Events at Independence Grove

16400 West Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Events at Independence Grove

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.

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Audubon Hall with Uplighting (from the outside)
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Signing the ketubah on the north patio
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The guests view while ordering a drink on the veranda
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Seating chart instead of escort cards
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Cocktails on the veranda
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Entertainment on the north patio
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Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres at the north bay
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Bride and groom on the pier
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Old fashioned ice cream cart at the pavilion
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Bride & groom approach
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View of north bay
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View of the Native Garden set up for a larger wedding
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Jumbo shrimp with a "shot" of tequila cocktail sauce
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Mini tilapia tacos on a lime, served with mini patron bottles with margaritas
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Slider and fried green beans
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Autumn sweet table
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Ceviche station
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Buttered dessert
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Chicken En Croute
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"small plate" cobb salad
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Fish 'n chips, sliders and more
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Fried green tomato salad in a tulip cup
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Asian sloppy joe sliders
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Seared polenta triangle topped with wild mushroom a la greque
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Artichoke heart napped with roasted red pepper sauce
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Halloween wedding sushi
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Pork tenderloin, polenta triangle & seasonal vegetanles
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Grilled filet of wild line-caught coho salmonset atop roasted garlic mashed potato and pommes...
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Passed hors d'oeuvres - chili 'n waffles
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Milk Fountain with Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Miniature cheeseburgers
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Poached pear salad
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Sweet table
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Slider Trio
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Chili 'n waffles
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Felafel burger sliders
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Mini Mac 'n Cheese Tacos
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Premium liquor selection
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465 Reviews for Events at Independence Grove

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Jordan McBride · Married on 12/28/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Where to begin!

    Where do I even begin! Marta was amazing from the start. The venue itself is beautiful not decorated. Marta went through every single detail with me, some that I haven’t even thought of! I have many, many food allergies. Marta personally made sure that not only did I have a plate and beverage that I could enjoy at my wedding, but she made sure that everything tasted top notch, I wasn’t getting just another make-shift meal. She made sure that the room was set up to my vision and that everything ran smoothly the day of. I cannot recommend those venue highly enough. We received so many compliments that matched how detailed Marta was with her questions when we were planning. The staff, the day of, made me feel so special. They made sure I had what I wanted. They knew my drink before I even came up to the bar (they brought me a fresh drink so I didn’t have to leave the head table and could enjoy my meal). The servers were so kind when speaking with them. They made sure that my husband and I had a Box of our late night snack to take back to the hotel. The staff was so incredible and made my day to be even more special than I ever could have expected!

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  • Christi

    Christi · Married on 11/30/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Better than we could have ever hoped for!

    We are so happy that we chose Events at Independence Grove to take charge of our special day. From our first visit to the last moments on our wedding day, we never had any worries that our wedding would be any less than perfect. Every staff member completely exceeded our expectations, the food was outstanding, and the venue itself was beautiful.

    Marta, our venue coordinator, went above and beyond to accommodate our requests and really listen to the things we wanted for our big day. She works so hard with each of her couples, and we were honored that she was there to help us throughout this journey. Marta communicated well with all of the other members of our team, and was available to answer our questions upon a moment's notice! We could not have pulled off our wedding day without her.

    In our first meeting with the venue, they mentioned that they had an exclusive caterer. In reviewing the company, we quickly realized that it is a very highly regarded caterer for the most desired venues throughout the Chicagoland city and suburbs. When we went for our tasting, we were blown away by how incredible the food looked and tasted! We had a lot of fun picking out the food for our special day, and the options were limitless! Not to mention, the entire staff were very friendly and easy to communicate with. They noted all of our requests and made sure they were executed on the day of the wedding. (This was very important to us, because we had several dietary restrictions and food allergies).

    On the day of our wedding, we were again blown away by the staff and service. During our cocktail hour, the function director and captain both introduced themselves and served my husband and I all of our appetizers on a tray, and popped open a bottle of champagne for my new husband and I to enjoy! It gave us a moment to reflect on the day so far (and finally get a bite to eat!). We continued to be impressed with the staff and service throughout the night; everyone was so kind and attentive, from the servers to the bartenders. They were able to promptly and professionally serve 225 people in under 15 minutes. Not only that, but ALL of our guests raved about the food, most claiming that it was the best meal they had ever had at a wedding!

    We would not have chosen to hold our wedding reception anywhere other than Independence Grove, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the wonderful staff! We wholeheartedly recommend this venue to those who are searching!

    Sent on 01/05/2020

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Events at Independence Grove Pricing

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Here's what couples with similar selections spent on this venue:

$11,839 - $19,342
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wifi
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain

Events at Independence Grove Price Rates

Events at Independence Grove FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 1050.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1000.00
  • 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?
    $ 375.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 375.00
  • 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
  • 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

Real Weddings

Team of Events at Independence Grove

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!

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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.

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Professional Network & Endorsements

23 Endorsements

  • 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 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 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 See on map
    847-512-8704 (Phone number)
    8472474325 (Fax Number)
    Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm Sat - Sun By Appointment
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