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Chicago History Museum

Chicago , IL
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1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614 US (map)

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312-799-2255

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The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding destination in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our... Read more
The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding destination in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our Chicago Room is the perfect setting for your unforgettable moment. Read less
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Describe your venue:
Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
800
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/12/2015
4.8/5.0
The CHM, and especially Sarah, were just phenomenal. In and of itself the venue is just spectacular, from the glamorous Chicago Room with it's black and white checkerboard floor flanked by wood floors and stained glass on either side, to the Robinson Gallery and the Crossroads of America exhibit. Guests enjoyed the exhibit, and even those who chose to keep drinking and eating outside of it were able to to have plentiful space to talk and catchup up, or take in the artifacts. The center section of the Chicago Room was the perfect dance floor, and the bar in the Gallery was close enough to not break up the flow, but just outside the dance floor to give you a breather.

In addition to the uniqueness and beauty of the space, the whole team was wonderful. Sarah made everything so easy in the leadup, and when one of the suppliers had an issue with the beer we chose, she threw in the second beer (now a replacement) for free without any inquiring. At the end of the night, the staff was incredibly efficient in packing up and helped carry everything to the car so as to let myself and parents just enjoy the night.

It's certainly not the cheapest option, and despite unseasonably warm December weather, we really didn't get to utilize the outdoor area, but we wouldn't have changed a thing. Thank you CHM!
The CHM, and especially Sarah, were just phenomenal. In and of itself the venue is just spectacular, from the glamorous Read more...
The CHM, and especially Sarah, were just phenomenal. In and of itself the venue is just spectacular, from the glamorous Chicago Room with it's black and white checkerboard floor flanked by wood floors and stained glass on either side, to the Robinson Gallery and the Crossroads of America exhibit. Guests enjoyed the exhibit, and even those who chose to keep drinking and eating outside of it were able to to have plentiful space to talk and catchup up, or take in the artifacts. The center section of the Chicago Room was the perfect dance floor, and the bar in the Gallery was close enough to not break up the flow, but just outside the dance floor to give you a breather.

In addition to the uniqueness and beauty of the space, the whole team was wonderful. Sarah made everything so easy in the leadup, and when one of the suppliers had an issue with the beer we chose, she threw in the second beer (now a replacement) for free without any inquiring. At the end of the night, the staff was incredibly efficient in packing up and helped carry everything to the car so as to let myself and parents just enjoy the night.

