Thursday, July 27, 2017

Carolyn and Brian's Summer Wedding at The Murphy!


Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to host hundreds of magical weddings and wedding receptions at The Murphy. We pride ourselves on establishing relationships with the couples who choose to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives with us, and often receive incredible feedback from brides who love to share and get the word out about their unforgettable time at our venue! We recently heard from a bride who was more than happy to share her Murphy wedding experience with us.

Carolyn and Brian’s summer wedding at The Murphy was a day to remember. Their photographer, Spoon and Design, recently wrote a blog about their wedding ceremony and reception - both held at The Murphy last summer! Spoon and Design (AKA Michelle Greenspoon) has known the couple for quite some time now, and was chosen by them to capture some amazing photos of their big day. Michelle captured everything from their heart-felt engagement session, to their beautiful wedding cake made by Elysia Root Cakes, to the moment they said “I Do”!

Carolyn and Brian’s wedding was carefully planned, with beautiful white and gold-themed decor. Our space was transformed to fit their vision, and of course our Tiffany doors made for a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding photos!

As always, weddings held at The Murphy wouldn’t be made possible without the help of our vendors. Companies we partnered with to make Carolyn and Brian’s wedding day one to remember included:

Browse the photos below for a behind-the-scenes look at Carolyn and Brian’s wedding!




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Denise & Mike's Wedding Reception at The Murphy!

As one of Chicago’s top wedding venues, we’re fortunate enough to host weddings at The Murphy nearly every weekend. Recently, we were the chosen venue for a gorgeous couple’s magical wedding reception.

Despite being a rainy day, Denise and Mike’s reception at The Murphy was an evening to be remembered.

Our space was set up to allow plenty of room for the couple and their guests to dance the night away to music provided by wedding DJ company, Spin Chicago. The space was transformed to match Denise and Mike’s vision, allowing for a night they’ll both remember for many years to come.

We were happy to work with Denise and Mike through every step of the wedding planning process, and are proud to say the reception went off without a hitch!

As always, no wedding held at The Murphy is possible without some incredible vendors. For Denise and Mike’s Chicago wedding, we partnered with the following companies:

For a behind-the-scenes look at Denise and Mike’s big day, browse the gorgeous photos below, taken by the talented Daniela Cardili Photography.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Murphy Named as a 'Chicago Event Venue Attendees Will Love!'

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We’re proud to announce that The Murphy Auditorium has been listed on Bizzabo’s list of “30 Chicago Event Venues That Attendees Will Love!”

We’re honored to be recognized alongside some of the most well-known event spaces in Chicago, such as The Field Museum, Navy Pier, Park West, and Soho House Chicago.

The article lists The Murphy as one of the “30 best Chicago event venues to consider” when planning your next corporate event, and they describe The Murphy as “one of Chicago’s most elegant and austere venues,” noting our French Renaissance style architecture and “classic ambiance.”

The Murphy isn’t just a wedding venue. We host all types of special events, from nonprofit fundraisers to corporate dinners. As the article points out, The Murphy is an incredibly versatile event venue and we’ve been fortunate to host some truly memorable events, such as fashion shows, commercial shoots, and sports media events.

This isn’t the first time our historic event space has been recognized as a top Chicago event venue. We were also named as one of the “Top 5 Corporate Event Venues in Chicago” by socialtables, who described us as a “top-tier corporate event venue in the city of Chicago.” Chicago Wedding Venues also listed The Murphy as a “Metropolitan Chicago Wedding Venue.”

If you’re looking for an event space that offers elegance, history, and a versatile layout, The Murphy Auditorium in Chicago is the perfect event venue for your upcoming wedding, corporate event, or fundraiser. For more information and to book our space for your upcoming special event, Contact us today!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Choose The Murphy As Your Chicago Wedding Venue?

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Photo courtesy of Christy Tyler Photography

Chicago is the most visited city in the Midwest and one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the United States. That’s no surprise, considering Chicago is a diverse cultural center offering outstanding cuisine and a wide variety of entertainment options.

There are thousands of wedding venues in the city and the surrounding suburbs, but The Murphy is a truly unique choice. Described by Choose Chicago as “Chicago’s most elegant venue,” The Murphy Auditorium offers stunning architecture, luxury, and attention to detail. A historical wedding venue, the original auditorium was built in 1926 and has since been renovated and restored. The Murphy is truly one of Chicago’s finest architectural jewels, and our gorgeous Tiffany doors are the perfect backdrop for gorgeous wedding photos. 

The Murphy is the right choice for your wedding because we offer plenty of space, an on-site event coordinator, and have relationships with the top wedding vendors in Chicago. Our venue can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests and can host both the ceremony and reception if needed. Our 4-story ceiling creates a stunning open space, and our intricate French architecture sets the tone for an unforgettable ‘I Do’ moment.

