1366 W. LAKE STREET | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60607 | 312.738.2437 | info@loftonlake.com

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"The venue was spotless, organized, and the staff was amazing. Our guests were blown away by the intimate setting, the lighting and how it just perfectly captured our personality."

- Zack M.
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OUR SPACE, Your Creative Canvas. Loft on Lake Offers Urban Elegance with a Creative Edge.

Loft on Lake has become one of Chicago’s premier destinations for any event. Ever since our start when we captured the coveted "Best New Chicago Venue Award" from the event industry forecaster BizBash, we have set the trend and lead the way in standards. We have been consistently exceptional in service and offerings and have proven to be the tried and true answer for urbanites seeking the ultimate alternative experience.

A true Chicago Loft, the interior boasts raw architectural elements such as beautiful exposed brick and warm oak timber, 20ft ceilings, a bow truss roof and its most distinguished feature; a 65-foot long skylight that is unique in all of Chicago. During the daytime, the space is bathed in warm natural light and in the evening, the skylight reflects the glow of inside decor.

"The Loft" is a creative canvas, ready to transform for any special event. Whether you are coordinating a corporate gathering or private event, the space is completely transformable to meet the most demanding specifications. Loft on Lake is a natural beauty all on its own requiring nothing additional and imparting all the warmth and cozy you can imagine! For those that choose to embellish with their own decor touches, the more unique each experience can be.

And for those seeking an urban warehouse or showroom, we can accommodate automobiles for auto related events and new car model launches. Our double-wide rear doors are street level and easily accessible for quick set-up and load out.



Loft on Lake supports an Earth First philosophy.

Our building is constructed with natural materials; timber ceilings, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors provide for a great ambiance. Natural and renewable resources and products are used whenever possible.

We utilize environmentally safe cleaning products, and recycle paper, plastic and metal from every event.

We benefit from natural light through our expansive skylight roof and are able to conserve substantially on electricity daily.

Loft on Lake is a member of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.



Loft on Lake welcomes pets in the space.

Many couples have incorporated their pets in their wedding ceremonies and family parties. Most days you will find our own Lily, Holly or Farah (or maybe all three!) in our office. We love our animals and if you do too and want yours to be part of your special event, we are all for it!




Family owned and operated

Loft on Lake owners have operated successful photography and graphic design businesses in the Fulton Market area for over 25 years – among the first creatives to call this colorful part of the city their professional home. Rooted in the culture of the area, Loft on Lake offers creative opportunities for like–minded individuals. They hope that everyone that shares “The Loft” has an inspired experience and finds as much appreciation for this unique venue as they do.

Meet the Loft on Lake Team


Cher Garret

Cher Garrett is co-owner and founder of Loft on Lake. She oversees all efforts and is the contact for any unanswered questions you may have. She is very involved in our corporate event division as well as wedding and private events. She heads all our advertising, marketing, business strategy and is the on-site supervisor for many events.



Steve Garrett

Steve Garrett is co-owner and is in attendance at most events to help manage on behalf of Loft on Lake. He is also head photographer for wedding and corporate events held at Loft on Lake. His incredible images fill the Loft on Lake website. Steve is the one for specifics on the day of your event and also the best choice for on-site photographer - know one can shoot in the space quite like Steve does!


Joel Garrett

Joel Garrett is Vice President of Customer Engagement and Sales. Contact Joel to set appointments to see the space and for any details regarding your wedding or corporate event. Joel can help you through your planning process up to event time.



Evan Garrett

Evan Garrett is head of technology and logistics. Evan can help facilitate any of our rented technology for your event and he is also our resident videographer and editor for corporate events and weddings. Evan also can assist on any photoshoots or provide studio management on the photo studio rental side.


We support Marriage Equality and host more and more same sex marriages each year. The Garrett family participated in the creation of Stand Up for Equality, an organization and on-line tool for individuals seeking business resources that are aligned with marriage equality. The effort has been recognized nationally for its bold stance and has received two Davey Awards, (Big Ideas from Small Agencies). Please visit www.i-standup.org for information, to view videos or to become a member.



Loft on Lake, the perfect space for your next event.

Loft on Lake is not only the perfect spot in Chicago for corporate events, product launches, auto events and weddings, but it is also a photo studio and a unique space to make music videos, host a fashion show, or use as a location for a movie set. Whatever you can imagine and create, our space is truly your creative canvas. Contact us today to make your next event or creative work, your best ever.

Please check out our website for all the details in your area of interest. Tours of the space by appointment only.



Loft on Lake's exclusive one-stop photography and video resource for your event.

Loft owner Stephen Garrett helps take all the guesswork out of selecting the best resources for documenting the important and memorable moments for your event.

Learn more about LoftyWeddings Photography & Videography for weddings and GarrettPhotographic for corporate events.

Check out these services within the Loft on Lake website or click the links below.


Loft on Lake is a Member of:

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book
The Knot
Chicago Green Wedding Alliance
The Green Bride Guide
Wedding Wire
STAND UP for Marriage Equality
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