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Q: Wedding sites in Illinois ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Wedding sites in Illinois
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jab113-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 15 Mar 2003 10:37 PST
Expires: 14 Apr 2003 11:37 PDT
Question ID: 176575
Outdoor sites for wedding and reception in Greater Chicago.  Prefer
site with flowers and trees. Should have dance floor available. Assume
200 guests.
Subject: Re: Wedding sites in Illinois
Answered By: journalist-ga on 15 Mar 2003 12:21 PST
Greetings Jab113:

Congratulations (or best wishes) on the upcoming nuptials!  From an
article at
from "Today's Chicago Woman, I found a number of places suggested:

Lake Forest Academy  
1500 West Kennedy Road,  
Lake Forest, IL - 847.234.3210
"Lake Forest Academy is a perfect location for those who want an
elegant outdoor affair. The gorgeous gardens and picturesque pond lay
a spectacular backdrop. In one area of the grounds is a long garden
with a stone aisle that leads to a round, stone-surrounded ceremony
area. In another section is a picture-perfect view of a serene lake."

Café Brauer  
2021 North Stockton - 312.335.5115   
"Set in the middle of Lincoln Park overlooking a large pond, it’s also
a landmark building. The ceremony is on the large architectural wooden
floor, and the reception afterward can be held in the loggia
surrounded by trees"
More about Cafe Brauer is available at,1419,M-Metromix-Dining-weddingreceptionplace!PlaceDetail-7723,00.html

Chicago Historical Society 
1601 North Clark Street - 312.642.5035
"If the weather’s nice, you can have a wedding outside the east end
overlooking Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. Trees and flowers would
surround your ceremony."
More about the location at their site at

Cuneo Mansion  
1350 North Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL  
"For outdoor weddings, try Cuneo Mansion, which is home to acres and
acres of gardens, and a pool. Large trees and French flowers can also
surround the ceremony."
More about that location at

Odyssey (the ship)  
401 East Illinois Street, Suite 425
"If you’re a sea lover, the top open deck of the Odyssey is perfect
for the ceremony. Guests and the bridal party may dress in yacht
attire and sip mimosas as the bride and groom tie the knot."
More about the location at


At another site, a message board at, there were other
outdoor suggestions from members of the board in a response to a
question posted about outdoor wedding locations in Chicago:

Patrick Haley Mansion
The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
17 S. Center Street
Joliet, Il 60436
Phone (815) 726-6800

Dan and Ada Rice Equestrian Center
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
(630) 933-7200
Headquarters Address: 3 S 580 Naperville Rd.,
Wheaton, IL 60187-8761
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000,
Wheaton, IL 60189-5000


You may also want to contact these offices for booking in Chicago

Chicago Park District
Ceremony and Reception Locations 
541 N. Fairbanks 
Chicago, IL 60611 
(312) 747-1303

Garden Weddings [indoor garden]
Ceremony and Reception Locations 
4720 W. Armitage 
Chicago, IL 60639 

and these for more choices:

Harold Washington Library
Ceremony and Reception Locations 
400 S. State Street 
Chicago, IL 60605 

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Forest Preserve District of Cook County
536 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Contact numbers

I realize that some of my choices may not be in the Greater Chicago
area and I still wanted to include them for your consideration.  There
is a lengthy indoor and outdoor list at
where you may find other possibilities.

Should you need clarification of any of the links or information I
have provided, please request it and I will be happy to respond.


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Dan and Ada Rice Equistrian Center 
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Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 15 Mar 2003 12:22 PST
TYPO CORRECTION: In my Search Strategy above, the listing "Dan and Ada
Rice Equistrian Center should read "Dan and Ada Rice Equestrian
Subject: Re: Wedding sites in Illinois
From: caterman-ga on 01 Feb 2005 11:10 PST
Add to list:

Independence Grove
16400 W. Buckley Road
Libertyville,IL  60048

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