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It's no secret that Chicago's skyline is one of the world's most beautiful, with its towering skyscrapers and architectural treasures. But when set against the seemingly endless waters of Lake Michigan or open green spaces of Lincoln Park, that view becomes the perfect backdrop for your big day.
Café Brauer (Above)
This 20th century landmark features a circular great hall with a soaring domed ceiling, stained glass windows, and glass chandeliers that set an elegant, understated tone. Guests will enjoy cocktails overlooking the Nature Boardwalk of the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is one of the most desired locations for wedding photos in the city due to its clear view of the skyline flanked by the greenery of Lincoln Park. Read real brides' reviews here!
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The terrace of the Ava Suite on the 17th floor of Public Chicago Hotel is perfect for an intimate gathering where guests can take in the splendor of Chicago's Gold Coast architecture. Plus, the simple, chic interior of the hotel and roster of famous patrons at the renowned Pump Room restaurant (Dustin Hoffman, David Bowie and Tina Turner to name a few) is sure to impress guests. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Lakefront Terrace of the Shedd Aquarium provides unobstructed views of the skyline, and being just south of downtown, it is one of the most iconic and photographed views of the city. From the boats drifting in Monroe Harbor to the spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display on Wednesday and Saturday nights in the summer, the breezy atmosphere will feel like a destination wedding right here at home. Read real brides' reviews here!
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This Five Diamond hotel is known for its unparalleled views afforded by unique real estate at the edge of the Chicago River. Of the three new event spaces debuting this May, we're partial to the Riverside Room where guests can take in the view with direct access to the property's riverside walkway. Its twelve-foot ceiling with circular coffered design and Swarovski crystal light fixtures are exactly the level of luxury you'd expect from Trump. Read real brides' reviews here!
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City View Loft
Thirteen-foot timber beams, exposed brick and a 4,500-square-foot open floor plan make this raw, industrial space perfect for brides with a specific vision. City View Loft offers spectacular views from its floor-to-ceiling windows, and we love the organic, seasonal creations of its in-house catering company, Pure Kitchen Catering. Read real brides' reviews here!
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The Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
Located at the furthermost point of Navy Pier, which is currently undergoing a $115 million renovation, the historic Grand Ballroom — and its wow-worthy 80-foot domed ceiling — is reminiscent of Chicago's early 20th century splendor. Guests are sure to step outside and enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Michigan with a midnight stroll. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Hidden atop the Hotel Lincoln, this chic rooftop space is known for its downtown-facing views of the lakefront and surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood, and the outdoor element is now open year-round thanks to a new retractable glass rooftop. Read real brides' reviews here!