Ode to a Chicago Venue: River East Art Center Closing

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It was a bittersweet weekend for Big City Bride as we said goodbye to one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues. After 9 years of wonderful events, we were sad to see it go. Though it seems impossible to be sad when surrounded by gorgeous decor and a joyous bride and groom, we found our eyes welling up as the night’s events unfolded.

River East Art Center is dear to our Chicago wedding planning hearts. Having had the most amazing birthday celebration that started the venue we have truly seen this venue through the years! What an era it has been! The brides and grooms, the decor, the dancing….the incredible moments and stories that happened here will never be forgotten! Here are a few Chicago wedding photos as we look back on all the incredible Chicago weddings at River East Art Center…









Once the news hit that the venue was closing their doors this winter we could not have been happier to have a holiday full of weddings here. We have no regrets….we were able to truly be creative, push the limits, try new things and explore the possibilities in this blank canvas of a venue.


Over the past 9 years, we have had the privilege to work with some amazing vendors at this space. We are so thankful for the time and dedication they took to make each Chicago event just as special and wonderful as the next! River East Art Center is a space that the Big City Bride team will dearly miss!