If you’ve followed me for a while you know I’m passionate about small weddings and planned elopements. I love the intimacy and intentionality of them. I also think they are an amazing way to live out the notion of quality over quantity. All that said, if you’re thinking of having a small wedding or an elegant elopement here in Chicago, check out these awesome venues! All of them work well for both your ceremony/vows and your reception, meaning you don’t have to waste time traveling all over the city.
Located in Lincoln Park, DL Loft is a dreamy, light-filled venue that is perfect for small, intimate weddings or planned elopements. It’s packed with Parisian charm and warm, inviting decor. There is even a big balcony lined with ivy walls and whimsical mirrors – it’s a beautiful space to enjoy the nice day and it makes for gorgeous photo backdrops!
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Little Goat is a West Loop staple. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is so fun. If you’re planning a small, intimate wedding during the nice months in Chicago be sure to check out their roof deck event space!
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This quaint, charming French bistro in Lincoln Square is an absolute hidden gem, especially in the warm months. The food is divine and the patio transports you to the French countryside. You could even opt to do your ceremony/vows a couple blocks over at Welles Park (there’s a really pretty gazebo there!) before heading to Bistro Campagne for your reception.
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Tucked up in the Edgewater neighborhood, Lytle House is a gorgeous space with an industrial vibe. It’s a very unique indoor/outdoor combo space with really cool features and awesome photo backdrops, making it a one-stop shop for your wedding day!
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If you’re hoping for some iconic rooftop views in Chicago, look no further than the Ambassador Hotel! This Gold Coast hotel has the most elegant rooftop deck that’s the perfect size for a small, micro-wedding or planned elopement.
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This city-owned space in Hyde Park offers some of the most scenic backdrops in town. You’re surrounded by sweeping skyline views and the beauty of Lake Michigan and the historic venue is full of European charm.
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This Irish Pub in Avondale might just have the prettiest garden patio in the city! If you love the idea of a small, intimate al fresco wedding, this space is perfect for you! It’s got charming twinkling bistro lights, cool backdrops for your ceremony, and even a rustic chic outdoor chandelier. Really such a fun space!
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Another gem in Edgewater! Firehouse is an incredibly unique and charming space for a small, intimate wedding in Chicago. It has a beautiful vintage rustic style as well as a lush outdoor space. I mean it’s an old fire station – it doesn’t get much cooler than that!
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The Robey Hotel
This Wicker Park hotel is another great option for you rooftop lovers out there! The Up Room at The Robey is a really fun space with amazing views for a micro-wedding or a planned elopement.
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