What makes a venue one of the top wedding venues in the Chicago suburbs? We go to so many places and meet so many people own a regular basis. For us, people make a huge difference in how we feel about a location. However, the aesthetics, options available, pricing, and guest experience have huge impact on the bride and groom’s decision when choosing the one of the top wedding venue in the Chicago suburbs.
The city has so much to offer but also still falls short in so many places. Commuting around in the city is always a chore. Also, Parking is never cheap and almost always hard to come by. Then there is that additional price tag added on just for being in the good old Chicago zip code. Move your wedding out to the Chicago suburbs and the cost comes down. Hotels are more affordable, parking is easy, and everything is much more accessible for most guests.
More and more incredible wedding locations are popping up in the Chicago suburbs. Here are some of our favorite wedding venues in the suburbs.
Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs:
- The Farmhouse Plainfield
- Morton Arboretum
- Fishermen’s Inn
- The Brix on The Fox
- Warehouse 109
- Whitetail Ridge
- Chicago Marriott Naperville
- Gathering Barn
- Medinah Country Club
- Bridge 410 Chicago (I know, I know, It’s not in the suburbs)
- Westin Chicago Northwest
The Farmhouse Plainfield | Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs
We did a whole blog post just on how incredible this place is. Go check that out! The Farmhouse Plainfield can accommodate up to 200 guests and has a ton of great Google reviews. The property features a large main event building, bridal suite, groomsmen suite, outdoor ceremony and patio area, multiple bars, multiple outbuildings for anything your mind can imagine, and some of the best natural landscaping any wedding venue around.
The staff here is super accommodating and has been nothing but great to us. Go check out Farmhouse if you are looking to have your wedding in the Chicago suburbs. It surely will not disappoint!
Morton Arboretum | Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs
Morton Arboretum, do I need to say anything else? Because of Morton Arboretum’s large size, we used to get lost on the property. I feel like every time I go there I find some new spot that I have never seen before. Every season brings new life.
Morton Arboretum is rated 4.8 on The Knot and listed as a moderate cost. They have several spots for ceremonies to take place but can handle up to 300 guests in the larger facility. The natural beauty of the location makes it so easy to find several great locations for couples photos after the ceremony. Here is a link to their pricing sheet for your reference.
Fishermen’s Inn | Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs
Fishermen’s Inn is located in Elburn. It could be a bit of a drive for some but would be well worth checking out. The times that we have shot at Fishermen’s Inn we noticed that the staff takes a lot of pride in their facility. They are always willing to help make the bride and groom’s day as special as possible.
Fishermen’s Inn has a 4.9 star rating on The Knot. They are listed as a moderate cost and can host up to 300 guests. Fishermen’s Inn is described as rustic and elegant as well as naturally beautiful. That coupled with exquisite cuisine and top notch professional services makes it a must check out location for brides and grooms in the area.
The Brix Carpentersville is located in the fox valley. It is known for having incredible flexibility in its two separate wedding venue spaces. They can accommodate up to 320 guests in the industrial modern wedding venue. The prime location offers easy access to highways and any hotel accommodations you need.
Head on over to our blog for all of the pricing information and real wedding photos.
Warehouse 109 | Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs
Warehouse 109 is in the heart of Plainfield. I like this area due to the very popular downtown area. Also the close proximity to highways and Naperville and Joliet make it convenient for visitors. There are plenty of hotels, bars, and restaurants for guests to stay overnight as well as party before and after.
Warehouse 109 is a smaller boutique venue that can handle up to 150 guests. They are also listed as being a moderate cost on The Knot and have a ton of really great reviews. Their starting price for a Friday is right around $4000.00. Here is a quick link to their current pricing sheet.
Whitetail Ridge | Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs
Whitetail Ridge is another Western suburb gem. This one lands you all the way out in Yorkville. This golf course wedding venue boasts a combination of rustic feels, as well as elegance touches. There are so many photo opportunities including a white barn, an s-shaped bridge, lush forests and open fields.
They are listed on The Knot as affordable. They can handle more than 300 guests. So if you need a large venue, this could be the one for you. They have an incredible 4.7 star rating and the ceremony site cost starts at $750.00. All other costs depend on the package selected and number of guests. Here is a link to their pricing information.
Chicago Marriott Naperville | Best Wedding Venues in Chicago Suburbs
We recently shot a wedding at the Chicago Marriott Naperville after the ceremony in downtown Geneva. There is definitely a benefit to having your wedding at a larger venue attached to a hotel. Naperville wedding venues have the added benefit of being close to the highway and downtown Naperville. All of your guests can stay in a room right on site and you don’t have to worry about traveling or people driving when they shouldn’t. It is a well oiled machine. Hotels are also usually all-inclusive.
The Chicago Marriott Naperville has a 4.7 rating on The Knot. Also, it is listed as moderate cost and can accommodate over 300 guests. The ceremony sites start at $300.00 and the per person cost for the reception starts at $85.00. All the pricing information can be found on our blog about the venue.
Gathering Barn | Top Wedding Venues
The Gathering Barn is not considered a Chicago suburb wedding venue but I still wanted to add it to the list. This one is up in Fort Atkinson Wisconsin and set on a farm. The staff there has always been super helpful and willing to make anything happen. They off a separate bridal suite and groomsmen’s suite for all the getting ready needs. The Gathering Barn is well landscaped. Also, it has a ton of different locations for all the photography needs.
The Gathering Barn has a 5.0 star rating on The Knot and is listed as an affordable wedding venue. They can accommodate more than 300 guests and have a ton of parking right on site. If you are up in the Wisconsin area and looking for a great wedding venue, go check them out. We already wrote a great blog specifically on this venue. Here it is! There are plenty of rustic wedding venues chicago and Wisconsin have to choose from.
Medinah Country Club | Top Wedding Venues
Medinah Country Club wedding venue is one of those places that will take your breath away from the second you drive onto the property. The grounds are so well maintained and the venue is incredibly large. We have had nothing but great experiences there.
Medinah can handle up to 250 guests and is listed as being a moderate cost on The Knot. They are able to handle everything on site including full planning and all meals. They boast a 4.9 star rating and their pricing information can be found here.
I get it….. This West Town Chicago venue is not in the suburbs. However, I figured since it is not downtown and I love it so much I just needed to put it in here. They converted an old carriage house into an incredible wedding venue with all the amazing updates you could ask for. This place deserved an entire blog post dedicated just to itself so go over and check that out.
As Chicago wedding photographers we know you will not be let down by this place!
The western suburbs seem to be a hot spot for great wedding venues. I have so many more I need to add here and plan to do so over the next few months. There are several advantages to having your wedding at a hotel. You can get ready, get married, party, and stay the night all in one spot. I know this type of place is not for everyone but some go above and beyond. The Westin Chicago Northwest wedding venue is definitely one of them. The grand hotel lobby and incredible ballrooms give you the flexibility and sophistication your wedding needs. Go check out our blog about the place for an extensive wedding gallery.
No matter what you are looking for you are sure to find a top wedding venue in the Chicago suburbs. We like going to a venue that we have shot at before, it’s comfortable. However we love going to new places and discovering new things. We will try to keep this updated and moved around as we find more places that just speak to us and that we think you will love. You will find some affordable wedding venues Chicago has to offer and some a little higher end. Head on over to our gallery page for some more inspiration during your search.
The Chicago suburbs have so much to offer. There are wedding venues to suit all of your needs.
Top wedding venues in the Chicago suburbs
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