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Alice Millar Chapel and Religious Center

Evanston , IL

LOCATION

1870 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208 US (map)

PHONE

847-491-7256

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Building

The building houses two chapels: the Millar Chapel with 700 seats was named for Foster G. McGaw's mother and the Vail Chapel with 125 seats was named for Jeanne... Read more
The Building

The building houses two chapels: the Millar Chapel with 700 seats was named for Foster G. McGaw's mother and the Vail Chapel with 125 seats was named for Jeanne Vail, Mary Vail McGaw's daughter. The building is situated on land donated by Dr. William Parkes, an Evanston physician and former Northwestern trustee. An adjacent building, Parkes Hall, housing classrooms and the chaplain's office, completes the complex. The building also hosts other University functions such as concerts, lectures and recitals.

Fees

A non-refundable deposit of $200 (check made payable to Northwestern University) is due at the time the reservation is made. The remainder is due at least one month before the wedding. The balance due check is also made payable to Northwestern University. Weddings canceled less than 30 days in advance forfeit the entire fee.

This fee includes:
Chapel usage Chapel Coordinator Primary Musician (organist and/or pianist) Administration and scheduling Building monitor


Contact Us

For more information or for any questions, contact the Chapel Office at 847-491-7256 or email chapel-secretary@northwestern.edu.

You may schedule your wedding using the Wedding Request Form. Reservations are not finalized until the deposit is received. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Religious
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
700
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you have a strong tie to the university, we would highly recommend having your ceremony here. The chapel is beautiful, and everyone was very helpful answering questions and accommodating us.
If you have a strong tie to the university, we would highly recommend having your ceremony here. The chapel is beautiful, Read more...
If you have a strong tie to the university, we would highly recommend having your ceremony here. The chapel is beautiful, and everyone was very helpful answering questions and accommodating us. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
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Rob and Carly
Wedding:
11/19/2016
4.8/5.0
We felt that the staff made our day very special. They were available and willing to help throughout our planning process. The team was flexible and accommodating when some members of our wedding party did not arrive on time. The ceremony was amazing and many of our guests were complimentary regarding the venue. We would highly recommend having a wedding at Millar. Thanks all at the chapel for making it a memorable day!
We felt that the staff made our day very special. They were available and willing to help throughout our planning process. Read more...
We felt that the staff made our day very special. They were available and willing to help throughout our planning process. The team was flexible and accommodating when some members of our wedding party did not arrive on time. The ceremony was amazing and many of our guests were complimentary regarding the venue. We would highly recommend having a wedding at Millar. Thanks all at the chapel for making it a memorable day! Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
10/29/2016
4.3/5.0
I would definitely recommend the Alice Millar chapel to someone who is thinking about getting married ! The beauty of the physical chapel is enough but when when you include the kind service especially from Kerby it makes your wedding day that much more memorable.
I would definitely recommend the Alice Millar chapel to someone who is thinking about getting married ! The beauty of the Read more...
I would definitely recommend the Alice Millar chapel to someone who is thinking about getting married ! The beauty of the physical chapel is enough but when when you include the kind service especially from Kerby it makes your wedding day that much more memorable. Read less
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Gail & Michael
Wedding:
10/29/2016
4.8/5.0
This is my very first review ever on the interwebs so it goes to show how awesome Alice Millar staff and venue were. My advice would be to make sure to read the FAQ site before committing because there are restrictions based on what is allowed in the chapel in regards to decorations and music. Also make sure you have the details of your wedding down, especially if the organist is involved. Eric perfectly timed the music to fit in the time frame that was given. If you have last minute additions like special songs make sure to let him or Alice Millar staff know way before the wedding. Every one was very attentive. We were late to our own rehearsal but Kerby was there to help us the day before during rehearsal as well as the day off and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone complimented us on the venue and ceremony, mind you I had no decorations. None whatsoever! Except the candles that belong to the chapel that are already on the altar. The building speaks for itself.
The campus is also very beautiful so it will add to the experience. It is within walking distance to downtown Evanston and minutes to walk to the lake so your guests will have plenty to do in between the ceremony and reception.
This is my very first review ever on the interwebs so it goes to show how awesome Alice Millar staff and venue were. My Read more...
This is my very first review ever on the interwebs so it goes to show how awesome Alice Millar staff and venue were. My advice would be to make sure to read the FAQ site before committing because there are restrictions based on what is allowed in the chapel in regards to decorations and music. Also make sure you have the details of your wedding down, especially if the organist is involved. Eric perfectly timed the music to fit in the time frame that was given. If you have last minute additions like special songs make sure to let him or Alice Millar staff know way before the wedding. Every one was very attentive. We were late to our own rehearsal but Kerby was there to help us the day before during rehearsal as well as the day off and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone complimented us on the venue and ceremony, mind you I had no decorations. None whatsoever! Except the candles that belong to the chapel that are already on the altar. The building speaks for itself.
The campus is also very beautiful so it will add to the experience. It is within walking distance to downtown Evanston and minutes to walk to the lake so your guests will have plenty to do in between the ceremony and reception. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/4/2016
2.9/5.0
The chapel itself is absolutely beautiful and magnificent and a great value for the area. When booking, we told the staff our preferred date. Since it was more than a year out, they couldn't officially book it; however, they did not tell us there would be any problems. I put in my time off for work based on that date. It turns out there is an annual concert in the chapel on that date that they failed to tell us about, even though we flew up and went there in person. We were able to book for the following weekend, but this created some tension at work with the vacation request I had to modify. On the day of our wedding, the organist got very impatient and was difficult to work with.
The chapel itself is absolutely beautiful and magnificent and a great value for the area. When booking, we told the staff Read more...
The chapel itself is absolutely beautiful and magnificent and a great value for the area. When booking, we told the staff our preferred date. Since it was more than a year out, they couldn't officially book it; however, they did not tell us there would be any problems. I put in my time off for work based on that date. It turns out there is an annual concert in the chapel on that date that they failed to tell us about, even though we flew up and went there in person. We were able to book for the following weekend, but this created some tension at work with the vacation request I had to modify. On the day of our wedding, the organist got very impatient and was difficult to work with. Read less
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Alice Millar Chapel and Religious Center responded with the following comments:

