Chicagoland couples tying the knot during late fall and early winter are getting rewarded with stunning wedding photos. Written by Christina Oddo. 

Since the weather hasn’t quite decided whether it wants to linger in fall or turn to winter, Chicagoland couples who’ve scheduled November weddings aren’t too sure what they’ll be up against. Will their day be full of dancing snowflakes and chilly gusts of wind, or will it be crisp, breezy, and decorated with the last of the autumn leaves? Luckily for these soon-to-be newlyweds, the Windy City looks beautiful no matter what’s happening outside. In no particular order, here’s a few Chicago wedding venues that let couples take advantage of the Midwest’s captivating colder seasons and get pictures they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Click the images to discover what else these incredible venuess have to offer!

1. The Newly Renovated Winnetka Community House

With some of the trees dropping their leaves and others still clinging to their greenery, the Winnetka Community House’s Arches Garden looks like a beautiful vestige of summer. The delicate garden’s stone walls, titular arches, and romantic natural lighting make for an incredibly tranquil setting. The recently remodeled interior features a full wall of French doors and windows, allowing couples and their guests to bask in the garden’s beauty whether they’re indoors or outside.

2.  Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Whether they’re tying the knot on the Wisteria Terrace or under the Pavilion, couples who get married at Eaglewood are treated to unparalleled views of the venue’s expansive and expressive grounds. This venue boasts an impressive array of natural space, and hosts outdoor weddings starting in April and carrying well into late fall.  Eaglewood encourages its couples to embrace the chillier seasons by offering fun extras like hot chocolate stations and winter martini bars, and also has a huge outdoor firepit for guests who aren’t scared of the cold.


3. Galena & Jo Daviess County

A rustic vineyard. A sprawling landscape that overlooks the Mississippi River. A 19th-century little white chapel. No matter where you want to get married, Galena & Jo Daviess County has the perfect place to host your fairy tale. This area of Illinois is nestled amid one of the state’s most beautiful natural regions, and makes for a stunning and picturesque backdrop to your Big Day.

4. Villa Olivia Country Club

This beautiful venue in the heart of Cook County showcases walls of towering pines, rolling hills, and- if you come during the fall- a sea of autumn leaves that stretches as far as the eye can see. Villa Olivia’s two outdoor ceremony sites offer spectacular views of their golf course and ski slopes, and allow guests to truly enjoy the venue’s remarkable landscaping.

5. Silver Lake Country Club


What could be more picturesque that being surrounded by 300 acres of rolling hills as you tie the knot? In addition to its romantically sloping landscape, Silver Lake Country Club offers a  breathtaking backdrop of autumnal foliage, a sparkling lake, and several artful arches that create the perfect frame as you say “I do”.

6. Cantigny

Cantigny’s dreamy grounds and gardens look like something out of a fairy tale. The expansive estate and its colorful botanicals provide the perfect setting for weddings any time of year, but the venue truly comes to life during the fall. The romantic reflection of the crackling foliage on the water is a sight that guests will talk about for years to come.

7. The Historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

This historic, private venue shines no matter what the season, but it looks particularly beautiful during the colder months. Whether it’s fall, winter, or somewhere in between, The Armour House and its sprawling acres are the perfect place to the tie the knot. Highlights include a pagoda, the campus lake, bursting fountains, stoic statues, and meticulously groomed gardens.

8. Naper Settlement


Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel has had a ton of practice looking pretty during fall and winter- it’s been charming couples and their guests since 1864. This historic venue combines stained glass windows, dark wood, globe lighting, and curved buttresses to create a perfectly cozy haven from the coolness that takes over the Midwest at the end of the year.

Can’t get enough of chilly Chicago weddings? Neither can we! Browse this list to discover other incredible venues in the area that also sparkle during fall and winter: The Gardens of Woodstock, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Lehmann Mansion, Wandering Tree Estate, and The Morton Arboretum.


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