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My husband and I had both our ceremony and reception held at the Chicago History Museum in late May. We knew from the minute we walked in that we wanted to get married there - the venue is stunning and timeless, the location is perfect, and the team was so responsive from the very beginning. I adored the historic Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany stained glass in the room, the classic black and white checkered dance floor, and the beautiful backdrop of the park behind the museum. We held our ceremony indoors (I wanted the stained glass as a backdrop for the ceremony - it was a nice compromise for some family members who wished we had been married in a church) and had the cocktail hour outside, which was a massive hit with our guests. We received compliments all night on how beautiful the venue was. Our primary contact, Jessie Pare, was fantastic to work with - knowledgeable, sweet, and easy going! I would highly recommend the venue to anyone looking for a unique, special spot in Chicago.
CHM was my dream venue! It's a classic venue with immeasurable character, rooted in rich history and serviced by great people. Our guests raved about the venue all night and thanks to CHM, we have hundreds of timeless photos and memories that we will cherish for many decades to come.
My favorite things about the venue have to be the plaza pillars, museum exhibit, checkered reception floor, Frank Lloyd Wright stain glass and the Robinson gallery! The great thing about CHM is that even if you're stuck inside due to the weather (as we partially were!), you're still surrounded by beauty and so many great photo opportunities.
CHM has incredible service. I'm not sure if Jessie, our venue coordinator, ever slept because whenever I emailed to ask her a question, she'd get back to me within the hour, day or night. My husband and I planned our Chicago wedding from London to make sure our hometown friends and family could attend. I didn't realise how important it'd be to have someone like Jessie help us along the way but given the added challenge of planning from afar, I don't know what we would have done without her! We had a day of coordinator as well but having someone who knows your event space inside and out on your wedding day was incredibly helpful.
Quick tip: There are a few things to keep in mind about the price with CHM. When you book with CHM, you are committing to pay the price to rent the venue and to buy your alcohol package through CHM. You're also committing to go with 1 of a few caterers approved by the venue and lastly, you are responsible for renting the furniture you need on your wedding day. (CHM can source the equipment you need, if you wish to rent furniture through them.) CHM makes this very clear before you sign anything. However, I'd just recommend that you estimate how much each of these things might cost as making the commitment to the venue will affect other decisions that you make.
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.
We had such a lovely time planning and hosting our wedding with Chicago History Museum. The process ran smoothly from the moment we first scheduled our viewing (which was scheduled for the afternoon after I made my first phone call) to the last minutes of our wedding reception (when CHM staff packed up the entire room, leaving my parents only responsible for driving up to the loading dock to accept the boxes of our belongings.) No detail was overlooked, and as we reflect on the evening, we can say that our evening was simply -- perfect.
Our wedding coordinator, Sarah N., is a professional who knows how to oversee a flawless event while simultaneously keeping a calm (and fun!) demeanor. Through the planning process, she outlined all deadlines for payment, etc. up front, but was considerate enough to send reminders in the days leading up to those deadlines, to ensure I hadn't forgotten them in the midst of all other details. A month prior to the wedding day, CHM hosted an 'event walk-through' where all vendors could gather together to play out the evening and ensure that every piece was considered, and that we had a voice into it all. This part was crucial for me, as I got to witness how well CHM works with its caterers (they have four from which you can select) and I knew our guests were in good hands.
On the actual wedding day, our ceremony + cocktail hour plans were changed as it was pouring outside, and we would not be enjoying the outdoor plaza. But again, the staff was gracious and accommodating in ensuring Plan B was just as desirable. They even allowed us to take over the indoor space for family pictures / lingering until the ceremony began, while they somehow managed to set everything up in the background - without us even noticing they were there.
Lastly, the kindness of the staff is something worth noting. The bartenders and front desk staff members were welcoming, professional and attentive, and even complimented us on having such nice friends and family. It was humbling to hear that we were represented well, and that all parties enjoyed the evening.
I highly recommend using CHM to host a wedding. Nothing was overlooked by Sarah and the CHM staff, and it's my pleasure to say that outside of the weather (which unfortunately CHM does not control) I did not worry about a thing the entire day. The only thoughts claiming my attention were centered around celebrating with my friends, family and new husband - and that alone was worth spending the extra money it took to host it here.
The Chicago History Museum is absolutely the best wedding venue in Chicago. The outdoor ceremony location was breathtaking. The park is so beautiful, it did not feel like we were in the middle of the city at all. The reception ballroom speaks for itself so you don't have to spend a lot of money on decorations. All of my guests loved the museum and visiting the exhibit during the cocktail hour. Jessie was awesome and thought of every detail ahead of time. You will not regret having your wedding here!
