Cafe Brauer Weddings


July 15, 2023

Location: 2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago IL, 60614

Highlights of Cafe Brauer

Imagine a gorgeous indoor/outdoor wedding venue offering earth-toned elegance against the city skyline. A Cafe Brauer wedding is a wonderful option for any season, complete with a newly landscaped drive which greets guests as they arrive. This is a personal favorite during summer and fall, when summer wildflowers or colorful fall trees fill the park.

Couple walking along nature boardwalk during their Cafe Brauer wedding in the summer
View downtown Chicago from the bridge over South Pond

Venue Details

There are two locations to host a wedding at Lincoln Park Zoo. The first is the Peoples’ Gas Pavilion (aka the “Honeycomb”), which you can rent out solely for a wedding ceremony. The second option is Café Brauer, which you can rent as reception venue only, or as both a ceremony and reception space.

The iconic Peoples Gas Pavilion at the Lincoln Park South Pond is surround by the Nature Boardwalk, and overlooks an amazing view of the Chicago skyline. The space can accommodate up to 200 seated guests, and is the perfect outdoor venue for Chicago lovers!

Please note, the structure doesn’t protect guests entirely from rain.

Wedding ceremony under the Peoples Gas Pavilion aka Honeycomb in Lincoln Park
Wedding ceremony under the Peoples’ Gas Pavilion, aka “Honeycomb”

Click here for more photos of a real wedding at Cafe Brauer and the Honeycomb.

Café Brauer is one of Chicago’s most highly prized rental venues, and for good reason! This timeless, prairie-style landmark was completed in 1908, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The second floor of Great Hall is the centerpiece with its soaring sky lit roof, Tiffany-inspired glass chandeliers, stained glass windows, tile mosaics, and flanking curved outdoor Loggias.

Inside the Great Hall at Cafe Brauer

The outdoor Loggias are tented and heated from November 1st until April 30th, perfect for comfortable events all year round.

Café Brauer can accommodate both a ceremony and cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing for up to 230 guests. For guest counts under 150, ceremonies can take place on the South Loggia (outdoor, but covered) if you prefer an outdoor, on-site ceremony space. Onsite Great Hall Ceremonies are available for a fee, and outdoor Loggia ceremonies are included at no additional fee.


While there is often ample street parking throughout Lincoln Park on Stockton Drive and surrounding streets, weekends can get busy and parking may become harder to find. There is also a paid parking lot attached to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Interested in booking your wedding at Cafe Brauer? Head to their website to inquire with them here, or look at more Chicago wedding venues.

Comments +

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *