Rainy Chicago Weddings


Since there is no predicting the weather, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan for rainy day or just plain cold wedding photos.

A backup plan is essential when planning a Chicago wedding. There are many spots around town where you can head indoors for gorgeous wedding photos. There are some free options, but most places require a permit.

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The Rookery Building

The Rookery Building is a stunning spot for wedding photos! Located in the financial district near the Chicago Board of Trade, the Rookery Building features a lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the infamous staircase. Plan ahead if you want to have Rookery Building wedding photos. Advance notice and a permit is required for all photos.


Garfield Park Conservatory

Surrounded by huge windows and lush greenery, Garfield Park Conservatory wedding photos are the perfect spot whether it’s raining or sunny. A permit is required for wedding photography.

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Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is located along Michigan Avenue across from Millennium Park.

The stunning Tiffany dome and the grand staircase make this a perfect spot for stunning

wedding photos.A permit is not required, but they have some photography rules.


Lyric Opera House

Located along Wabash Street, the Lyric Opera House grand columns are a beautiful spot to get out of the rain. No permit required.

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Old Post Office

This unique building is literally the old main post office that has been rehabbed. Matching some

of the original structural design with modern features, it’s a pretty cool space. One of the great features of this building is the rooftop terrace. Permit is required.


Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is a unique spot for weddings photos. You make it a fun outing and take photos around the artwork and well as the architecture. A permit is not required, but you have to purchase tickets for everyone going in.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

The lobby of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has a beautiful staircase that was just

meant for wedding photos! Permit is required for wedding photography


Union Station

Union Station is such a classic Chicago spot and beautiful for wedding photos! The indoor staircase and the large columns near the entrance make for stunning scenery.

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4th Presbyterian Church

Located on Michigan Avenue, right across from the Hancock, the 4th Presbyterian Church has a beautiful vine covered archway.


Honeycomb in Lincoln Park

The honeycomb pavilion by the Lincoln Park South Pond is covered by plexiglass, so it will keep you dry from rain. But it is a little walk to get there, so don’t forget an umbrella!

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Lincoln Park Conservatory

Located near the Lincoln Park south pond area, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is lush green house with tropical plants and floor to ceiling windows.