What a perfect wedding venue. We loved this space and working with Jessie. We used the patio in back for our ceremony. The setting is just gorgeous in the summer with the park and skyline views. It is nice a shaded back there too by 5:30pm in July, so it wasn't too hot! The ballroom is stunning with plenty of space. Jessie was so helpful in figuring out some of our details. She had great recommendations when we needed them. She was kind, responsive, and very helpful. There were some tricky situations with a few things and she handled them with grace and poise. We could not have been happier with our venue choice. Our guests loved it too!
After seeing the Chicago History Museum in April of last year, we knew it was the place to have our wedding. We worked with Jessie who was extremely organized and helped make our wedding day very special. She was very helpful when we needed recommendation for videographers, bakery's etc.
The whole day went off without any issues- even when rain forced our cocktails to be inside it was still beautifully done. Our friends and family are still raving about the wedding!
We had our May wedding at CHM and after searching all over Chicago for an interesting and unique venue, when we saw CHM we knew it was the one for us!
Pros: It's a great place to have ceremony, reception and a cocktail hour in a single location. One of our favorite things about CHM is the rain plan for the ceremony, having the ceremony indoors, would be equally as beautiful as having it outdoors, so no room for disappointment if it rained on our day. The inside of the Chicago Room is elegant, it speaks for itself, and has Frank Lloyd Wright stain glass on display throughout. The cost to rent the museum is a bit on the steep end compared to other venues but I would say it's worth it - aesthetically you can't beat it. Not to mention its convenient and prime location in the city. At the museum we worked with Jessie Pare, she was a joy to work with she is very friendly and personable. You can tell CHM holds weddings almost every weekend, they know what they're doing there and will make sure everything goes smoothly on your big day.
Cons: I can't say I really have any bad things to say about our experience with CHM they only cons in my book were it got really really hot during the reception when everyone was dancing and we were told they can't turn down the A/C or keep the back doors open due to the stain glass exhibits and fire code..so that was a little uncomfortable. We had 165 guests and all fit very comfortably. CHM also has a list of exclusive caterer options, although I trust they have strong partners on their list, we were not thrilled with Jewell catering at all. Otherwise it's an excellent and timeless venue, would recommend to all my friends.
Make sure you call Jessie early in your engagement CHM books up fast!
I looked online at various Chicago wedding venues and knew immediately that I wanted our wedding to be at the Chicago History Museum. It was the only venue I saw in person and Anna probably thought I was crazy when my mom and I breezed through quickly and asked what we needed to do to reserve it!
It does book early - we toured the museum a week after I got engaged in Dec 2012 for a wedding in March 2014. I went on vacation shortly thereafter and got back to Anna about a week later saying I was sure I wanted to reserve March 29, 2014. In the space of that week, someone else had put a deposit down for my date! The person had 2 or 3 days to get their deposit in, otherwise their reservation cancelled and thankfully for me, they didn't turn in their deposit. I never would have dreamed that a weekend in March would book 15 months in advance!
We had both the ceremony and the reception at the Museum - inside since it was late March and freezing. We saved a significant amount of money by booking in March over April ($3k), so we took the last Saturday in March. There are also discounted rates in January and February.
Anna was great throughout the planning process and everything was easy. The Museum handles the liquor/bars, and when we wanted to try some of the wines on the wine list, they had complimentary bottles of each for us at the Museum to pick up and try ourselves. They were also flexible on the beer choices and serving a specialty cocktail that my mom likes.
There were some charges that came up near the end of the planning process that I was not expecting - $250 to tune their own piano so our band could use it during cocktail hour and $250 to use their loading dock for an extra 30 minutes to allow all of the vendors sufficient time to unload. At that point, you just agree and blindly pay the the bills because you are so deep in wedding mindset that it doesn't even seem like a lot. But figured it was worth mentioning.
Overall, the venue was great, Anna was great, and everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you CHM!
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!
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!
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!
Our initial coordinator at CHM was on the ball, but unfortunately she quit 8 days before my wedding. The following day we had a deposit due for beverages, I filled out the credit card authorization form and assumed that it would be processed accordingly. Instead of the deposit (50% of the total charge) they processed the ENTIRE amount (around $5000 more than what had been authorized). We caught the charge and immediately asked that it be refunded. They reversed the charge, as required by law, but they didn't really seem concerned about the mistake and never apologized. It was an unfortunate event that really should have been handled better.
We sincerely regret that this error in the processing of payment occurred. When the issue was discovered after business hours, we responded immediately and reversed the payment the following morning. We communicated directly with the bride, groom, an...
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- 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