Chicago is known for grand architecture, from America’s second-tallest building to Frank Gehry’s dazzling Pritzker Pavilion. When it comes to your wedding, though, there are plenty of beautifully intimate spaces in which to tie the knot in the Windy City; the key is finding the one that’s a perfect fit for you! Looking for a venue with lots of historic charm, natural light, and open space? Here are 5 small wedding venues in Chicago that we think you might just fall in love with.
Located right in the heart of Chicago, the Creativo loft is nestled on the top floor of the historic Baer’s Hall building. Looking for a venue with rustic charm? With original hardwood floors and 16-foot tin ceilings dating back to 1887, the Creativo Loft is a perfect place for your wedding or elopement. 12 large windows facing north-east allow for plenty of natural light and great views of the John Hancock Building. Couples rave about Sarah’s ability to make the day go flawlessly and stress-free and Giorgio’s calming ability in bringing out the best in couples during their wedding photos.
Capacity: 60-100 guests depending on how you have the space configured.
Typical Cost: $6,300-$8,700 (all-inclusive)
Bonus: Creativo Loft is a commission-free venue.
Completed in 1870, this historic event space was once home to Elbridge Keith. With its Victorian Châteauesque style, the Keith House fits right in with the rest of Chicago’s elite “Gold Coast” homes also located on Prairie Avenue. This historic mansion can be used as both an outdoor and indoor venue. This space does a wonderful job of combining historic charm with modern wedding venue. Couples also appreciate that the venue is spacious and quietly elegant, giving it a high-class feel with an affordable cost.
Capacity: 20-75 guests
Typical Cost: Between $1,250 and $4,500
Bonus: Pets are allowed if they’re part of the ceremony!
Complete with brick walls, timber beams and a 65-foot skylight, this venue will give you and your guests the ultimate Chicago Loft experience. A few of the Amenities include a gorgeous Bridal Suite where you and your wedding party can get ready in. The Cocktail Lounge will be the perfect place for your guests to mingle in between wedding day events, and a full chef’s kitchen will allow for your caterers to prepare all of the amazing food that you and your guests will enjoy on your big day! Loft on Lake also has their own in-house photography team, Loft Weddings, making this venue a one-stop shop! Couples rave about how the team’s easy going approach and vast photographic knowledge has delivered consistent captures of wedding day moments.
Capacity: 175 guests
Typical Cost: $5,000-$6,000 with rentals included!
Bonus: If you’re having a hard time deciding on vendors, Loft on Lake has a vendor preferred list making it easier for you to choose which vendors will be best for your special day.
Looking to escape the noise and congestion of the city without having to actually leave Chicago? Lytle House’s 2,800 sq. ft. of continual indoor-to-outdoor space, exposed brick, high ceilings, large factory windows allowing for all the natural light, and original industrial details give the feeling of being in a huge open space while still being in the city. If that doesn’t have you convinced that this is the perfect venue for you, then maybe this will: The Lytle House was recently voted “One of Chicago’s “Best New 2018 Event Spaces” by Crain’s Chicago!
Capacity: 100 guests
Typical Cost: $4,500 (rental only)–$20,000 (all-inclusive)
Bonus: The Lytle house is a LGBTQ Women Owned Business.
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Looking for a modern venue with a vintage feel and real Chicago historical significance? Look no further: Firehouse Chicago is the perfect place for you! Originally built for Chicago’s Engine Company 70, this firehouse has since been renovated back to its original charm, including antique doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures. It is the perfect unique, intimate and memorable venue! Firehouse Chicago also has their own in-house wedding studio that gives you access to three special spaces. The first are renovated lieutenant’s quarters, which are a perfect space to relax before the wedding festivities begin. The Studio space also includes french doors leading to a private deck where you and your wedding party can pop some bubbly! Next you’ll head into the vintage locker room where you and your bridal party will hang out while you get your hair and makeup done.
Capacity: 80 Guests
Typical Cost: $5,600-$6,500
Bonus: This boutique venue gives you the comfort and ease with their hands-on approach to helping you plan your perfect day.