It's certainly not the cheapest option, and despite unseasonably warm December weather, we really didn't get to utilize the outdoor area, but we wouldn't have changed a thing. Thank you CHM! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
From the beginning, my husband and I knew we wanted to have a city wedding since we met in Wicker Park. Walking into the Chicago Room for our 1st appointment the space took our breath away and we immediately knew this was it. I started working with Jessie Pare (who unfortunately is no longer there) who was there for every inquiry, no matter how mundane, and also gave me recommendations for vendors which was beyond helpful during the initial planning stages. I like how CHM limits their catering options (we went with Jewell and have no regrets!) as I feel you'll get quality service no matter who you choose. Our only disappointments were with the bar and exhibit rental. It's mandatory to contract the bar through CHM as it seems to be pricey comparative to other city venues and we felt a little nickeled and dimed. The exhibit rental was quite expensive if you look at it from a $500/hr perspective. However...back to service...later on in the process I worked with Melanie and it was amazing how quickly she picked up on months of past communications with Jessie and all the details that went into our wedding. It was as if I started working with her from the beginning. I also liked how CHM was able to hold our decor items in advance, meet handicap needs, have the capability to have either an indoor or outdoor ceremony and accommodate a week-prior walk-through, as well as a rehearsal. All the spaces were just exquisite. From the North End of the Chicago Room, where we had our ceremony, to the Robinson Gallery where we held cocktail hour, to the Chicago Room fully opened for the reception, to the Plaza compliments all around for beautiful detail and a feeling of elegance throughout the entire event. I promise if you choose CHM for your venue, you will feel like you are the only person having a wedding there. The level of service from beginning to end (and even after!) is unmatched.
From the beginning, my husband and I knew we wanted to have a city wedding since we met in Wicker Park. Walking into the Read more...
From the beginning, my husband and I knew we wanted to have a city wedding since we met in Wicker Park. Walking into the Chicago Room for our 1st appointment the space took our breath away and we immediately knew this was it. I started working with Jessie Pare (who unfortunately is no longer there) who was there for every inquiry, no matter how mundane, and also gave me recommendations for vendors which was beyond helpful during the initial planning stages. I like how CHM limits their catering options (we went with Jewell and have no regrets!) as I feel you'll get quality service no matter who you choose. Our only disappointments were with the bar and exhibit rental. It's mandatory to contract the bar through CHM as it seems to be pricey comparative to other city venues and we felt a little nickeled and dimed. The exhibit rental was quite expensive if you look at it from a $500/hr perspective. However...back to service...later on in the process I worked with Melanie and it was amazing how quickly she picked up on months of past communications with Jessie and all the details that went into our wedding. It was as if I started working with her from the beginning. I also liked how CHM was able to hold our decor items in advance, meet handicap needs, have the capability to have either an indoor or outdoor ceremony and accommodate a week-prior walk-through, as well as a rehearsal. All the spaces were just exquisite. From the North End of the Chicago Room, where we had our ceremony, to the Robinson Gallery where we held cocktail hour, to the Chicago Room fully opened for the reception, to the Plaza compliments all around for beautiful detail and a feeling of elegance throughout the entire event. I promise if you choose CHM for your venue, you will feel like you are the only person having a wedding there. The level of service from beginning to end (and even after!) is unmatched. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.8/5.0
Chicago History Museum was our wedding venue location and it was fantastic! The room itself was absolutely beautiful and the outdoor space was the perfect addition for our cocktail hour and for guests to step out during the reception. We had so many compliments on our venue - I would highly recommend this bright, airy, and classic space for a perfect Chicago wedding.
Chicago History Museum was our wedding venue location and it was fantastic! The room itself was absolutely beautiful and Read more...
Chicago History Museum was our wedding venue location and it was fantastic! The room itself was absolutely beautiful and the outdoor space was the perfect addition for our cocktail hour and for guests to step out during the reception. We had so many compliments on our venue - I would highly recommend this bright, airy, and classic space for a perfect Chicago wedding. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/20/2014
4.2/5.0
I am thrilled that I had my wedding at CHM. It is a timeless, classic and elegant venue. We had a Sunday wedding because the Saturday site fee was too high for our budget. For what we paid for the Sunday rate, we got 6.5 hours and a gorgeous setting, inside and out. Another great reason to choose CHM is because they have a rain plan in case of bad weather. The one kicker is that you have to do your bar package through them which gets super pricey and is where we ended up going over budget. It was worth the look and feel of the venue as it was exactly how I pictured my wedding so I couldn't be happier. Sarah is who we worked with and she was really nice and helpful on the day of the wedding.
I am thrilled that I had my wedding at CHM. It is a timeless, classic and elegant venue. We had a Sunday wedding because Read more...
I am thrilled that I had my wedding at CHM. It is a timeless, classic and elegant venue. We had a Sunday wedding because the Saturday site fee was too high for our budget. For what we paid for the Sunday rate, we got 6.5 hours and a gorgeous setting, inside and out. Another great reason to choose CHM is because they have a rain plan in case of bad weather. The one kicker is that you have to do your bar package through them which gets super pricey and is where we ended up going over budget. It was worth the look and feel of the venue as it was exactly how I pictured my wedding so I couldn't be happier. Sarah is who we worked with and she was really nice and helpful on the day of the wedding. Read less
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Tamara
Wedding:
12/31/2013
4.8/5.0
We had our New Year's Eve wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Anna, the event coordinator for the museum, was amazing to work with. She was clearly very experienced and made the whole event run extremely smoothly. We planned the wedding from Washington, DC and she was very available by phone and email anytime we needed anything. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and one of my guests has not booked her wedding at the venue. It was absolutely amazing.
We had our New Year's Eve wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Anna, the event coordinator for the museum, was amazing Read more...
We had our New Year's Eve wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Anna, the event coordinator for the museum, was amazing to work with. She was clearly very experienced and made the whole event run extremely smoothly. We planned the wedding from Washington, DC and she was very available by phone and email anytime we needed anything. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and one of my guests has not booked her wedding at the venue. It was absolutely amazing. Read less
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Shani
Wedding:
6/30/2013
4.8/5.0
I fell in love with the Chicago History Museum as a wedding venue within 5 minutes. It was a stretch for the budget and they actually worked with me to help put it more in reach. My contact, Anna, was always responsive and helpful. She was my go-to person for ALL of my wedding questions. When a problem arose she was quick with a solution, such as when the champagne we chose was unavailable, she found a similar champagne at a higher price point and didn't charge us the difference. She was on hand the day of the wedding to help make sure everything was perfect and was there to make sure I got everything necessary in my car at the end of the night.
I fell in love with the Chicago History Museum as a wedding venue within 5 minutes. It was a stretch for the budget and Read more...
I fell in love with the Chicago History Museum as a wedding venue within 5 minutes. It was a stretch for the budget and they actually worked with me to help put it more in reach. My contact, Anna, was always responsive and helpful. She was my go-to person for ALL of my wedding questions. When a problem arose she was quick with a solution, such as when the champagne we chose was unavailable, she found a similar champagne at a higher price point and didn't charge us the difference. She was on hand the day of the wedding to help make sure everything was perfect and was there to make sure I got everything necessary in my car at the end of the night. Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
11/3/2012
4.8/5.0
Ever since I was little I dreamed of getting married at the Chicago Historical Society (now named the Chicago History Museum). When my fiancé (now husband) and I got engaged in December we only looked at 2 venues, which was 1 too many. Anna and the staff at CHM were great to work with. She was very professional, knew all of our vendors personally, and always got back to us quickly. The space is absolutely gorgeous. We loved how elegant yet edgy the rooms are. We had ~175 guests including a head table of 22 and the room was filled perfectly. There was room for more tables, but I think our size was perfect for the space. For the bride and groom who are looking to avoid the hotel ballroom wedding, CHM is your venue!
Ever since I was little I dreamed of getting married at the Chicago Historical Society (now named the Chicago History Read more...
Ever since I was little I dreamed of getting married at the Chicago Historical Society (now named the Chicago History Museum). When my fiancé (now husband) and I got engaged in December we only looked at 2 venues, which was 1 too many. Anna and the staff at CHM were great to work with. She was very professional, knew all of our vendors personally, and always got back to us quickly. The space is absolutely gorgeous. We loved how elegant yet edgy the rooms are. We had ~175 guests including a head table of 22 and the room was filled perfectly. There was room for more tables, but I think our size was perfect for the space. For the bride and groom who are looking to avoid the hotel ballroom wedding, CHM is your venue! Read less
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Shianne
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.8/5.0
We held our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum, in the Chicago Room and Uihlein Plaza. Everything was beautiful, and we got many compliments on the location and space. Our coordinator was Anna, who was responsive and very nice to work with. You're limited in your catering options, but all four approved vendors are excellent, so no real challenges there.

