Student Centers > Event Management > Weddings


DePaul University has been the site of many beautiful weddings over the years. Our friendly event planning team will help you coordinate all the details of your special day. We will help you make your wedding be an elegant day that you will always remember.


Weddings may be held in two possible Lincoln Park locations, the Cortelyou Commons or the Student Center Room 120 AB. Both spaces provide a beautiful setting for your special day.

Room Request Forms

For external clients, download the External Clients: Space Reservation Form.

Rental Rates

For 8 hours of continual use of the facility:

Cortelyou Commons
May - Oct $3,500
Nov - April $3,000
Cleaning Fee $500
Lincoln Park Student Center $ 4,500

Furniture and Equipment

  • Cortelyou Commons
    • A combination of 60" (8 people) and 72" (10 people) round tables
    • 48" table for cake
    • Up to 150 upholstered chairs
    • 6' tables for catering (buffet style receptions)
    • 2' - 6' tables in foyer for gift collection and table assignments
    • 21' x 21' dance floor
  • Student Center
    • 72" (10 people) round tables
    • Up to 400 upholstered chairs
    • 6' tables for catering - buffet style receptions
    • 6' tables for gifts, table assignments etc.
    • 21' x 21' Dance floor


Parking can be made to utilize DePaul University's parking structure(s), at an additional cost. For additional information, please contact the Events Coordinator.


Contract Information

If the requested date is available, the date will be held on a tentative basis for a period of 5 business days. If the Wedding Reception Contract, accompanied by a 50% deposit, is not received by 3:00pm on the 5th business day, the date will be released. The balance of the rental is due 24 hours prior to event date. Please note that we will send a reminder notice for the remaining balance.


In the event of a cancellation your deposit will not be refunded. Cancellations require a signature on a Notification of Cancellation Form filled out in person with the Event Coordinator for the Student Centers.


Chartwells is the exclusive caterer of DePaul University. Outside caterers are not allowed on the premises to cater your event. Please contact DePaul Catering for more information about menus, pricing, and policies.

Maximum Capacities

At the Lincoln Park Student Center Room 120 AB, the total capacity is 400 persons and the Cortelyou Commons capacity is 180 persons, depending on setup. These maximums include guests, children, and the wedding party. This limit is in place to protect the safety of you and your guests.

Under no circumstance can the DePaul University Student Centers accommodate more than those maximums stated below:

Cortelyou Commons

  • 180 Stand up reception
  • 150 round table reception (128 when using a dance floor)
    • Seating number is based on a served dinner

Lincoln Park Student Center Multipurpose Room

  • 500 stand up reception
  • 400 round table reception - 360 when using a dance floor

Rental Periods

The standard rental period for wedding receptions is a total of 8 hours. This is comprised of 2.5 hours for set up by caterers, florists, and other reception preparations, and 5.5 hours of guest time for the wedding reception.


For an additional fee, there is a possibility of holding your wedding ceremony as well as your reception. Your guests will be required to leave the facility for the time between the wedding and reception to allow for room set up change over. If you book a wedding ceremony in addition to the wedding reception you are entitled to a one-hour rehearsal on the evening prior to your wedding depending on space availability.

Additional Setup Time

Additional setup time may be allowed depending on staff availability. If you require setup time that exceeds the 1.5 hours prior to your event, please let us know as soon as possible. There will be a $150 charge for each hour you require beyond the agreed upon rental period. This fee will not be prorated for any portion of an hour used.

Dancing and Music

Dancing is permitted in the Main Ballroom space. Entertainment and equipment for private entertainers are the sole responsibility of the requesting group. Reception music can not be permitted outside of the Cortelyou Commons due to the residential location of the building. Amplified systems can be used within reason and must face the west wall so that the sound does not affect the residences in the area. Music must be scheduled to end by 10:40 pm, or 20 minutes prior to your reserved end time. This policy is strictly enforced and failure to comply can result in an additional charge of $500/hour for any portion of an hour used beyond 11:00 pm.

General Information

All DePaul facilities are non-smoking.

Open flame candles are not to be used in any facility. Well-enclosed tea light candles or votives must be approved by the Event Coordinator.

Birdseed, rice, flower petals, confetti, or any decoration smaller than 2" x 2" may not be thrown anywhere in the facilities. Additional charges will be assessed for unusually heavy cleaning or damages following a wedding reception.