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Getting Married in Chicagoland? Affordable, Iconic Wedding Ceremony and Reception Locations Await in the Heritage Corridor

We’ve all been to weddings, and when it comes time to tie the knot – you want your wedding to be memorable … and better than the ceremonies you have attended in the past.  Admit it, you want your guests to look back to your special day saying “That was an amazing day” – all without breaking the bank.

Here in the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, you can create the iconic day that everyone will be jealous of.  We are going to highlight three locations that will make for spectacular pictures, vivid memories and many jealous friends.


The Jewel of Joliet.  Millions of memories dating back to 1926, with a stage that has hosted Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld and other starts.  Whether you hold your ceremony in the ornate rotunda or on the stage of the historic palace with the sounds of the historic organ playing “Here Comes the Bride,”

You can also hold your reception at the Rialto as well!  You can hold your ceremony at a different location and still have the iconic reception.  Can you imagine the first dance in the Great Rotunda, underneath the “Duchess” chandelier?  This ornate masterpiece has some 200 fixtures, is 20 feet long and features 250 lights.

To find out more about holding your wedding or reception at the Rialto Square Theatre, please visit https://rialtosquare.com/rialto-rental/weddings/.

photo from Rialto Square Theatre


Multiple ballrooms to choose from, a picturesque view from the outdoor balcony, amazing service and top-notch food.  Plus, you can get some pretty amazing pictures on their magnificent golf course.  If you’re enticed, then Bolingbrook Golf Club is the perfect place to have your wedding – no matter the size of your reception.

You can also hold your ceremony in their idyllic Rose Garden.  Imagine saying “I do” with their overlooking fountains and lake in the background.  It’s a perfect, intimate atmosphere.

To find out more about holding your wedding or reception at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, please visit https://www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com/weddings.


If you imagine your ceremony taking place in the beauty of nature, then imagine the splendor of having your wedding at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center.  Towering pines, century old oak trees await your guests in the Lodge’s Sunrise Shelter.  Worried about the weather, the beautiful fireplace of the rustic Great Hall gives you a perfect Plan B that will keep everyone smiling.

Just think about some of the unique wedding photos you can get with your wedding party in Starved Rock State Park …

image by Kathy Casstevens

After the ceremony, the Great Hall is a perfect place for a world-class dining experience – followed by kicking up your heels and dancing the night away in the Starved Rock Room

To find out more about holding your wedding or reception at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, please visit https://www.starvedrocklodge.com/weddings_meetings/weddings-meetings/weddings/.



From the beginning when you say yes, to the final farewells at the end of the reception, Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort is here to make sure you have everything covered while helping you turn your dream wedding into a reality.

Being surrounded by the beauty of nature, this is the perfect destination for your wedding! They want to be able to host not only your ceremony but also the reception, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner. 

Whatever your vision may be, they will pair you with a wedding specialist that will guide you step-by-step through all details for the special day. They offer a formal Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 with a dance floor. 

To find out more about holding your wedding or reception at the Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, please visit www.grizzlyjacksresort.com/meetings/weddings-and-receptions

photo from Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort