Chicago’s Top 10 Intimate Wedding Venues

Planning an intimate wedding in the vibrant city of Chicago? With its stunning skyline, rich history, and diverse neighborhoods, the Windy City offers a plethora of charming venues for couples seeking an intimate and unforgettable wedding celebration. From elegant ballrooms to rooftop gardens and cozy hidden gems, we’ve compiled a list of the ten best intimate wedding venues in Chicago to help you find the perfect setting for your special day.

A newlywed couple embrace surrounded by guests of their intimate wedding inside their venue, Carnivale in Chicago

10 Intimate Wedding Venues in Chicago

The Ivy Room

In the heart of River North is The Ivy Room which is a hidden oasis that is famous for its elegant style and experience. Its lush courtyard, twinkling lights, and stunning interior make it an ideal venue for intimate wedding celebrations in Chicago. Even with a max guest limit of 150 the venue is still perfectly suited for your intimate wedding. The Ivy Room also has a renowned kitchen service, so you know that the food for your wedding day will be top of the line, like everything else here! 

A groom hugs his bride from behind and kisses her on the cheek while she smiles at the camera. They're standing in front of a wall of ivy while wearing their wedding attire.
A groom hugs his bride from behind and while they both smile at the camera. They're standing in front of a wall of ivy while wearing their wedding attire.

Salvage One

For couples seeking a unique and eclectic atmosphere for their intimate wedding in Chicago, Salvage One is the perfect choice. This vintage warehouse in the West Town neighborhood features exposed brick walls, reclaimed furniture, and a romantic outdoor courtyard, providing a one-of-a-kind setting for an intimate wedding. While Salvage one has a large guest cap of 250, the space is a great fit for intimate celebrations as well. Salvage One offers a completely unique experience for any wedding day and should definitely be on your radar when looking for your venue.

Firehouse Chicago

Another incredible and unique wedding venue that has to be on your list of intimate wedding venues to consider is Firehouse Chicago. Hence the name, Firehouse Chicago can be found in an old and iconic firehouse building in Edgewater. The venue has a charming outdoor patio as well as an indoor space with a ton of charm and character and even includes a fireman pole that you can use! Firehouse Chicago offers a ton of amenities for your wedding day including month-of coordination, chairs and furniture, private wedding suites, and SO much more. With a max guest limit of 100 this space is perfect for your intimate wedding day in the Windy City.

A bride and groom in their wedding gear kiss in front of a staircase leading down in the city  of Chicago. The sign above them reads " To Navy Pier"
A bride and groom in their wedding attire embrace and look at one another while smiling. The background is a building out of focus.

Beatnik on the River

Tucked along the Chicago River, Beatnik on the River is a hidden gem that offers a bohemian-inspired setting for your intimate wedding day. Beatnik on the River offers a variety of spaces for your wedding day, each accommodating a different amount of people as well as providing an unique setting for your wedding day. Whether you’re inside with windows overlooking the river and surrounded by Beatnik’s classic and tasteful style, or outside right on the river surrounded by the lush greenery of the terrace, Beatnik is sure to provide a one of a kind experience for your wedding day. With house cocktails, an extensive event menu, as well as other amenities, Beatnik is the place to be!

A newlywed couple kiss in the middle of a Chicago street at night outside of their intimate wedding venue. The colorful sign above them reads "Fulton Market District"


Salvatore’s is a restaurant in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and provides a grand and elegant setting for your intimate wedding day. With plenty of different spaces as well as package options for your wedding you can be sure that Salvatore’s will provide you with the wedding day of your dreams. They provide a ton in terms of amenities such as a premium bar and catering, wedding consultants, tables, chairs, and really everything you’ll need for your intimate wedding day. The all-inclusive venue tries to keep things as simple and stress free for you so you’re able to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest. While they can host up to 220 guests, they have plenty of options for smaller and more intimate gatherings as well!

Loft on Lake

Situated in the trendy West Loop neighborhood, Loft on the Lake is a contemporary loft space that offers a blank canvas for couples to create their dream wedding. The venue features exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and expansive windows, providing a modern and intimate setting for your intimate wedding day in Chicago. The venue has a guest limit of 150 but is equally great for weddings of much smaller sizes. Being located in West Loop also means there are plenty of portrait options if you’re looking to do a bit of adventuring outside the venue as well!

City View Loft

Located in the trendy Fulton Market District of Chicago, City View Loft offers a rustic yet classy ambiance with its exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and breathtaking city views for your intimate wedding day. This venue can be tailored to your vision and is perfect for couples seeking an industrial yet romantic atmosphere. The venue offers on-site catering, a handcrafted bar, and is also handicap accessible thanks to its elevator access. With a max guest count of 150 there’s a good amount of space to work with while still keeping things intimate for your smaller wedding day!

A bride wearing a red traditional Indian wedding dress and jewelry smiles while looking down. Her groom stands in front of her with his back to the camera.
A groom wearing a traditional Indian wedding suit smiles while looking at his bride in front of him. The bride is wearing a red dress and has her back to the camera.

The Joinery

The Joinery is a converted woodworking shop in Logan Square and offers a cozy and intimate setting with its warm wood accents and industrial charm for your intimate wedding in Chicago. This venue features an outdoor courtyard, a breathtaking indoor space, and an on site wedding suite making it an excellent choice for couples looking for a flexible and intimate celebration. In addition to being an incredibly gorgeous venue The Joinery also offers sites for you and your friends to stay at on location if you choose including a 2 bed apartment, or a full house that can sleep 12! The venue has a max guest count of 160 but is the perfect space for intimate celebrations as well.

Lytle House

The Lytle House is in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood and is one of the most charming intimate wedding venues in the city. With both an outdoor and an indoor space available for use the Lytle House packs a ton of variety and character into their spaces. They also allow food trucks to service the wedding which adds a ton of character to your wedding day! The indoor and outdoor spaces can be connected when the large garage door is open giving your guests plenty of space to mingle with one another and enjoy themselves. With a guest cap of 80 the venue specializes in intimate weddings and believe me they do an incredible job!

Two brides stand together in a brick alleyway smiling at one another in their wedding dresses.

The Dawson

Situated in River West, The Dawson is a contemporary restaurant and bar in Chicago that can also be used as an intimate wedding venue. With its stylish interiors, an outdoor courtyard with a fireplace, and a variety of spaces to choose from to celebrate your day, The Dawson provides a variety of options and possibilities for your intimate wedding day. The venue spaces range in capacity from 18 to 175 so no matter the size of your day The Dawson has options perfect for your vision. And with an award winning selection of foods and drinks on site there’s just so much going for it as a wedding venue!

As you can see, when it comes to planning an intimate wedding in Chicago, couples have SO many options to choose from. From enchanting gardens to urban lofts and historic landmarks, these ten venues represent the best of what the city has to offer, and it’s still just a fraction of what’s out there! Whether you’re looking for elegance, uniqueness, or modern charm, you’re sure to find the perfect intimate wedding venue in Chicago for your special day. If you’re ready to book me for your own wedding day in Chicago head on over to my contact page to send me an inquiry.

June 15, 2023

Sreeja Ankam

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