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The Crystal Gardens

Chicago , IL
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700 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 US (map)

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312-595-5446

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ABOUT US

The Crystal Gardens on Chicago’s Navy Pier, is home to a beautiful, one-acre botanical garden. The garden is housed in a six-story glass atrium with a 50-foot arched ceiling, and... Read more
The Crystal Gardens on Chicago’s Navy Pier, is home to a beautiful, one-acre botanical garden. The garden is housed in a six-story glass atrium with a 50-foot arched ceiling, and combines the wonder of the outdoors and comfort of the indoors. Beautiful surroundings make it the ideal place to host weddings and wedding receptions. We have more than 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging “twinkle lights,” and dancing “leapfrog” fountains, to provide a gorgeous, natural backdrop to your wedding.

We also have no room rental fee, simply a food and beverage minimum. There is room to accommodate anywhere from 100 to 1,500 people, making the Crystal Gardens ideal for a wedding reception of any size. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall
Describe the style of your venue
City, Waterfront, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, 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?
1400
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

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Rebekka
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
We are SO happy we decided on this wonderful location for our wedding. Kaylan was a joy to work with: so responsive, responsible, and helpful, efficient, honest, and straight to the point. She managed so much up until the very last second - thank you, Kaylan! As for the location, when we first walked in, we knew this was the venue to beat: the trickling fountains, the green flora, the singing birdies, the gorgeous light fixtures, the outdoor feel with indoor comfort, the quirky fairgrounds, the lake... What made our choice a no-brainer was the surprisingly reasonable price for the partial space, which includes Kaylan's hard work, amazingly tasty catering of drinks and foods by Phil Stefani, and a nice selection of linens. The entire experience was absolutely magical. Two tips: Tip No 1: The partial space is perfect! Don't worry about feeling exposed or too public - the wooden shutters block out people and the security guards do a spectacular job keeping crashers out. And sound travels so poorly that outside noise never makes it into your space... which brings me to Tip No 2: Sound travels really poorly in the gardens, so MAKE SURE you have a good sound system, usually provided by your DJ or band. Crystal Gardens FTW!!!
We are SO happy we decided on this wonderful location for our wedding. Kaylan was a joy to work with: so responsive, Read more...
We are SO happy we decided on this wonderful location for our wedding. Kaylan was a joy to work with: so responsive, responsible, and helpful, efficient, honest, and straight to the point. She managed so much up until the very last second - thank you, Kaylan! As for the location, when we first walked in, we knew this was the venue to beat: the trickling fountains, the green flora, the singing birdies, the gorgeous light fixtures, the outdoor feel with indoor comfort, the quirky fairgrounds, the lake... What made our choice a no-brainer was the surprisingly reasonable price for the partial space, which includes Kaylan's hard work, amazingly tasty catering of drinks and foods by Phil Stefani, and a nice selection of linens. The entire experience was absolutely magical. Two tips: Tip No 1: The partial space is perfect! Don't worry about feeling exposed or too public - the wooden shutters block out people and the security guards do a spectacular job keeping crashers out. And sound travels so poorly that outside noise never makes it into your space... which brings me to Tip No 2: Sound travels really poorly in the gardens, so MAKE SURE you have a good sound system, usually provided by your DJ or band. Crystal Gardens FTW!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved the venue and they worked with us on everything from decor to food to last minute requests.
We loved the venue and they worked with us on everything from decor to food to last minute requests.
We loved the venue and they worked with us on everything from decor to food to last minute requests. Read less
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Calimari87
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
