Couples in search of a classic outdoor wedding in the Chicago suburbs will find award-winning Danada House offers a breathtaking year-round option. Sitting on 780 acres in Illinois’ Danada Forest Preserve, the unique event venue offers indoor and outdoor wedding reception options. Its stunning atrium can accommodate up to 250 guests and has tile flooring, a wooden dance floor, state of the art lighting and also offers WiFi and modern climate control.
What Danada House provides in new technology and comfort is matched in antiquity and old world beauty. The property has a storied history beginning with commodity trader Daniel F. Rice who, together with his wife Ada, built the beautiful white brick, 19-room country home in 1939. The couple was best known for their contributions to Illinois commerce as well as for being generous philanthropists whose foundation is still in operation helping needy children across the world. Danada House was also the home farm of the 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair, ridden by jockey Bill Shoemaker.
In 1980, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County purchased the home built by the Rice’s and the 780 acres it sits on, including its out buildings and a 23-stall Kentucky style stable. Although not part of the event venue, the active forest preserve is also home to the Danada Equestrian Center and a 35-acre prairie restoration initiative. As a guest at Danada House you have access to the indigenous wildlife of Illinois including many birds, trees and grasses protected by the Forest Preserve District.
Over the last three decades, Danada House has served as one of Chicago’s top wedding venues, receiving WeddingWire’s Annual Bride’s Choice Award in 2011 and in 2013, as well as regularly being featured on the Style Me Pretty Illinois blog. Danada House is also recognized as one of the top wedding venues with a view in Wheaton, Ill., on the WeddingWire Network of sites, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings and Weddingbee.
Planning and organizing your wedding at Danada House is made easier by its accessibility and proximity to both city and suburban vendors. Many of the positive reviews Danada House receives are from some of the vendors themselves who appreciate the generous staff and attention to detail they experience. Local hotel accommodations are plentiful, and out of town guests have the full range of Chicago or suburban tourist sites at their fingertips as well as Forest Preserve attractions such as picnics, hiking trails and tours of a working farm.
A Danada House wedding is a comfortable and beautiful experience, for the couple as well as their family and friends. This treasured spot is one of the best available in Illinois to brides looking for stunning pictures and a story that connects them to the community and conservation.