Wedding planning is often a challenge, so allow Eater Chicago to lighten that load. If a banquet hall or public park isn't the vibe, couples may consider nuptials at one of these Chicago restaurants. Don't worry about finding a caterer and venue — these restaurants have great food and beautiful private event spaces. Simplify the process and spend that time searching for a photo-worthy floral display or keepsake cufflinks.Read More
The Best Chicago Restaurants for Weddings
Walk straight down the aisle to dinner
Located on the main shopping strip in Andersonville, Reza’s serves a varied menu of Persian and Mediterranean entrees with plenty of vegetarian options in a comfortable two-story space with plenty of natural sunlight.
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Volo Restaurant Wine Bar
This Roscoe Village wine bar has a romantic covered patio and 100-year-old coachhouse that are reserved for weddings and other large events. Chef Stephen Dunne specializes in small plates and hors d’oeuvres that pair well with wine, but the bartenders can also create a signature prosecco for the happy couple. The restaurant has teamed up with Bittersweet Bakery for cakes and other desserts.
During the summer months, North Pond opens its floor-to-ceiling doors so diners can soak in the unparalleled prospect of the pond in Lincoln Park with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, all in the comfort of the front room’s elegant ambiance and air conditioning. Available to host every step of the celebration, from ceremony to seated dinner, North Pond can be transformed into a spacious venue for up to 90 guests.
Chef Bo Fowler’s Korean, Chinese, and Japanese-influenced brewpub has a large and airy second floor and a roof deck that can be rented out for large parties and events. Guests can dine on noodles, sandos, snacks, and full entrees, including Fowler’s ssam platter, while sipping beer brewed on-site.
The Patio at Cafe Brauer
When it comes to outdoor weddings in Chicago, Café Brauer is a prominent player with its view of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s nature boardwalk, a pond ecosystem teeming with biodiversity. There’s a romantic indoor space as well, decorated with Tiffany-style chandeliers and stained glass windows, that has room for a reception of 500 or a seated meal for 250.
This newish Downtown restaurant and working winery offers a twist on a typical wedding venue and features both indoor and outdoor spaces, including an all-season rooftop terrace with views of winemaking in progress.
Billy Lawless’s massive West Town restaurant is also a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. A grand staircase lends itself to a dramatic entrance, and the space offers private and semi-private spaces for parties of up to 400.
This sprawling venue along the Chicago River has six separate event spaces that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. The restaurant itself specializes in American tavern food, particularly large cuts of meat that are sliced tableside.
Whether the tango, samba, catwalk, flamenco or lambada is the dance for you, Carnivale’s selection of seven colorful Latin American dance themed private rooms cater to dinner parties for 40 or cocktail parties as large as 300 — or rent the entire venue for a sit-down dinner for 500. The menu features South American cuisine, with an emphasis on Argentina and Brazil.
Eleven | Eleven
A fun and eclectic two-floor restaurant, Eleven Eleven manages to create an upscale yet laid-back atmosphere that could strike the perfect chord for unconventional couples. There’s a private dining room that seats 30, a wine bar that seats 40, and an upstairs lounge that’s well-suited to a standing reception for 31.
Porter Kitchen & Deck
Located in a shiny skyscraper with equally shiny river views, Porter Kitchen & Deck can accommodate parties as large as 400 people, both indoors and out on the various patios. The catering menu offers an array of options, from a seafood tower and carving station to salads and pasta served family-style, plus a full range of drink options to toast to the happy couple.
The dynamic event space at City Winery in the West Loop can cater to nearly every nuptial need, from an intimate ceremony for 50 or a reception bash for 400. Wines are fermented on-site from grapes imported from the East and West Coasts and South America and are available on tap.
Alhambra Palace Restaurant
Find a mix of Middle Eastern and African flavors at this cavernous Randolph Street space that was inspired by Moorish architecture. There are several configurations to ensure couples have the best space for their party.
Chicago Athletic Association - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
A striking reborn hotel on Michigan Avenue, CAA is a favorite among the city’s wedding venues for its gorgeous architecture and numerous spaces that are semi-private or available for a full buyout. These include the historic Cherry Circle Room and the Drawing Room, which also houses a library and “Grand Fireplace.”
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Mercat a la Planxa
This chic South Loop restaurant with decor inspired by Barcelona has space for 90 standing guests or 60 seated and serves some of the best tapas in town.
The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Yes, this South Loop landmark was once an actual, functioning firehouse, and its owners have done their best to preserve the original architectural features. The private dining parlors and patios can be configured to accommodate up to 140 guests, and the menu options include passed hors d’oeuvres and a range of meals, from casual to formal. There’s also a new speakeasy bar for new possibilities.
Located inside Pilsen’s Thalia Hall, Dusek’s serves a menu made from seasonal ingredients and cocktails created by the 16” On Center crew. The space can accommodate up to 90 guests for seated meal or 150 for a standing reception.
Cai's spacious dining room can handle most special requests in Chinatown. They will even let you serve your mother's mapo tofu or another special dish if it really means something special.
Reggie's Rock Club
Reggie's is another versatile venue that includes a popular South Side roof deck. The music venue and restaurant can handle up to 80, and the casual menu includes appetizers, burgers, salads, and plenty of beer and cocktails.
This Hyde Park music venue with an enormous four-sided bar is also available for private events of up to 300 people, featuring a full menu of beer, wine, and classic and custom cocktails.