Top 10 Outdoor Wedding Venues In Chicago Near Water

Elopement Ceremony alongside the Chicago River at River Esplanade Park

Elopement Ceremony alongside the Chicago River at River Esplanade Park

Warmer months aren’t too far off in the future for the Chicago area; and before you know it, outdoor weddings will be on many engaged couple’s event planning lists, if not already. If you’re looking for a lovely backdrop for a wedding ceremony, vow renewal, commitment or elopement ceremony, which includes a small, medium or large body of water or fountains, then consider any of these top ten locations in Chicago.

The Adler Planetarium, Foster Beach, Milton Lee Olive Park, Navy Pier and Promontory Point sit right on Lake Michigan. The beauty of the water’s color when the sun hits it just right can give off a tropical hue, making you believe for an instant that you’re on an island in the Pacific. If you’d like to have yachts and sailboats captured in the background of your wedding photos, these would be prime locations for this.

If smaller bodies of water or locations that feature a water fountain or two away from the high winds of Lake Michigan is more appealing, then consider the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Buckingham Fountain, Lake Shore East Park, Peoples Gas Education Pavilion or River Esplanade Park. River Esplanade Park is an especially unique site due to it not only being situated on the flowing waters of the Chicago River, but it boasts a water fountain alongside the river, as well as a colossal water spray that is turned on periodically spanning across the river.

Keep in mind, if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony to have ready an indoor backup location due to inclement weather. Unfortunately, this is one of the drawbacks of planning an outdoor wedding. It’s all in the hands of Mother Nature and her mood that day.

Milton Lee Olive Park – A Popular Outdoor Wedding Venue in Chicago

Milton Lee Olive Park - Chicago, Illinois

Milton Lee Olive Park – Chicago, Illinois

One of the most popular wedding venues in Chicago would be Milton Lee Olive Park, which is just north of Navy Pier in walking distance. This location is popular anytime of the year due to its excellent backdrop of the water, as well as the famous, breathtaking Chicago skyline. There are sections along the main path lined on both sides with trees and smaller, serene paths throughout the park. As you look to the north, there’s a ‘school’ of yachts and sailboats parked, when they aren’t cruising out on the water of Lake Michigan–but only during the boating season, of course.

Not only does Olive Park include a woodsy environment, but directly to the west of the park…just steps away…is a sliver of a beach. So you have the best of both worlds when it comes to photographing your wedding day…having some shots taken in a forest of trees, some over the water on the convenient platform cutout, and others with you frolicking on the beach…maybe even slipping off your shoes dipping your toes into the water for a spell. You just may want to pack your swimsuits, if you’re having your wedding ceremony on one of Chicago’s notoriously hot, humid days of the summer.

Fall Wedding Venue in Oak Brook, Illinois

Halloween Elopement Ceremony at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

Halloween Elopement Ceremony at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

Fall is a lovely time of year, but with it can come some cooler than expected temps on some days. Fortunately, this venue location at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Illinois, has a fireplace built into an outside wall of the visitor center, where you can stoke a fire to help keep you warm during the ceremony and make for a lovely backdrop. The surrounding woods has plenty of photo opportunities with which to fill your wedding album. Don’t forget to put firewood on your list of things to buy for your wedding! Oh…and matches, too!!!