31 featured reviews
Member Since: 12/9/2010
The History Museum was a fabulous location for our November wedding. Anna and the team at the museum were fantastic to work with and on top of all the details from the first meeting to remembering to grab our cake knife at the end of the night (when we had already forgotten to do so).
We had both our ceremony and reception at the museum and thought it was the perfect venue for both. Our guests raved about the beautiful space and appreciated the option of quiet conversation and drinks in the foyer or dancing the night away in the main reception area.
My husband and I would unequivocally recommend the museum to anyone looking for a unique and classy space for their ceremony and/or reception.
Member Since: 1/1/2013
We got married this past January and had our reception at the Chicago History Museum. After searching far and wide through out Chicago and the Suburbs we stumbled upon the History Museum. We wanted a truly unique venue, and we definitely found it here. We worked closely with Anna at the Museum and are so thankful for all her help in planning and answering our random questions/meeting our needs.
Not only is the Museum a Chicago staple, but it's history and access to the Chicago Crossroads Exhibit during our cocktail was just perfect for our diverse family and guest list. The one thing we continue to hear from our friends and family was that for many of them "it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to". We'd have to agree, but then again we're a bit biased. This is truly because of the unique venue but also because of the time and effort put in by Anna to make the night so perfect. Anna handled all our requests, put up with last minute changes, crazy family demands and even the guests we couldn't get to leave the party :) Thank you for making our night one that we will never forget!
Member Since: 8/22/2012
My husband and I had both our ceremony and reception at the Chicago History Museum. I admit that it was the first place that we looked at and I just fell in love. We used both the Chicago Room (for ceremony and reception) and the Robinson Gallery (cocktail hour) and they were beautiful.
Emails were promptly returned and onsite meetings were easy and quick to set up. The Event staff (Jessie was our main contact) were great to work with. They even stepped in on our big day and acted as psuedo coordinators so we didn't need to hire one. The outside vendors we had (catering, flowers, DJ, photographer) worked well with them from what we could tell.
Our guests loved the space itself, and that the museum was so easy to find for those who drove in (we bused in most of the guests from the hotel). We had so many compliments that we know we can attribute to the Museum itself and to its staff.
Member Since: 9/18/2012
I had my wedding here in November and absolutely everything was perfect! The venue is stunning and I had many guests comment on how unique and beautiful the space is. The black and white dance floor looks so great in pictures as do the back steps. I worked with the coordinator Anna at the museum. She was so wonderful to work with. I did not have a wedding planner and because of Anna I did not feel like I needed one. She contacted and worked with all of my outside vendors. She handled all of the details the day of the wedding so that I was never bothered with any logistical question. I would highly recommend this venue for anyone looking for a unique and gorgeous space and a professional and helpful staff!
Member Since: 7/12/2012
My husband and I chose the Chicago History Museum for our wedding reception venue and were so happy with our choice. We looked at a bunch of different venues (e.g. Adler Planetarium, Art Institute), as we wanted something different than the traditional hotel wedding in downtown Chicago. The CHM was a mix of history, charm, and elegance. We worked with Anna Seghetti, who was a delight to work with. She was incredibly responsive to my questions throughout the planning process and even gave me a VIP pass to a bridal show that she thought I might enjoy! The CHM is a pro at special events, so the planning process was a breeze. On the day of the wedding, we were hoping to have cocktails outside, but the weather was too cold, so we had cocktails in the Robinson gallery instead--still a nice space. Dinner and dancing was in The Chicago Room--The space is long and narrow, so we chose to use the black and white marble floor at the center as our dance floor and arranged tables on the hardwood floors on either side. The black and white floor inspired my color scheme for the wedding, and the space looked beautiful on the day of the wedding. We used the museum's microphones/speakers for toasts and their projectors/screens for a photo slideshow--The AV worked flawlessly. The only downside of the CHM in my opinion is that you must purchase alcohol through the museum's beverage program, which is quite expensive. Compared to other venues that allow you to bring in your own alcohol, this added significant cost to our wedding. All in all, I highly recommend the CHM for your wedding reception!
