BRIDES Chicago: 7 Historical Wedding Venues

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Chicago's storied history is often told through the architectural landmarks that have withstood the test of time. From cultural institutions to classic hotels, these historical Chicago venues are perfect for the bride looking for a bit of old-school elegance on her big day.

The Palmer House Hilton (Above)
When Potter Palmer gifted this grand hotel to Bertha Honore in 1870 as a wedding present, little did he know it would become the perfect something borrowed for modern brides. Now one of the nation's oldest hotels, the Palmer House Hilton, with a capacity of up to 1,650 guests, offers six ballroom options, as well as smaller venues for more intimate gatherings, and its romantic history sets the perfect tone for your big day. Read real brides reviews here!

The Drake Hotel
A longtime anchor in the North Michigan Avenue skyline, the Drake Hotel sits on a unique location along the picturesque lakefront that's just steps away from the city's top retail and dining destinations. Plus, the hotel, which has a capacity of up to 900 guests, has great venues for satellite events like an elegant high tea bridal shower in the Palm Court or rehearsal dinner at Cape Cod restaurant, which still boasts the initials of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved in its wooden bar. Read real brides reviews here!


Photo: Courtesy of Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum
We love the classic Georgian style of the Chicago Room at the city's oldest cultural institution, the Chicago History Museum. Along the room's interior walls, backlit cases display stained glass pieces from the collections of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the 350-capacity space opens into Uihlein Plaza, which offers an idyllic indoor/outdoor environment for an easy-flow fete. Read real brides reviews here!

The Art Institute of Chicago
While this museum, with a capacity of up to 5,000 guests, has a seemingly endless variety of venue options, we're partial to the sleek design of the Modern Wing, which offers brides with big plans an elegant, blank-slate space to transform. Plus, the option to add a private viewing of the museum's collections ensures guests will be treated to a truly memorable evening. Read real brides reviews here!

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Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
Although this classic 1920s hotel, which has a capacity of up to 750 guests, spent a brief stint as a Playboy Hotel in the '70s (and was rumored to have been home to a speakeasy during Prohibition), the Crystal Ballroom's golden domed ceiling still oozes the glamour of the roaring era. Read real brides reviews here!

Stan Mansion
Formerly a Masonic Temple, this historic Logan Square manor was restored in 2012. With a capacity of up to 400 guests, Stan Mansion offers brides the ability to completely customize their wedding, and the option to bring in your own alcohol means last year's long weekend in Napa is now a write-off for research! Read real brides reviews here!

Great Hall at Chicago Union Station
Originally designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham, this 20,000-square-foot, 2,500-capacity, Beaux Arts-style space is a showstopper in its own accord. Whether a large-scale reception or seated dinner, your big day is sure to be a breathtaking affair.

Want more Chicago venues? Browse our Chicago Wedding Venues page to find the best for your big day.

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