Reception Only or Reception with Ceremony

Numerous historic and unique indoor and outdoor facilities are available for rental. For a full list of venues available click here.  We provide the breathtaking setting and customers provide the imagination using one of our Preferred Professionals who offer catering, event rentals and event production services.

Ceremony Only – Outdoor Garden or Picnic Grove

To host a wedding ceremony outside in one of the Park District’s gardens or beaches a Special Event Permit – Commemorative Level is required regardless of location and number of people.  This permit allows for use of designated outdoor space for a two or four hour time frame and allows for chairs & trellis.  Amplified sound is allowed with a Commemorative Level 2, 3 or 4.   Food and beverage is not allowed.  All equipment rentals (chairs, trellis, etc.) must be contracted through the Chicago Park District Preferred Professionals.

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Engagement or Wedding Photography

Buckhingham Fountain, Museum Campus and two world-class conservatories are just a few of the gorgeous backdrops for your once-in-a-lifetime photos.  Learn more & start the application process here for your Non-Commercial Media Permit.


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If you have any additional questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or call (312) 763-6710.