The Midwest Knows What’s Best
The ‘L’ is more than just the nickname of Chi-town’s subway system. In Chicago, ‘L’ also stands for love, which is why getting married in Chicago makes as much sense as betting that the Cubbies won’t win the World Series.
It’s a sure thing.
Doesn’t it always seem like those coastal cities get all the attention? NYC. L.A. Miami. Seattle. Why is it that a little bit of oceanfront grants a city widespread attention? But just because Chicago is far from sea to shining sea doesn’t mean it’s worthy of a flyover. Chicago is the crown jewel of the Midwest, and what wedding is complete without the perfect jewelry?
Who needs the ocean when you have Lake Michigan? Freshwater certainly has its perks versus the saltiness of the sea. Getting married on the shore of Lake Michigan requires a permit, which can be found through the Chicago Park District. Permits for use of all of Chicago’s public spaces can be found through the Park District.
Of course, this is the Windy City, so it’s always important to factor in the when when you’re getting married in Chicago. Winter can be beautiful – what with the white streets complimenting your white gown. But it’d be a shame if some of your guests missed out on the ceremony because their car was plowed in or their plane was delayed. So maybe winter isn’t the best time. How about spring? Is your favorite color green? Want to plan your wedding around a little bit of luck? Then the luck of the Irish is the way to go. St. Patrick’s Day and Chicago go hand in hand. And when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Why get married in white when you can dye your gown green like the Chicago River and celebrate in style. And just imagine sharing your wedding day with thousands of strangers (who, remember, are just friends you haven’t met yet) who are already in a festive mood as they flock to the city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Sure, some people might not think Chicago as the ideal place to get married. There have been some less-than-lovely connections between the city and love, like the TV show “Married With Children,” or the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre. But there’s more to this city than meets the eye. Why get married in Chicago? Maybe for the food (deep-dish pizza, for example); maybe for the culture (the city boasts the largest library in the world); or maybe for the music (a jazz and blues hotbed that the likes of Muddy Waters called home). There’s a reason for everyone. When planning your wedding, just ask yourself, what does the ‘L’ mean to you?