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Chicago's Cafe Brauer is one of the most sought-after venues for weddings and elegant events in Chicago, primarily because of that age-old real estate adage: location, location, location. Yes, it's technically located in the Lincoln Park Zoo (the prettiest part), but that hasn't kept decades of brides from flocking to the historic venue's Great Hall. Just keep in mind that Cafe Brauer works strictly with its own venors, so depending on which bar package you decide on, your guests will be drinking Lincoln Park Zootinis.
In addition to housing the city's premier collection of modern art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a stunning, lofty location for modern urban weddings. Its main foyer spans a whopping three stories, encouraging some seriously dramatic floral arrangements. The view from the cafe (a Wolfgang Puck spinoff, with food worthy of the famous chef) extends over the museum's artfully landscaped grounds toward the horizon drawn by Lake Michigan.