Architectural Artifacts – Chicago, IL
An Architectural Artifacts wedding is the perfect place for the eclectic Chicago bride seeking something a little out-of-the-box on her special day. In fact, a huge (literally) surprise awaits any engaged couple seeking a unique wedding venue when they stumble upon Architectural Artifacts. This fantastic space may well be the most unique space in all of the Chicago area. An 80,000 square foot “warehouse”, it boasts two buildings and five levels, all filled to the brim with beautiful, interesting, and one-of-a-kind furniture, artifacts, art, and antiques- all of which are available as wedding decor. The buildings are joined together by a large, sweeping atrium, and it is this space that transforms Architectural Artifacts into not just a showroom, but a venue as well.
Brides wanting an Architectural Artifacts reception or ceremony will be pleased at the whimsical and eclectic nature of this showroom, and will deeply impressed by the options they have for their day. You see, this venue doesn’t simply have one space set aside for weddings, instead it has five uniquely lovely spaces to choose from, the smallest of which still has capacity for up to 100 guests. There are so many options at this showroom, any wedding will be sure to fit comfortably. The multitude of spaces and decorative artifacts also mean that even the most unique of visions can be reflected on the bride and groom’s wedding day.
Check out Architectural Artifacts wedding reviews on Trip Advisor to see just how perfect this space can be for a Chicago wedding.
History and Location
Architectural Artifacts was created in 1987 by a man named Stuart Grannen. Grannen’s vision was a place for lost treasures of this world to find a home, and to be admired by people who appreciated them for their distinctive characteristics. As the showroom expanded into what it is today, Grannen’s dream was realized. The people of Chicago and beyond have come to admire the extensive collection of artifacts and antiques and an additional to Architectural Artifacts is currently being constructed: a large museum of Chicago’s traditional architecture.
The showroom is located in Chicago, IL in historic Ravenswood. This part of Chicago is known for its artistic endeavors and is filled with businesses such as record labels and art galleries. Brides seeking a venue in the midst of local art will be thrilled to find Architectural Artifacts.
This indoor space is comprised of three levels and over 6,000 square feet. The largest of the available venues spaces in Architectural Artifacts, the Atrium can comfortably seat up to 300 guests, but can accommodate over 500 in a cocktail-style event. A sweeping, open space this large is sure to give an essence of grandeur to any wedding. The multiple levels provide perfect vantage points for the photographer, and plenty of space for the wedding guests to mingle and enjoy the night.
Perfect for the bride who loves outdoor spaces, the Courtyard is a whopping 4,000 square feet and is filled with as much art as the indoor spaces. Privacy fences allow the wedding guests to celebrate the bride and groom in privacy while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
The Ravenswood Room
A new addition to Architectural artifacts, this room boasts high ceilings and plenty of natural light, making any wedding a bright and airy event. A large staircase highlights the room, giving the bride and groom a place for that perfect entrance as husband and wife. At 5,000 square feet, this room has plenty of space for wedding guests.
The Bubble Gallery
While the smallest space at Architectural Artifacts, that doesn’t mean this gallery is cramped. 100 guests can fit comfortably for a seated dinner on the rustic farmhouse tables, or over 200 can be accommodated for a mingling reception or cocktail hour. Elegant, lounge-style furnishings provide stylish seating for bridal party and guests alike.
The Loft is a 5,500 square foot area on the second floor of Architectural Artifacts. Hardwood floors and a plethora of windows give this space a rustic and classy look that will fit any wedding theme. A bridal room accompanies the Loft, and up to 150 seated guests can comfortably fit. For cocktail-style events, over 400 people are welcome.
Perhaps the best part about an Architectural Artifacts wedding is the great number of options available to the bride and groom. A multitude of spaces means that there is no need for time-consuming “turn-over” on the day of the wedding. The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception can each reside in their own unique space, allowing the day to flow seamlessly from one event to the next. This also gives the photographer plenty of variety in the Architectural Artifacts wedding photos he or she captures.
Pricing on this venue will vary depending on the day and number of spaces rented, but there are many helpful extras that are added in with an Architectural Artifacts wedding cost, helping to keep the bride and groom on budget. The complete list of inclusive perks can be found on the showroom’s website, but examples include the use of the showroom’s inventory and furnishings, a bridal room, a private entrance for the wedding, rehearsal on the day prior to the wedding, and more.