Being a Chicago wedding photographer for several years, I have seen and experienced many of
the city’s premier wedding venues. From elegant five-star hotels to small, cozy event rooms,
Chicago has a wide array of options. One of the best things about Chicago wedding planning is
that there is no lack of unique venues. There are plenty of options within the city for couples
who want to step outside the boundaries of what is considered normal and popular. If you are
looking to have an atypical wedding ceremony at a venue that isn’t overdone, consider these
unique Chicago wedding ideas.
Try a boho rooftop venue
If you want something that is both boho and unique, consider a rooftop venue. This would be
the perfect option for someone with a small wedding crew who wants a unique and intimate
experience. Chicago is home to many unique rooftop options.
The Homestead on the Roof is a cozy rooftop oasis complete with a 1,000-square-foot garden
and a gorgeous fireplace. The hanging gardens, amazing flowers, as well as the easy, boho
atmosphere makes it a solid choice for any couple with a laid-back style.
The J. Parker Rooftop is another option for couples who wish for an easygoing atmosphere.
This classy event space with delicious food is situated in such a way that it offers breathtaking
views of both the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect choice for an event after
Use a restaurant as a wedding venue
Although a restaurant isn’t typically what you would consider a chic wedding venue, Chicago is
home to a wide range of restaurants that could potentially put a unique twist on the typical
The Volo restaurant wine bar is one option that stands out in particular. The Volo is a classy,
elegant space with an award-winning outdoor cabana patio. Cozy seating arrangements,
hanging lights, and all the rustic wood and wrought iron touches make this the perfect, unique
Chicago wedding venue. Consider having the Volo cater your event with fun hors d’oeuvres,
amazing artisan flatbread, and delicious entrees from experienced cooks.
Consider a museum, zoo, or park wedding.
Utilizing an atypical space for your ceremony, such as a park, zoo, or museum, is another unique
Chicago wedding idea. Chicago has no shortage of options in this case. From art museums to
planetariums and aquariums, there are many options for couples with different styles. One of the
many zoos would be a great option for adventurous couples looking to say, “I do” among the zoo
animals. There are several beautiful parks in the area as well, just be sure to submit a special
use permit application beforehand if you are planning on using a city or state park as a venue.