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 Tempting and teasing with rotating art, killer views and vintage detailing, these latest newcomers are vying to host your wedding event of any size.

The Builders BLDG, an expansive event space from DineAmic Group, has historic Chicago style and an atrium level perfect for cocktail hour.

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Be a star for the day with your name on the marquee at Shapiro Ballroom.

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The stunning chandelier and expansive skyline views in the Conrad Chicago atrium set the tone for a glittering reception.

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A recent renovation at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare upgraded the hotel’s 5,000-square-foot ballroom with modern touches.

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The built-in shelving at new West Loop venue The Lakewood is the perfect spot for creative decor.

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Exposed-beam ceilings characterize this stunning, raw space. Enter the venue through a landscaped courtyard complete with seasonal foliage. At 2,000 square feet, the main room features original brick and floor-to-ceiling windows. The intimate venue accomodates 70 to 90 people for a sit-down dinner and 100 to 120 people for a cocktail reception. $200-$2,250, 1355 W. Concord Place, 773.698.7290

This private event space, adjacent to Paramount Events’ other new property, The Lakewood, is bright and airy, ideal for showers, rehearsal dinners, bridal brunches and pre-wedding preparations. Highlights include a fully stocked wet bar, chic lounge furniture, and TV package and AV system. The space can accommodate up to 50 people for seated receptions and up to 80 people for cocktail parties. Price upon request, 1750 W. Lake St., 773.880.8044

Located in historic Motor Row, this vintage loft boasts 18-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers and 100-year-old tile floors. Vintage lounge furniture, tables, chairs and china add to the ambience. There’s also programmable LED lighting and separate couple’s lounges. On-site catering is available along with the ability to bring your own alcohol. Rental fees from $200 per hour with a four-hour minimum, in-house catering approximately $75 per person, 2345 S. Michigan Ave., 847.485.5316


This DineAmic Group venue brimming with classic details is within steps of the Chicago River. The Builders BLDG, built in 1927, has a soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling that hovers over the marble-floored main ballroom and second-level atrium (perfect for cocktail hour or chef stations). The venue, which has gorgeous beaux-arts flourishes, can accommodate 250 guests for a seated dinner or up to 750 guests for a cocktail reception. Rental fee $2,500-$4,000, exclusively catered by DineAmic Catering, $95-$175 per person, 222 N. LaSalle Blvd., 312.527.1065

With a rooftop deck overlooking Michigan Avenue, a two-story atrium and several venue options, the Conrad Chicago can accommodate wedding events both large and small while offering stunning city views from any vantage point. Near many Chicago cultural landmarks, the location can’t be beat for out-of-town guests. $200-$290 per person, 101 E. Erie St., 312.667.2499

Open and modern, The Lakewood provides a blank-canvas backdrop and flexibility for versatile floor plans. Acclaimed chef Devon Quinn helms the on-site kitchen, and Paramount Events is the exclusive caterer. For a seated dinner, The Lakewood holds 290; for cocktail, it’s 600. From $120-$226 per person for seated dinner, 1758 W. Lake St., 312.366.2293

See your name in lights on the marquee of the historic Alvin Theatre in West Town. Hidden inside is the Shapiro Ballroom, an elegant space with 20-foot-tall ceilings and an open layout with two large rooms, as well as an in-house florist, a coat-check area, a bridal dressing room and a professional-grade sound system. Maximum capacity is 175 to 200 for seated dinners and up to 250 for cocktail receptions. $3,000-$6,000, 1612 W. Chicago Ave., 312.843.4798


Opening soon, the three-story, 80,000-square-foot Larkin Hall, catered exclusively by Blue Plate Catering, has multiple highly customizable spaces. A standout is the glass-enclosed rooftop with views of the skyline that can accommodate 300 guests for a sit-down reception. An adjacent outdoor space can accommodate 250 guests for a sit-down reception and 350 for cocktail; both spaces combined can host 510 guests. Price upon request, 1362 W. Fulton St., 312.421.6666

This venue, just off the Cumberland Blue Line stop, recently completed a $6.5 million propertywide renovation offering modern design. The upgraded 5,000-square-foot ballroom is a stunning space with a sophisticated, chic design, unique light fixtures and subtle touches that give the space a feeling of elegance and luxury. Accommodates 350 guests for a sit-down meal and up to 550 for a cocktail reception. From $93 per person, 8500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 773.329.2809

Slated to open in April, the venue is in a historic landmark building built in 1936 as the Chicago Illinois Automobile Club. Befitting its Spanish Revival style and art deco details, highlights of the space include a 7,000-square-foot private outdoor courtyard, brick archways, soaring stained glass and ornate plasterwork ceilings. The venue can accommodate 1,000 guests for seated dinners and 2,600 guests for cocktail parties. Price upon request, 2400 S. Michigan Ave., 773.486.9010