If you’re considering booking an industrial-style loft venue for your wedding, then you’re in good luck because Chicago has a TON of amazing options. Personally I love photographing these venues and they are some of my favorite locations overall. If you’re looking for an Instagram ready industrial wedding venue in Chicago, then here are some of the top spots I think you should be considering.
1. Lacuna Lofts
So first on the list is Lacuna Lofts who are probably best know for their rooftop Skydeck which has an absolutely amazing panorama view of the Chicago skyline. Like most of the venues on this list, Lacuna is a great all-in-one venue that’s perfect for hosting both your ceremony and reception.
Capacity – up to 150 Seated / 250 Cocktail Reception / 250 Ceremony
2. Artifact Events
Next up is Artifact Events, which is actually two venues in one. They have a North space as well as a South that can handle simultaneous (but completely separate) events. Their north space consists of a large, open, and stunning atrium that spans four floors.
North Capacity: Up to 300 seated / 500 cocktail
They also have a second South space consisting of two large indoor areas – the Lounge and Ravenswood Room. So, the Lounge room has large glass doors that open up to a beautiful courtyard containing Roman style pillars, perfect for any ceremony.
South Capacity: up to 200 seated / 400 cocktail
3. Salvage One
So, Salvage One is where to go if you’re truly looking for something unique. That’s due to it’s rustic, industrial look combined with an eclectic mix of furnishings that are perfect for unique and memorable photos. With both outdoor and indoor ceremony options they can accommodate any season or weather plans. The outdoor ceremony space is a beautiful courtyard with ivy covered brick walls that are classic Chicago. Also, the indoor receptions space is complete with more brick, wood floors, and some more unique and stylized furnishings.
Capacity: up to 250 guests
4. Firehouse Chicago
This is one of my favorites, a classic Chicago firehouse turned event space, complete with a fire pole! Firstly, the main floor contains the primary event space and features vintage glazed brick, high ceilings, and vintage touches all around. Then it’s capped off with the impressively large, wooden double doors that used to make way for the fire trucks. Once you head outside there is a garden space perfect for smaller outdoor ceremonies. Finally, the upstairs area contains a bridal suite that’s perfect for getting ready.
Capacity: up to 80 seated
5. Gallery 1028
Exposed brick, rustic wood floors, and wood ceilings – Gallery 1028 is rustic and industrial perfection. With two large, main rooms hosting your ceremony and reception here is a breeze. The smaller of the two rooms has a large walk up bar perfect for cocktail hour. The larger room is ideal for your ceremony and reception.
Capacity: up to 250 guests
6. Bridgeport Art Center
This is another venue that has two separate spaces, each one uniquely beautiful. The first is the Skyline Loft. It has a large open floor plan with an absolutely stunning view of the Chicago skyline – hence the name! Wood floors, wood ceilings, and exposed brick throughout provide an authentic industrial look and feel.
Capacity: up to 600 seated / up to 900 cocktail
The second space is their Sculpture Garden. The indoor section also consists of an open floorplan with wood floors and brick throughout, however the unique aspect of this space is the large, mostly covered outdoor courtyard & garden. This is the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony that’s still protected from the weather with copious amounts of natural light.
Capacity: up to 550 seated / up to 900 cocktail
7. Ovation Chicago
Another super unique venue that we’re lucky to have here in Chicago! Like most of the venues on this list, Ovation sports the aesthetics you expect – exposed brick, wood rafters, finished concrete, and industrial metal accents. But what really makes Ovation unique are it’s details! The large venue length skylight, state of the art sound system, video wall, and a 1950 Rolls Royce to chauffeur you around the city in style!
Capacity: up to 200 seated / 250 cocktail
8. The Joinery
With a previous life as millwork shop The Joinery breaths new life as one of Logan Square’s and Chicago’s best event venues. The main space has an open floor plan with a large atrium style skylight above, flooding the space with natural light by day. Antique furniture and vintage patterns provide character and unique backdrops for your day and photography.
Capacity: up to 150 seated
9. The Lakewood
The Lakewood takes a slightly different apprach to the industrial style venue. Blanketed in white, they market themselves as a blank canvas for you to design your wedding upon. This is the perfect place for that clean, modern industrial feel. There also access to rootop views of the city and skyline which is perfect for those Instagram ready photos!
Capacity: up to 250 seated
10. City Hall Events
City Hall, an event space inspired by Chicago’s classic municipal architecture, sport a large, open floor plan with high ceilings. The building’s industrial past continues on with it’s exposed brick, cement floor, and metal hardware and accents. One of the unique aspects I love here is the large marble topped bar that really ties in the 1920’s feel to this venue.
Capacity: up to 300 seated