Bricks & Stones at Camp Aramoni is a new luxury campground and wedding venue located on 90 acres in Lowell, Illinois. This historical site was once home to a brickyard that operated from 1870 to 1981. Bricks & Stones was originally used as a blacksmith shop at the brickyard, and it has been renovated to include modern amenities while also preserving its original architecture. The luxury campground is located nearby and includes 11 safari-style tents with king size beds, air conditioning, en-suite restrooms, hardwood floors, and personal outdoor decks.
Facilities and Capacity
Bricks & Stones is the only wedding venue located on a former brickyard in the Midwest. Upon entering the building, guests are greeted by its rustic industrial charm and grand fireplace. The space includes seating for up to 100 guests in addition to a full-service bar, caterer's kitchen, five private restrooms, WiFi, and audiovisual equipment. The Bowers Suite is a private getting-ready space that includes garment racks, comfortable vintage seating, fogged windows for privacy, and an en-suite restroom with a shower.
Bricks & Stones then effortlessly transitions into a large outdoor lawn with a covered pavilion. The space also includes a 50x50 ft. deck overlooking the Vermilion River, two ponds, and native Illinois wildflowers. The open lawn features three historical brick kilns and a fountain in addition to an outdoor kitchen equipped with a wood fired oven. An outdoor ceremony set up is included in the rental fee, and on-site parking is available.
Camp Aramoni is the first and only luxury campground in Illinois. Located along the Vermilion River, the campground offers lavish accommodations in a secluded natural landscape. The site includes 11 luxury tents with accommodations for up to 54 of your closest friends and family. Nightly rates include a chef-curated snack basket upon check-in with two complimentary breakfasts that may be enjoyed en-suite or in the communal barn. In addition to chef curated meals and breathtaking views, the campground is enveloped in miles of private hiking trails waiting to be explored. You and your guests may choose to relax in your tent or enjoy on-site activities like yoga classes, guided hikes, picnics in the woods, and nightly communal bonfires.
The tents combine exciting camping experiences with the best of hotel amenities. Designed and styled exclusively for Camp Aramoni in South Africa, each tent is equipped with electricity, heating, cooling, and plumbing. Further amenities include a Yeti cooler with ice, Aramoni bath balm, complimentary toiletries, casual indoor seating, your own personal bonfire pit, and firewood bundles with fresh herbs. Camp Aramoni also offers a honeymoon suite located just a few steps away from Bricks & Stones for you and your partner to stay in. If you're ready to transform your wedding day into a weekend-long celebration, a full weekend buyout of the entire campground and event space is available.
Upon booking your wedding at this venue, you will receive access to an online planning tool that ensures no fine detail is overlooked. An event manager will work closely with you to coordinate your venue rental, luxury accommodations, and open bar package. On the day of your wedding, you will receive 10 hours of access in addition to assistance from one on-site event manager. A full weekend buyout of the entire campground and event space includes additional staff, amenities, food, and beverage.
Due to COVID-19, Camp Aramoni now offers a micro wedding package. This celebration is safely designed for 20 guests or less and includes a 4-hour venue rental, seasonal appetizers, and a champagne or sparkling wine toast. Their chef will prepare prepare a menu of food and light refreshments for you and your guests, and the package starts at $2,000.
Camp Aramoni's property was once home to Ristokrat Clay Products Company, a massive brickyard that opened in 1870 and employed thousands of people in its heydey. After its closure in 1981, the property was cleared for steel salvage. The beauty of the site was then restored after enduring almost a century of industry.
Camp Aramoni (pronounced Air-Uh-Moe-Knee) is located on the Vermilion River. While this river is known as the Vermilion, it was originally called the Aramoni. The word "aramoni" was used by the Miami-Illinois Native Americans to describe the red clay they used to decorate their bodies. Camp Aramoni is covered in this red clay, thus explaining how a brickyard was able to operate on site for nearly a century. After seeing the Aramoni River listed on a 1683 French map, the name "Camp Aramoni" was born.
Located just 1.5 hours south of Chicago, Camp Aramoni is an oasis away from city life. The property is located 5 miles away from Starved Rock State Park, the most popular state park in Illinois, in addition to Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park. Surrounding local areas include a distillery, golf courses, brewery, winery, shopping centers, delicious restuarants, and so much more.