Chicago not your style? Don’t worry, the suburbs have you covered as well. Below are the details to look for to make your wedding stand out above the rest.

Tradition: Venuti’s

Oh so Italian and oh so beautiful. Upon walking into the banquet hall, your guests will run right into a gorgeous staircase surrounding a colored waterfall, which is perfect for pictures with your wedding party. While I sat sipping my cocktail and admiring all of the guests, I noticed that the bride’s side of the family was VERY Italian. Then it dawned on me that this is the best way to describe this venue—over the top glamorous, just like us Italians and Greeks like it. I knew I loved it for a reason.
2251 West Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
(630) 376-1500

Class: Bolingbrook Country Club

Being a Daddy’s Girl and growing up in our hometown country club, a country club wedding holds a special place in my heart. The wedding I attended had an intimate ceremony that took place in the East Room on the third floor, and then broke out to the bar for a cocktail hour, while the wedding party took pictures looking over the balcony. The food was delicious, and there was plenty of it. Once dinner ended, the dance floor got a whole room to itself, which is where my date and I spent the rest of the evening. During the slow songs, I squeezed my eyes shut and imagined I was dancing on my daddy’s feet all over again.

2001 Rodeo Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
(630) 771-9400

Double Tree Skokie


Skyline: Double Tree Skokie, North Shore

I had assumed that the Double Tree Skokie, North Shore would look like every other wedding venue that I had been to—an enclosed meeting space with no windows, turned into a wedding reception. When the elevators opened to the 11th floor reception area, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. I was completely satisfied standing next to the open bar with my date for the hour. But when the doors opened to the reception, the floor to ceiling windows surrounding the room looking over the skyline stunned me. The night was spent dancing in the moon and candlelight, and was quite romantic. Now that’s my kind of venue.
9599 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077-1314
(847) 679-7000

Nature: Morton Arboretum

It turned out to be a GORGEOUS day at the wedding I attended at the Morton Arboretum. I was a bridesmaid in one of my very good friend’s wedding, and everything turned out beautifully, including the bride. In the middle of July, the trees were in full bloom, and the sky was a clear blue for the outdoor ceremony. Our pictures were taken with the blushing bride and nature all around us. Upon going inside for the reception, the raw space was decorated just how the bride envisioned, and our head table was located at the floor to ceiling windows looking out over the pond. Absolutely breathtaking.
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074

Alycia Nicole is a concierge in the heart of downtown Chicago. She has been to enough weddings to know which venues stand out above the rest.