This venue is beyond magical. Sparkling lights and dancing water fountains, fireworks on summer Saturday nights on your own private patio overlooking the lake and city skyline, beautiful soaring trees and pretty plants lining the bases, the Ferris Wheel blinking in the background....simply breathtaking. The food that Phil Stefani catering provides is phenomenal and the staff was so nice and attentive the whole night. The food/beverage minimum (and minimal ceremony fees) needed to rent this venue for a Saturday summer wedding ceremony and reception were definitely high, even without factoring in tax and tip...but it included a high-end open bar, multi-course plated dinner, and a cocktail hour with appetizers, basic linens, votive candles, a dance floor, full staff, and all place settings. My husband and I spent nearly 50% of our wedding budget on the venue because we knew it would be worth cutting corners elsewhere on the budget to make our dream a reality. We both agreed by the end of it that it was worth every penny. We were able to do minimal flowers because the venue was so gorgeous on its own, and minimal table decor as well. Our ceremony here was beautiful and again required minimal decor, as we used the fountains as a natural arch to stand under and the chairs with tied chair covers provided by the venue. The room flip from ceremony to reception during the cocktail hour on the patio was seamless, and the reception area was all ready to go and looked amazing when dinner came around. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the venue was once the sun started to set and the twinkle lights came up, but they were all blown away by the private patio with a view of the Navy Pier Fireworks display. Some guests even said our wedding was like something you would see in a movie! The venue really was that impressive. It even topped my husband and I's expectations of how wonderful our wedding could be. If you want to wow you and guests alike, get married here.
This venue is beyond magical. Sparkling lights and dancing water fountains, fireworks on summer Saturday nights on your Read more...
This venue is beyond magical. Sparkling lights and dancing water fountains, fireworks on summer Saturday nights on your own private patio overlooking the lake and city skyline, beautiful soaring trees and pretty plants lining the bases, the Ferris Wheel blinking in the background....simply breathtaking. The food that Phil Stefani catering provides is phenomenal and the staff was so nice and attentive the whole night. The food/beverage minimum (and minimal ceremony fees) needed to rent this venue for a Saturday summer wedding ceremony and reception were definitely high, even without factoring in tax and tip...but it included a high-end open bar, multi-course plated dinner, and a cocktail hour with appetizers, basic linens, votive candles, a dance floor, full staff, and all place settings. My husband and I spent nearly 50% of our wedding budget on the venue because we knew it would be worth cutting corners elsewhere on the budget to make our dream a reality. We both agreed by the end of it that it was worth every penny. We were able to do minimal flowers because the venue was so gorgeous on its own, and minimal table decor as well. Our ceremony here was beautiful and again required minimal decor, as we used the fountains as a natural arch to stand under and the chairs with tied chair covers provided by the venue. The room flip from ceremony to reception during the cocktail hour on the patio was seamless, and the reception area was all ready to go and looked amazing when dinner came around. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the venue was once the sun started to set and the twinkle lights came up, but they were all blown away by the private patio with a view of the Navy Pier Fireworks display. Some guests even said our wedding was like something you would see in a movie! The venue really was that impressive. It even topped my husband and I's expectations of how wonderful our wedding could be. If you want to wow you and guests alike, get married here. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Could not have asked for a better venue. It was the wedding of my dreams!! Michelle was so helpful and accomatating. She genuinely cares about your needs and will always make time for you. She will try and make every request work. Everything went smoothly and as planned. (What more could a bride ask for?!) the food was amazing and everything turned out beautiful. We are still getting complements on both almost 4 months later! The venues beauty speaks for itself. We had both the wedding ceremony and reception here and it was like two completely different venues. Gorgeous in the daylight and once it got dark it was like a whole new place. It accommodated our 250 guests easily and there was more than enough room for everyone. We were able to take pictures on the carousel which was so fun and turned out great! I cannot recommend this venue enough. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my wedding and would have it there all over again! It made you feel like you were outdoors during the day without the worries of Chicago weather (a definite unneeded stressor on the wedding day). All the guests were comfortable so the heat was not a problem either (as the wedding was in July). Thank you Michelle and crystal gardens for helping to make the wedding of our dreams a reality! This day will never be forgotten! Cannot cleat thank you enough!!
Could not have asked for a better venue. It was the wedding of my dreams!! Michelle was so helpful and accomatating. She Read more...
