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Best Chicago Wedding Venues for 2020

When it comes to wedding planning, finding the perfect venue can be one of the most overwhelming items on your to-do list. Between defining your style, staying on budget and agreeing to a date, the task can be taxing. We’re here to help! Take a look at our roundup of six of the best wedding venues in Chicago. We’ve scrapped any locations with red flags, and made sure to include only those that have rave reviews, excellent customer service, and the finest attention to detail. And remember, if you need a photo booth for your wedding, you can contact us here.

Stan Mansion

If you’re more drawn to historic grandeur, we’d be sure to stop by the Stan Mansion. Originally built in 1921 and beautifully restored over the last decade, the Stan Mansion has all the detail and drama you can imagine. Boasting multiple ballrooms, ornate chandeliers, and a built-in stage, you’re sure to find the right space for all of your festivities. Of course, one of the most charming aspects isn’t contained within the walls at all–the striking stone facade will stop your guests in their tracks. It’s your very own castle in the city! Our recommendation? Use the stone as a natural backdrop for your photo booth during cocktail hour. Then, when the party moves into the night, let us set up a backdrop for you. This will give you two completely different looks and encourage guests to visit the booth multiple times!

Stan Mension Chicago Venue

Journeyman Distillery

This historic building (once a corset and buggy whip factory!) has been beautifully restored as a distillery, restaurant, and event space. Salvaged wood floors, exposed ductwork, and raw brick add rustic charm to this urban setting. It’s a decidedly gritty choice – and one that feels entirely authentic. The gorgeous windows flanking both sides of Warren Hall will give your guests a breathtaking view of Harbor City, just 75 miles from downtown Chicago.

Chicago Rustic Barn Wedding Venue

The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens

If you’re more drawn to wide open spaces, we’d take a look at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens. Its namesake barn is what truly sets this venue apart! The garden flats, aged trees, and fields of green will offer stunning photo opportunities as well. The striking red barn is modern, airy, and elegant, with floor-length windows and high ceilings. For those looking for an earthy, outdoor experience, we’re certain you’ll Fall. In. Love.

Wedding Setup at Room 1520

Room 1520

Although the competition for urban lofts in downtown Chicago can be fierce, this spot holds its own. White-washed brick and cement floors offer an assuredly industrial feel, yet the muted color palette and clean decor nod to an understated, modern aesthetic. A blank slate, you can truly customize this space to make it entirely your own. The rooftop access gives your photographer endless opportunities to get that one-of-a-kind shot. It’s also a beautiful location for a corporate party photo booth in Chicago, if you’re not looking for wedding venues.

Kimpton Gray Hotel

For those interested in saying “I do” in an elegant hotel ballroom, we’d recommend The Kimpton Gray Hotel. Upon entering, you’ll find grand marble staircases, refined brass fixtures, and decadent textiles – then head to their rooftop lounge to dance beneath the vast glass ceiling. This boutique hotel marries classic Chicago style with timeless elegance to create an aura of class, sophistication and luxury for your big day.

Adler Planetarium

If you are looking for a modern take for your nuptials, we would look no further. This astronomy museum and planetarium offers an unparalleled lakefront view of the city skyline. Strong, striking architecture and clean, crisp lines create an effortlessly chic backdrop for every moment of your wedding. An icon of Chicago culture, the Adler Planetarium adds serious drama to your wedding day – and we’re only talking about the good kind.  

No matter your style, location, or budget, you deserve to have the Chicago wedding of your dreams. These enchanting venues set the perfect stage – now it’s up to your vendors to come through and give a dazzling performance of their own. When only the finest will do, let In Light take care of the photo booth experience. Contact us today to check your dates!