Getting behind the camera is definitely one of our favorite things to do but writing about our experiences with every couple we meet fills our soul.
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 and 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.
As more and more incredible wedding locations pop up in the Chicago suburbs we wanted to take some time to narrow down a few of our top wedding venues.
We did a whole post just on how incredible this place is. Go check that out here! 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, do I need to say anything else? For being right off a tollway it is so incredibly easy to get lost inside. 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 has a 4.8 star rating on The Knot and is 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 is another hidden gem out 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 and are always willing to help make the bride and groom’s day as special as possible.
They have a 4.9 star rating on The Knot, are listed as a moderate cost, and can handle up to 300 guests. They are known to be described as rustically elegant and 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.
Warehouse 109 is in the heart of Plainfield. I like this area due to the very popular downtown area as well as the close proximity to highways and Naperville and Joliet. There are plenty of places for guests to get a room overnight and tons of bars and restaurants for pre-gaming and after parties.
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 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 being affordable and able to 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.
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. 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. These places are also well oiled machines that are typically all-inclusive.
The Chicago Marriott Naperville has a 4.7 rating on The Knot 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. Here is a link to their pricing information.
The Gathering Barn may not be quite 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 property is well landscaped and 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 ahead and check them out. We already wrote a great blog specifically on this venue. Here it is!
Medinah Country Club is one of those places that will take your breath away from the second you drive onto the property. The grounds are so meticulously maintained and the facility 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.
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. 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