Could not have asked for a better venue. It was the wedding of my dreams!! Michelle was so helpful and accomatating. She genuinely cares about your needs and will always make time for you. She will try and make every request work. Everything went smoothly and as planned. (What more could a bride ask for?!) the food was amazing and everything turned out beautiful. We are still getting complements on both almost 4 months later! The venues beauty speaks for itself. We had both the wedding ceremony and reception here and it was like two completely different venues. Gorgeous in the daylight and once it got dark it was like a whole new place. It accommodated our 250 guests easily and there was more than enough room for everyone. We were able to take pictures on the carousel which was so fun and turned out great! I cannot recommend this venue enough. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my wedding and would have it there all over again! It made you feel like you were outdoors during the day without the worries of Chicago weather (a definite unneeded stressor on the wedding day). All the guests were comfortable so the heat was not a problem either (as the wedding was in July). Thank you Michelle and crystal gardens for helping to make the wedding of our dreams a reality! This day will never be forgotten! Cannot cleat thank you enough!! Read less
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Genieb11
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Crystal Gardens. When we starting looking for our venue, this was at the top of our list. It's such a unique venue with all the greenery and lights hanging down from the glass ceiling. We ended up having our ceremony and reception here. The entire planning process with our coordinator was flawless. Our coordinator was super responsive and accommodating. Our guests raved about the food and venue itself. Definitely money well spent for excellent food, service, and incredible location!
I can't say enough good things about Crystal Gardens. When we starting looking for our venue, this was at the top of our Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Crystal Gardens. When we starting looking for our venue, this was at the top of our list. It's such a unique venue with all the greenery and lights hanging down from the glass ceiling. We ended up having our ceremony and reception here. The entire planning process with our coordinator was flawless. Our coordinator was super responsive and accommodating. Our guests raved about the food and venue itself. Definitely money well spent for excellent food, service, and incredible location! Read less
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Stacy
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Kaylan and the team at the Crystal Gardens rocked! I feel like they worked with us on everything and had no interest in "nickel and diming" us along the way. They actually let us design the entire menu, from apps to entrée and didn't charge a penny extra. A month or so before the wedding we wanted to make a change that reduced the cost a bit (we got rid of a dessert) and they had no problem letting us do so. But most importantly they were GREAT to work with. The Chef was kind and accommodating, the staff that evening were spot on, and the venue was gorgeous. And oh, by the way, they don't charge for use of the room! As long as you use Phil Stefani as the caterer - the room is free! Try finding that somewhere else downtown. Everything was pretty much perfect - we can't think of even one hiccup when it come to the Crystal Gardens. They even did a smaller second tasting for us when we wanted to change some of out own ideas around! All in all, they were gracious, flexible, kind, generous, and delightful to work with. We couldn't recommend them more.
Kaylan and the team at the Crystal Gardens rocked! I feel like they worked with us on everything and had no interest in Read more...
Kaylan and the team at the Crystal Gardens rocked! I feel like they worked with us on everything and had no interest in "nickel and diming" us along the way. They actually let us design the entire menu, from apps to entrée and didn't charge a penny extra. A month or so before the wedding we wanted to make a change that reduced the cost a bit (we got rid of a dessert) and they had no problem letting us do so. But most importantly they were GREAT to work with. The Chef was kind and accommodating, the staff that evening were spot on, and the venue was gorgeous. And oh, by the way, they don't charge for use of the room! As long as you use Phil Stefani as the caterer - the room is free! Try finding that somewhere else downtown. Everything was pretty much perfect - we can't think of even one hiccup when it come to the Crystal Gardens. They even did a smaller second tasting for us when we wanted to change some of out own ideas around! All in all, they were gracious, flexible, kind, generous, and delightful to work with. We couldn't recommend them more. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Where to start? This venue was incredible. My husband and I wanted a very Chicago wedding...we completely overlooked Navy Pier because we figured it would be way out of our budget. Finally, we stopped by and were blown away when we found out it was right in our range. We originally started with a coordinator named Sharon and she was amazing to work with. Two months until our reception, she moved on to another job and we received a new coordinator, Kaylan. I was really nervous to start working with someone else but Kaylan was amazing. She went over and above everything I needed and was great to work with. She makes the whole process seamless and I worried about nothing.

