Favorite Wedding Venues Chicago


So you’re engaged? Congrats! We know your search has likely just begun, but as an experienced Chicago Wedding and Event Rental Company, Bowery and Bash can lead you in the right direction. After years of providing rentals to happy couples, we’ve had the opportunity to work with many different wedding and event spaces. From historic character-filled venues to modern clean-lined spaces, below are a few of our favorites.


Soaring ceilings and lofted mezzanines lend an airy, open layout as clerestory windows flood the space with ample natural light. Flowy floor-to-ceiling retractable drapery in a beige voile fabric allows the main floor to be separated into three areas, as needed, and adds a soft, organic texture against the raw steel staircase, early industrial architecture, and windowed atrium built into the space. The lofted level features an open mezzanine as well as closed conference room spaces. East-facing windows on the second level offer views on the skyline and railroad tracks. There are two stylishly appointed dressing lounges on-site that can be used as green rooms or break-out rooms. The event space comes furnished for guest counts up to 250.

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339 N Bell Ave Chicago, IL 60612

Bridgeport Art Center

The Bridgeport Art Center has two unique SKYLINE LOFT is located on the Chicago River, the Bridgeport Art Center is the perfect destination for corporate events, galas, weddings and other life celebrations. One of the busiest arts and event spaces in the city, the multi-purpose venues allow for large or small social gatherings.

SCULPTURE GARDEN GALLERY defines raw urban elegance with architectural elements that include timber loft construction, exposed brick, hardwood floors, and oversized 12 foot long windows and doors leading to the Garden for easy in and out access.
Whether your event is hosted in the award-winning Skyline Loft with sweeping skyline views, or in the stunning Sculpture Garden & Gallery with oversized crystal chandeliers and renowned sculptures, you’ll see why Bridgeport Art Center is one of the most popular venues in the city.

Chicago Botanic Gardens


The Chicago Botanic Garden, with event sites nestled amid enchanting gardens, peaceful lakes and native woodlands, is a spectacular site for a special event.

Indoors and out, you’ll find a host of settings to choose from—all featuring wonderful vistas winter, spring, summer and fall.

The Garden blends uncommon natural beauty with the finest amenities and service. You can trust our attention to detail. The Garden’s convenient location close to downtown Chicago is in the heart of the North Shore.

The Garden is your ideal place for a memorable event.

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The Peninsula Hotel

The grace of the Far East meets Midwestern hospitality at The Peninsula Chicago, the city’s most luxurious and sophisticated hotel. Awarded with numerous accolades and prestigious honors, the hotel offers over 11,250 sq ft (3,429 sq m) of wedding space, presenting every couple with creative versatility for their special day. From an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet, Peninsula wedding specialists will craft a celebration as unique as each couple. The rich décor and spectacular views high above The Magnificent Mile distinctively set The Peninsula Chicago apart, making unforgettable wedding memories that will last a lifetime. The Peninsula Chicago fulfills wedding dreams like no other venue.

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Venue Six10

Located on Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue, Venue SIX10 is the ultimate location for your downtown Chicago wedding. Our versatile venue can accommodate your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in three separate spaces all within one convenient location. The modern and fresh style, paired with breathtaking views, make it the perfect backdrop to bring your dream wedding to life.

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Cafe Brauer

Café Brauer is a wedding venue located in Chicago, IL. As part of the Windy City’s Lincoln Park Zoo, the café provides a true one-of-a-kind setting. Though situated in the heart of the metropolis, the venue offers a serene ambiance where milestone moments can be celebrated. Café Brauer overlooks the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk, a lively pond ecosystem. Thanks to the event space’s terrace, couples and their guests can easily admire the setting’s beautiful biodiversity as they celebrate. From this vantage point, a clear view of the surrounding park and city skyline is also visible. Inside, the space embodies timeless style. The historic Chicago landmark features eye-catching ceilings supported by exposed green-colored beams, Tiffany-style chandeliers, and warm uplighting. Thanks to its stained-glass windows, natural light can effortlessly flood the interior as guests dine, dance, and mingle. The versatile setting can be arranged to accommodate a variety of floor plan visions. Here, couples can share their days with up to 500 guests for receptions or 250 loved ones for seated occasions. From grand events to intimate gatherings and vow renewal ceremonies, the café sets a sophisticated scene for a wide range of festivities. The staff at Café Brauer is dedicated to creating events that couples and their guests will remember for years to come. To do so, the team is happy to offer a variety of services. The in-house catering staff can prepare delicious selections for stand-out dining experiences. Bartending options can also be provided. To ensure that receptions run smoothly, the venue’s service staff can be there to assist. For seamless planning experiences for local and out-of-town couples alike, destination wedding packages are also available.

2021 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL

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Chicago History Museum

The Chicago Histroy Museum’s mission is to share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration, and civic engagement—is the foundation of the Museum’s programs and events, exhibitions, educational initiatives, publications, and collecting activities that touch the lives of all Chicagoans and help them make meaningful and personal connections to history.

The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding destination in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our Chicago Room is the perfect setting for your unforgettable moment.

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Whether you are looking for classic elegance, modern sophistication, or something in between, we are happy to listen to your vision, provide recommendations and help you select the perfect furniture and decor rentals for your wedding or event. From large furniture pieces combined to create stylistic vignettes to bulk tables and chairs, Bowery and Bash has experience working throughout Chicago with the venue of your choice to make your vision come to life. Our sophisticated furniture has made an appearance in everything from the most stylish Chicago homes to the most exciting experiential events, popup shops, corporate celebrations, film sets and luxury weddings.

Contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation for your event.