The only category we marked as less than 5 stars is Value - our wedding was on a Sunday, which is typically a lower rate. However, due to the holiday weekend (Memorial Day), we were charged the full, high-season Saturday rate without any option to negotiate (though Anna did work in a champagne toast for us). That said, the space is huge and gorgeous, so at the end of day, we personally felt that the splurge was worth it.
We held our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum, in the Chicago Room and Uihlein Plaza. Everything was Read more...
We held our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum, in the Chicago Room and Uihlein Plaza. Everything was beautiful, and we got many compliments on the location and space. Our coordinator was Anna, who was responsive and very nice to work with. You're limited in your catering options, but all four approved vendors are excellent, so no real challenges there.

The only category we marked as less than 5 stars is Value - our wedding was on a Sunday, which is typically a lower rate. However, due to the holiday weekend (Memorial Day), we were charged the full, high-season Saturday rate without any option to negotiate (though Anna did work in a champagne toast for us). That said, the space is huge and gorgeous, so at the end of day, we personally felt that the splurge was worth it. Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
9/3/2011
4.9/5.0
We worked with Becky at the Chicago History Museum and could not have been more pleased and impressed. She was fantastic! Not only was she utterly professional but also extremely personable. Honestly, this was the best venue we could have hoped for. We did our ceremony outside and our reception in the Chicago room. Everything was perfect. I HIGHLY recommend the Chicago History Museum for your wedding/ceremony venue.
We worked with Becky at the Chicago History Museum and could not have been more pleased and impressed. She was fantastic! Read more...
We worked with Becky at the Chicago History Museum and could not have been more pleased and impressed. She was fantastic! Not only was she utterly professional but also extremely personable. Honestly, this was the best venue we could have hoped for. We did our ceremony outside and our reception in the Chicago room. Everything was perfect. I HIGHLY recommend the Chicago History Museum for your wedding/ceremony venue. Read less
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nexxusstar
Wedding:
11/7/2009
3.8/5.0
too beautiful! the best place we could have found for an all-in-one day! we had the wedding on the 'stage' on the second floor, and then had the reception on the other side. Everything was so beautiful and they were great at the museum. the only thing we wish is that there were more areas open for people to look around and enjoy the displays.
too beautiful! the best place we could have found for an all-in-one day! we had the wedding on the 'stage' on the second Read more...
too beautiful! the best place we could have found for an all-in-one day! we had the wedding on the 'stage' on the second floor, and then had the reception on the other side. Everything was so beautiful and they were great at the museum. the only thing we wish is that there were more areas open for people to look around and enjoy the displays. Read less
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