A Fine Romance
Take a tour of beautiful and distinctive west suburban wedding venues
Few words in life are as memorable as “I do.” And making that once-in-forever moment as romantic as it can be takes special care. Fortunately, around the western suburbs there are many beautiful places — from grand ballrooms to intimate hideaways — where brides and grooms can share their joy with friends and family. Here, experts from venues large and small provide insights into options for the perfect wedding day.
Riverside Receptions in Geneva
Superior service and a riverfront atmosphere make this an exceptional choice for wedding receptions. Nestled along the Fox River, Riverside Receptions offers a beautiful setting, wonderful cuisine and an experienced, knowledgeable staff. The first floor, cradled by the river, provides a warm and cozy atmosphere with its pub-style bar, natural limestone walls and charming fireplaces. The upper level enchants, with spacious elegance and panoramic views. The candlelit room is matched in beauty only by the star-filled skies.
riversidereceptions.com 630 262-8371
The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva
Whether hosting an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony, The Herrington Inn & Spa blends the elegance and charm of a luxury European inn with award-winning, professional service and exquisite cuisine. Guests will experience the Herrington’s 23-year tradition of excellence, with chic decor, first-class service, gourmet cuisine and a beautiful setting on the waterfront. The Herrington’s event space accommodates 170 guests for a plated dinner or 225 guests for a cocktail reception. Special services include an overnight stay in an upgraded room, a four-hour bar package, a champagne toast for all guests, house wine during dinner and three courses followed by wedding cake. The dedicated staff is always available to deliver weddings that dreams are made of.
herringtoninn.com 630 208-7433
Hilton Lisle/Naperville and Allgauer’s Restaurant in Lisle
Bring as many as 400 loved ones together for your once in a lifetime celebration. Weddings have been the Hilton Lisle /Naperville’s specialty for more than 35 years. Staff wedding professionals handle every detail to ensure your wedding exceeds all expectations.
From the elegant ballrooms to the chef’s award-winning culinary creations, the Hilton Lisle/Naperville awaits the opportunity to create your wedding vision.
Choose from three chic ballrooms, including the Regency Ballroom with more than 5,200-sq-ft of versatile space. Crystal chandeliers and double entrance doors add elegant touches to the well-designed spaces. The services provided to wedding parties are exceptional and produce memories for everyone to cherish.
We invite couples to collaborate with Allgauer’s executive chef to customize any menu to meet preferences or dietary needs. Expect a wide variety of options made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. Couples may also choose from a vast assortment of wedding cakes or create their own design.
lislenaperville.hilton.com 630 245-7627
Entering the foyer at Chateau Bu-Sché, guests marvel at the magnificent lighting, stunning ceramic flooring, massive fireplace and impressive two-and-a-half-story ceiling. Accommodating up to 350 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions, the romantic atriums in the magnificent Crystalane Room and glamorous Tamerlane Room feature silk drapes, white marble floors, beautiful crystal chandeliers, oversized windows and a glass wall that opens fully for an outdoor ceremony by the Arbor.
Outside, lush gardens, a beautifully landscaped creek walk with benches, flowering roses and the Creekside Gazebo — which can seat up to 200 guests — are the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience.
Dramatic food presentations delight the senses at Chateau Bu-Sché. Remarkable cuisine, gorgeous sweet tables and delectable hors d’oeuvres are the signature of a truly unique reception site. And the tuxedoed staff provide experienced professional service in the timeless classic style.
Experienced event coordinators are happy to assist in answering any questions or in setting up an appointment to view the many amenities of Chateau Bu-Sché.
chateaubusche.com 708 371-6400
Patrick Haley Mansion
Patrick Haley Mansion offers a truly elegant location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The castle-like, 1890s-era mansion provides a distinctive, upscale atmosphere, highlighted by the lavish conservatory and ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 guests for plated service. The reception hall is decorated with elegant crystal chandeliers, stunning marble floors, stately columns, starry-sky accent lighting and sheer billowing fabric lining, while boasting panoramic views into the beautiful lush gardens.
Guests will dine at oversized tables with gold chiavari chairs and gorgeous ivory damask table linens with matching napkins. Dinner is served on classic china with 14k gold and platinum accents and oversized glass stemware. The professional staff dressed in black-tie will provide butler-passed cocktail service to all guests.
