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For all the months (or years) of planning involved, your wedding day is going to fly by in a flurry of hugs, kisses and photo ops. So you’d better make each snapshot count: We can’t imagine a more stunning backdrop than one of Chicago’s ten most beautiful wedding venues.

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Café Brauer

This Prairie-style landmark boasts soaring ceilings with Tiffany-style lamps that date back to 1908. Oh, and the terrace views of surrounding Lincoln Park aren’t bad either.

2001 N. Clark St.; 312-742-2000 or lpzoo.org

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Adler Planetarium

What’s more romantic than starlight? Starlight twinkling over the lake and the city, as seen from the planetarium’s solarium.

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-542-2428 or adlerplanetarium.org

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Architectural Artifacts

A loft with exposed beams and plenty of natural light sounds totally dreamy, right? Well, this venue has all that, plus a dramatic collection of one-of-a-kind treasures and antiques—think statues, ornate mirrors and restored furniture—artfully displayed throughout the space.

4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-348-0622 or artifacteventschicago.com

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Modern Wing

If clean, airy and architecturally grand is your aesthetic, the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing is your match made in heaven. You can even coordinate a private viewing of the museum’s collection for your guests.

111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600 or artic.edu

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Galleria Marchetti

Ethereal white tent: Check. Lush green garden: Check. Italian-focused menu that includes gnocchi with wild boar ragu…where do we sign?

825 W. Erie St.; 312-563-0495 or galleriamarchetti.com

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Lacuna Lofts

Your big kiss will be magical no matter where it happens. But having it at dusk overlooking the Chicago skyline takes it into supernatural territory—just saying.

2150 S. Canalport Ave.; 773-609-5638 or lacunaeventsbylm.com

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Chicago Botanic Garden

A quick drive up to the North Shore whisks you and your guests away to the English countryside or a bonsai-filled Japanese sanctuary. We’re talking about themed gardens, of course, but the gorgeous surroundings are just as transporting as a trip abroad.

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanicgarden.org

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A New Leaf

There’s a secret garden in Lincoln Park: What appears to be an unassuming florist shop actually conceals a charming courtyard, and we’re completely smitten. (Bonus: You’ll be in excellent hands when it comes to flowers.)

1645 N. Wells St.; 312-642-8553 or anewleafchicago.com

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The Boarding House

All wedding food is not created equal: You could have your first married meal prepared by a James Beard-nominated chef (under a pretty awesome wine-bottle-studded ceiling, we might add).

720 N. Wells St.; 773-280-0720 or boardinghousechicago.com

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Cindy’s Rooftop

You’re already aware of Cindy’s panoramic views and fresh, seasonal fare, so we’ll cut to the chase: bespoke punch bowls. It’s a good thing your guests will only have to travel a few floors down to their rooms within Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

12 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-792-3502 or cindysrooftop.com

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