The Chicagoland area is vast, and naturally there are tons of things to do and places to see just a short drive from the Windy City. If you’re looking to get away from the city to celebrate your nuptials, there are also tons of great choices when it comes to wedding venues in the Chicago suburbs. To help you find the perfect setting for your big day, here are six of our favorites!
Built in 1929, Redfield Estate is a charming historic home that was later designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976. This gorgeous venue would make for an amazing setting for not only your ceremony and reception, but also is a stunning place to take your wedding photos. The surrounding grounds are immaculate with mature trees that provide tons of shade. Be sure to venture out to the pavilion and make use of the adorable gazebo that’s out there! Inside this home the historic charm is never ending. Hardwood floors lead you throughout the house to the Great Room with its cathedral ceilings, loft, and fireplace. Chandeliers give a touch of elegance while the two-story leaded glass window allows for ambient natural light to pour in.
Typical Cost: Starting at $500-$1,500 for ceremonies
Capacity: Up to 125 guests
Bonus: Two words: Free. Parking! Also your rental will include access to day of coordinators to make your day as stress-free as possible. If you’re considering using Redfield Estate as your wedding venue, be sure to get on it now, because this sought-after venue can be booked up to two years in advance!
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Elawa Farm was built in 1917 for a member of one of Chicago’s most distinguished families, A. Watson Armour. It was considered to be a very rare representation of a Lake Forest gentleman’s farm. Now it is run through a public-private partnership that’s dedicated to the preservation of not only the landscape, but the architectural relationship of the farm with its natural settings. This venue offers some of the prettiest backdrops for your ceremony and reception! The grounds are perfectly manicured and have many different areas that would be perfect for your wedding photos. Elawa Farms offers a refined warm country elegance for you and your guests to enjoy. Both indoor and outdoor areas are available for use for your ceremony and reception, along with the market area and the kitchen.
Capacity: 75-200 guests
Typical cost: Packages starting at $2,000
Bonus: Elawa Farms has a recommended vendor list for your use to help make choosing quality vendors easy for you!
Picture this: Chicago Botanical Gardens in the spring, with stunning backdrops of fresh blooming flowers and lush greenery. Sounds like the perfect place to get married, right? Chicago Botanical Gardens are a world-renowned cultural destination with its beauty and serenity. Elegant well-maintained garden paths lead you throughout the gardens stopping at different areas of interest within the gardens.
Capacity: 100-230 guests
Typical cost: Packages start at $2,000
Bonus: The Botanical Gardens have both indoor and outdoor areas available for use!
This next venue has been considered a “grande dame” of its city and has tons of rich history, having hosted many lavish events over the years. The Woman’s Club of Evanston was recently restored to its former glory and once again gleans elegance and warmth to its guests. Black and white marble adorn the main entrance while the stunning double staircase leads you into the stunning Grand Hall which is the perfect place to hold your wedding reception. On the main floor, the Tea Room leads into the Sunroom which offers the perfect amount of intimacy for a quaint cocktail hour for your guests while chandeliers twinkle overhead.
Capacity: Up to 250 guests
Typical cost: Contact for specific pricing, but keep in mind that pricing may vary depending on if your wedding is during the off season (usually less expensive) or during peak season!
Bonus: An event planner and event rentals are available with your booking!
Victoria in the Park is very well known as a refined venue with dazzling elegance. The Grand Ballroom offers an abundance of natural light as it floods in from the stunning two-story panoramic windows, also offering stunning sunset views of the lake in the evenings. This venue is sure to really ‘wow’ your guests! Available for your use are a an exceptional bridal suite, day of event planners to help your day run smoothly, in-house catering, wheelchair access, parking for your guests, and more!
Capacity: Up to 450 guests
Typical cost: Starting at $5,000
Bonus: Victoria in the Park also offers all-inclusive packages, so be sure to check those out!
Looking for a venue that has more of an elegant European feel? Mesón Sabika might be the perfect spot for you! This grandiose mansion stands tall while it’s sturdy white pillars and large windows welcome you in. You can either choose to have your wedding indoors in one of the intimate spaces offered, or you can choose to have it outside amongst the dreamy gardenscapes. Want something more in-between? Be sure to check out Mesón Sabika’s Pavilion, which will give you the “outdoor feel” while having the security and coverage of an indoor area.
Capacity: Up to 330 guests
Typical cost: Packages start at $2,000, but will vary depending on the time of year and time of day your wedding will take place, so be sure to contact Mesón Sabika for more details!
Bonus: Mesón Sabika also houses its own restaurant that’s famous for its mouth-watering cuisine!