We also offer a private bridal suite that allows the bride to get ready in a relaxed setting and provides the couple with a space to store their belongings in a private and secure area away from the commotion.

The Murphy also features a balcony that can be used for a cocktail hour in the summer or can serve as a space for guests to catch some fresh air.

The Murphy is one of Chicago’s top wedding venues. But don’t just take our word for it! 

The following websites have listed The Murphy as a Chicago wedding venue worth considering:

Junebug Weddings - Illinois’s Best Wedding Venues

The Knot - Wedding Reception Venues near Chicago, IL

Wedding Wire - Wedding Venues in Chicago, IL

Chicago Style Weddings - Ceremony & Reception Locations

Chicago Wedding Venues

Big City Bride

Choose Chicago

Borrowed & Blue - Chicago Ballrooms & Banquet Halls - Venues near Chicago, IL

If you’re interested in hosting your wedding at The Murphy, please contact us today. For more information about our venue, visit our website.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Murphy Celebrates 10th Anniversary and the Launch of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine With Red Haute Nights!

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On January 12, 2017, we celebrated our 10th anniversary and the launch of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine! This combined celebration, Red Haute Nights, was a magical evening we will remember for years to come.

We were honored Chicago Style Weddings Magazine chose The Murphy as the venue for their launch party, and we enjoyed collaborating with them to create a truly incredible celebration.

Nearly 400 guests attended Red Haute Nights, including wedding planners, photographers, caterers designers, venue reps, hotel managers, catering managers, restaurant managers, and other industry professionals.

The Murphy was bathed in gorgeous tones of red, from ruby red lighting to deep red tablecloths to dozens of red roses and even red food (the chocolate covered strawberries were definitely a hit)!

Erin McDonald Design transformed our venue, bringing the Red Haute Nights theme to life with shades of red, decadent decor, and unique accents. From gorgeous lounge areas where guests could sit back, relax, and catch up with industry friends, to elegant centerpieces and floral arrangements, the decor set the tone for the evening.

Guests were able to get a first look at the new issue of Chicago Style Wedding Magazine, flipping through the pages as they enjoyed unique cocktails and delicious food from some of the best caterers in Chicago.

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We are lucky enough to work with some of the very best in the events and wedding industry, and enjoyed partnering with some of our preferred vendors to create the Red Haute Nights experience. 

The following vendors made Red Haute Nights possible:



Event Production:


The Murphy first opened its doors to the public for events in 2006, and since then we have been lucky enough to be the chosen venue for some truly spectacular events. From gorgeous weddings and fundraisers to shoots for televisions shows and NASCAR events, it has been an incredible 10 years.

Thank you to everyone involved in Red Haute Nights. We were honored to have you with us as we celebrated our 10th anniversary as one of Chicago’s top wedding venues.

To see more gorgeous photos from the event, check out #cswlaunch and #redhautenights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

32 Questions to Ask an Event Venue Before You Book

Choosing the perfect venue for your special event can be a daunting task. There’s so much to consider and keep track of that it can get very overwhelming.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, gala, fundraiser, or corporate event, it’s important to know exactly what to ask when you visit a venue. That’s why we took the time to create a list of questions you should ask any event venue before you book it for your special day.

The Date

  • Is the space available on your desired date?
  • Is there a discount for booking during a certain time of year or season?
  • Is there a price difference for booking during the busy season vs. the off-season?

Set Up/Logistics

  • How many hours do you have the venue for in total? How many hours early can you get there for set up? How long do you have to clean up after the event? Can you pay for additional hours?
  • Can things be shipped or dropped off at the venue prior to the event?
  • What furniture/equipment comes with the venue?
  • What staff is included in the booking cost?
  • What kind of security is provided with the venue?
  • Who exactly will be managing your event? How much experience do they have?

The Cost

  • How much is the deposit? Is the deposit refundable?
  • What are the policies to book? Be sure you fully understand all of the terms and conditions for booking the venue before you make any decisions.
  • Are there hidden costs, such as service charges, gratuity, cleaning fees, or overtime charges?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Do they offer certain packages?
  • What is included in the price? Is it strictly the venue, or are security, set up, etc included?
  • What forms of payment are acceptable and is there a payment schedule?


  • Is the venue big enough to accommodate your number of guests?
  • Are there spaces for all of the activities you have planned? For example, if you’re interested in having a separate cocktail hour, a stage, or space for dancing, it’s important to be sure the venue can accommodate.
  • Is the venue located in a convenient location for all attending?
  • Is there enough parking for guests?
  • Is public transportation near the venue or easy to access?
  • Will the decor of the venue match with your desired event decor and design?
  • Does the event space have the right acoustics and is it wired for AV equipment? Are there volume restrictions?
  • Are there any restrictions? Such as decorations, outside vendors, alcohol minimums, etc.
  • If your event is a wedding, are there other rooms available for the bride and groom to get ready in prior to the event?
  • Is there a coat check?
  • Is the space wheelchair accessible?

