Simply put, there are no shortage of intimate wedding venues in Chicago to keep your friends and family warm during the winter or enjoying an outdoor roof deck during the summertime. No matter the season or the style of wedding you have in mind, take a look at our eight picks for an intimate wedding venue in Chicago to get started planning your event!
1. This two-level venue with a garden in West Town
Looking for a venue that can offer both indoor and outdoor options? This two-level venue with room for 100 guests may be just the find. The main space has 24-foot-high ceilings with a balcony that overlooks the hall. Outside, there’s a “secret garden” and a patio. You’ll have access to dressing rooms, a coat room, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a Sonos sound system, and a projector.
You can choose your own caterer and bartender, and you can also use the on-site furniture, including 100 folding chairs and up to 25 banquet tables. Not only is this a beautiful venue, but the combination of furniture and A/V gear available on-site will make for an easy, stress-free setup!
2. This lakefront museum near Gold Coast
This beautiful venue was built in 1917 and is based on a chateau near the Palace of Versailles. It’s now operated as a museum, and contains a range of impressive design features, including marble floors, stone fireplaces, and a gilded staircase. Weddings are limited to a maximum of 100 guests, and furniture is not included but can be added on to your rental for a fee. Choose this venue if you want a formal atmosphere right on the shores of Lake Michigan.
3. This rooftop venue in Lake View
Host a summer wedding on this rooftop with 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline. You can use up to 3,000 square feet of space for your ceremony or reception, with a variety of seating options available depending on the layout you choose. You’ll have access to two brick bars with stools, an outdoor BBQ, lounge furniture, umbrellas, a microphone and sound system, and more. It’s also wheelchair accessible, with elevator access from the ground floor.
4. This historic mansion in South Loop
For another stately mansion, consider renting this historic venue in the Prairie District. It offers three separate rooms—a dining room, parlor, and art gallery—for a total of 1,800 square feet that can fit up to 60 guests. The venue host will work with you to arrange for catering and setup. Tables and chairs, table linens, a sound system, and a microphone are all included with your rental. Weddings require a minimum booking of 10 hours, which includes four hours of setup.
5. This modern loft in Wicker Park
This versatile event space offers a classy, industrial chic vibe with room for up to 120 guests for a seated reception. The exposed brick walls provide a neutral backdrop from which to build out your decor and color scheme. The main room features a stylish bar with a granite countertop and modern appliances, including an ice maker and draft beer dispenser.
Your rental includes tables and chairs, a Sonos sound system, and two 55-inch monitors. You can hire your own caterer, DJ, and event staff, or choose from their list of preferred vendors.
6. This traditional event space in River North
This spacious, white-walled venue is perfect for a traditional, formal wedding, with high ceilings, chandeliers, and columns that provide a classic ceremonial vibe. Your rental includes furniture, a coat room, on-site security, and setup and cleanup time. You’ll have access to a private suite for the bride, a modern glass staircase for photos, and a loading dock for your vendors. Plus, you can use the built-in lighting system to create your own customized color scheme.
7. This Parisian-style apartment in Lake View
This stylishly-decorated Parisian apartment is the perfect choice for an intimate wedding venue in Chicago. It offers unique decor you won’t find at a typical wedding venue, including an antique bar and bar cart, gilded mirrors, a candelabra, flokati rugs, and more. You’ll also have access to modern amenities, including a chef’s kitchen, Sonos sound system, and flatscreen TV.
In addition to the main space, there’s a lofted bedroom overlooking the main floor that could be used as a semi-private bridal suite and an outdoor terrace for cocktails or photos.
8. This outdoor terrace in Lincoln Square
Finally, don’t miss one more chance for an outdoor wedding at this sixth-floor terrace in Lincoln Square, which can fit up to 60 guests for a ceremony (and 30 for a cocktail reception). Choose this intimate wedding venue in Chicago for a smaller wedding with close family and friends.
As with the other venues on this list, you can hire a caterer, bartender, event staff, and more, all through our Concierge team. You’ll definitely want a professional photographer to capture views of you and your guests in front of the Chicago skyline!
Hosting a wedding in Chicago means you’ll have plenty of diverse venues to choose from, with epic views and modern amenities all available for rent on Peerspace. Whether you choose a lakeside mansion or a quirky Parisian apartment, we think these eight intimate wedding venues in Chicago offer something for suitable for every bride and groom!