Weddings
and Civil Unions

As a ministry to the community, Grace Church offers its facilities and clergy for Episcopal weddings, interfaith weddings, non-denominational weddings, holy unions, civil unions, and civic ceremonies.

Facilities

Grace Place’s unique circular loft sanctuary makes for an intimate wedding experience, and the reception hall can accommodate groups for stand-up receptions or sit-down meals. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Grace Place is following the health guidelines set forth by both the City of Chicago and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and can host up to thirty (30) people in our two spaces. This capacity allows attendees to main appropriate physical distancing while in the building. Grace Place staff will arrange chairs and tables to preserve this distancing and will remove all non-essential items from the event space so there are fewer surfaces to touch. Event hosts are required to keep a list of all attendees and their contact information for 14 days following an event. We also ask that event hosts help us to disinfect touched surfaces at the end of the event; we will provide disinfectant and paper towels.  And since we love our neighbor… everyone must wear a mask while inside Grace Place!

For the comfort and convenience of your guests, Grace’s building complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is handicapped accessible. All floors are also air conditioned in the summer months.

Planning Your Ceremony
Grace Church understands that each couple is unique and has its own needs and desires for their ceremony. As a result, we keep requirements to a minimum. We’re overjoyed to host your ceremony, and will support you in any way you need.

We do not require that the couple be members of this parish, though we certainly extend our invitation to join us for worship if you do not already have a church home.

You are welcome to bring your own clergy persons, or other persons authorized by the State of Illinois to solemnize weddings and civil unions. If you would like Grace Church’s clergy to officiate, your wedding becomes Holy Matrimony and your civil union becomes Holy Union. (A liturgy from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago for Holy Union ceremonies is here). Some conditions apply:

  • One person in the marriage or union must be a baptized Christian
  • The couple must receive pre-marital / pre-union counseling before the ceremony date. This can be done in several ways (e.g. with Grace’s clergy, with other clergy who would agree to do this counseling, with a psychological counselor or therapist, with a pre-coupling group experience of some kind, etc).
  • If one of the parties is an Episcopalian, and has been previously married or in a civil union or Holy Union, the Rector may apply to the Bishop of Chicago for permission to perform this ceremony .

You may bring your own music or musician, or use the parish’s musical resources if you wish.

For more information about these options and requirements, you may e-mail the Rector of Grace Church at info@gracechicago.org or include your questions in the comment form below.

Donation Schedule
While we do see offering our building as part of our ministry, we ask that users of our building make a donation to share the ever-increasing expenses involved in staffing, cleaning, heating, cooling, lighting and performing maintenance on this space:

Donation Schedule for Weddings and Holy Unions

  • Grace Church Congregation members and Building tenant organizations and staff members, $300 + $30 per hour
  • Others, Chapel – $800 (1 hour for rehearsal + 2 hour for ceremony/set-up/clean-up = 3 hours total)
  • Reception Hall – $800   Chapel and Reception together – $1500

Please also review our deposit and refund policy.

Scheduling
If you would like to check the availability of a certain date, or would like more information on our wedding and civil union ministry for downtown Chicago, please fill out the form below with as much information as you have available and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We’ll be happy to speak with you and help you plan a very special party, wedding or commitment service!

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