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The Top 10 Restaurant Wedding Venues in Chicago

The process of planning a wedding comes with a number of high-priority responsibilities, namely choosing a venue and caterer. If you’d like to combine this task into one, a restaurant wedding venue is the way to go. You’re guaranteed excellent cuisine made by experienced chefs, and the space is already designed for groups. Homestead on the Roof was first featured in our Top 10 Small Event Spaces in Chicago article, Formento’s was showcased in our Top 10 Baby Shower Venues in Chicago article, and Carnivale was also seen in our Top 10 Unique Event Venues in Chicago article. Each venue on this list has something special to offer, and there are plenty more options out there. At the very least, this compilation of the top 10 restaurant wedding venues in Chicago will give you an idea of the possibilities.


10. Fulton Market Kitchen
Fulton Market Kitchen is an indoor-only restaurant and event space with a seating capacity of 200 guests at most. While it doesn’t have the most inclusive square footage, it is one of the most unique and engaging places in the city. There is dedicated space for both ceremonies and receptions at this venue.

The unique concept of Fulton Market Kitchen is a creation of three individuals: Alex Morales and Daniel Alonso are the magic behind the design of this restaurant, and Chris Curren is responsible for the unique menu selections. This inspirational venue opened in March of 2014 and is still a one-of-a-kind location for local artists to intersect with everyday Chicagoans.

Fulton Market Kitchen is the venue of choice for any couple keen on a different kind of dining experience. A full food and drink package can be customized through the venue, and it is a special kind of experience to share with wedding guests. This restaurant focuses on using as few ingredients as possible to create complex tastes. The art influences also come out in the food with their unique cocktails and seasonally-influenced dishes, and multicultural influences.

Fulton Market Kitchen is one of the most unique places to eat and host events in all of Chicago. This imaginative space features a creative combination of 1980s New York and Miami’s Wynwood Walls influences. As a result, the space is full of modern art, behind-the-scenes displays to showcase as artist’s lifestyle, and more. The space is designed with a neutral colour scheme to make the vibrant artwork even more dazzling. Art lovers won’t find a better wedding backdrop anywhere else.

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9. Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Chicken & Fish is a family-friendly restaurant located in Lincoln Park. It measures 7000 square feet in total and has a seating capacity of 225. Two indoor dining rooms are connected by a large wraparound bar, and there are also multiple outdoor patio areas furnished with picnic tables that can be used for private events.

Parson’s Chicken & Fish has a number of locations throughout Chicago. While the Lincoln Park establishment is our top selection, you can also explore their locations in Logan Square, West Town, and Andersonville. The Lincoln Park restaurant has been open since December of 2018 and is already a Chicago favourite for family dining and private events.

The catering team at Parson’s Chicken & Fish is supremely capable of creating a custom menu and bar package for your big day. With specialties in seafood and general American cuisine, every guest is sure to leave with happy taste buds.

Parson’s Chicken & Fish is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and event venue that is characterized by vaulted ceilings with industrial elements like metal pipes, impressive windows and skylights that flood the indoor space with natural light, and custom made wood elements. The outdoor patios are even dog-friendly to ensure the entire family can attend the special event.

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8. South Branch
South Branch is one of the smaller riverside restaurants in Chicago. While its cocktail style capacity is sizable at 300, it can only accommodate as many as 150 seated guests. This venue is capable of hosting both an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception for your wedding. There are a number of private event spaces for intimate weddings, but a full restaurant buyout is also an option.

South Branch is managed by Bottleneck Management group. Eighteen years of operations have expanded the company to include 1500 employees and 16 locations across the country. South Branch fully epitomizes their values of openness and genuine connection to staff and guests and has been open since March of 2011.

South Branch is more than prepared to take care of the food and drink requirements for your wedding. The culinary staff is incredibly skilled and will be happy to personalize the menu and bar package to your specifications. The food can be served as a plated service, family-style platters, or buffet.

The South Branch is a dazzling combination of expansive architecture and modern design. The building that houses this main-floor restaurant provides a towering backdrop for stunning wedding photos, and the riverside location provides guests with a gorgeous view and fresh air. Clean lines, artful and natural decorations, and unique industrial accents create an unforgettable wedding venue.

