Chicago is a city of many styles. From historic skyscrapers to waterfront mansions, you have plenty of venues and neighborhoods to choose from when it comes time to plan your wedding. But if you want something truly impressive, consider booking an unconventional wedding venue on Peerspace. With hundreds of venues available to book directly from local hosts, it’s easy to choose a unique location. From one-of-a-kind museums to state-of-the-art lofts, we’ve curated a list of our favorite wedding venues for 100 guests near Chicago.
1. This unforgettable lakeside mansion/museum
The Scientific Museum is located right on the shore of Lake Michigan near Old Town. With room for up to 100 guests, this elegant mansion features Italian marble, a gilded staircase, and eight stone fireplaces. You’ll have access to four floors that are wheelchair-accessible via ramps (as well as an elevator). This is one of the only lakeshore mansions that’s open to the public, making this a truly special Chicago wedding venue for 100 guests.
2. This multi-room wedding space
This space is intended solely for wedding receptions, making it an easy, stress-free option in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. There are four 800-square-foot rooms and one 3,000-square-foot ballroom, giving you plenty of options for a reception area, dance floor, and bridal suite. There’s room in this space for up to 125 seated guests, and you’re free to arrange your own catering or use the on-site restaurant. The exposed brick walls in this space make a stylish setting for a ceremony and reception. Street parking is available, and the location is just off the brown line, making it easy for your guests to get to.
3. This industrial warehouse in Kilbourn Park
This industrial warehouse is a blank canvas for any style of wedding. You can fit up to 100 guests in this 5,000-square-foot space and use the fully-equipped kitchen for catering. The floor is ergonomic and noise-reducing, so your DJ can fire up the party. Plus, you can use the Philips lighting equipment and blackout curtains to customize your lighting design. If you want the space and freedom to do your own thing, this venue might be a great fit.
4. This private luxury club in the Loop
For a centrally-located wedding venue for 100 guests near Chicago, you can’t beat this luxury club in the heart of the Loop. Here, you have views of the lake and Michigan Avenue. If this elegant location piques your interest, know that you can hire your own caterer or choose one from the list of approved vendors. With stylish furniture and multiple lounge areas, this is a great venue for a chic, low-key wedding in downtown Chicago.
5. This classy penthouse with rooftop deck
Another great venue in the Loop, this penthouse has several lounge areas, a ballroom, and a rooftop deck. With seated capacity for 120, it’s the perfect location for a Chicago wedding for a city-chic couple with impeccable taste. Bring your own caterer and DJ for a special night. Your guests will love the billiard table, smoking deck, and full bar area.
6. This 1930s mansion on more than 60 scenic acres of land
Head outside the city to this massive event space in Lockport, IL. With room for 200 people, you can choose from a 15,000-square-foot space that’s used as a haunted mansion, or a 5,000-square-foot open air venue adjacent to a forested area with hiking trails and scenic views. While getting married in a haunted mansion isn’t for everyone, it’s perfect for a themed wedding ceremony with gothic vibes! There’s even a fake cemetery for guests with a dark sense of humor.
7. This stunning St. Charles wine cellar
This Napa Valley-style wine cellar in St. Charles is well-suited to host a stylish wedding for up to 125 people. Located on the Fox River, you can celebrate in a 2,400-square-foot wine cellar with wood-beamed ceilings and an adjoining patio. Outside beverages aren’t allowed, but you can purchase drinks on site and contract with the venue’s preferred caterer for food services.
8. This secluded indoor/outdoor event space in Elgin
If you want a backyard wedding but don’t have a yard of your own, rent this indoor/outdoor event space from Jake and Andrea. With room for up to 125 guests, this location has 6 acres of land, including a 1.25-acre lawn area for your wedding ceremony. You can also rent chairs, tables, and a bar directly from the hosts. This venue is only 30 minutes from O’Hare.
9. This historic hotel in downtown Chicago
Have an all-white wedding in the Loop in this elegant banquet room that fits up to 120 people. With white walls, curtains, columns, and ceilings, all you’ll need is a wedding dress to match! This centrally-located venue is wheelchair accessible, and can be set up in a variety of ways, with tables and chairs, microphones, and speakers all available on-site.