban loft in East Garfield Park
Sophisticated and casually cool is the name of the game in this loft space. If the thought of a seated, structured luncheon with 50 of your closest friends and relatives makes you break into hives, consider a venue that encourages more fluid, organic movement. Think stand-up afternoon cocktails and small plates as guests mix and mingle. The warm color scheme is a pleasant break from cooler tones that are all the rage right now. Not to worry about being inhospitable to guests who expect an assigned chair: soft lounge furnishings and a long dining table allows seating for those who need it. Natural light, unique art, and soft-tactile decor make guests feel at home.
4. An intimate art gallery offering skyline views of West Town
What’s a list of unique bridal shower venue ideas in Chicago without a converted factory space? As you would imagine, this art gallery and artist’s studio boasts striking exposed brick, hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, and a Sonos sound system. The gallery’s rotating fine art collections are second only to breathtaking skyline views. Prefer to move your party outside? The versatile outdoor terrace is equipped with a complete outdoor kitchen.
5. A contemporary minimalist studio in McKinley Park
Warehouse meets nature in this minimalist studio. Skylights accent modern black-and-white serenity, and warmth abounds with touches of organic, nature-inspired art and light fixtures. A surprising courtyard provides shady green space and contrasting, rough-wood seating and cabana. Glass bi-fold doors create a stunning entryway, but also allow for ease of loading in and out. Perfect for larger, co-ed wedding showers!
There may be no more unique bridal shower event venue concept in Chicago than a renovated storefront! It’s perfect for the bride who is casual and laid-back, and who is not looking for traditional bridal shower trappings. Start the party with fruit and cheese, juice-based, sparkling drinks, and an interactive activity of essential oils bar. Move guests to the garden and firepit for a picnic or BBQ-style lunch, live music, and tailgate-friendly games.
7. A cozy, plant-filled neighborhood garden cafe in Lake View
Beautiful chaos abounds in this Chicago flower shop/cafe venue! It’s a space that will accommodate a smaller, friendly, and interactive bridal shower event. Existing decor is kitschy-fun and playful with mismatched furniture and kitchenware. Select a brunch buffet menu from the cafe’s offerings; they’ll provide catered sweets and savories on pretty pedestals and multi-tiered trays, displayed on vintage-tiled countertops. Of course, being a flower shop, they’ll provide centerpieces, bouquets, and corsages, but since you’re in the heart of the action, consider a boho flower crown or a floral-adorned cuff for the guest of honor!
8. A creative and comfy studio with rustic brick walls
Is the bride easygoing and casually fun, the one who plans to have her fur baby in her wedding pictures? This arts-and-crafts studio is the perfect spot for her Chicago bridal shower — and it’s pet-friendly! Soaring ceilings and natural light offer a neutral canvas for your event’s signature stamp. Provide your own food and drink (by way of potluck or a caterer) to accommodate the bride’s specific’s tastes. Feeling stumped for design inspiration? These venue managers know what works well in their gorgeous space and love to consult. Let them guide you with custom decor, creative centerpiece ideas, and even balloon installations.