Between friends' and family members' celebrations, chances are you've already experienced many of the area's tried-and-true wedding venues before — maybe more than once. So the prospect of throwing your big bash in a shiny new space is all the more appealing, especially for a bride who wants to make a trendsetting splash. Here are some of Chicago's newest wedding venues that are perfect for a trendsetting bride-to-be.
__The Farm at Dover (Above) __
75 miles from Chicago, couples looking for a rustic-chic wedding will find this recently renovated 4,300 square foot barn for up to 160 seated guests, complete with chandeliers, a stone patio, second-story veranda, seven acres of gardens, and an on-site Victorian inn.
Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels
Mega-millionaire Richard Branson's first foray into the hotel business came about early last year with a swanky 26-story tower in the Loop's Old Dearborn Bank Building. The hotel's Manor space can hold gatherings for up to 120 and guests can enjoy art deco details throughout the 250 rooms, restaurant lounge and rooftop bar — with epic views of the city.
Photo: Courtesy of London House
London House Chicago Set to open in the spring, this centrally-located historic property overlooking the Chicago River has an array of ballrooms and meeting spaces in addition to more than 450 guest rooms.
Photo: Courtesy of Level 257 via Facebook
__Level 257 __
More playful couples will appreciate this Pac-Man-inspired event space that's spread over 42,000 square feet in Schaumburg's Woodfield center. The building, which opened last February, can accommodate seated receptions for up to 240 or more with passed plates, featuring retro bowling lanes, arcade games, and other fun details.
Photo: Courtesy of Brique
A space for up to 100 guests, Brique is the new private event space from the folks behind Boutique Bites catering. The West Loop venue is set to have charming touches like bookshelves and chandeliers when it opens this year and 8,000 square feet for dining and dancing.
Photo: Courtesy of Revel Décor
__Revel Motor Row __
Housed across from McCormick Place in what was once the Chicago Illinois Automobile Club, this space — one of several character-centric newer offerings from Revel Space — will be able to accommodate up to 2,500 for cocktail parties and 1,000 for seated dinners when it opens later this year.