Member Since: 5/11/2009
My bride and I visited the CHM first out of all our venue's and decided that this would be our reception hall. We saw a few other places but none compared to the CHM. We did not have our ceremony here however but there are a couple different places to do this. The hall itself is very long but there are multiple floor-plans to choose from and everyone at the CHM knows what will work best with your style of wedding.
Our guest count was around 190 which seemed to be the perfect amount fr this hall. Our guests love to dance and we had plenty of room to do so. All the bartenders were very friendly and didn't skip a beat when I got in line for a drink. They remembered who had what and would accommodate you in any way they could. We even had a plate of all the appetizers and our favorite drinks waiting for us when we got to the reception in the bridal room which was a very nice personal touch.
I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who has any connection to Chicago at all (my bride is a daughter of a Chicago cop) or even anyone who appreciates history or just a beautiful venue in general. Thinking back on the whole reception itself, it's sad to think it's already over. I will always keep a special place in my heart for the history museum which was host to the biggest day of our lives!
Member Since: 8/27/2012
I can't say enough good things about this venue. From the start, Anna was so helpful with every aspect of the wedding. She was always responsive and often times ended up reminding me of details I would have forgotten. There was no need to hire a wedding planner/day of coordinator because Anna was so helpful. We can't thank her enough.
Also, the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous. We got married on a Friday night in September. I was worried about the sound of cars driving by and the fact that it's in a public park, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. The park makes a perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. If it had rained, I wouldn't have been upset because the inside of the museum would have been beautiful too. All of our guests were shocked at how grand the inside of the museum is. The dance floor was a perfect size for the 180 guests we had.
Everything about the wedding was amazing and we owe a lot of that to this venue and Anna!
Member Since: 7/25/2011
My husband and I were married at the Chicago History Museum and we could not be happier with our wedding. We had both our ceremony and the reception at the Musuem and thought it was the perfect venue for both. Both the indoor and outdoor space were set up beautifully and many of our guests commented on what a beautiful venue it was.
Anna and the team were incredibly helpful, professional, and in general a pleasure to work with. She and the team were very detail-oriented and so helpful throughout the planning process to the day of the wedding in making sure everything ran smoothly.
I would give my highest recommendation to the Chicago History Museum (and Anna) as a wedding venue and am sincerely thankful for how special and amazing they made our wedding day.
Member Since: 1/17/2002
We have worked at The Chicago History Museum many, many times and it is always amazing. Their staff is knowledgable and friendly, the venue is beautiful and we love looking at the space with "fresh eyes" for each event. If you are looking for a classic Chicago venue for any event, this is the right place!
Member Since: 3/3/2012
I recently had both my ceremony and reception at the Chicago History Museum. Everything about that day was so much more than I could have ever imagined!!
The Museum was absolutely gorgeous, the service was incredible, and most importantly all of the guests had a blast and could not stop talking about our wedding.
From beginning to end, the wedding felt like a complete fairy tale, topped off with a horse and carriage entrance through Lincoln Park. The Museum, and Anna Seghetti, the event coordinator at the Museum, were extremely accommodating and helped to make everything I wanted to do possible including having a horse & carriage, playing our wedding video on the Museum's awesome drop down screens as well as letting the DJ play music videos on the screens all night, working with the caterer and all of my vendors to confirm all the details of the day, and to make our special wedding exit possible. Anna was so responsive to all of my emails and questions leading up to the wedding, getting back to me at least within 24 hours. She was so helpful the day of the event as well making sure everything ran smoothly, while staying completely behind the scenes and non-intrusive which is a huge testament to her and the way she works. No need for a day of wedding planner here ladies!
