Lily Pool Weddings

Have your ceremony in the beauty of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

The 2021 event calendar is currently closed.

Now booking for May through Mid-October 2022.

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Begin your life together surrounded by the natural beauty and privacy of a unique National Historic Landmark in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Designed by Alfred Caldwell in 1936, the Lily Pool includes an architecturally significant pavilion, a cascading waterfall, and native plantings.

After decades of erosion and damage, the Lily Pool was restored from 1998-2002 to Caldwell’s original design by the Chicago Park District and the Lincoln Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is proud to offer this natural sanctuary as a venue for your intimate wedding ceremony, proposal, or photography.

All wedding, engagement, family, or other professional photography must obtain a permit in advance from the Lincoln Park Conservancy.

The Lily Pool hosts events seasonally from May through mid-October. It is also closed the Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Air and Water Show.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No Closure Event Policy

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is no longer offering permits for events that will close the park to the public. This is to enable the park to be enjoyed by the most amount people while it is open. This restriction does not affect non-closure event permits such as non-closure weddings, proposals, or photography, where the park is still open while the event is happening.

What if it rains? 

The Lincoln Park Conservancy will never cancel an event due to weather. In the event of rain, you may adjust your ceremony start time or date if there are no other special events scheduled at the Lily Pool (please check with Lincoln Park Conservancy in advance). Many couples have a contingency plan set ahead of time for an alternate, indoor ceremony location such as their reception venue.

The Lily Pool does not have shelter from rain. Umbrellas are also encouraged.

Cancellation Policy

Should a cancellation be necessary in the event of rain, or for any other reason, the Lincoln Park Conservancy will refund your payment less a service fee. You must make us aware of your cancellation 24 hours prior to your scheduled event to be eligible for a refund.

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Use Guidelines

The Lincoln Park Conservancy reserves the right to deny services if these guidelines are not met.

• Application must be submitted at least seven (7) days prior to your event.
Attendance must not exceed maximum capacity restrictions.
• No food or beverages are allowed in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.
• No décor is allowed without prior approval. Guests are responsible for setting up, taking down, and removing décor.
• No plant or floral arrangements are allowed (except for wedding bouquets and boutonnieres). No use of chalk or paint is allowed anywhere on the site.
• For environmental reasons, no balloon releases or throwing of petals, rice or confetti of any kind is allowed.
• For safety reasons, no open flames or candles are allowed.
• A live soloist is acceptable if arranged with the Lincoln Park Conservancy in advance. Amplifiers are not necessary for the space. Small Bluetooth speakers are acceptable.
• PLEASE STAY ON THE PATHS. Movement in planted areas can permanently damage delicate, rare, expensive, and/or historic plant materials or seedlings that may not be visible at the time of your visit. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is Lincoln Park’s only National Historic Landmark garden—please help keep its plant community alive.

Events Inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory

Permits for events and photography inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory available through the Chicago Park District.

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