Are you a Chicago bride in search of a stunning wedding venue that will wow your guests and stand out from the crowd? If the city limits aren't doing it for you, consider expanding your list of options outside of the city and check out these five amazing suburban wedding venues.
__Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom, Oswego __
A country-style wonderland located in the southwest suburbs, Emerson Creek is the perfect venue for a Chicago bride with a wild, outdoor-loving heart. Located on seven scenic acres of Midwestern farmlands with a gorgeous renovated 3,200 sq. ft barn, this venue is unlike any others in its immediate area. A large ceiling and exposed beams flow into a triple peak event tent — complete with Instagram-worthy vintage chandeliers, a stone patio, and two fire pits overlooking the countryside.
Special features include a one of a kind "Bridal Coop" for brides to get ready, multiple cocktail and ceremony areas, and a tearoom porch and aviary. Emerson Creek can hold up to 225 guests for indoor ceremonies and receptions and 175 guests for an outdoor ceremony.
Photo: Courtesy of Wandering Tree Estate
Wandering Tree Estate, North Barrington
Wandering Tree Estate is as whimsical a venue for your wedding as its name. A private luxury estate located in the northern suburbs, this luxe estate has a private 4-acre lake, garden railways, and 10 acres of beautiful prize-winning gardens, including rose gardens, a woodland garden featuring a magnificent 400-year-old oak tree as its centerpiece, and a Shabui Japanese stroll garden with seven waterfalls and beautiful cherry trees. For those who want to allow their guests the luxury of staying on the grounds, the estate can be reserved exclusively for an entire weekend.
If that's not impressive enough, the swan rental, floating lanterns, and groomsmen's arcade might do the trick. To arrive at your ceremony, the Wandering Tree features a ride-on train, which is ideal for fun photo ops. Brides with big families — don't fret — as the maximum seated outdoors is 1000, and the maximum standing outdoors is 5000 — so there's plenty of room for your entire guest list (and neighborhood!).
Photo: Courtesy of Cheney Mansion
__Cheney Mansion, Historic District Oak Park __
A beautiful and elegant historical building located on 2.5 acres of private landscaped grounds, Cheney Mansion is timelessly elegant mansion and reminiscent of an English country home. The site features large airy rooms with a ballroom, several formal dining rooms, sitting rooms, a library, and separate powder rooms for the bride and groom. Cheney Mansion can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner, 175 for buffet service, and a tent may be used on the grounds for larger groups. For guests who are looking to dance the night away, there is an air-conditioned first floor in addition to a dance floor on the third floor in the summer.
Photo: Courtesy of The Great Hall at the Onion
The Great Hall at the Onion, Lake Barrington
A stunningly scenic banquet hall on the shores of Pepper Lake, this venue is encapsulated by wildflowers and a cascading waterfall flowing past the cantilevered Lakeside Patio. The Great Hall at the Onion Pub and Brewery features a large timber frame cathedral ceiling, a wall of windows, and hand-carved chandeliers and woodwork. Open and airy, this magnificent space blends modern elegance with the beauty of the outdoors and can hold up to 150 guests for outdoor ceremonies and up to 200 guests for an indoor reception.
Outdoor ceremonies can be held on the Lakeside Patio, which is situated directly off the banquet hall, accompanied by the serene sounds of the waterfall.
Photo: Courtesy of The Grove Redfield Estate
__The Grove Redfield Estate, Glenview __
The Grove Redfield Estate is a historic house nestled in one of the largest parklands in Illinois. The home of one of the Grove's earliest settlers, this locale features Prairie-style architecture that is reminiscent of idyllic cottages in the northern European countryside, giving any event held in this beautiful venue a vintage atmosphere. With a beautiful Great Room and loft that features a stunning rustic stone pavilion complete with a fireplace, towering cathedral ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and a wooden gazebo, the Grove Redfield Estate is an enchanting and romantic venue for couples who want a wedding with a charming and old-world atmosphere.
The space can hold up to 100 guests for an indoor ceremony and reception, and up to 125 for an outdoor ceremony and reception.