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7. Rivers Restaurant
With a stunning indoor space and the largest covered patio in all of downtown Chicago, Rivers Restaurant is an ideal location for indoor/outdoor weddings. They have the space for both ceremonies and receptions and can accommodate a seated guest list up to 250.

Rivers Restaurant opened back in 1996. For almost three decades, this modern riverside location has been serving seafood and American cuisine to Chicago’s citizens. It has made a name for itself as an event venue as well, and is sure to wow every wedding guest.

Rivers Restaurant offers four different wedding meal packages. At most, this venue can provide a 4-hour premium bar package, a champagne toast, a special custom-designed cocktail, 5 appetizers and two additional platters during the cocktail hour, a three-course meal, and a late night snack station or sweets table.

There is so much on offer at Rivers restaurant. Any couple searching out a modern venue with indoor/outdoor flow will find their match here. A large, covered veranda accessible during three seasons, stone walls and pillars, unique chandeliers, wooden accents, and contrasting light and dark décor create a cozy and elegant space.

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6. Osteria Via Stato
Osteria Via Stato is a remarkably open and versatile restaurant in the River North neighborhood. Intimate weddings can find their ideal space here with seating for as few as 15 guests, but larger celebrations up to 235 can also have all of their needs met at this restaurant with a full buyout.

Osteria Via Stato is a member of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, a group dedicated to exceptional cuisine in Chicago. This authentic Italian restaurant is sure to transport you to the countryside of gorgeous Italy.

As can be expected, Osteria Via Stato will provide a delectable Italian menu for every wedding guest. The entrée can be chosen the day of the event, so each guest can have their ideal choice (the number of selections is determined by the length of the guest list). More than 200 selections of Italian wine and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients are the main draws at this restaurant.

Osteria Via Stato has some of the most unique and engaging décor you can find in Chicago. Stone accent walls throughout the restaurant are complemented by a uniquely patterned tile floor and gorgeous arrangements with both greenery and floral components. The three stunning arches segmenting the space are sure to become a lasting memory for all event guests.

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5. Carnivale
Carnivale is a highly versatile venue with a whopping 8 private event spaces in addition to the main dining area. You are free to book one of these rooms or all of them. The smallest spaces can seat up to 40 guests for intimate gatherings, but the total capacity is perfect for the average wedding with a maximum guest count of 200.

Carnivale has been open since 2005. In its first two decades, it has revolutionized the dining experience in Chicago. This modern, eclectic space is perfect for every bride and groom inspired by the unexpected.

As a full-service restaurant, Carnivale is more than capable of handling all of the catering for your wedding. Although they have a number of predetermined event menus, they are also happy to customize the dishes to your preferences whether that is local or international cuisine. Each event space comes with its own bar and bartender for convenience.

Carnivale is an absolutely unforgettable space in Chicago. We can guarantee your guests have never seen anything like it. With global cuisine, original artwork, bright and theatrical décor, and dramatic colours, you won’t need to bring any additional decorations. This funky space truly redefines the meaning of bold design; it is perfect for couples that love the unconventional.

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4. Formento’s
Formento’s is one of the best restaurant/event venues due to its flexibility. Their first floor is home to a semi-private dining space, a second floor features two fully private rooms, and they even have a loft space and outdoor patio available for events. As a result, this restaurant can host event sizes between 10 and 200 guests with ease and comfort.

Formento’s is an Italian restaurant that has been open since early 2015. With a menu full of dishes from multiple generations and classic décor, this restaurant and event venue is a timeless location for celebrations of all kinds.

Formento’s is fully equipped for catering both the meal service and a bar package for your wedding reception. With a wine list offering more than 600 selections and a menu with both Italian and American cuisine, every guest will be happy with the food. A traditional plated meal service is the only offering at this venue.

Both the indoor and outdoor event spaces at Formento’s have something special to offer. The outdoor patio is characterized by greenery, wicker seating, and soft string lights that elevate the romance and intimacy of a celebration. Indoors, the brick walls, chandeliers, and vintage photos create a space full of comfort and offer the true Italian experience.

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3. Homestead on the Roof
Homestead on the Roof is comprised of an indoor restaurant space and outdoor lounge and garden area. As a restaurant, this venue is only open during the summer, but it hosts events all year round. The restaurant itself can seat up to 85 guests, perfect for more intimate receptions, and the 1000 sq. ft garden area is accessible during the summer months.

