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Events at Independence Grove

Libertyville, IL View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.8 out of 5
474 reviews
$14k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$14k - $14k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Events at Independence Grove is a park and outdoor wedding venue located in Libertyville, Illinois. They present their clients with numerous areas where a wedding event can take place. Because of this, there are ample options available to suit a wide range of preferences. Whether couples fancy a plush indoor celebration, an outdoor festivity, or a luxury beach ceremony, they can have it at Events at Independence Grove.

Facilities and Capacity

Events at Independence Grove can accommodate a wide variety of wedding events. Accommodating 500 guests, Millennia Plaza is the largest space on offer. This open-air location is surrounded by lush greenery and decorated with sophisticated paving stones. It can suit many different types of weddings ceremonies, whether they are smaller, more intimate gatherings or large and lavish ones. North Bay Pavilion is ideal for both ceremonies and receptions. As many as 300 guests can find room to mix, mingle, and share in pleasant memories here. As it is a covered outdoor space, it would be ideal for couples who want the best of both worlds. There are various useful items such as picnic tables, banquet seating, and a cozy fireplace. Combined, these elements influence a warm and inviting charm. Audubon Hall can accommodate 275 guests and offers a waterfront view as well as ample outdoor space. This event area has a dining area, get-ready room, dance floor, and more. Couples are also able to enlist the help of a wedding coordinator to sort out all the details as they continue along their wedding journey. The Native Garden hosts up to 250 guests and can be arranged with chairs to create a curated space. It boasts overhanging trees and vibrant foliage, creating an ideal location for a ceremony. The Beach also accommodates 250 attendees for a magical waterside spectacle.

Services Offered

Depending on which venue is chosen, different services are offered. Each package offers great attention to detail. The coordinators and staff members take extra care as they conduct services, letting the betrothed couple rest easy knowing that they are in good hands. Lighting, event rentals, setup, cleanup, and WiFi are among the many convenient features available across the board. A nature preserve, with over 1,000 acres of forest, offers walking trails which would be ideal for a newlywed stroll.

Cuisine

Catering by Michaels offers all of the cuisine at Events at Independence Grove. They take immense pride in using sustainable and locally grown foods, including 100-percent free-range poultry for their meals. Couples can choose their own buffet or plated entrees, hot-and-cold hors d’oeuvres, side bars, and stations. They can also avail of delectable desserts. Bar service is available to complete any event.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,050

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$375

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$375

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20.75

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Beach
Garden
Park
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December

474 Reviews

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Conan Z. Married on 11/06/2021
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    Incredible

    Our wedding at Independence Grove was everything we hoped it would be and more. After touring several venues, we knew this was our place after a meeting with event coordinator Marta. She helped us visualize what our fall wedding would look like, showing us photos and answering any and all questions we had. She was instrumental in helping us find vendors, keep a planning timeline and assure that everything was in place the day of the wedding. When our day finally came, it was perfect. From the second our limo pulled up, Independence Grove team members were there to greet us and make sure everything ran smoothly. There was a golf cart waiting to take us to our photo location. Immediately after our ceremony, we were brought into the wedding suite where hot hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of champagne were set out just for the two of us. The food and drinks were incredible - our guests are still commenting on how delicious everything was. Small touches like a lit fireplace and votive candles along the windows really made the night memorable, too. If you're looking for a venue with plenty of space for your guests to dance, beautiful food, stunning views, and a team that provides five star service, Independence Grove is it. Thanks to everyone there who made our wedding a day we'll always remember!
    From, Erica and Conan
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    Morgan D. Married on 09/24/2021
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    It was absolutely amazing!

    I cannot thank the staff from independence grove enough. They were so helpful! It was our first wedding in our family so we had a lot of questions and they were so helpful and professional! Thinking about our day there is not one thing that I would change!
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    Courtney G. Married on 09/04/2021
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    Better than I could have ever imagined

    I want to start my review by saying a large part of the reason we picked this venue was because when we went to view it, Marta gave me the feeling she would be the perfect event planner.
    Marta & IG was incredible. I have a hard time putting into words how happy we were with the entire event. Marta quickly answered all of my questions (and there were a lot) over the course of our almost 2 year engagement. The food was amazing- people still talk about it 6+ months later. The bar service was quick and high quality. Everyone always had a full drink. The actual size of the venue was perfect, the outdoor area was adorable and set up to accommodate our large wedding.
    The dance floor was perfect, even with a 10 person band.
    Marta was available for every single step of the way, so easy to work with, and allowed our day to be stress free. My mom a few times had asked for last minute things to be done (stressful) and Marta was able to handle the issue without push back from my mom, and without stressing me out more. She was able to handle everything with grace and even captured our pop up recessional on video for us. She also pointed us in the right direction when it came to food. She recommended everything we had decided on as far as food, and really helped narrow down the options to a variety of flavors while still accommodating my allergies and flavor preferences. I can’t speak enough good words about Marta.

    I am looking forward to working with Marta in the future and finding an excuse to host an event with her again. It was truly a magic day and everything went as planned. Still, 6 months later, we aren’t able to think of a single thing that went wrong, or was off.

    The whole day was truly incredible.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Mike & Kelsy
    19 photos · 01/16/2016

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Team

Marta Mardosz
Marta Mardosz
Event Coordinator

Marta was born and raised in Poland. She has an education background but has always dreamed of planning events and we are so glad that dream came true. Marta has produced every type of wedding and works to flawlessly include every type of cultural tradition. She knows Independence Grove backwards and forwards and works with her couples to ensure they are receiving the wedding of their dreams. Her attention to detail is second to none and you will enjoy every minute of working with her. In her spare time, she loves to cook and has completed four Chicago Marathons and can't wait to run another!

Stewart Glass
Stewart Glass
General Manager

Stewart is the General Manager of Events at Independence Grove, but he is so much more than that. He is also the Founder and Owner of Catering by Michaels, the exclusive caterer for Events at Independence Grove. He works everyday to make sure that Events at Independence Grove is one of the best locations to host a wedding. He ensures that every menu is an amazing reflection of the couple. He has extensive knowledge of so many cultures and has been a part of every type of wedding.

Professional Network & Endorsements

22 Endorsements
Lucky Entertainment Lucky Entertainment Wedding DJs

Independence Grove is an amazing venue with a beautiful sightline. The food is always great and the staff is the definition of professional. We always love working weddings at Independence Grove.

Fred Fox Studios Fred Fox Studios Wedding Photographers

We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.

Toopes Events Toopes Events Wedding Planners

Working with Independence Grove was a breeze! Their staff is truly professional and takes care of their brides, grooms, and vendor partners. I hope to work with them again soon!

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16400 West Buckley Rd Libertyville, IL, 60048
847-247-1111

Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm Sat - Sun By Appointment
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