Columbus Park Refectory is truly a magnificent Chicago wedding venue. It is located in Columbus Park, which is a 135-acre park on the far west side in the Austin neighborhood. Columbus Park was designed by the prairie landscape architect, Jens Jensen (it was his first large park which he began designing it in 1915!). The park reflects a Prairie School approach with lots of natural habitat surrounding the Refectory. Although Jensen designed the park himself, he did not design the Refectory. A local Chicago firm finished the building in 1923. The Refectory overlooks a stunning lagoon, stone ledges and abundance of native life. Inside, the Dining Hall has these sky high windows that really make the room so gorgeous and full of light. The dance Hall is where the Fotio photo booth was set up along with the DJ who played from an above alcove! People were on the dance floor having fun and snapping Fotio pictures all night long. The Columbus Park Refectory is the perfect place to travel back in time and escape the city on your special day. The venue and whole experience is beautiful, whimsical, and truly feels like a royal manor fit for a king and queen!