Hi Amy,

Thank you for your honest feedback, we take it in earnest as we work to improve our service to our clients. Since your wedding we have made changes to our booking and scheduling process to help give clarity to both our clients and hired musicians. We wish you a happy marriage and life!
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Denae
Wedding:
5/29/2016
3.9/5.0
We had our wedding at the smaller meditation chapel next to Alice Millar, the Jeanne Vail Chapel. The space was a much better size for our smaller wedding, although the cost was only $100 less for half the space. However we were happy with our choice, and even though communication was sometimes slow we were completely happy with the chapel on our wedding day! The main thing is to be well aware of the restrictions and requirements before committing to them. Decorations/flowers in the chapels must be very limited. We didn't try to test this because we didn't feel the need to add to the chapel but if someone else has a specific vision it is good to keep in mind. We had our own officiant, and appreciated the ability to bring in our own person without an additional fee.

However you are required to hire an organist (but they will begrudgingly play the piano if you request it) and can only have live music. You have the choice to hire additional musicians or bring in your own. We hired musicians to play string instruments and although we did not meet them prior to the wedding day (it costs a significant amount to have any musicians, including the required organist, at the rehearsal) the music sounded great and was a very classy touch.

Communication with the chapel office had to be initiated by me for almost every exchange, but it worked out in the end.
We had our wedding at the smaller meditation chapel next to Alice Millar, the Jeanne Vail Chapel. The space was a much Read more...
We had our wedding at the smaller meditation chapel next to Alice Millar, the Jeanne Vail Chapel. The space was a much better size for our smaller wedding, although the cost was only $100 less for half the space. However we were happy with our choice, and even though communication was sometimes slow we were completely happy with the chapel on our wedding day! The main thing is to be well aware of the restrictions and requirements before committing to them. Decorations/flowers in the chapels must be very limited. We didn't try to test this because we didn't feel the need to add to the chapel but if someone else has a specific vision it is good to keep in mind. We had our own officiant, and appreciated the ability to bring in our own person without an additional fee.

However you are required to hire an organist (but they will begrudgingly play the piano if you request it) and can only have live music. You have the choice to hire additional musicians or bring in your own. We hired musicians to play string instruments and although we did not meet them prior to the wedding day (it costs a significant amount to have any musicians, including the required organist, at the rehearsal) the music sounded great and was a very classy touch.