Memories of a lifetime follow as guests enjoy the ballroom, veranda and porches, and the lovely landscaping and grounds.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse at the Westin Hotel in Lombard
Harry Caray’s combines one of the largest, most elegant event venues with legendary, award-winning cuisine and impeccable service. A team of experienced wedding planners assists with every aspect of the wedding reception — from menu selection to linens, to flowers and beyond. The facility accommodates 350 guests for plated events or the space can be divided for smaller gatherings. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an expansive terrace overlooking a beautiful pond and fountain.
Harry Caray’s can also help families connect with a variety of trusted vendors for audio visual equipment, flowers, linens, entertainment and any other needs. The staff is pleased to help couples book major sports celebrities to participate in wedding events.
harrycarays.com 630 953-3400
Elements at Water Street in Hotel Indigo in Naperville
Conveniently located along the popular Riverwalk in downtown Naperville, Elements at Water Street offers custom menu planning, wedding coordination, premium full-service bar and personalized tastings. This stunning ballroom boasts an organic, contemporary space with a signature wood ribbon ceiling and offers a separate pre-reception area for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The ballroom comfortably seats 250 guests. Local art, rustic wood tones and antique touches immerse guests in the history of the Naperville Riverwalk neighborhood, which makes a perfect backdrop for bridal photos.
The venue’s premier wedding package delivers preferred Hotel Indigo room rates for guests, plus package pricing for the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, a perfect location for wedding ceremonies.
elementsnaperville.com 630 717-2800
Hotel Arista in Naperville
The Arista bride likes to write her own wedding story. The hotel’s expert planners will help create a dream wedding, with all of the personal touches individual couples demand. There are a number of unique spaces and a Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 350 guests, full-service catering and customized wedding packages. Whatever the happy couple desires, Arista’s team will move mountains to make it happen.
Hotel Arista offers experienced wedding planners and designers, personalized wedding packages and white glove service that features a dedicated personal server for the bride and groom. There is a complimentary honeymoon suite for the wedding night, complete with chilled champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
hotelarista.com 630 579-4100
Naper Settlement in Naperville
In the heart of downtown Naperville, this distinctive location lends an historic ambiance to the wedding day.
The splendid grounds present endless opportunities for a stunning commemorative album, and wedding guests have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful outdoors.
Built in 1864, the charm of the Century Memorial Chapel shines through in its original stained-glass windows. The curved buttresses, dark woods and globe lighting highlight the Gothic Revival style of architecture. This always-popular wedding venue has seating for up to 175 guests. Wedding parties have the chapel for a full two hours, plus an hour for rehearsal. There is a spacious carpeted bride’s dressing room with full-length mirror and sofa. Parking is free, and the facility is fully accessible, with a wheelchair lift to the lower level.
Located near the I-88 and I-355 tollways, Naper Settlement is within easy reach of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Lisle, Warrenville and Wheaton.
napersettlement.org 630 420-6010
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles
This unique facility, beautifully situated on 131 acres of woodlands and savannah is a dream location for a nature-inspired wedding. The combined indoor-and-outdoor experience makes for exceptional photograph opportunities as well as a uniquely tranquil environment. The 10,500-sq-ft building features a spacious lobby that soars 20 feet high, with floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame views of the oak savannah just outside. This cathedral-like backdrop, with views of rolling hills and prairies creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere, perfect for stand-out ceremonies and receptions. Seamlessly blending contemporary style with elements of rustic charm, the Twinleafs Rooms are designed to break out into two configurations, easily seating 150 guests.
stcparks.crg 630 513-4399
Baker Community Center in St. Charles
Not every wedding budget needs to break the bank, and this venue, housed in an historic building in the heart of the St. Charles community, offers wedding couples both elegance and ease. Newly renovated yet preserving architectural details like the open fireplace, oak flooring and window casements, couples may reserve the spacious Collins Auditorium for up to 150 guests. The beautiful grounds include an outdoor verandah, perfect for ceremonies. There’s also an entrance canopy for welcoming wedding guests with style and greeting the bride and groom. A professionally equipped kitchen welcomes outside catering.
stcparks.org 630 584-1055
Barbara Belding Lodge in St. Charles
Under the auspices of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, this charmingly rustic lodge, beautifully situated near Brewster Creek, can welcome 100-plus guests for a nature-inspired ceremony and reception. The heavily wooded, 127-acre preserve offers ample settings for wedding photographs or for outdoor nuptials. The recently renovated lodge features vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and a stone fireplace. There’s also an expansive outdoor deck and a catering kitchen, Friendly and knowledgeable staff can help with all aspects of wedding planning.
