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Five Uniquely Chicago Wedding Experiences

Five Uniquely Chicago Wedding Experiences

Though the world is my canvas as a destination wedding planner, Chicago is where I call home. As a major United States city, and popular wedding locale, today I’m sharing my top five uniquely Chicago wedding experiences. If you’re looking for something memorable and one-of-a-kind, I’ll offer some remarkable experiences and venues. Consider Chicago if you’re looking for a bit more of an ‘experience’ but who aren’t quite ready to head to more exotic locales.

Chicago Union Station

Sure, Chicago isn’t the only major city with a spectacular train station, but Chicago Union Station is still is a truly Chicago venue. Chicago Union Station was designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham (he also did The Flatiron Building in New York), and was constructed in the 1920’s. A magnificent building complete with beauty, grace, splendor, and history have made Union Station a popular site for major motion pictures, and could be the site of your nuptials. While the Great Hall is currently under renovation, one shouldn’t overlook the newly-renovated Burlington Room’s private event space, capable of seating over 200 guests. Chicago Union Station is also a great option even if you’re just looking to capture a unique wedding photography experience.

Adler Planetarium

Chicago is known for its number of original sights—including the Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and The Field Museum (all places you can hold your wedding!). One unique venue not to be overlooked is the Adler Planetarium. With panoramic views of both Lake Michigan and the city, couples can enjoy both the natural and man-made landscape for their big day. Both skyline terrace and solarium event spaces are available, making Adler ideal for any couple looking for a summer wedding with the best of both indoor and outdoor experiences.  As one might expect in a planetarium, telescopes can be set up exclusively for wedding events. A couple can even explore adding a sky show, workshop, or astronomy presentation. For a couple that is truly out of this world, this venue is one not to miss!

Remember, a professional wedding planner can be instrumental in helping to ensure all your wedding details are met, even in securing unique top wedding experience venues. An experienced wedding planner can recommend ‘hidden gems’ to fit your wedding vision and find a unique wedding space for your remarkable celebration. Overall, a wedding planner can be sure your wedding reflects your wedding theme and exceeds your expectations!

The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is a staple of the Chicago destinations circuit. Why not incorporate some quintessential Chicago with the gorgeous elegance of an indoor, one-acre botanical garden? Enter the Crystal Gardens. This six-story glass atrium is complete with twinkling lights, stunning fountains, and lush foliage. With capabilities to accommodate between 80 – 500 people, you’ll find it an ideal destination for any size Chicago wedding.

Planning on out-of-town guests? Travel professionals assist in booking hotel and airfare plans, discussing transportation, planning hotel blocks, and overall saving you money. A travel agent can lend their expertise as wedding professionals to help secure upgrades or other special add-ons. Plus, an experienced travel professional can leverage their wide client base to help you ensure you get the most from different providers for your wedding.

Chicago First Lady Cruises

Looking to get out on the water for your wedding? Chicago First Lady Cruises allows you to charter your own private yacht with open-air top deck for breathtaking water and skyline views. With a number of boats to choose from, each offering capacity for groups small to large, traveling on the Chicago waterways has never been a better option. With the freedom to pick either a Chicago River cruise, or Lake Michigan trip, you’ll be cruising along the water for your wedding in no time. Plus, you’ll want to be sure to end your big night beneath the summer fireworks.

Inspired and ready to plan your memorable Chicago experience wedding? Make 2018 the best year yet with a wedding uniquely your own! Remember, an experienced travel agent and wedding planner can help throughout the process. Wedding professionals can help you secure venues and vendors, assist in coordinating travel, accommodations, decor, attire, and all the details in between. See you in the Windy City!


There is no question about it, Chicago is a sports city. Looking for the perfect venue to host your biggest Chicago sports fan’s wedding? Check out Pinstripes. With a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, Pinstripes is the perfect way to have fun and celebrate on your wedding day! This River East wedding venue includes not only a ballroom, and outdoor balcony, but also stunning views of the Chicago skyline. Of course, complete with bowling lanes, bocce courts, and an outdoor fire pit, your guests won’t tire of these fun options on your big day. Best of all? You can include typical sports-fare late night snacks to close out the night.  Not ready to host an all-out sports wedding? No worries, Pinstripes offers a Sunday brunch buffet for your guests to gather at the next morning.

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