Planning an outdoor wedding in Chicago but aren’t sure where to host it yet? We’ve compiled a great list of seven unique outdoor wedding venues in and around the city‚ you’re sure to find something you love.
1) Botanic Garden
Located in Glencoe, this garden is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 26 display gardens, some of which include:
- The Aquatic Garden
- The Bonsai Collection
- Waterfall Garden
- Rose Garden
2) Morton Arboretum
This 1,700-acre arboretum is made up of gardens of a variety of plant types and trees from specific geographical areas. Located in Lisle, IL, the Arboretum’s mission is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world, and to display them for people to study and enjoy across landscapes that are naturally beautiful.
3) Northerly Island
Northerly Island is a 91-acre peninsula with skyline views, located right on the lake, and connected to the mainland through a narrow pathway. This park was finished being built in 1925 and offers a beautiful backdrop for your event.
4) Brookfield Zoo
For a unique wedding, book yours at the Brookfield Zoo, also known as the Chicago Zoological Park. It features numerous exhibits of many different animals from around the world and has the first fully indoor rain forest simulation, Tropic World. If you’re interested in a wedding that people will never forget, consider hosting it at the Brookfield Zoo.
5) Garfield Park Conservatory
Located in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, this Conservatory’s collection is constantly evolving. Visit the Aroid House, the Desert House, the Fern Room, Horticulture Hall, the Palm House, and the Show House. Although not technically outdoors, the wide range of plant life provides a lush, unique space for your event at any time of year.
6) Peggy Notebaert Museum
This nature museum has a variety of exhibits that are intriguing and beautiful, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, Micole Birdwalk, Nature Trails, Wilderness Walk, and more. Located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Chicago, this nature museum offers a unique venue for your wedding.
7) The Ivy Room
Finally the Ivy Room. Featuring the Medinah Temple, the Tree Studios, and the Hidden Courtyard, the Ivy Room is located just two blocks away from the Magnificent Mile and offers picturesque views of the courtyard surrounding it. This venue offers a perfect space for both indoor and outdoor use‚ ideal for a wedding ceremony and reception.
Did you get married at an outdoor venue? Where did you choose?