This day would not have been the same if not for this beautiful venue and the help of Anna. I could not be more grateful and would recommend this venue whole-heartedly to anyone looking for that magical place to celebrate their special day.
Member Since: 7/13/2009
As we stood in the Chicago Room on July 24, 2013, it was hard to believe it had been three years since our wedding day. After some photos taken and memories shared, my husband and I took a quick spin across the black and white checkered dance floor. The same floor all of our loved wedding guests walked upon to begin the most memorable night of our lives. To this day, friends and family share stories with my husband and me about what a lovely time they had at our wedding. They rave about the elegance of the venue, the attention given by the servers, and the fun had by all! If there were a day in my life I would go back to, it would be that day with all our friends and family, celebrating the man I love, at the most magical wedding venue in Chicago…the Chicago History Museum. Thank you to the staff for making our wedding such a fairytale.
Member Since: 3/13/2012
I fell in love with the Chicago History Museum as a wedding venue within 5 minutes. It was a stretch for the budget and they actually worked with me to help put it more in reach. My contact, Anna, was always responsive and helpful. She was my go-to person for ALL of my wedding questions. When a problem arose she was quick with a solution, such as when the champagne we chose was unavailable, she found a similar champagne at a higher price point and didn't charge us the difference. She was on hand the day of the wedding to help make sure everything was perfect and was there to make sure I got everything necessary in my car at the end of the night.
Member Since: 3/4/2012
My husband and I got married at the History Museum two weeks ago and we cannot say enough about our experience. Working with Amy and the rest of the team at CHM was seamless, easy, and enjoyable!
The venue itself is stunning. Since the "theme" of our wedding was everything Chicago, we immediately fell in love with the Museum which is the ultimate representation of the city! The outside plaza was perfect for our ceremony and cocktail hour with great views of Lincoln Park and the skyline. Our guests could not stop complimenting us on the elegance of the Chicago Room where the reception was held. From our first dance on the black and white checkered floor to the Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany stained glass surrounding your guests during dinner... you really cannot go wrong!
The staff was amazing and more than accomodating. Amy, our coordinator, was very helpful throughout the entire planning process and never hestitated to answer any questions we had.
We highly recommend CHM as a wedding venue to anyone looking for a classic and beautiful city location. Thank you CHM for making our wedding day so memorable!!
Member Since: 9/20/2010
Clementine Custom Events is lucky enough to work with The Chicago History Museum on a regular basis. It is one of our favorite venues. They have an amazing event team and takes care of their venue like they would their own home. The venue is well lit and kept very clean. They have a lot of great lighting and sound options too. The best part of the venue is they have an amazing patio and grand staircase for ceremonies outside but if the weather isn't great the space for an indoor ceremony is just as beautiful. We love the space so much that the owner of our company even got married her herself.
Member Since: 11/5/2012
The Chicago History Museum is a beautiful location for a wedding. It is not what most expect of a museum - the Chicago room is extremely elegant and unique for hosting a formal event. When comparing this to a hotel ballroom, there is no contest as this venue is so special and beautiful - certainly not your average location. An added attraction for me was the opportunity to have an outdoor ceremony, followed by the indoors reception. With this, it is like getting two beautiful venues in one, as the outdoor area is framed beautifully by the park, with terrific views of the historical building. My guests all commented on how great the venue was, and many of them visiting town would not have known to visit the museum in the first place. We chose to open up the Crossroads exhibit for our guests during the cocktail reception, which gave an added bonus to the event and shared some of the history of Chicago with them. From the moment my (now husband) and I saw the place, we knew it was the right one. I highly suggest any prospective brides check it out to see for themselves!
Member Since: 7/22/2009
We loved our Chicago History Museum wedding!
The venue is a perfect place for a wedding or event. The museum setting makes it feel unique, but the event space couldn't be better suited for weddings. It has all of the amenities a good event hall should have: pocket doors in the event space for a room flip if used for ceremony, amazing indoor or outdoor cocktail hour space, a bridal room, vendor or validated guest parking, coat check, etc. But it gave our guests the feeling of being immersed in the city and culture of Chicago and the proximity to downtown hotels can't be beat.
