Wedding Wednesday: Villa D' Citta, Chicago
Flights to Europe are pricey. Flights to Chicago? Not as much. The Windy City might be smack dab in the middle of the country, but that doesn't mean it lacks for Old World charm. The six-room Villa D’ Citta is a cozy, romantic bed-and-breakfast located in Chicago's residential Lincoln Park neighborhood — and it's bringing a little slice of Italia to the Midwest. For the couple with Europe on the mind but a stateside budget, this is an excellent pick. Its few features are all charming: an outdoor whirlpool and sun deck, a brick courtyard with a barbecue, and a large gourmet kitchen. The bright, luxurious rooms have big flat-screen TVs and hardwood floors, but two of them share a bathroom. These might be fine for the bridal party, but the bride and groom will relax in more private quarters, featuring deep soaking tubs and separate steam showers, fireplaces, terraces, and canopy beds.
The entire hotel can be reserved for private events — weddings included, of course. With only six rooms, it means keeping the party on the small side and reserving way in advance. But the intimate gathering will be a cherished event, especially for those seeking a quiet kind of luxury over exorbitant glitz on their big day. Because the hotel is so small, it also means bringing in a lot of your own vendors, but the dedicated staff will work to help couples as much as they can. So if you're looking for European luxury sans a plane ticket, be sure to check out this Chicago outpost. See more wedding-inspired photos of the hotel here »