Communication with the chapel office had to be initiated by me for almost every exchange, but it worked out in the end. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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alli13cat
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We chose Alice Millar for its beauty, connection to Northwestern (where we met) and open-mindedness (non-denominational). You need to have an affiliation with the University to get married here, and if you do, then I highly recommend it! The chapel is beautiful and makes for stunning pictures. Mary Kelly, the department assistant/coordinator was pleasant, professional and flexible (we kept changing the time for our rehearsal) throughout planning. Rev/Dr. Tim Stevens married us, and he was fantastic - we enjoyed all of our preparatory meetings with him and got a lot of compliments on his style and demeanor following the rehearsal and ceremony. To echo other reviews, the price is very reasonable as well - much more affordable than the big churches downtown. For music, we did a string quartet - Russel Rolen - that was referred to us via the church. It was delightful.
We chose Alice Millar for its beauty, connection to Northwestern (where we met) and open-mindedness (non-denominational). Read more...
We chose Alice Millar for its beauty, connection to Northwestern (where we met) and open-mindedness (non-denominational). You need to have an affiliation with the University to get married here, and if you do, then I highly recommend it! The chapel is beautiful and makes for stunning pictures. Mary Kelly, the department assistant/coordinator was pleasant, professional and flexible (we kept changing the time for our rehearsal) throughout planning. Rev/Dr. Tim Stevens married us, and he was fantastic - we enjoyed all of our preparatory meetings with him and got a lot of compliments on his style and demeanor following the rehearsal and ceremony. To echo other reviews, the price is very reasonable as well - much more affordable than the big churches downtown. For music, we did a string quartet - Russel Rolen - that was referred to us via the church. It was delightful. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue
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Angela5
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
If you've never been inside this chapel, you're missing out. Beautiful and awe-inspiring. Wedding guests are still talking about it!! Mary Kelly, the chapel's coordinator, is wonderfully sweet and helpful with scheuling, questions, recommendations -- anything you need!! Margaret Wilson, the music coordinator and organist, is incredibly talented and also wonderful at helping you pick out music, organize timing, hire additional musicians (she hired a very talented trumpeter, Matt Lee, for us)! We would not have wanted to be married anywhere else, and I could not speak more highly of the Alice Millar staff!
If you've never been inside this chapel, you're missing out. Beautiful and awe-inspiring. Wedding guests are still talking Read more...
If you've never been inside this chapel, you're missing out. Beautiful and awe-inspiring. Wedding guests are still talking about it!! Mary Kelly, the chapel's coordinator, is wonderfully sweet and helpful with scheuling, questions, recommendations -- anything you need!! Margaret Wilson, the music coordinator and organist, is incredibly talented and also wonderful at helping you pick out music, organize timing, hire additional musicians (she hired a very talented trumpeter, Matt Lee, for us)! We would not have wanted to be married anywhere else, and I could not speak more highly of the Alice Millar staff! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
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bikinglakeshoredrive
Wedding:
6/13/2009
3.9/5.0
We were able to use Millar because of my husband's affiliation to Northwestern University. It is a beautiful chapel and really cheap! They don't allow flower arrangements except the one in the front which really cut down the cost for us! (and you really don't need any other arrangements). The only hard part was that we were having the unity candle as part of our ceremony and during the rehearsal we were really confused as to how to light the candle because there was no one on hand from the university right there to show us where to get the lighters. But it all worked out at the end.
We were able to use Millar because of my husband's affiliation to Northwestern University. It is a beautiful chapel and Read more...
We were able to use Millar because of my husband's affiliation to Northwestern University. It is a beautiful chapel and really cheap! They don't allow flower arrangements except the one in the front which really cut down the cost for us! (and you really don't need any other arrangements). The only hard part was that we were having the unity candle as part of our ceremony and during the rehearsal we were really confused as to how to light the candle because there was no one on hand from the university right there to show us where to get the lighters. But it all worked out at the end. Read less
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DEALS

2017 Off-Season Discount
Print Deal
Redeem In-Store   $2,000 Value
Book your wedding to occur between January 2, 2017 and April 29, 2017 and get $500.00 off your final balance for booking during off-peak season. Ceremonies will not be booked until a wedding request form is submitted along with a $200.00 deposit check. Final balance owed after discount for Alice Millar Chapel will be $1,300.00 and $1,200.00 for Vail Chapel. Discount cannot be applied to the Northwestern student rate.

Offer Expires: 04/01/2017

Available to the first 10 couples
Deal #WWd8641943cf8f004c
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