1. How to Become a Minister in Chicago

The first thing you'll need to do is get ordained as a minister of the Universal Life Church. If you're already ordained you can skip to the next section, but if not, you'll want to go ahead and click the button below to sign up as a minister. Get Ordainedâ„¢ provides free ordination through ULC, has no specific faith requirements, and can be completed in moments. Congrats, you're on your first step towards officiating completely legal wedding ceremonies!

Important Info for Ministers in Chicago

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Minister Registration Required:
Documents Required:
Minister's Residency:
Minister's Minimum Age:

2. Learn Chicago Marriage Requirements

After ordination, the next step is contacting the specific office that issues marriage licenses in Chicago. Inform them that you're an ordained minister officiating a wedding, and ask them if they need to see any specific credentials or documents from you in order to perform a wedding. The contact information for that office in Chicago is listed below.

Office Address:
118 N. Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, IL 60602
Office Phone Number:
(312) 603-5656
Office Website:
Chicago Office Website

3. Who Can Officiate a Wedding in Chicago?

Well, you can, for starters! More and more, couples are asking a close friend or family member to help them tie the knot, cutting costs by foregoing costly professionals and making their wedding more personal all in one go.

Not everyone knows that they can get an officiant ordained online, however! If you're close with a couple who've recently announced their engagement, you may consider informing them that anyone can perform their wedding by getting ordained online. You might even consider offering yourself as a prospective officiant!

Average Cost of a Wedding in Chicago:

4. What You'll Need to Officiate in Chicago

Once you've contacted the office issuing the marriage license in Chicago, you should have an understanding of what exactly you'll want to order from our online store. A popular option in Chicago is the Ordination Kit, which will cover all your bases and more.

Now that you've done your homework and ordered your package, it's time for the fun part: Officiating the actual wedding! If this is your first time helping a couple tie the knot (or you just need a quick refresher), we'd encourage you to take a look at our wedding training center, which has all the resources you'll need to pull off an incredible ceremony.

5. How Chicago Marriage Licenses Work

Once you've officiated the wedding, all that's left to do is sign and return the marriage license. We get it, this is the unexciting legal part, but this is a crucial step to ensuring the wedding you just performed is valid in the eyes of the law. Once the marriage license has been picked up, there is no mandatory waiting period. A Marriage license in Chicago is valid for 60 days, and it must be return within the time limit given after all parties sign it.

We highly encourage you to double and triple-check that the marriage license is filled out properly before it is returned to the appropriate office. After all, this is a legal document. If you have questions about how to fill it out properly, please take a look at our marriage license training page for detailed instruction.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
1 Day
Marriage License Valid For:
60 Days
Return Within:
By Expiration

6. Performing a Wedding in Chicago

One of America's largest cities, Chicago hugs the southwest shores of Lake Michigan. It was made famous as one of the earliest cities to scrape the sky with towering buildings. Wedding guests visiting the Windy City for the first time can take in the sites of the sprawling downtown and sample deep-dish pizza or a Chicago style hotdog at a Cubs game. In addition to the urban views, Chicago offers a vast waterfront plenty of natural beauty at the 1,000+ acre Lincoln Park.

7. What You Should Do Now for a Wedding in Chicago

Located right on the great lakes, Chicago has what many would consider a harsh climate, with warm summers and freezing winters.

If you've come this far, you're practically an expert on performing weddings in Chicago! If you haven't already, remember to get ordained online with the ULC by clicking the button below, and start officiating!

Already ordained? Then you're already well on your way to officiating beautiful wedding ceremonies in Chicago!