The Newberry




With its inspiring architectural details, marbled halls, and spacious rooms, the Newberry is an elegant location for hosting a wedding or private celebration. The 1893 library is a venue full of Chicago history. Renovated in early 2018, the Lobby features a Romanesque entryway, Art Nouveau chandeliers, and 20-ft ceiling, lending itself beautifully to cocktail receptions, dinner parties, or wedding ceremonies. The broad marble staircase makes for a dramatic entrance into a grand party and is a stunning setting for photographs that will be treasured for years to come. Ruggles Hall is a warm, inviting space perfect for large gatherings of any kind. Its tall windows afford views of Washington Square Park and the twinkling cityscape with the Hancock Center just beyond. Several smaller rooms are available for cocktail style events, lectures, and intimate dinner parties. The remarkable and sophisticated Newberry is an excellent choice for something as special as your wedding day.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 208 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 208 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 3:00PM. Events must end by midnight unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $6,500 to $8,500 for 6 hours of event time on weekend evenings, including set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $1,000/hr. The fee for a ceremony only wedding is $2,100 (2 hour wedding rental). Special rates available for weekday weddings. Please inquire with venue managers for details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Newberry is estimated at between $24,120 and $29,210 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Votive candles
Day-of coordinator
Complimentary bridal suite
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
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
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
No candles on the floor for ceremonies
No open flames, tapered candles, butane or propane burners permitted