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photographer: Rempel Photography | planner: Shannon Gail Events | floral: Revel Decor | venue: River Roast Social House
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Rain or Shine: 11 Weatherproof Outdoor Wedding Venues in Chicago

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Chicago, with its stunning lake and city views, is a beautiful place to get married. The city features glamorous ballrooms and historic loft spaces galore. But if you’re looking for something a little closer to nature, something under the blue sky or twinkling stars, don’t worry — Chicago has that too.

In fact, outdoor wedding venues in Chicago are not hard to come by. However, when it comes to getting married outside in Chicago, you have two options: wait for warm weather or opt for a venue with weather safeguards in place. As avid planners, we really appreciate the latter.

The spaces below boast features like adjoining indoor spaces, canopies, removable glass walls, permanent tenting, and more — meaning that you can say “I do” without worrying that Mother Nature might object. When it comes to Chicago venues that feature weather-safe outdoor options, consider choosing one of PartySlate’s 11 favorites below.

In no particular order …

Outdoor wedding in Chicago with bride and groom posed on the terrace in wedding dress and tuxedo | PartySlate
photographer: Nicee Martin Photo & Design

For a rooftop ballroom or open-air terrace …

  • Gain private use of this venue’s Rooftop Terrace with your reservation
  • See how this chic outdoor wedding seamlessly transitioned their reception inside due to weather conditions
  • The Penthouse Hyde Park can host up to 250 guests
The Penthouse Hyde Park

The Penthouse Hyde Park

Chicago, Illinois
Couple walking outside by the river at Shedd Aquarium wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Zach Brake Photography

For stunning lake and city views in one …

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Chicago, Illinois
Outdoor brunch wedding with purple florals and lucite arch | PartySlate
photographer: Kent Drake Photography

For a hip garden wedding …

Galleria Marchetti

Galleria Marchetti

Chicago, Illinois
outdoor event space at Guild Row in Chicago with string lights and outdoor furniture | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Guild Row

For industrial chic …

  • This venue features The Rockwell Garden space, a chic outdoor expanse that comes with a full-venue buyout (guaranteeing a backup indoor space, just in case)
  • The Rockwell Garden is perfect for your intimate ceremony and reception with its quaint garden space
  • Guild Row can host up to 250 guests
Guild Row

Guild Row

Chicago, Illinois
Couple walking down the aisle with florals and lining aisle and groom in wheelchair holding brides hand | PartySlate
photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography

For love in bloom …

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Glencoe, Illinois
traditional Nigerian wedding at Glesner House with couple in traditional attire walking down the aisle | PartySlate
photographer: Becky Brown Photography

For historic charm …

  • Rental of this historic venue’s indoor Coach House space includes their beautiful outdoor Courtyard for an outdoor spot with a backup
  • This micro wedding showcases the rustic charm of the event space with exposed brick and greenery
  • Glessner House can host up to 200 guests
Glessner House

Glessner House

Chicago, Illinois
couple walking down aisle at outdoor chicago wedding with white and pink florals | PartySlate
photographer: Jeremy Lawson Photography

For an outdoor ceremony in the heart of the city …

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Chicago, Illinois
couple walking in wedding attire at outdoor wedding venues in chicago | PartySlate
photographer: R.E.M. Video and Photography

For an opulent setting …

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
outdoor patio of Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago with tent and outdoor lighting | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

For a unique and memorable setting …

  • The Museum’s North or South Portico are included with rental of the main space, and both can be tented
  • The Outdoor Porticos are the perfect spot to host your wedding ceremony and reception with a stunning backdrop of the museum’s grand facade
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago can host up to 1,200 seated guests
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Classic wedding at Salvatore's Chicago in Lincoln Park With city skyline in the background and bride and groom posing | PartySlate
photographer: Erin Hoyt Photography

For an elegant Lincoln Park spot …

  • This venue’s outdoor terrace is open on two sides and features a cover complete with beautiful billowing fabric for a seamless, built-in rain solution
  • This classic wedding is a quintessential outdoor Chicago wedding in the heart of Lincoln Park with elegant details
  • Salvatore’s Chicago can host up to 300 guests
Salvatore's Chicago

Salvatore’s Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
couple standing outside their chicago wedding venue pinning boutonnières on each others jackets | PartySlate
photographer: Gloss Photography Studios

For a venue with riverfront property …

  • When you book the Murdoch Room at this venue, The Veranda is available for your use; the space is riverside with city views galore
  • See how this chic wedding incorporated indoor and outdoor spaces to keep the party going outside during their reception
  • Top wedding planners who have worked with this venue: Shannon Gail Events
  • River Roast Social House can host up to 450 guests
River Roast Social House

River Roast Social House

Chicago, Illinois

People Also Ask …

Where can I get married in Chicago?

Whether you’re looking for outdoor wedding venues in Chicago or Chicago hotels with a stunning ballroom, PartySlate has you covered. Our venue search will allow you to filter for specific needs and desires, like special amenities and catering options.

What wedding venues in Chicago will let me bring in outside caterers?

Some venues will allow outside caterers and some prefer in-house catering only. It is important to know your venue’s policy before booking. Head to PartySlate’s advanced venue search to find a Chicago wedding venue that will let you use an outside caterer for your event. Filter your search by location, guest count, and more to find your best fit. From there, you will be able to find your caterer through our vendor search and top lists.

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