We were really hoping to get married outside in the city of Chicago, and Chicago History Museum is one of the most beautiful outdoor ceremony settings around. Unfortunately it was VERY chilly on our late May day. I was so, so grateful for having chosen a venue with a 'backup plan' for rain or weather that was as good as plan A. Honestly, it took so much stress out of our wedding day to be able to just say, "no big deal, inside it is." The Chicago Room where we ended up getting married and having the reception couldn't be more beautiful, and after the room flip some of my guests didn't even recognize it. We had our cocktails on the mezzanine of the museum and we paid a little extra to have a museum exhibit open, which our guests really loved. The combo of architectural styles made the flow of the event feel really cool.
Be advised that the History Museum has four preferred caterers to choose from. I didn't see that as a detriment, I still got to choose and got some great guidance about where to look. Also, the museum provides the bar package and bartenders, which is rare, but didn't seem more expensive than a caterer would be. It worked out for us, but if you have specific wines or liquors you know you want at the reception, be sure to see the list of packages they have early in the process, to see if it meets your needs or can be modified.
My groom and I couldn't have been happier with the venue. We felt comfortable there, it met our list of needs space-wise (We had 185 people + band and dance floor in the Chicago Room, I think they can accommodate more), and our guests felt they were a part of a really special night.
Member Since: 6/20/2011
We had our wedding reception in the Chicago Room of the Chicago History Museum in the fall and it was the perfect venue! Anna and Becky were fantastic and so helpful throughout the entire process. The room itself is such a beautiful space and many guests commented on how much they loved it.
There is a gorgeous outdoor patio that we took advantage of for cocktails (and for guests to get some air while dancing during the reception!)
I would recommend the CHM to anyone interested in getting married in Chicago. A stunning, classic location for a ceremony and reception!!
Member Since: 11/4/2011
We got married at the museum and we had a brunch reception. We got married on the right side of the Chicago room, had passed brunch horsdourves in the Robinson gallery and on the black and white tile floor and outdoor porch, then we had brunch on the left side of the Chicago Room. The morning sunlight was beautiful and if you get married in the morning you have your pick of dates and it’s half the price. The two vendors we got off of their vendor list that we loved the most were Food For Thought catering and Clementine our wedding coordinator. CHM is very responsive and they have top notch customer service. It’s a great way to support a Chicago cultural institution and have a unique and memorable wedding venue.
Member Since: 11/20/2010
Wonderful place for the wedding ceremony and reception. Our wedding ceremony was outdoors on the Plaza with our guests facing the museum. The outdoor cocktail hour was also a hit. The indoor reception was beautiful and I can't imagine a more perfect venue for our wedding of 150 people.
Member Since: 7/5/2012
We had our civil union reception at the Chicago History Museum (the Chicago Room) recently, and we couldn't have been happier.
The space is beautiful and stately. Our guests couldn't stop commenting on how wonderful it looked.
We found the price very reasonable for the size and the exceptional appearance of the space.
There is a gorgeous outdoor patio that we were able to use for the cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour. It was magnificent! And throughout the reception people used the outdoor space to get some fresh air.
Our representative was Becky, and she was amazing. She made planning our event so much easier and was always available to answer questions and offer advice. She was with us throughout the reception and made sure everything went smoothly. The staff was so accommodating, which made the History Museum an even more attractive choice for us!
Give this place some serious thought if you want to wow your guests!
The museum provides the alcohol for the event, and their selection was great. They offer different packages according to what you want and your budget. In fact, they were even able to make a substitution for a wine when we asked.
Make your wedding one for the history books
The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding destination in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our Chicago Room is the perfect setting for your unforgettable moment.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: No
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: Yes
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: Yes
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site, Museum/Gallery
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011