Thursday, November 8, 2007

i heart hidden chicago venues

I wanted to highlight a few of the amazing places to get married in Chicago. When I was writing about how I chose our reception venue, I realized that there were quite a few notable contenders that I didn't mention. The search for "a hall" (as Jake kept calling it) was a little overwhelming because there are so many options. Here are a few more to keep the newly engaged guessing.

Women's Club of Evanston

I did not hear about the Women's Club until after Jake and I had booked with Cafe Brauer, but it definitely would have been a contender! This historic location is in beautiful Evanston, a suburb just north of the city. The ballroom, which holds up to 250, reminds me of an old dance hall. I LOVE when there is a stage for a band. If you are looking for something uniquely vintage and classic, this is a great option.

Cortelyou Commons, DePaul

I used to walk by Cortelyou Commons everyday on my way to the Red Line, but I had no idea what was inside until I worked on a wedding there. Located in the historic area of DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, this building is set in a courtyard surrounded by gorgeous, old homes built around the turn of the century. The dark wood, fireplace and antique chandeliers would set the stage for a gorgeous winter wedding. I never hear about this place on the wedding sites and I don't think that DePaul does much to market it, so it would be perfect for someone looking for a beautiful and unique space.

A New Leaf

A New Leaf is tucked inside a beautiful flower shop on Wells Street in the Old Town neighborhood. There is an outdoor courtyard and garden, perfect for Chinese lanterns. It has a the feel of a large loft space, with lots of exposed brick and modern lines. The only downside is that it was a little too small for our group, only 150 can fit. It would be perfect for a more intimate wedding or a cocktail or station style reception.

Murphy Auditorium

This is a relatively new space for the Chicago area. It used to hold meetings for the American College of Surgeons until it underwent renovations to serve as an event space. Gorgeous brand new hardwood floors, stained glass and a jaw dropping front hallway. Strangely enough, I really loved the bathrooms! The reception room itself has a unique round shape and seating upstairs for guests looking to watch the action from afar.

Architectural Artifacts

This is one of those amazing modern places that is just a blank canvas for a creative couple. Hang greens from the columns, candles in the window spaces or just leave it clean and you can set any tone for your wedding. The space includes an impressive garden with 25-foot columns, archways, marble urns and seasonal green foliage.

Good luck to anyone searching for a reception space. I hope this helped!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! Great blog. :) Women's Clubs are great venues so it's great that you highlighted the gorgeous one in Evanston - I'm holding my vow renewal at the Women's Club in Atlanta next year!



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