By Emma Sarran Webster| March 13, 2017 |
Chicago is a gorgeous city, so there’s no shortage of unique areas and storied landmarks that serve as perfect backdrops for wedding photos—the Chicago Theatre marquee, the street outside the Board of Trade, the greenery and skyline views in Olive Park, and so much more. But, sometimes it’s not feasible to hit up all those places on your wedding day, particularly if you’re working on a tight timeline. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get amazing photos though. Some wedding venues—like the following six—have photogenic elements that are just as stunning as iconic Chicago scenery.
Salvage One’s 60,000-square-foot warehouse space is brimming with vintage furniture and areas that make for unique photo backdrops. But perhaps its biggest photo-op draw is this industrial-chic “Chicago” marquee sign outside. 1840 W. Hubbard St., 312-733-0098
The Adler Planetarium offers a wedding space, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Solarium, that aptly allows you to celebrate your nuptials under the stars. And, even if you can’t see any actual constellations (this is a big city, after all), the slanted glass ceiling and glass walls will serve as an absolutely gorgeous backdrop regardless. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-542-2428
In most places, an elevator is just an elevator. But at Bridgeport Art Center, a beautiful, urban-chic venue, it's a focal point. Seriously: The Skyline Loft space includes a massive elevator that can hold up to 8,000 pounds and everything from a beautiful couch to a bar to your entire wedding party. The photo opportunities are endless. 1200 W. 35th St., 773-843-9000
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens offers the unique opportunity to have a tropical wedding in the middle of Chicago. The indoor botanical garden has more than 80 live palm trees (among other beautiful foliage) housed in a six-story glass atrium—all of which present some very cool photo opportunities. 700 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-5436
If you and your spouse consider yourselves to be major book buffs, there’s probably no better place to get married than The Library at 190 South LaSalle. The two-story-high walls in this elegant space are lined with more than 50,000 volumes of law books. It doesn’t matter if law isn’t your thing—in your pictures, you’ll get the stunning effect of being surrounded by beautiful, leather-bound tomes. 190 S. LaSalle St. 40th Fl., 312-981-6014
The refectory building on the northern end of Columbus Park is gorgeous inside and out, but the turquoise accents on the doorways and windows, the massive, green potted plants, and the open-air brick space complete with majestic archways and greenery in the background particularly make for killer photo ops. 500 S. Central Ave., 773-287-7641