Weddings at Emil Bach House

Celebrate your special day with us in this historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. This unique venue features beautiful landscaped gardens, a Japanese tea house, and a seasonal tent to protect your guests from sun and rain. You can plan to host rehearsal & dinner, wedding ceremony, micro wedding, or minimony, along with reception all in the same place. Lodging is also available for your wedding party, allowing you to turn your wedding into a relaxed weekend.

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Emil Bach House is located in Chicago, less than 10 miles from the loop and downtown area. The home is also one block from Lake Michigan, which many couples enjoy for photo opportunities. We have pricing packages to fit into most budgets. Please contact us at 773-654-3959 or email us at for more information.

We are following the City of Chicago and State of Illinois directives and guidelines. Currently our capacity is 50 guests at this outdoor venue; however fully vaccinated guests do not count toward the total.  Our maximum count is 80 guests and is based upon the mandated 6’ of distance between tables.  While our normal capacity for outdoor wedding events at Emil Bach House events is 100 guests, we will follow the rapidly changing situation closely to ensure that our total guest limit allows for catering and event staff as well as for photographer, officiant, florist, etc. This provides for safe and comfortable space between tables and food service – for you and your guests.   We require the wearing of masks during entry and when exiting the event,  and have hand sanitizer stations throughout the common areas, in the house, and on the grounds. For our most up-to-date COVID-19 policies and practices, read here.

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Micro Weddings

“Micro Weddings” are on the rise at Emil Bach House.  This custom event can host your smaller group in accordance with City of Chicago and State of Illinois guidelines.  We ensure social distancing for ceremony seating as well as for dining and beverage service.  Our caterers can provide numerous dining and beverage options for this type of celebration.


We have seen a surge of small wedding ceremonies, with just a few important people in attendance, an officiant and photographer. Some of our “minimony” couples are holding their ceremonies now and planning their larger receptions for a later date. Your celebration could be the official marriage ceremony with photos and a toast, or you can add a brunch, luncheon, or small dinner party to follow.  Our preferred caterers can assist you with planning the perfect celebration for your union.

A Unique Wedding venue

Emil Bach House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Bach family and completed in 1915.  The home was the primary residence for the family, who enjoyed unobstructed views of Lake Michigan just a block away.  It is located on a main avenue in Chicago and is minutes from the downtown area.  An extensive renovation completed in 2013 restored the home to its original splendor while adding modern amenities for the comfort of our guests.  Emil Bach House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Illinois that is available as a vacation rental, and many couples combine their event with lodging for the wedding party.

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Japanese tea house & Gardens

The Japanese tea house & gardens provide a beautiful setting for your day, and a space to relax for your guests. From May through October an outdoor tent provides shelter from the rain and sun, ensuring that your celebration is uninterrupted by weather.

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Historic Prairie-Style Home

Emil Bach House is the perfect place for your wedding party to prepare for the day and to unwind after celebrations. The beautiful first floor features a living and dining room, Inglenook area with fireplace, full kitchen, and screened-in porch facing the gardens. The second floor offers two elegant bedrooms with built-in furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and private balconies, two private full bathrooms, a comfortable study/reading room, and a large upper deck for viewing the festivities in the open air.

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Venue details & Amenities

  • Outdoor Wedding & Reception: 50 Guests* as per April 29, 2021 City of Chicago
  • Indoor Seated Dinner: 12 Guests
  • Outdoor Tent (May – Oct)
  • Japanese Tea House & Gardens
  • Preferred Vendor List Available
  • Custom Wedding Packages
  • Overnight and Weekend Options
  • Sleeps 6 people

*Fully Vaccinated guests do not count toward this total. Maximum capacity in 2021 is 80 guests based upon mandated 6’ of distance between tables (City of Chicago)

Need More Space?

Whether you’re celebrating with extended family from out of town or you would like to have your bridal party close by, Emil Bach House can be rented along with Lang House Chicago next door to provide elegant on-site lodging. Lang House is a historical Foursquare, Prairie-style home that sleeps 10 guests* during COVID-19. Two full kitchens and laundry areas are included along with sauna and massage room, and two levels of outdoor decks. Lang House also provides additional parking with a two-car garage and driveway.

Our custom wedding packages include lodging and event space. The beauty of these venues together is that you can plan for your wedding rehearsal and dinner, reception, and “after party” for the wedding party all in one place, with plenty of space for all.

* Lang House Chicago can accommodate more overnight guests, up to 16 from the same social/familial group.  Please contact us for details on bed configurations and options.