Although there is good reason to call Chicago the windy city, and the weather can be a real challenge during normal times, planning a wedding in Chicago can offer up some real benefits if you seek to have your wedding in a somewhat unusual venue and at a non-traditional time. Here are some venues that might offer some novel perspectives during different seasons:
The Narnia Estate, 16501 135th Street, Lemont; a stunning 55-acre estate, replete with waterfall, pond and century-old oak trees; complete wedding packages, which include wedding coordinators to assist you in all aspects of planning; three-course dinner menu; 4- hour bar; choice of linen colors, wedding cake and much more; spring blossoming can be breathtaking here;
Mystic Blue Cruises, Navy Pier; choice of several cruise ships and wedding packages available year round; brunch, lunch, or midday, dinner or evening cruises; dancing, DJ, professional planner and access to outside vendors all included; beautiful skyline views for great photo opportunities; an excellent variation of colors in the fall, and the competition will be a lot less for this time of year;
Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Rd;, Libertyville; a lovely 1100-acre preserve which includes a number of facilities for your perfect day; Audubon Hall, an inside/outside facility; North Bay Pavilion, an outside event venue; and Native Garden, all are built around the lake; award winning catering by Michaels can accommodate a full service menu and beverage bar; plan your wedding ceremony and reception in the spring, and if weather disappoints, you have many last-minute rescue venues inside;
Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, 20 South Eastern Avenue, Joliet; three locations for the ceremony--the Secret Garden, the Old Central Church and the Jacob Henry Mansion; a tranquil garden setting where the outside ceremony takes place in front of a beautiful flower trellis; a tented ballroom is set up on the lawn for up to 300 guests; the Old Central Church has three floor-to- ceiling stained glass windows and unique semi-circle seating so that you are surrounded by friends and family as you exchange your vows; church will seat up to 500 guests; if you choose the Jacob Henry Mansion your package will include exclusive use of the first and second floors of the mansion; spring and summer work best in this setting;
Carriage Greens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Greens Drive, Darien; beautiful new gazebo for the ceremony; Grand Ball Room or East-West Room for your reception; bridal suite available; accommodations for up to 350 guests; on-staff, certified chef to plan and prepare menu; marble dance floor; go here in the late spring or early summer, the ideal times for golf for your guests;
Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie Street; elegant outdoor gardens for Spring, Summer or Fall weddings, two inside dining areas; an acclimatized tent for year-round use; on-staff wedding planners and years of culinary experience make this an outstanding location that you can count on to make your day special; a September wedding will be an unforgettable experience for the bride and groom, as well as the happy guests;
Germania Place, 108 West Germania Place; national Historic Registry building features two ballrooms with 35 ft. ceilings and gilded domes; original crystal chandeliers; fully draped arch windows and old-word architecture, make this a warm and unique setting for your wedding; experienced chefs will prepare your choice of deliciously prepared foods from their extensive menus; the Grand Ballroom houses the largest and most ornate non-religious stained-glass window in the world, which was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; everyone wants to come here in the summer, so pick the spring or early fall.
Come to these venues during the three seasons, but spring and early fall have the least competition and eye-catching scenes.