Weddings

If dinosaurs and elephants are on your guest list, say “I do” to hosting your event in one of our breathtaking spaces.

A couple shares their first dance in the center of Stanley Field Hall on a black and white dance floor. Wedding guests watch from their seats and elephants and Máximo the Titanosaur are visible in the background.

Our space. Your perfect day.

Sip champagne on our terrace overlooking Lake Michigan. Dance under the shadowed silhouette of Máximo the Titanosaur. Pose for photos in front of an Egyptian mastaba. Celebrate with your guests amid millions of artifacts and specimens—and invite them to explore the exhibitions while they take a break from drinks and dancing.

Our variety of spaces accommodate as few as 10 and up to more than 1,000 guests, safety guidelines permitting: Celebrate outdoors with a ceremony on the terrace or cocktails in the Rice Native Plant Gardens, or transform the museum’s iconic Stanley Field Hall or East Atrium for your dream wedding. 

Ready to start planning? Contact us today.

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The Field's team immediately made us feel at ease and confident they could handle all of our big plans. Our day went off without a hitch! I love that we can visit the museum on anniversaries and be brought back to our favorite day.

Brittanie Navarro, Bride

The Field Museum is one of my favorite venues to host an event in Chicago. While the building itself sets a beautifully elegant tone, the event staff is fabulous to work with—it is an absolute pleasure every time.

Marina Birch, Birch Design Studio

Personalize your wedding

We’ve done this a few times. Our experienced staff is here to support you and your wedding planner, from your first site visit to the moment your last guests leave, tuckered out from a night of dancing and celebration.

Our approved vendors are carefully selected and knowledgeable about our space. Whether your style is understated, elegant florals or over-the-top geek chic, our vendors will help you customize an event that’s 100% you.

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The Field Museum provides all alcoholic beverages used in conjunction with any event held at the Museum. We offer a variety of beverage packages and a wine list, both with eco-friendly options.

Your approved caterer will provide bar service, including setup, mixers, sodas, ice, glassware, and service staff. Consumption bars and donated liquor are not allowed. 

Want a look that’s “modern elegance meets natural history”? Our vendors have you covered.

Kristin La Voie Photography

The Field Museum offers one-of-a-kind backdrops, inside and out. In addition to hosting ceremonies, we offer standalone photography sessions.

J. Brown Photography

Micro weddings and minimonies

While your guest list is micro, there are some pretty big guests who want to join in (SUE the T. rex promises to smile for photos). With fabulous indoor and outdoor spaces and a convenient city location, the possibilities are endless for your mini ceremony, reception, brunch, and more. 

Your Field Museum micro wedding may be booked six months in advance. We offer three packages for weddings of 50 guests or fewer so that you can create an intimate, memorable celebration that’s right for you!

Photography sessions 

Create memories that will last a lifetime with a stop at the Field Museum for your wedding, engagement, or celebration photography. Our photography packages include two hours to enjoy stunning settings for up to 20 participants on your perfect day!

Photo packages start at $500.

A few of our favorite weddings

We absolutely love working with the events team at the Field Museum. Not only is it an iconic and beautiful Chicago venue, but the event team makes it easy for our clients and us! They are professional, efficient, and committed to providing the best service.

Lauren, Allison, Bridget, Carolyn, and Andrea, LK Events

The account managers are accommodating and communicative. They truly care about making the experience for both client and vendor partners as easy as possible and are never too busy to walk you through details to make sure your event goes off without a hitch!

Michelle Kurinec, LOLA Event Productions

Frequently asked questions

The Field Museum does not provide a planner or act as a planner for your wedding. An Account Manager will be onsite to manage museum logistics from setup to the end of your celebration. We are happy to recommend local wedding planners who have worked with past clients if you wish to hire one on your own. We highly recommend hiring a wedding planner to assist with logistics, but it is not required.

We welcome you to host your ceremony and/or cocktail reception outside on our picturesque terrace space. For every wedding, we will have a weather backup plan in place and the decision will be made up until the morning of the celebration whether to host the ceremony indoors or outdoors.

To confirm your event, a deposit of 50% of the estimated event total is required along with a signed contract. Deposits are non-refundable.

Yes, the Field Museum works with a variety of approved and preferred vendors to provide event services from catering to dramatic event lighting. We’ve partnered with premier Chicago businesses to support you in creating unforgettable events. Choose from our approved vendors for catering, floral, decor, lighting, media, and parking. These vendors are knowledgeable about the Field Museum space, receive special training on our policies and procedures, and are fully licensed by the city and state.

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