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Chicago Wedding Venues: Top Places to Get Married in the Oak Park Area

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Named as one of the top 10 best neighborhoods in the nation, Oak Park has what a lot of couples want for a wedding destination and can't find: character and originality. Even better, the Oak Park area is located just minutes outside Chicago—an upscale suburban destination known for its blend of architectural marvels from the Prairie School era. Because of its location near Chicago, it's also an ideal destination to welcome out-of-town guests with easy and abundant flight options (the Oak Park area is located within convenient distance of both of Chicago's major airports).

This is a place with tree-lined streets and centuries-old homes, so it's no wonder why the Oak Park area is considered one of the best wedding destinations in the Chicago. It's a perfect spot for traditional weddings as well as same-sex weddings due to its strong local support for the LGBT community. Here, you can host a wedding in a swanky mansion, get married in a garden at a conservatory, or host a large number of guests in a grand ballroom. Here's a quick look at some of the best wedding venues in the Oak Park area near Chicago.

Carleton Hotel

Carleton Hotel 
Whether you're hosting a large wedding event of 200 people or a more intimate gathering for 30, Carleton Hotel in Oak Park is one of the best options in the Chicago area. One step inside and you'll see why: Dark wooden staircases, cozy fireplaces, stained-glass windows and architectural details that reflect the style of Frank Lloyd Wright decorate the interior.

For large weddings, Carleton Hotel's main room has 6,000 square feet with luxurious crown moldings, imported carpets and royal red drapes. Smaller parties can opt to rent the Foxboro Room (90 guests), Columbian Room (historic room for up to 50 guests) or the Barclay Room (wine cellar themed room for 30 guests). Additionally, your wedding guests can book a stay in one of Carleton Hotel's luxury rooms from standard to suites, making it very convenient for your friends and family. The hotel has two restaurants, perfect for families and friends to get together before or after the wedding for more festivities.

Nineteenth Century Charitable Association Landmark Building

Nineteenth Century Charitable Association Landmark Building
The historic Nineteenth Century Charitable Association Landmark Building boasts Oak Park’s largest ballroom with newly finished original hardwood floors. The ballroom can seat 280 guests, so large weddings can be accommodated with room to spare. The stage will provide the perfect place for bands or orchestras, and there’s also a Steinway grand piano available for group use. Smaller weddings can be held on the first floor in the lounge and dining rooms, which can seat up to 120 guests.

Cheney Mansion

Cheney Mansion 
Take your wedding to the gorgeous countryside without straying too far from the city. At Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, couples can opt for an English country-style house surrounded by a two and a half acre wide idyllic garden—great for spring and summertime weddings. The garden consists of rock gardens with ponds, flowers, towering trees and well-manicured grass, making it ideal for wedding photos.

Inside, up to 150 guests can comfortably enjoy a sit-down reception underneath wrought iron chandeliers and among the Persian rugs and wide windows that give the indoor space a light, airy feeling. Other exciting features of the mansion include a ballroom, a library and two separate preparatory rooms for the bride and groom.

Pleasant Home

Pleasant Home 
Couples who have an appreciation for architecture may want to consider Pleasant Home in Oak Park. Designed in 1897 by George W. Maher, one of the prominent architects of the Prairie School, the house is reminiscent of traditional Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles. The house currently operates as a museum but rents out private spaces for weddings including a spot on its lawn with the breathtaking house in the backdrop. There's also a banquet hall with gorgeous woodworking and glass art.

Couples can host smaller weddings or larger celebrations of up to about 150 people at Pleasant Home. Ceremony options include a large front patio, outdoor tent or library. Pleasant Home has its own approved list of caterers permitted to serve in the house.

Oak Park Conservatory 
The Oak Park Conservatory has both indoor and outdoor gardens available for small weddings. Outdoor weddings can include a large tent for receptions and gorgeous patio space for the ceremony while the indoor Rubinstein Community Room can accommodate up to 50 people for dinner and up to 65 for cocktails. During the ceremony, guests will enjoy the sweet smell of tropical plants and the intoxicating fragrance of citrus fruits grown on the premises.

Four Points Sheridan

Riverside Arts Center 
The Riverside Arts Center in Riverside is used to hosting special opening events for featured artists and exhibitions, and it can also host small groups for wedding receptions inside the venue. It's a popular spot for local artists, art teachers and art enthusiasts.

Four Points Sheridan 
Located in Schiller Park by the Chicago O'Hare Airport, Four Points Sheridan is an ideal destination for couples looking for a celebration of 500 people or less in its 12,000 square feet of event space. Due to the hotel's convenience to the airport, your out-of-town guests can stay overnight with easy access to the airport.

Best Western

Best Western 
Another hotel by the airport, the Best Western in Hillside is only a 15-minute drive from Chicago O'Hare. The hotel can accommodate wedding parties in its banquet room with a dance floor, along with a spacious reception room. Wedding guests staying overnight will take advantage of the fun amenities like outdoor pool, gym, and free breakfast buffet.

The Oak Park area also has a number of small bed-and-breakfast inns and gorgeous outdoor spaces that you can consider for a wedding ceremony or reception.

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