The Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago, Illinois

Located in the heart of Chicago between The University of Chicago and Lake Michigan is one of the largest science museums in the world. The Museum of Science and Industry boasts many exhibits, thousands of artifacts, a domed theater, and over 40,000 square feet of scientific discovery for visitors of all ages. New exhibits are always on rotation, allowing guests to visit again and again without tiring of the experience. Topics such as robotics, farming, and transportation are just a few of the amazing wonders displayed for audiences to see.


All that square footage also means there are plenty of fabulous spaces for weddings in the Museum of Science and Industry. Weddings great or small can be hosted at this museum, and each wedding is sure to be impressive. The grandeur of the science museum, both in square footage and in style, makes it the perfect backdrop for a modern, Chicago wedding. Check out reviews of the Museum of Science and Industry on Wedding Wire.


A downtown Chicago location is a popular choice for Illinois brides due to the proximity to O’Hare International Airport, the multitudes of available hotels, and the surplus of entertainment for the bridal party and wedding guests. The Museum of Science and Industry is located in the famous Hyde Park neighborhood, a popular location for locals and visitors alike. Nearby hotels include the Hyatt Place Chicago, the Wheeler Mansion, and the Best Western Grant Park. The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Rotunda and Balcony

This large space is located in the center of the museum and boasts soaring ceilings, an art deco style, and fantastic views of several of the museum’s exhibits. Brides will be excited to learn that guests are allowed access to the exhibits during any Museum of Science and Industry wedding reception! Up to 3,000 guests can be accommodated in the Rotunda.

Entry Hall

Perfect for a cocktail hour or wedding reception, the Entry Hall at the Museum of Science and Industry is a sleek and modern space. The perfect setting for fabulous lights and drapery, this venue can host up to 600 guests.

U-505 Submarine

This two-story event space is located alongside a submarine exhibit in the museum. Guests can enjoy a truly unique reception at the Museum of Science and Industry when a bride selects this space for her day. Full access to the exhibit means the guests will never experience a dull moment! Being a two-story space, the U-505 Submarine venue is fitting for both a ceremony and a reception, with no need for a room-turnover. Up to 700 guests can be accommodated.

Henry Crown Space Center

The perfect setting for a bride or groom intrigued by the mysteries of space, this venue is situated between three different exhibits centered on space travel and the stars. Remember, the Museum of Science and Industry wedding cost includes full access to each exhibit for the wedding guests! This unique and eye-catching venue can host up to 325 people.

Outdoor Porticos

Brides who love the idea of an outdoor wedding but still want the exclusive Chicago location will be pleased to know that the Museum of Science and Industry has multiple outdoor spaces that make lovely wedding venues. Massive stone pillars reside in the porticos, making them impressive ceremony locations. Space enough for 1,500 guests means that a tented reception can easily be accomplished as well. The south portico is also adjacent to a picturesque lagoon, adding to the natural landscape that every outdoor bride loves.

Columbian Room

The smallest of the museum’s available event spaces, this room is perfect for a rehearsal dinner or a bridal luncheon. Fully equipped with WIFI, audio-visual equipment, and a separate room for food prep, this room is perfect for a classy meal and a slideshow presentation. The Columbian Room can accommodate up to 100 seated guests.


Catering at the Museum of Science and Industry is done in-house. Custom, one-of- a-kind menus are created by talented chefs in order to provide each and every bride with a reception that meets her vision. Menu pricing is given on a “per head” scale, allowing the bride to plan exactly the amount of food she needs for her confirmed guests. From custom cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres to impressive entrees and tasty late-night snacks, the caterers at this museum can make any bride’s dreams come true.

Wedding Planning

Brides who choose the Museum of Science and Industry as their wedding venue will have access to a full-service wedding coordinator who can assist with all the details of planning such a major event. Décor, vendor suggestions, and reception layout are just a few of the tasks that the wedding coordinator can work with the bride to accomplish. To speak with a museum wedding coordinator and start planning your dream wedding, call 773-753-2583