6 Ideas for a Chic & Sophisticated Chicago-Inspired Wedding

Discover how to bring Chi-Town style to your celebration.

6 Ideas for a Chic & Sophisticated Chicago-Inspired Wedding

Photo: Dalal Photography

Chicago weddings are some of our favorite celebrations to feature in the magazine and on InsideWeddings.com. Whether you're holding a tented reception overlooking Lake Michigan or a black-tie extravaganza in one of the city's classic ballrooms, a wedding in Chicago typically signifies elegant décor, lush florals, and delicious eats. Sure, the brisk, windy weather isn't always ideal for outdoor weddings, but there's nothing better than cozying up inside a beautiful venue with your friends and family and dancing the night away – especially if you have a view of the spectacular Chicago skyline!

A wedding is the perfect time to show off the best your city has to offer. For a wedding in Chi-Town, we love events that are inspired by the city's natural beauty, world-famous dishes, and die-hard sports fans. And don't forget: any of your favorite local treats and goodies that don't make it into the wedding can be added to welcome bags so guests can enjoy them throughout the wedding weekend. Take a look at the inspiration below, and visit our vendor directory to find the best Chicago wedding professionals for your event. 

1. Get the Party Started with the Invitations

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie

Feature the striking Chicago skyline on your save-the-dates and invitations to get guests excited about the wedding – especially if you'll be welcoming loved ones from out of town. 

2. Turn Wedding Programs into Front-Page News

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Model your wedding programs and schedule of events after your favorite Chicago newspaper. Arrange a welcome message, maps, directions, addresses, and any other guest information into a newspaper-style format, complete with your own front-page photo.

3. Take Portraits with a View

Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Memorialize your wedding location by taking photos in front of a sweeping city view.

4. Serve Mini Hot Dogs

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Revive guests at the end of the night with miniature Chicago-style hot dogs and chili dogs. Your friends and family will appreciate the snack and its easy-to-eat size!

5. Invite Your Favorite Local Food Truck

Photo by Carasco Photography

What Chicagoan doesn't have a favorite food truck? Introduce guests to the city's most creative cuisine by hiring a truck to tempt your loved ones during the reception or after-party.

6. End the Night with Cookies in Chicago Sports Colors

Photo by KingenSmith

Gift guests with take-home bags of cookies in the shapes of your initials and frosted in the colors of your favorite Chicago sports teams (like orange for the Chicago Bears and University of Illinois!)