Events at Independence Grove is a premier wedding service and nature-inspired venue in Libertyville, Illinois. Events at Independence Grove is the event management partner for the 1100-acre Independence Grove Forest Preserve. Partnering with Catering by Michaels, this team of event specialists offer one of a kind memorable experiences for every wedding style. The nature preserve offers several miles of trails and picturesque natural beauty. Their indoor and outdoor venues bring that beauty to your special day. Let the experts at Events at Independence Grove cater to your every wedding need with guaranteed excellent service and dedication to your satisfaction from beginning to end.
Facilities and Capacity
The nature preserve offers an expansive property of beautiful and natural landscape. Onsite there are five unique event venues, each serving to a different style and setting. Audubon Hall is a historic building built of cedar, stone, and glass whose floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic decor are favorited by many couples. It accommodates up to 300 guests. The second most popular rustic wedding venue is the North Bay Pavilion. This outdoor event space affords views of the North Bay and the pavilion can accommodate 300 people. Other outdoor venues include the Native Garden and beach area. Red brick lines the path to the gardens, where lush greenery and native flowers grow year round. A waterfall sets the scene for a truly picturesque ceremony. Finally, the Millennia Plaza offers seating for up to 500. It offers an open air space and vistas of the nearby marina.
Events at Independence Grove promises exceptional service with every wedding. They assist you every step of the way in planning the details and preparing for your very special day. You will receive personal consultations with the executive chef and can choose a contemporary custom-curated menu that will please every guest. Weddings with Events at Independence Grove are guaranteed fun and hassle-free.
All catering at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve venues is provided by Catering by Michaels. This company is the only caterer in the U.S. that has both the Green Restaurant Certified and Green Seal Certified qualifications. They choose sustainable and locally grown foods, including 100 percent free range poultry for their meals. You’ll be able to choose your own buffet or plated entree, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, side bars and stations, and delectable desserts all from the highest-quality caterer in Chicagoland.
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Miriam · Married on 05/03/2019
Truly the best venue!
The most perfect venue you can ask for! We had our ceremony and reception here and it was 1000000x better than we could have ever imagined. It's a beautiful venue as is so we didn't have to spend much on our decorations, were able to take pictures throughout and received sooo many compliments on the venue. But there were two things that makes EIG the best wedding venue, not the beautiful views and that you have the venue to yourself but MARTA and the FOOD!Sent on 05/07/2019
Marta, our wedding coordinator, is truly a blessing! From having amazing communication with us from the moment we toured, to the 9pm emails with questions and even the day after our wedding. She truly kept us true to ourselves throughout the whole process. We had expressed not wanting to spend a ton of money on the miscellaneous items and she kept us true to that. She made sure the husband and I were taken care of from having champagne to toast after our ceremony to making sure we had food to eat. Even prior to the wedding we had our DJ bail 3 DAYS before our wedding, Marta helped us find someone new, assured us a back up plan and made us feel at ease. We seriously cannot say enough of Marta. The husband and I have said she's the Arya to our wedding #GOT.
The food... is simply AMAZING!! Our experience at the tasting was great and the wedding from appetizers to desserts was the best food we've had. The best way to do the food justice is by letting you all know the responses from our friends and family.
Our parents, "this is the best food i've ever had at a wedding"
Our friend, "I can eat a bag of just the appetizers"
We are already looking to see if we can get a plate for our one year anniversary!
Molly · Married on 03/02/2019
This place will make your best day ever happen!
All of the 5star reviews don't even begin to express my love for EIG. Marta - she is one of the nicest, organized, and hardest workers I know. Between her and Stewart they truly made our night the best night of our lives. Now, honestly it all is overwhelming but let your coordinator walk you through it. It is their job and they will ask you all the questions you didn't even know you had. They will fill in the blanks. THEY'VE GOT YOU! Our tasting was set up and it was outstanding from the food to the actual place. Very private and nice. Guests loved the food, and yes get the donuts. No one wants the cake - we got a small ceremonial cake to cut and that was it. Marta, you know I cannot thank you enough from the bottom of our hearts. This girl talks to your vendors and coordinates ect because your job as bride and groom is to show up on your day and be stress free. I can tell you we were truly blown away and couldn't have asked for anything better. Last part - issue with the hotel -- Holiday Inn. Don't use it. Period. They canceled guests rooms who had emailed confirmations (days before the wedding mind you), didn't have rooms for guests who had confirmations numbers are were not so nice when trying to sort this out. Thank you again EIG xx ~ also reading reivews on here they are right; the entire engagement when friends/family asked if I (we) were nervous ect we can honestly say that the entire fear/overwhelming part was nonexistent!Sent on 03/26/2019
Caleen · Married on 01/26/2019
Fantastic Venue and Event Staff!
Wow, where to even begin. Our wedding was everything and more that we imagined thanks to Alyson and her amazing team at Independence Grove. I spent hours researching venues, and can 100% say that I would have regretted going anywhere else with our special day. They really went out of their way to make sure my husband, myself, and our family and friends felt special on our wedding day. I never felt panicked or that I did not know what was going on, as the communication was clear, and you are given a timeline for planning which is immensely helpful! I also really appreciate when vendors work with you and your budget to make your vision possible. The food is FANTASTIC! Our guests could not stop raving about the food, and the venue, and that is all thanks to Alyson, and her team. They want you to relax and have a good time at your own wedding, and we did because they took care of so much! Also, the very thoughtful ways Alyson and her team would check in through out the night was great. There is nothing I would have changed or asked to go differently for our day, and that is such a testament to Independence Grove and their staff. I would recommend any and all events at Independence Grove, and we will be forever grateful for how special they made our wedding daySent on 02/04/2019
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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.
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.
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!