Top 5 Hot Unique Chicago Wedding/Reception Venues for 2012

Loft Spaces and Art Galleries

Chicago offers many loft spaces and Art galleries in the City that hosts weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events.  The 5 venues that I chose are not for the traditional bride and/or groom who want to have their ceremony at a church, and reception in a banquet hall or hotel ballroom.  These unique venues cater to the non-traditional couple who desire something a little different for their guests to indulge in and experience on their special day.

What make some of these spaces unique are the personal art pieces that are on display or even old funky, sexy furniture that the venue may use.  You also have the ability to do whatever you want to do in there...a blank canvas.  These loft spaces and Art galleries are something to consider for a wedding ceremony or reception.

BridgeportArt Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL  60609

I love this space.  Nestled among 40 artist studios, the 4-E Gallery is a 3,000 sq. ft. timber loft gallery space that offers an exhibition area showcasing paintings, sculptures, photography, fabric, jewelry and woodworking from in-house artists.   This space can be reserved by our artists for private shows.

Aérée Loft at Room 1520, 1520 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL  60607

Room 1520 event venues are located in the heart of the artistic West Loop area.  Like no other venue in the city, Aérée Loft at Room 1520 offers an urban, elegant and luxurious loft space. Directly off the street is the venue's dramatic 16-foot-tall glass entryway, which becomes magnificently illuminated by Italian crystal chandeliers within.

Loft on Lake, 1366 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Who doesn’t love Loft on Lake’s space?  Loft on Lake is Chicago's trendy destination to host a wedding, privateparty, corporate event, photo shoot, and yes even an Art show located in the West Loop.  If you are looking for an alternative experience, Loft on Lake is the perfect space..."Architecturally stunning and very Chicago, our brick walls, 20 ft ceilings, and 65 ft long skylight provide exquisite urban ambiance." --Loft onLake

Chicago Illuminating Company, 19 East 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Recently I attended an event here and was surprised at how fabulous this space is.  Separate room to host ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  I don’t know if this is one ofChicago’s hidden secret, but it is definitely a place to put on your “must see” list.

Gallery 1028, 1028 N. Hooker, Chicago, IL 60642

I love Gallery 1028.  From the outside you would never know the beauty that’s on the inside.  Gallery 1028, located on Goose Island, borrows a unique aesthetic and flair from the island’s heritage. Loft-like, with vaulted ceiling, exposed brick, skylights, as well as wood beams and floors, Gallery 1028 occupies 4,000 sq. ft and offers two- separate rooms plus two-separate foyers attached to each of the two rooms.


The Living Room Lounge, 1100 W Cermak Road, # 201, Chicago, IL 60608- 

When speaking to caterers and other wedding/event planners, they do not know that this venue exists.  When I tell them the name The Living Room Lounge, of course the first question they ask is this a lounge.  Quite the contrary, located in the heart of Pilsen, this large loft space is an Art Galleryand Event space available to host your wedding and/or reception.  This is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets; however I just let the secret out… Check it out TODAY!

A few others to consider:

Architectural Artifacts, Inc. | Atrium Events

I had the pleasure the other evening to be at this wonderful venue for a party that The Knot hosted for wedding professionals.  Atrium Events is the most unique event space in the Chicago area! Their 80,000-square-foot complex includes our majestic atrium, outdoor courtyard and showroom galleries.  So many artifacts, a MUST SEE!!!

Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Host to Chicago Reader’s 40th Anniversary soiree recently, The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) is an emerging art non-profit organization based in the Pilsen community. CUAS is a multi-use art and creative center that promotes the works of contemporary artists and creative arts practice.

Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL

New on the scene is Greenhouse Loft which is the country's premier sustainable event venue located just 10 minutes from Chicago Loop. 

Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL  60622

Salvage One was listed as one of my faves for 2011; however this space still serves as one of my favorites and I couldn’t resist listing it.  Salvage One’s motto, We Recycle. We Salvage.   What makes it so unique to me is that it looks like an old warehouse; however it can be turned into mid-century modern with their furniture and lightening or into whatever masterpiece you have in mind to turn it into.


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  • I would like to suggest to list.

  • I am looking for unique (and hopefully historically relevant) event space for a corporate event in early October. Our desire is to be close to the loop, but that's not an absolute. Since it the event falls over the weekend of the Marathon, hotel space it tight. I need about 2500 sq ft. and am open to ideas from others!

    aka - plnnrgal - SF, Ca

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    In reply to plnnrgal:

    Catalyst Ranch?

  • In reply to plnnrgal:

    This list is a great start!

  • In reply to plnnrgal:

    Also visit my recent blog post on Chicago venues:

  • I still receive a lot of comments and emails about this post. Visit my new article on 2013 Chicago Venues for Events: Also visit my recent blog post on Chicago venues: This list is a great start for anyone planning a wedding, social or corporate. Of course, Chicago has MANY venues and I do NOT list all of them, I only list the ones that stand out to me. I wish everyone the best and success on their upcoming weddings and events. Thanks for reading!

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    Thank you for sharing this information on the top five wedding venues of 2012. Do you know of any good wedding reception venues in chicago? I am getting married this summer and I can't wait! I need to find a place though. Thank you for your help!

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