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Top Four Wedding Venues in Chicago .

No matter what type of wedding you have, a luxurious fairytale or a laid-back country wedding, a lot goes into planning one. You’ve found the perfect dress at the best bridal shop in Chicago, and now it’s time to find the perfect venue. Often, the best venues must be booked several months in advance, if not by a whole year. It’s one of the first details that gets planned for a wedding, and one of the most exciting. Usually, the venue will reflect the couple’s personalities, such as an art gallery for the artistic type or a historic building for the traditionalists. There are a lot of options out there, but here are the top four we would recommend to couples looking for an amazing venue.

Chicago Cultural Center

One of the most popular wedding venues in the city, the Chicago Cultural Center offers breathtaking architecture for your special day. There are a variety of room options available to accommodate a wedding of any size. It’s got a bit of historical flair as it was built as a public library, but it’s easy to see why it’s often referred to as “The People’s Palace”. Imported marble details and the world’s largest Tiffany dome may be a few of the reasons.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Both indoor and outdoor weddings thrive at the Chicago Botanic. Almost any theme flows naturally within the space. Not to mention, half of the decorations are naturally built-in to the landscape! Already the winner of multiple venue awards, it’s a clear choice for our short list of best wedding venues.

Café Brauer

The historic landmark located on the west edge of Lincoln Park Zoo, Café Brauer is a delightfully turn-of-the-century and unique venue. Rustic, classic, and vintage styled weddings all have a place at this location. The upper level of the building is adorned with a vaulted ceiling, Tiffany inspired chandeliers, and stained-glass windows, and is large enough for a large group of guests to spread out and mingle.

Art Institute of Chicago

Although the outside of the building was constructed in 1879, you may be surprised to find a space fitting more modern tastes on the inside. The Modern Wing is a favorite reception location among hip and art-loving couples. To keep guests entertained during cocktail hour, private tours of the collection and special exhibitions can be arranged with your package. As the artwork can speak for itself, you may find yourself minimally decorating the space. Although, your creativity in other aspects may find inspiration in the works of old, helping you create a beautiful masterpiece of a day.

Remember, many venue locations include catering options in their packages, or will have a list of preferred vendors who know the space. This is especially important for historic locations and may make choosing a caterer an easier decision for you. Overall, Chicago has some fantastic locations to celebrate your union, and you can’t go wrong with one of the choices listed above!

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