371 Reviews
$13k-$18k
50-300
Guest Capacity

About Events at Independence Grove

Chicago's Most Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue

Events at Independence Grove, a Catering by Michaels Company, is the exclusive caterer and event management partner for Independence Grove Forest Preserve — blending contemporary menus with stunning indoor and outdoor  wedding reception and ceremony spaces to provide a feeling and experience that you won't find anywhere else in Chicago. 

Described as a Midwestern one-of-a-kind treasure, Independence Grove's natural tranquility, vast grasslands, and stunning lake views provide a truly unique and unforgettable backdrop for your special day.

Categories: Wedding Caterer, Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

Regions serviced: Chicago

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5.0

Marta and the team at Independence Grove were amazing! They made sure everything I envisioned came true and no detail was spared. Marta was so helpful and easy to communicate with throughout the planning process and on the big day. I honestly cannot rave about them enough! Everything was beautiful. They did wonderful.

Profile Picture Sarah, 12/16/17, 1 Review
Category: Unique Services (Other)
5.0

We loved our wedding at Independence Grove. Alyson Vondruska was incredibly responsive and helpful. We received endless compliments on the food, it was spectacular. Alyson recommended a flambe doughnut stand and it was a HUGE hit. She also gave us recommendations on things we didn't need which inevitably saved us money. The only thing we were frustrated by was a billing issue in which the pipe & drape for the cocktail ceremony was not in our final bill (this was on them, not on us) and we received an e-mail the night before to bring in a check for $160.50 to our wedding. They already had the pipe & drape and from the times we've visited, they put them up often. So, we gave them a check but given that this was their error, it felt tacky and it was another thing to remember on the day of. Looking back on photos, I wish the "bridal suite" was a little nicer, it sort of ruined some of the candids our friends got. Albeit, I did not get ready there for this reason, I would recommend getting dressed at a hotel and doing photos there. Other than this, our experience was pretty excellent. The value was really good compared to downtown venues and the food was great.

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Venue Highlights
Maximum Capacity
300
Guest Minimum
50
Event Spaces
2
Type
Ballroom, Park, Waterfront
Style
Modern, Outdoorsy, Rustic/Country
Setting
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Scenic Views, Uncovered Outdoor
Peak Season Months:
May
June
July
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October
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Maximum Capacity, Rehearsal Dinner
300
Guest Minimum, Rehearsal Dinner
50
Setting, Rehearsal Dinner
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Bridal Shower
Ceremony
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2 FREE HORS D'OEUVRES PER PERSON

$3.00 Value | Redeem In-Store
2 Free Hors d'Oeuvres per person in addition to specially Discounted Beverage Packages and Reduced Food and Beverage Minimums for all NEW Wedding Bookings for available dates through September 30, 2018.
Offer Expires: 09/30/2018
Available to the first 20 couples
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2 FREE HORS D'OEUVRES PER PERSON

$3.00 Value | Redeem In-Store
2 Free Hors d'Oeuvres per person in addition to specially Discounted Beverage Packages and Reduced Food and Beverage Minimums for all NEW Wedding Bookings for available dates through July 31, 2018.
Offer Expires: 01/19/2018
Available to the first 20 couples
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Professional Network & Endorsements

22 ENDORSEMENTS
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!

If you love nature and the outdoors, this is the place for you. This great space can be decorated mildly or elaborately for your special event. The staff and food is great too! Always a pleasure working with them!

This is Lake County's premiere wedding venue. I officiated a wedding ceremony at Independence Grove in July and everything was top notch. The decor, the food, the facilities will leave you and your guests wanting for nothing. Also, If you want dramatic and beautiful wedding photos there is no better backdrop than Independence Grove. The unsung heroes of this venue are the staff. Alyson and her entire team are true customer service professionals. I can't wait to officiate my next ceremony at Independence Grove. Hitched by MV

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16400 West Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048   See On Map
847-247-1111 (phone) 847-247-4325 (fax)
Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm Sat - Sun By Appointment
Events at Independence Grove is a wedding Venue and Caterer from Chicago, IL. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Libertyville, Buffalo Grove, and Gurnee. Events at Independence Grove is a professional wedding venue that has been part of the Chicago wedding industry for 13 years. We specialize in Outdoor Weddings and Fresh Cooked Food.