Looking for affordable wedding venues in Illinois? Here’s a list of 10 Chicago-area rentals ranging from $300-$3,000, including The Carleton Hotel, Ivy Room, Lacuna, and more.
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This boutique hotel sits near the heart of historic downtown Oak Park just minutes west of the Chicago Loop. Placing an emphasis on timeless elegance, the Carleton offers five different rooms available to rent, including the Ballroom for a rental fee of just $300 for six hours. Small room rentals for more intimate events are $150. For those wishing to wed on the premises, a wedding setup fee of $500 is required. Additional hours may be added for $125 per hour. The hotel will also provide, at no charge, tables, chairs, linen (ivory), table numbers, votive candles, china, glass, and silverware. Minimum food and drink purchases apply. A $750 deposit is required to book the space.
Located south of downtown Chicago, this Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style clubhouse offers 50-foot ballroom ceilings and panoramic views of the Chicago City skyline and nearby Lake Calumet. Rental fees start at just $500 for five hours of event time. For couples who wish to be married on site, a ceremony fee of $8 per person is required. Additional time may be request for a rate of $100/hour.
This unique city venue is urban design at its finest, simple and modern with exposed brick features. Perfect for smaller weddings of up to 85 guests, the 1,000 square foot loft includes prep space for vendors or even self-catering! Weekday wedding rates are as low as $500, with weekend rates starting at $750 for 8 hours, up to $1,600 for the full day. Additional hours are available for $100-$175 per hour. A 50% rental fee deposit is required to book. Rental fees include tables, chairs, kitchen and sound system.
Featuring five separate indoor and outdoor wedding venues, the Independence Grove Forest Preserve is the perfect romantic setting for the contemporary couple. The summer into autumn rental fee is just $1000 for weekday weddings. Two Saturday rates are available, starting at $1,100 for a morning wedding (until 4pm) and $1,350 for Saturday evening weddings (after 4pm until midnight). Likewise, Sunday weddings have a morning or evening option. Winter weekend wedding rates start at $1000. Food and beverage minimums of $5000 are required. A 10% discount may be applied if final adult guest headcount is over 175.
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History buffs will appreciate this south lakeshore setting as the site of Chicago’s second World’s Fair. Sitting adjacent to the classic Hyde Park neighborhood, this venue offers a field house, two patios and a catering prep area. It can accommodate up to 150 guests as they enjoy skyline views and verandas opening onto Lake Michigan. Rental fees start at $1,220 for 4 hour’s usage (suitable for morning wedding ceremonies), $2780 for 8 hours, and $3,285 for 11 hours of use. All rental fees include security deposit and personnel/labor. Additional time is available for $225 per hour. A $35 non-refundable application fee is also required. It’s important to note that Promontory Point is a seasonal facility, with event bookings available May-October only.
Who doesn’t want to get married on a rooftop deck overlooking the most beautiful city skyline in the midwest? Lacuna offers that and more, with creatively urban indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces. Rental fees for a daytime rooftop ceremony begin at just $1,250 for up to 150 guests and include one hour of rental space and 75 minutes for set-up and tear-down (a champagne toast can be added at $8 per person). Two separate galleries provide a funky, hand-crafted setting for 300-700 guests for a ceremony and reception. Indoor rental fees range from $1,500 to $6,000 and include six hours of event time, excluding set-up and clean up. Additional hours are available at $1000 per hour. Plated meals include five hours of open bar.
Described as a “modern oasis,” the Ivy Room is old-world elegance nestled just north of the Loop in Chicago’s elite River North neighborhood. Reciting your vows in the courtyard against a brick-and-ivy backdrop will make your wedding feel like a hidden forest picnic in the center of a bustling city. In addition to the Courtyard, Ivy Room boasts a ballroom and lower level cocktail venue suiting up to 180 guests. The $2,000 rental fee includes four hours of setup, six hours of event time and two hours of tear-down, coatcheck, doorman, and rehearsal time. A food and beverage minimum is required, including an 11.5% tax. Additional hours can be arranged for $500 per hour.
Couples wanting to take advantage of Chicago’s prestigious — and beautiful — academic settings can find venues to suit any size reception at Loyola University’s Lake Shore site. While onsite ceremonies are available only to faculty, there is no shortage of reception halls to choose from. Rental fees start at $2,200 for lake-facing Crown Center Lobby and Patio (capacity 120) and McCormick Lodge (capacity 130), up to $3,400 for the grand, art-deco-style Donovan Reading Room (capacity 200). All venue rentals include six hours of event time, tables and chairs, set-up and tear-down. Food and beverage minimums apply, and a 20% discount is offered November to April. 50% of the rental fee is required as a non-refundable deposit. Catering is done onsite and requires a separate $1000 deposit.
Funky and eclectic, Catalyst Ranch sits within Chicago’s West Loop, previously known as Haymarket Square. Promising a unique and memorable experience for the young at heart, a cocktail reception for 75 guests and 4 hours of event time costs $2,350. Other rental fees range from $1,250 (for a four-hour intimate gathering of 30 guests) to $5,100 (for six hours and 180 guests). The venue includes eight separate event rooms over two floors; three rooms offering space for onsite ceremonies. Fully furnished event rooms, an additional two hours of setup and tear-down time, wedding rehearsal, and onsite support are all included in the rental fees.
Start with quirky, add a dash of sugar and a hint of magic and you’ll come up with the perfect intimate and informal (yet altogether scrumptious) wedding venue. Lovely founders Bob & Gina were the first to be married there, and since then, this little bake shop has hosted a veritable baker’s dozen of weddings (the puns write themselves!). The rental fee of $3,000 includes six hours of event time, exclusive use of Lovely (staff and bartenders, too), vendor coordination, wedding coordination, decor set-up and tear-down, barware, and other varying decorative elements. An additional fee for an onsite wedding ceremony is $1000. Catering is in-house by the Lovely staff.
Cara Davis is the author of Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot, Wedding on a Budget and Budget Wedding Boot Camp. Her tips have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Colorado Brides, Chicago Bride Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine and many more.
“I began this blog in 2006 after I planned my wedding in under six months for $5,000. My team has interviewed dozens of vendors to find the best options for weddings in Chicago. Special thanks to the amazingly talented Karen Huber, who lived in Chicago, for her hard work and help creating this invaluable resource!”
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