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I Do! Your Wedding Planning Guide to Chicago’s North Shore

Make all your dreams of a wonderful wedding come true with creative help from local event experts. Centerpieces that delight, exquisite food to tantalize, and stellar venues from top-notch hotels to gorgeous unique spaces all combine to make your day extraordinary. Across Chicago’s North Shore you’ll find everything you need for a picture-perfect event. With health and safety in mind, vendors and venues are taking precautions and following guidelines; check for group size limitations.

If you would like some complimentary assistance with your wedding planning needs, please contact Kimberly at kwright@cnscvb.com.

Redfield Estate, The Grove, Glenview
Redfield Estate, The Grove, Glenview

SPECIAL EVENT FACILITIES

Destination locations also amp up the wow factor for your photo shoots and ceremonies. Add some stunning outdoor options at Chevy Chase Country Club (1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling) where the breathtaking Grand Ballroom opens onto an expansive outdoor terrace. World-renowned cultural destination Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe) dazzles with myriad choices like the dramatic canopied terrace McGinley Pavilion or the secluded charm of the English Walled Garden. Pinstripes (1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook) offers a unique venue with a beautiful ballroom, grand outdoor patio showcasing the natural surroundings, and luxiurous bowling lanes and bocce courts that make for an elegant and fun event. The Redfield Estate at The Grove (1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview) includes private use of the entire historic home, part of a 145-acre nature preserve. Community House Winnetka (620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka) boasts a lovely Historic Garden framed by vast architectural brick structures and a blue-stone-and-red-brick-inlay patio. The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s (1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston) historic clubhouse, built in 1912, exudes warmth and timeless elegance with its black-and-white marble entrance and double staircase leading to the dramatic Grand Ballroom.

L: Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling; R: Winnetka Community House, Winnetka
L: Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling; R: Winnetka Community House, Winnetka

HOTELS

Classic spaces will always be a perfect match for every bride or groom to be. The crystal chandeliers and Garden Terrace of Hilton Chicago/Northbrook (2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook) exudes charm. Create your own storybook wedding at the Westin Chicago North Shore (601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling). From your first steps down the aisle to the last dance. From South Asian traditions to kosher catering, the Westin team can customize their spaces to your requests. If your style jives with a contemporary vibe, many North Shore hotels are crisply up-to-date, some with glamorous details. Discover stylish décor and spacious surroundings with the largest ballroom available in the area at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore Skokie (5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie).

Explore the newly renovated Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston (1501 Sherman Ave., Evanston) will see to it your event or stay is a success. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago (9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie) features panoramic views of the North Shore and Chicago skyline from their rooftop. Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston (1818 Maple Ave., Evanston) puts downtown Evanston eateries and treasures right at your door and offers a quaint cozy setting for your nuptials. The Renaissance Chicago North Shore (933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook) offers beautiful backdrops and expansive event setups for your wedding (only outside catering vendors for now). 

Looking for additional sleeping rooms for your guests in the area? For state-of-the-art modern with all the amenities, visit Courtyard Chicago Glenview /Northbrook (1801 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview). Adjacent to the Eden’s Expressway, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-North Shore (9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie) is a two-minute drive from shops and dining at Westfield Old Orchard. Deluxe guest rooms and signature touches are always divine at the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook (1110 Willow Rd., Northbrook). Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston (1515 Chicago Ave., Evanston) offers comfortable sleeping rooms with plush beds and prime location in Downtown Evanston just blocks from Lake Michigan.

L: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago, Skokie; R: Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling
L: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago, Skokie; R: Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling

FLORISTS

Fragrance, colors, and textures elevate the day from your bridal bouquet to the ceremony and reception adornment. Exquisite fresh flower arrangements from Morning Glory Flower Shop (1822 Glenview Rd., Glenview) enhance with classical elegance, gentle English garden looks, or mod pops of color and shape. Schedule an intimate personal consultation with Saville Flowers & Gifts (1712 Sherman Ave., Evanston) who have been crafting their refined European designs with extraordinary flair for 75+ years. The Flower Shop in Glencoe (693 Vernon Ave., Glencoe) is renowned for its incredible blooms and award-winning floral design.

L: Morning Glory Flower Shop, Glenview; R: The Flower Shop in Glencoe
L: Morning Glory Flower Shop, Glenview; R: The Flower Shop in Glencoe

BAKERIES

North Shore bakeries really take the cake! Beth’s Little Bake Shop (1814 Central St., Evanston) dazzles with gorgeous wedding cakes and custom dessert menus full of mini sweets where you can create your perfect combination of flavors, fillings, and designs like customizing sugar cookies or French macarons. Sweet Ali’s Gluten-Free Bakery (1107 Waukegan Rd., Glenview) can set you up with tastings to go. Their tiered cakes and sheet cakes are all gluten-free and we defy your guests to tell the difference. Their onsite event planner is available for special occasions, including showers and weddings. Kneads & Wants Artisan Bakery (8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie) has your sweet table covered. Choose from rich fudgy brownies, jumbo chocolate chip, kitchen sink and snickerdoodle cookies, and specialty bars like their Nanaimo Bar, made from a delicous combination of chocolate, graham cracker, pecans and coconut. Hosting a brunchtime reception? Check out their delicious scones, croissants, sticky buns and more!

L: Beth's Little Bake Shop, Evanston; R: Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, Glenview
L: Beth's Little Bake Shop, Evanston; R: Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, Glenview

CATERERS

The bar has been raised for unique and delicious wedding menus—even literally at the bar if you’re in the mood for custom couple cocktails. Feast & Imbibe (1601 Payne St, Evanston) believes in approachable flavors, modern presentation, and fresh, seasonal ingredients in any style from cocktail parties, plated meals, or family-style spreads. Catered by Design (9204 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove) enjoys an excellent reputation for exquisite food and exemplary catering services crafted from buffets to late-night snack stations. Northern Fork (West Loop, Chicago) delivers made-from-scratch seasonal menus for stunners like their grazing table of Charcuterie and Artisan Cheeses and other hors d’oeuvres.

L: Norther Fork, Chicago; R: Feast & Imbibe, Evanston
L: Norther Fork, Chicago; R: Feast & Imbibe, Evanston

 

 

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