Food & Drink

  • Do they allow you to use your own vendors, or must you use theirs? Is there an additional charge if you use outside vendors?
  • Do they have a liquor license?
  • Can you bring your own alcohol? If so, is there a charge to do this?
  • Are there food and drink minimums? What are they?
  • Is there a cake cutting fee?

The Murphy is a Chicago wedding venue that offers a historic setting, plenty of space, and gorgeous architecture. We’ve served as the setting for a number of weddings, nonprofit events, and corporate events over the years, and are dedicated to helping you create an event you and your guests will never forget.

For booking information and to learn more about our Chicago event space, contact The Murphy today!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thank You for Reviewing The Murphy on WeddingWire!

As one of Chicago’s top wedding venues, we pride ourselves on our gorgeous setting, dedicated staff, and outstanding customer service. Our goal is to ensure each and every couple has a wedding day they’ll cherish forever. At The Murphy Auditorium, we make your wedding day dreams a reality.

We love hearing from past couples who have said ‘I Do’ at The Murphy, and have been fortunate enough to receive some incredible online reviews over the years. 

Read below to see what our past clients have to say about our event space.

What Are People Saying About The Murphy on WeddingWire?

Nicole and her husband instantly fell in love with The Murphy the moment they saw photos, and couldn’t believe they were able to book our event space for their special day, as she notes in her review:

My husband and I first saw photos of The Murphy on Chicago Wedding Venues and our hearts dropped. There was no way we could get such a grand and beautiful place for our big day. Thankfully we made an appointment anyway. After a few long days of searching for venues we walked into The Murphy and for the first time throughout the search we both were grinning ear to ear. This was IT, period. The Murphy is magnificent. The space is breathtaking. It has been recently restored to its original glory and updated with the modern amenities every good events space needs. It is pristine, artfully maintained, and you can tell someone loves this place and cares for it constantly. From our first conversation until our last with Catherine Carey, the Event Coordinator, she was professional, helpful, knowledgeable and a huge asset to the success of our day. She put us at ease, walked us through the major milestones and provided industry knowledge we never would have known. She is invaluable to The Murphy. The day of our wedding went off without a hitch. Cathy worked with our vendors to ensure that everyone knew their role that day and executed it to perfection. It was a joy to work with everyone at The Murphy. The security staff was fantastic, kind and professional; our restroom attendants kept the rooms clean and came prepared with mints and bobby pins and other MacGyver types of things you need but never have during a formal event. And all of our vendors worked with Cathy and her team to make our day special. Go and look at the space and you will love it. And Cathy and team will do their best to make sure you have everything you need; you are in good hands at The Murphy.

Melanie particularly enjoyed The Murphy’s unique layout, writing:

This was the best venue ever! It was incredibly unique and the layout is amazing for a wedding around 160 people with a large dance floor area! Our guests were mesmerized by how gorgeous and spacious it was inside and had a blast dancing on the stage, sitting in the wooden thrones, going up to the second level (with auditorium seats). We also had a private suite on the 5th floor which was perfect for us to have a quiet moment together and our wedding party to store their stuff! Would 100% recommend having your wedding at The Murphy.

Another user raved about her dream wedding:

We had a fairytale wedding! The Murphy is an absolutely stunning venue that will leave all of your guests talking. We couldn't have asked for a better contact (Cathy)...she made everything so easy and was always available if we had any questions. if you are looking for a gorgeous and classic Chicago wedding, this is the space you have been dreaming of!

WeddingWire user snowwhite praised the experience and professionalism of our event coordinator, Catherine Carey:

I absolutely LOVED having my ceremony and reception at the Murphy. Cathy was a dream to work with...friendly, professional, and very timely with responses. She has also seen tons of weddings, and had great advice about everything - pictures, floral arrangements, vendors, table linens, etc. She was a huge help~!

Alex held her wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at The Murphy and recalled receiving many comments from her guests about how unique and beautiful our space is:

We had such a wonderful time at the Murphy auditorium. I heard from many guests how unique and beautiful it was, and the space was perfect for the ceremony, cocktails and reception. Catherine Carey was tremendously patient, helpful and responsive throughout the process and it's my understanding that the vendors found the set-up, etc. extremely smooth. I can't recommend the site highly enough - if for no other reason than the stunning setting.

We can’t thank these brides enough for their kind words and high praise. Our goal is to provide a gorgeous setting and help create memories that will last a lifetime. The satisfaction of our clients is our top-priority and we’re honored to receive such incredible 5-star reviews.

If you’re looking for a Chicago wedding venue for your upcoming wedding ceremony or reception, consider The Murphy! Our historic setting offers gorgeous French style architecture, plenty of space, and a prime location in downtown Chicago.

Visit our gallery to browse photos of past weddings and special events. For booking information, contact us today!