Photo: Courtesy of Anderson Japanese Gardens
We love a classic garden party venue like the Chicago Botanic Garden or Morton Arboretum, but with a little research, you'll find many more options for wedding venues with a 'destination feel.' Luckily, we got a head start on the list.
Anderson Japanese Gardens (Above)
Completed in the 1980s, this authentic Japanese garden is brimming with peace and tranquillity — every rock and plant was placed according to traditional design elements. Covering a total of 12 acres, these gardens can accommodate large or small parties for an incredibly romantic, whimsical wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Odyssey Cruise
Give your guests a truly unique experience when you set sail on this luxury yacht, which cruises the shoreline of the city and offers fantastic views of major downtown landmarks. Say 'I Do' atop a sunny deck with the skyline in the distance, and in the summer months, cap off the evening with a front row view of the fireworks at Navy Pier. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms
Located about two hours northwest of downtown, Orchard Ridge Farms offers 130 private acres of breathtaking landscape. Say your vows atop a rolling hillside and then head to the pavilion for a rustic yet elegant reception with 365-degree views. Let's be honest: There aren't many places in the city you can snap a photo of yourself on horseback in a ballgown. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of the Chicago Park District
This 91-acre peninsula into Lake Michigan is at the heart of Museum Campus, meaning the north-facing views of the city are going to be incredible. Ideal for a formal, black-tie event, the pavilion is completely customizable to the event space of your dreams.
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North Rose Garden at Buckingham Fountain
Adjacent to the historic Buckingham Fountain, the North Rose Garden is lined with sculpted bushes and plenty of fragrant flowers. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory
As one of the top conservatories in the nation, this garden-under-glass houses thousands of exotic plants, from palms and dessert plants to aroids and oversized ferns along indoor lagoons. Host a seated affair in the Horticulture Hall, where traditional rounds can be set up among the greenery. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Park District
Home to Chicago's Second World Fair, this 1930s indoor/outdoor space envisioned by Daniel Burnham provides gorgeous, sweeping views of the lakefront and city. It was with good reason George Lucas and Mellody Hobson chose it as their location to tie the knot in 2013.