kaneforest.com 630 444-3064
Hotel Baker in St. Charles
There are many good reasons why Hollywood stars Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg chose Hotel Baker to celebrate their wedding. The elegant ballrooms and lush gardens at this historic site are just the beginning. Couples may choose an outdoor ceremony on the Waterfront Patio or in the lovely Rose Garden. Both have picture-perfect river views. The wedding banquet may take place in the spectacular oval Rainbow Room (200 to 300 guests), where Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo once held guests spellbound, or in the newly renovated Waterfront Ballroom (100 to 150 guests). Whether for a wedding shower, the rehearsal dinner or the reception, the cuisine is elegant and impeccably served. As icing on the cake, Hotel Baker’s professional wedding specialists deftly manage every detail for a fairy-tale wedding — and memories that will last for a lifetime.
www.hotelbaker.com 630 584-2100
Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles
Off the beaten path and nestled inside LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, a gorgeous 1930s home makes for an elegant location for traditional or contemporary weddings. A lush yet perfectly manicured lawn hosts elegant outdoor ceremonies, while the house itself presents options for intimate indoor nuptials and celebrations. Couples can choose among three reception rooms or may take over the entire facility for the day. Also available are white-tent weddings, as guests celebrate outdoors long into the evening.
kaneforest.com 630 444-3064
Cantigny in Wheaton
This expansive estate encompasses acres of beautiful gardens, colorful botanicals and tranquil water features, creating an idyllic setting for your special day. Four lavish gardens provide an exclusive sanctuary for bridal couples and their guests. Cantigny offers three distinctive reception venues: Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, the Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf and, new this year, the Woodside Pavilion at Cantigny Golf. Whether it’s creating the perfect menu or finding just the right floral arrangements, Cantigny is here to help create a perfectly memorable wedding day.
Against a beautiful natural backdrop, Cantigny’s staff makes certain that each wedding day reception runs as smoothly as silk.
cantigny.org 630 260-8145
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago
The wedding staff at St. Andrews prides itself on the service provided to guests and will do everything possible to make the wedding day memorable. The St. Andrews Room, with its delightful covered patio, which is perfect for sun and shade. It seats 275 guests and offers a picturesque view of the beautiful golf course and adjacent gardens. The Trophy Room allows 100 guests and offers enchanting views of wooded acres. The rooms can be combined to create a larger space.
The 19th Hole room, with two walls of windows, offers seating for up to 45, and features an original brick fireplace and rich wood paneled walls. It is perfect for wedding showers or rehearsal dinners.
For summer weddings, the club offers an exquisite lakeside setting, shaded by mature trees.
St. Andrews truly provides a first-class facility and top-notch service, with over 90 years of experience within the wedding industry. The executive chef works with families and bridal parties to design a personalized menu to accommodate any culinary desires or specific needs for the big day.
standrewsgc.com 630 231-3100 ext. 115
Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton
A highly sought-after wedding venue, the Arrowhead Golf Club offers a charming stone and brick clubhouse set on beautifully landscaped grounds with a manicured golf course, a lake, flowing fountains and lush fairways. The picturesque site offers spaces for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions. The magnificent ballroom accommodates up to 300 guests or can be divided into three smaller areas for more intimate receptions. The romantic stone veranda overlooks the fairways and is perfect for cocktail hour. After the main reception meal, guests can dance the night away on the spacious wooden dance floor. Personalized service includes tastings and menu planning, plus a private suite for the bride and groom.
arrowheadgolfclub.org 630 653-5800
Chef By Request
When it comes to weddings, there is absolutely no margin for error. Chef By Request is ready to create an atmosphere of unforgettable elegance. Exquisite cuisine, first-class presentation and impeccable service are the essential ingredients that the catering expert combines to exceed the highest of expectations. Chef By Request has orchestrated countless upscale events in myriad off-premise locations, from Frank Lloyd Wright churches to the chapel and grounds of Naper Settlement.
chefbyrequest.com 630 493-4300
Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts
With more than 90 years experience and a team of event designers, Phillip’s Flowers makes wedding dreams come true all over Chicagoland. The company buys its fresh flowers direct from around the world for the best selection and value. An expert will work with you personally to create breathtaking bouquets and reception decor for your vision and budget. From simple to elegant, traditional to high style, Phillip’s does it all. Call to schedule a free consultation.
phillipsflowers.com 630 719-5200 νEdit Module