South Shore Cultural Center - Chicago Park District





Nestled within a 65-acre park on Lake Michigan and offering breathtaking water views, the South Shore Cultural Garden offers an ideal location for both your ceremony and reception. Those who built this fabulous facility understood that entertaining is a fine art. This extraordinary building was designed from a vision for a club within a country setting and was inspired from a photograph of a private club in Mexico City. Exchange vows outdoors on the expansive green lawn surrounded by gorgeous flowers. Afterwards, guests can enjoy cocktails and a deliciously crafted dinner in the grand ballroom - complete with cascading chandeliers and sparkling string lights above. The arched windows and columns add to the elegant atmosphere, and the windows allow for an impressive amount of light to shine through, gracefully illuminating everything. Dance the night away with your family and friends, enjoying each others’ company. Your special day will be remembered fondly by all for years to come!

Venue Style

Event Center, Park/Garden, Ocean/Waterfront View, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start 3 hours prior to event start time. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $585 to $3,325 for a ceremony and reception and includes 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $425/hr. A refundable security deposit of $600 is required. Please inquire with venue for a ceremony only wedding. There is $35 application and $320 maintenance fee applied to all events. Venue does not do guided tours, feel free to visit park during hours of operation.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at South Shore Cultural Center - Chicago Park District is estimated at between $9,966 and $16,578 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Kitchen for prep only
Public parking
Dance area included

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:00PM