Although Homestead on the Roof is a newer event venue and restaurant in Chicago, it is already incredibly well-known. Open Table honored this venue with a spot as a top 100 outdoor dining space in the entire country, and they have also been mentioned by many other media sources as an exceptional rooftop dining space in Chicago.

All events held at Homestead on the Roof will have catering provided by the venue. An on-site garden will be the source for many of the ingredients in your dishes, and their farm-to-table operation ensures fresh, locally sourced food for every other aspect. A full meal and bar package can be provided with customizations of the menu and serving style. Any desserts you require will come from West Town Bakery & Diner.

Homestead on the Roof is the perfect wedding reception venue for couples that believe in fresh food and open air. Inside the restaurant space, natural light, rustic tables, and true birch wallpaper create a cozy and intimate gathering place. Outdoors, the decorative fireplace, ivy walls, hanging plant baskets, and brick walls create a wonderfully natural environment.

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2. The Signature Room at the 95th
The Signature Room is a restaurant and event venue located on the 95th floor of a skyscraper in Chicago. The space can seat a maximum of 150 guests, and there are a total of seven different private rooms to choose from. The main dining area is not available for private events, unlike most other restaurant venues.

The Signature Room, along with the Lounge on the 96th floor, is owned by Infusion Management Group. This venue celebrated its 25th year in 2018 and has won countless awards for excellence over the years. The event team has 60 years of combined experience in the industry to ensure your event goes flawlessly.

Every aspect of your catering needs will be met by the culinary team at this venue. They’ll provide hors d’oeuvres, a four-course meal served as a buffet, multiple stations, or a traditional plated service, and all of the desserts and beverages you’ll need. A 4-hour bar package is included, too. They can even arrange a custom wedding cake for the occasion.

In each room at this venue, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a stunning view of the Chicago skyline, the Magnificent Mile, and Lake Michigan from 95 stories high. Valet parking is available as well. The overall ambiance of this venue is elegance and sophistication: perfect for every bride and groom on their wedding day.

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1. River Roast
River Roast has one of the largest guest capacities of all Chicago venues: as many as 1000 people can share the space for an event. Six different indoor and outdoor locations ensure that every celebration will have the space they need. A veranda and dock are two of the most sought after sites for smaller parties, but large groups will love the indoor space as well.

River Roast resides in the Reid Murdoch building. This historic structure was built in 1914 and began as a 7-story office building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has also been named a Chicago landmark.

Event catering will be handled by the River Roast culinary team. They specialize in American cuisine and are happy to provide tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and a multi-course meal served in stations. They have a number of packages available to suit every occasion, and are happy to customize the dishes. A full bar package will also be available.

The most notable feature of River Roast is of course the river-front location: guests will be able to enjoy the Chicago River in style. This venue is packed full of historic architecture and modern amenities that combine to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. A champagne tower, a full-event planning staff, and versatile ceremony and reception sites are some of the highlights at this venue.

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*BONUS RESTAURANT VENUE* – The Two Brothers Roundhouse
Obviously we’re a little biased, but if you look at our track record, we’ve got the awards to back it up! We’ve won 9 brewery awards, been awarded “Best Of Weddings” badge from The Knot in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and won the “Couples Choice Award” from Wedding Wire almost every year from 2012 – 2020!

Venues don’t win that many awards by luck or chance. That’s the consistent quality and reputation Two Brothers has for hosting weddings!

The Two Brothers Roundhouse property encompasses 70,000 square feet that's home to multiple buildings, gathering areas, and gorgeous landscape. The diversity of our location ensures that your guest list ranging in size from 50 to over 300 can all feel perfectly at home in the space.

Our venue has one of the most interesting stories of all. Built in 1856, the roundhouse served as the storage and maintenance facility for the Chicago and Aurora’s Railroad locomotives. This historic building is the oldest roundhouse in the entire country. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that will surround you in history, there is no better location in Chicago’s suburbs.

As an all-inclusive location, Two Brothers Roundhouse has an exceptionally trained catering staff and bartending service available to design a menu and bar package according to the individual needs of every couple.

See why we’re quickly becoming the top choice for wedding venues in the greater Chicago area. We have more details on our wedding venue banquets page here.

Email us any time at or call us (630) 509-0215

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