The venue itself is beautiful. When you see it during the day, its gorgeous, but NOTHING compared to what it looks like on your wedding night. It was dark, had beautiful uplighting, there were hanging Christmas lights, and the Ferris wheel lit up the entire place. It was incredible and our guests were speechless. I may be biased because it was my own wedding, but the food was the best wedding food I have ever eaten and my guests agreed. Every single guest had something to say about the venue....they were all so impressed. I highly recommend you check this place out!
Where to start? This venue was incredible. My husband and I wanted a very Chicago wedding...we completely overlooked Navy Read more...
Where to start? This venue was incredible. My husband and I wanted a very Chicago wedding...we completely overlooked Navy Pier because we figured it would be way out of our budget. Finally, we stopped by and were blown away when we found out it was right in our range. We originally started with a coordinator named Sharon and she was amazing to work with. Two months until our reception, she moved on to another job and we received a new coordinator, Kaylan. I was really nervous to start working with someone else but Kaylan was amazing. She went over and above everything I needed and was great to work with. She makes the whole process seamless and I worried about nothing.

The venue itself is beautiful. When you see it during the day, its gorgeous, but NOTHING compared to what it looks like on your wedding night. It was dark, had beautiful uplighting, there were hanging Christmas lights, and the Ferris wheel lit up the entire place. It was incredible and our guests were speechless. I may be biased because it was my own wedding, but the food was the best wedding food I have ever eaten and my guests agreed. Every single guest had something to say about the venue....they were all so impressed. I highly recommend you check this place out! Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
This is a wonderful venue!!! Sharon was lovely to work with and responsible. The food was beyond amazing. Our guests were so pleased and so were we. If we could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing!!!!
This is a wonderful venue!!! Sharon was lovely to work with and responsible. The food was beyond amazing. Our guests were Read more...
This is a wonderful venue!!! Sharon was lovely to work with and responsible. The food was beyond amazing. Our guests were so pleased and so were we. If we could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing!!!! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding looked amazing at Crystal Gardens. We picked the best venue ever! Everyone was in AWE! The staff there was beyond helpful and attentive. The atmosphere is beautiful and fun. The Ferris Wheel lights, the dangling lights, the fireworks, the trees, everything made the venue wonderful and different! We loved it and our guests did too!
Our wedding looked amazing at Crystal Gardens. We picked the best venue ever! Everyone was in AWE! The staff there was Read more...
Our wedding looked amazing at Crystal Gardens. We picked the best venue ever! Everyone was in AWE! The staff there was beyond helpful and attentive. The atmosphere is beautiful and fun. The Ferris Wheel lights, the dangling lights, the fireworks, the trees, everything made the venue wonderful and different! We loved it and our guests did too! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
I had my dream wedding at The Crystal Gardens in Chicago. The venue is STUNNING and very unique, if like me, you weren't looking for that whole ballroom feel. The wedding coordinators (I worked with Samantha) couldn't have been better! She worked with us from day one, and we emailed constantly. She answered my million questions and there was not one thing I would have changed. The food is by Phil Stefani and it is all SO good! If you book in the summer months, you also get fireworks, which is just the icing on the cake. I am so thankful to the team at The Crystal Gardens that made everything so perfect! Guests are still talking about it today :)
I had my dream wedding at The Crystal Gardens in Chicago. The venue is STUNNING and very unique, if like me, you weren't Read more...
I had my dream wedding at The Crystal Gardens in Chicago. The venue is STUNNING and very unique, if like me, you weren't looking for that whole ballroom feel. The wedding coordinators (I worked with Samantha) couldn't have been better! She worked with us from day one, and we emailed constantly. She answered my million questions and there was not one thing I would have changed. The food is by Phil Stefani and it is all SO good! If you book in the summer months, you also get fireworks, which is just the icing on the cake. I am so thankful to the team at The Crystal Gardens that made everything so perfect! Guests are still talking about it today :) Read less
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