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From Zoos to Gardens, We Have Your Top Outdoor Wedding Spots

Anyone who’s spent time in the city in the fall knows how absolutely stunning it can be. The leaves go golden, the days are still warm, the nights get chilly and cozy; it’s midwestern seasonality at its finest. Planning your fall wedding in the city means choosing a spot that gets those spectacular views of both the architectural beauty and natural beauty that the Chicago area has to offer. There are dozens of outdoor wedding venues around the city, so we’ve compiled our faves into a neat top 10 package.

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10. Chicago Botanic Garden

In the heart of the North Shore, Chicago Botanic Garden serves as a true metropolitan oasis. A selection of enchanting gardens, peaceful lakes and native woodlands offer backdrops of pure beauty and serenity.

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9. Morton Arboretum

A wedding at Morton Arboretum will take place among thousands of flowering trees, beautiful gardens, stunning leaves and pristine lakes.

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8. North Rose Garden at Buckingham Fountain

Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the North Rose Garden sits alongside the splendid Buckingham Fountain. Sculpted hedges line the award-winning garden to create an intimate, romantic ambiance.

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7. The Brookfield Zoo

The lush grounds at Brookfield Zoo provide a unique, tranquil setting for weddings in Chicago. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour amid the beautiful décor of one of the zoo’s world-class exhibits.

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6. 63rd Street Beach House

Situated on the sands of Lake Michigan, the Beach House at 63rd Street is an open-air, classical revival- style pavilion. This exposed-aggregate building boasts grand porticos overlooking a panorama of sparkling clear waters.

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5. Anderson Japanese Gardens

Recognized as one of the best Japanese gardens in North America, Anderson Japanese Gardens also serves as one of the most unique outdoor wedding venues in Chicago. With over 12 acres of meticulously kept grounds, the Gardens provide numerous romantic ceremony settings.

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4. Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier

Start at Chicago’s famed Navy Pier and embark upon a wedding aboard the elegant vessel that is Odyssey II. Utilize Odyssey’s open-air sky deck for a scenic outdoor wedding ceremony followed by a reception with the boat’s chic and modern setting.

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3. Millenium Park

Located in the heart of the city, there are a host of inspired wedding venues within Millennium Park. Host an intimate ceremony at Wrigley Square, with 40-foot columns as the backdrop. Have a party under the stars of the Rooftop Terrace for up to 1,000 guests with spectacular views of the Chicago cityscape.

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2. Garfield Park Conservatory

With beautiful outdoor space as well as a greenhouse setting, Garfield Park Conservatory will take your wedding from Chicago to a tropical paradise. The landscaped Bluestone patio features a stunning white pavilion for a setting of natural elegance.

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1. Lincoln Park Zoo

This spot is our number one for its versatility. Whether you want views of the lake, architectural beauty, or skyline photos, the Lincoln Park Zoo has it all.

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