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Great Spots for Wedding Photos in Chicago



Chicago, the windy city, that ‘Toddling Town,’ Mecca of the Midwest and gateway to the west, is a fantastic place to have a wedding.  Downtown, and all around in a variety of suburbs and small adjoining towns, Chicago offers a wide array of venues to please the most discriminating wedding couple.  Prices can vary rather dramatically, but all of the following have special attributes to accommodate any wallet.   Here is but a small sampling of the offerings in and around Chicago:


Only slightly expensive


·        Chapel in the Pines, 15165 Quigley Rd., Sycamore.   Inside chapel, Victorian style; or outside arrangements, with 7-acre grounds and gazebo; wide choice of vendors and musicians; flexible, you can help with planning and arrangements or leave all to their professional staff. Accommodates 100 guests. A photographer’s delight;


·        Old Central Church, 20 South Eastern Ave, Joliet.  Past presented in elegant 1895 building; Old Central Church, Secret Gardens and the Jacob Henry Mansion combination sure to please guests; unmatched organ music; stained glass windows, local limestone and hand-carved wood abound;


·        Odyssey Cruises, Navy Pier, 600 Grand Ave.  Have an unforgettable and impressive time spending the day and evening cruising in a luxurious vessel and entertaining your guests; superb staff; choose your décor, linens, menu, wines and musicians.  Wonderful all-in-one venue.  Photographers will stay busy;


·        Astoria Banquets, 1375 West Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove.  Silk damask wall coverings, elegant table settings, crystal chandeliers, and subdued/controlled lighting; accommodates up to 550 guests, and settings start at under $20/person, intimate yet expansive;


·        Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling.  Your out-of-town guests will love the golfing; inside or outside accommodations (225 and 150 guests, respectively); nice Grand Ballroom; photos on the course;


·        Educational/different:  Chicago History Museum, Clark Street at North Avenue, use the second floor museum; or, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, seats 375, all one cost from $3750-$5,000; or, Atrium Events, 4325 n. Ravenswood, elegant sit-down with artwork everywhere.  Your photographer will have a heyday in these unique venues;

A little more bite on the wallet


·        Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph St.  Critics acclaim it as ‘most spectacular ballroom in Chicago.’  Quite large but intimate; 1926 fixtures.  Superb dancing accommodations and photo opportunities are unlimited;


·        Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie St.  Famous Como Inn Restaurant; lush courtyard and tented pavilion; accommodates up to 500 people.  Very popular Chicago wedding venue;


·        Montefiori, 11250 S. Archer Ave.  Secluded, private, pavilion, magnificent gardens and waterfalls; gazebo and Terrace Room; wine cellar; accommodates 400 guests.  Simply wonderful; photo scenes everywhere;


·        Patrick Haley Mansion, 17 S. Center St., Joliet.  Breathtaking top-of-the-line site, 1889 building; pagoda and arbor structures; Victoria Gardens; seats 400 guests;


·        Abbington Banquets, Rte 53 and Butterfield Rd, Glen Ellyn.  Impressive foyer; black-tie attired staff; magnificent façade; ‘Jewel of the Western Suburbs’; 3 ballrooms, eclectic menus and world-class cuisine;


Crème de la crème


·        Swissôtel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Dr., ‘Where the river meets the lake.’  calls itself  a premier site; elegant, stylish; overlooks Magnificent Mile; semi-circular Grand Ballroom, with reception room close by; Edelweiss Penthouse for 140 guests and 33’ skylight and 185’ of linear windows space; A-can’t-miss photography bonanza;


·        The Sutton Place Hotel, 21 East Bellevue Place.  AAA-4 Diamond facility; contemporary, overlooking city; large, numerous windows; two Great Rooms; be fanciful or minimal in Great Room 1, or enjoy loft-style design, fireplace and high ceilings in Grand Room 2;


·        The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave.  2 venues, each unique:  Florentine Room, 350 guests, and Gold Room, 450 guests.  Stunning, unusual murals; arched ceilings and preservation of the past; everything from cocktail reception, to hors-d’oeuvres selection, to the four-course dinner, this venue has it all;


·        Omni Chicago Hotel, 676 N. Michigan Ave.  4-Diamond Service Award; located in the center of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile; 2 outstanding ballrooms; floor-to-ceiling windows; exceptional rooms for overnight guests.  Offers an unforgettable wedding venue with photos galore.


Chicago, with its panoply of offerings might be the number one wedding venue in the country. With a little planning, couples can be assured of a perfect wedding ceremony and reception.







Last Updated: October 17, 2008 at 6:48 am
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