The Art Institute of Chicago was established in 1879 as a school for the fine arts and a museum. it takes pride in its unique galleries and continues to collect and exhibit artworks from various artists around the world. But, it is more than just a school of the art institute and a museum, though.
Since its establishment, the museum has gone through some major expansions, including the addition of the Modern Wing in 2009. These changes, of course, only made the venue even more impressive. Then, it opened its doors to more new galleries and event rooms from small events to large-scale weddings and celebrations.
If you’re specifically looking for a historical, and sleek and modern space for any social events, the Art of Institute of Chicago is what you need. It is a perfect venue, providing diversity and myriads of event space options. The museum also has new and old sections that are both ideals for your wedding photography sessions.
The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase will add a dramatic effect to your wedding photos and an iconic location for an intimate wedding ceremony. The room design was of Roman and Greek influence with Corinthian columns and limestone. No one will also miss its impressive 26-foot ceilings that radiate pure elegance.
If you are looking for a more classical feel for your reception venue, then you will love the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room. It is a large ballroom that provides main-floor and balcony-level seating. It is a perfect setting for an elegant wedding reception where you can take advantage of the authentic officer’s podium for speeches.
The Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room is a popular reception setting, not only due to its spacious dance floor but also for its historical significance. The original Chicago Stock Exchange was completed in 1894 but was demolished in 1972. Parts of the Trading Room were preserved and used in the reconstruction of this room.
Serenity in the heart of the city is what the McKinlock Court promises. It is an outdoor courtyard surrounded by museum galleries. You can easily have us take your stunning wedding photos by the centerpiece fountain, which is a replica of the Fountain of the Triton by Carl Milles located in Copenhagen. For those who want to enjoy a shaded space for an intimate event, Pritzker Garden picture-perfect space for your wedding reception. It boasts a serene garden and an open terrace so you will feel one with nature.
If you’re hosting a more intimate wedding celebration or bridal shower, the Nichols Board of Trustees Suite is an exclusive wedding venue to consider. It isn’t open to the public and can only be accessed through a private elevator. In addition, the small lobby may be used to welcome your guests with hors d’oeuvres or campaign.
Show off the stunning view of the city’s skyline and Lake Michigan in Terzo Piano. Thanks to its light-filled space, you can treat it as a blank canvas that you can recreate for your event. It is versatile and modern but gives you the freedom to create the event atmosphere you want to experience with your guests.
Just like the Terzo Piano, the Griffin Court is another blank canvas that will provide a venue for creativity. It is an expansive space that can cater to large-scale wedding receptions. Also, outside the Terzo Piano is the Bluhm Terrace, another outdoor event venue you can take advantage of. It allows you and your guests to enjoy stunning views of the Millennium Park and the Chicago skyline, which is a breathtaking architectural wonder. It is shaded enough for you to experience the outdoor ambiance without worrying about the weather.
Being a museum, you might also be privileged for a private gallery viewing while having your wedding there. But, art lovers or not, anyone will fall in love with an Art Institute of Chicago wedding or even any special event, for that matter. It is a perfect destination wedding that offers incredible views and space options to meet your diverse needs. Intimate and large celebrations can enjoy a feeling of warmth and, at the same, enjoy elegance at this historic wedding venue.