Photo: Courtesy of The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
From hidden terraces to lush green spaces, Chicago offers plenty of wedding venues with an elegant, garden party vibe.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Above)
Nestled between Lake Michigan and North Pond, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum takes advantage of its location's natural tranquility with wrap-around windows and an outdoor terrace in every event space. Surrounded by the greenery of Lincoln Park, your big day will feel quiet and serene even though it's in the heart of the city. If your party's big enough to warrant a full buyout, guests will privately explore the museum, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, which is a lush, natural habitat home to 1,000 butterflies. Read real brides' reviews here!
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From the outside, this 80-year-old Medinah Temple is truly eye-catching — from its ornate copper domes to stained glass windows framed by Moorish style archways — but the raw event space inside allows brides to start from scratch. Plus, the hidden courtyard at the heart of the building provides a sunny outdoor element and gives this River North spot a retreat-like feel for up to 200 guests. Read real brides' reviews here!
Chicago Botanic Garden
With seven outdoor gardens (not to mention an array of indoor event spaces), the Chicago Botanic Garden is perfect for hosting a picturesque fete of any size. We're partial to the Krasberg Rose Garden, because nothing sets a romantic tone like the scent of 5,000 rosebushes surrounding your nuptials. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The MCA's Sculpture Garden is a hidden oasis tucked in between the bustle of Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan waterfront. Quiet and serene, it provides an elegant setting for an outdoor ceremony for up to 1,000 guests, followed by dinner and dancing in the tented terrace. Read real brides reviews here!
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The Morton Arboretum
This 1,700-acre living museum of trees is a gorgeous getaway just outside the city. Of all the spaces to choose from, nothing's quite like the formal setting of Hedge Garden, with its perfectly manicured hedges and 20-foot tall white pillars. Follow the ceremony with an elegant seated dinner in the striking 4,000-square-foot, 200-guest-capacity white tent of White Pine Pavilion. Read real brides reviews here!