8 Must-See Windy City Venues

Say "I do" in style at one of these new urban spaces.
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Bridgeport Art Center

1200 W. 35th St., Chicago; (773) 247-3000; BridgeportArt.com

Although this historic building dates back more than a century, there's nothing dated about the art center's two unique event spaces. The first: The 18,000-square-foot Skyline Loft, located on the center's top floor, offers panoramas of the Chicago skyline, 15-foot-high ceilings and enough room for up to 600 guests in a seated reception. On the ground floor sits the Sculpture Garden—an indoor-outdoor space with floor-to-ceiling French doors and a 6,000-square-foot courtyard that can hold up to 650 partygoers.

Revel Fulton Market

1215 W. Fulton St., Chicago; (773) 486-9010; Revel Fulton Market

Located in the heart of Chicago's West Loop, this urban warehouse pairs modern amenities with industrial details throughout its 30,000 square feet. After you say "I do" in the market's spacious main room, transform it into a seated reception, where up to 500 guests can celebrate your newlywed status. Revel Fulton Market even works closely with five local vendors, including Limelight Catering, so you can cross one more item off your lengthy to-do list when you book.

The Gwen

521 N. Rush St., Chicago; (312) 645-1500; The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Located on the Magnificent Mile in the landmark McGraw-Hill building, this reimagined, 300-room hotel evokes the sophisticated glamour of 1930s Chicago. Head upstairs to the 11th floor to celebrate in the elegant Skyline Room, a 3,000-square-foot space adorned with ornate Swarovski chandeliers that can accommodate 350 of your closest family and friends for a reception. The hotel even boasts a spacious outdoor terrace and is just steps away from The Shops at North Bridge—ideal for any last-minute fashion emergencies. >

Venue SIX10

610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago; (312) 322-1725; VenueSIX10

Go green with Venue SIX10, a sleek, modern space that's powered by 100 percent renewable energy. In addition to six event spaces, the venue offers views of Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan through a towering, 10-story faceted window wall (hello, photo ops!). Exchange vows in front of 250 guests at Gallery 10 before enjoying postceremony sips on the 10th-floor Atrium. Then move the party downstairs to the Crown Hall (350 guests), where floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Navy Pier and Millennium Park.

The Geraghty

2520 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago; (312) 967-2520; TheGeraghty.com

With soaring, 22-foot-high ceilings and 25,000 square feet of space, this allwhite venue is a must-see for to-be-weds in search of a sophisticated blank slate for their creative visions. Not only is the brand-new space the brainchild of the local Kehoe Designs team, it also boasts amenities with your guests' best interest in mind, including free Wi-Fi, monitored parking and 1,300 square feet dedicated solely to coat check.

19 East

19 E. 21st St., Chicago; (312) 487-4721; 19 East

Situated just blocks from McCormick Place, this 10,000-square-foot loft has enough room for 250 dinner guests for a seated celebration or 500 for a strolling reception—along with built-in marble bars, hardwood floors and mosaic detailing. Plus, it was recently acquired by Food for Thought, a local catering company with more than 30 years of experience in sustainably produced food.


2810 W. Addison St., Chicago; (312) 970-9378; TriggerChicago.com

Hardwood floors, exposed brick and 14-foot-high ceilings add to the "artrepreneur" vibe of this modern venue on Chicago's North Side. The former flooring warehouse turned loft is committed to collaborative arts and "creative collisions," making it ideal for crafty couples seeking an innovative space to exchange vows. Trigger's 3,600 square feet hosts seated receptions of 90 or standing parties of up to 200 guests, and it includes an on-site kitchen, integrated sound system and free street parking. Insider tip: Trigger allows for full- or halfspace rental, making it a flexible option for large- or small-scale celebrations.

The Kimpton Gray Hotel

122 W. Monroe St., Chicago; (877) 771-7031; The Kimpton Gray Hotels

What started as an office building nearly a century ago is now a high-rise hotel ideal for your city nuptials. Start the day by primping at the on-site salon and day spa, before saying "I do" at Boleo, a private rooftop lounge nestled on the 15th floor. From there, utilize the LaSalle Street marble staircase for photos prior to a sleek, seated reception for up to 250 in the Adler Ballroom—a 2,800-square-foot, beaux arts–inspired space that boasts 14-foot ceilings and picturesque views.

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