Loyola University Chicago

6453 N Kenmore Ave,
Chicago, IL 60660
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Average Base Cost: $20,000

Our average base cost for a Loyola University Chicago wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $100/pp and the venue rental fee for the Donovan Reading Room. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Administrative fees and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The venue rental fees for Loyola University Chicago are broken down by the venue option you choose:

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Lake Shore Campus:

  • Crown Center Lobby and Patio: $2,200
  • Donovan Reading Room: $3,400
  • McCormick Lounge: $2,200
  • Palm Court: $3,200
  • Piper Mansion and Patio: $3,000
  • Sister Jean Schmidt Ballroom: $3,000
The Donovan Reading Room
The Donovan Reading Room on the Lake Shore campus

Water Tower Campus

  • Beane Ballroom: $2,600
  • Kasbeer Hall: $3,200
  • Regents Hall: $3,000
Kasbeer Hall ballroom at Water Tower Campus
Kasbeer Hall ballroom at Water Tower Campus

What to Know: 

  • There is a 10 percent space discount offered to staff, faculty, and alumni of Loyola University Chicago. 
  • 20 percent space discount offered during off season months (November 1-April 30).
The Palm Court
The Palm Court

What’s Included: 

  • 6 hours for event, 3 hours for set up/load out
  • Standard round tables and chairs
  • Set-up and tear-down
The Madonna Della Strada chapel
The Madonna Della Strada chapel. Photo by Heather Parker

Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed except for catering, which is provided by Aramark (a national college food service provider and caterer).

Food and Beverage: The starting cost for a 6 hour dinner package with a full bar is $85/per person. You can see more catering packages here.


The venue does not host ceremonies anywhere other than Madonna Della Strada Chapel at the Lake Shore Campus, which are only available to affiliates of Loyola. Other additional fees include the dance floor, wedding cake, and any specialty chairs/tables.


More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside


Lake Shore Campus:

    • Crown Center Lobby and Patio: 130 guests
    • Donovan Reading Room: 200 guests
    • McCormick Lounge: 150 guests
    • Palm Court: 80 guests
    • Piper Mansion and Patio: 50 guests
    • Sister Jean Schmidt Ballroom: 300 guest

Photo by Shane Welch

Water Tower Campus:

  • Beane Ballroom: 100 guests
  • Kasbeer Hall: 160 guests
  • Regents Hall: 150 guests

Bridal Suite:  No, but the venue can arrange to have a conference/ classroom available for bridal parties for no additional fee.

Parking: Yes, parking is $7/ car at Lake Shore Campus. At the Water Tower Campus there are area garages that offer discounted rates to Loyola guests.

How Will Grandma Get There? The Lake Shore campus is on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods close to Evanston, Illinois and Northwestern University. The Water Tower Campus is located in downtown Chicago just off the Magnificent Mile. (Check out our Chicago Wedding Guide for more info). Hotels near the Lake Shore campus are not upscale, but the Hilton Garden Inn is convenient location-wise. Otherwise, downtown Chicago is only 20 minutes away by car.

Party On! Events can go until midnight on both campuses. If the event goes past midnight overnight and additional venue/labor fees are applied.

The Report: 

Loyola University Chicago is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus under the name “St. Ignatius College.” Today it is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country, and is currently one of the Top 100 National Universities according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report. 

Woman Getting Married Says:

This is a great, budget-friendly wedding venue for Chicago brides looking for lots of different reception venue options. I’m a fan of the Palm Court for smaller weddings, and the Donovan Reading Room for larger ones (though I love the location of Kasbeer Hall so I would seriously consider that option as well). One thing to note is that weddings in the chapel can run back-t0-back, so you might not have more than 30 minutes for photos afterwards. Brides have also mentioned some headaches with having to book the venue through one department and catering through another, so keep that in mind when communicating with the venue.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
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Location 9
Overall Charm 8
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