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Events at Independence Grove

Chicago's Most Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue
16400 West Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
847-247-1111
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4.8
339 Reviews

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.

Sarah
12/16/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 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.
Alexis
11/5/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 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.
Kristy
11/4/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Independence Grove was the perfect venue for our November wedding. Everyone was so professional and helpful. Alyson helped us and made everything go so seamlessly and clearly answered every question we had. They help you plan every last detail and are flexible with meeting your wants and needs. We got a lot of compliments from guests on the venue and especially the food. They use Catering any Michaels and we received SO many compliments on our appetizers, entree and dessert station. Wedding planning can be stressful but they take a lot of the stress away and the day went perfectly. Highly recommend this venue!!
Events at Independence Grove responded with the following comments:
Thank you for the nice review. We are thrilled that you were happy with everything.
Karolina
10/14/17
Categories: Catering, , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Thanks to Marta at Events at Independence Grove, we had the most amazing wedding! Our guests could not stop raving about the food, the service, and the venue. A few months before the wedding, we started to work with Marta to iron out every detail - and she brought our vision to life! It was perfect! Nothing was missed thanks to Marta's attention to detail and very quick responses. One of our favorite things about the wedding was the food - it was absolutely delicious. The portions are large and are prepared to perfection. The staff was fantastic - from the bar staff to the wait staff to the kitchen staff, we couldn't be any happier. Our only disappointment is that we can't be repeat customers!
Katie
10/8/17
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
It was the perfect venue with amazing food. Marta was fantastic to work with!! We truly had a dream wedding!
Marie
10/6/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Events at Independence Grove made our dream wedding come true. Marta was so responsive and helpful with planning our special day. I would strongly recommend hosting your event at independence grove.
Allison
9/24/17
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Independence Grove! We held our wedding ceremony and reception there in September and from our first meeting with our coordinator Alyson, they exceeded my expectations. During the planning process they were very accommodating and prompt, replying to emails within hours. The day before Alyson did a tremendous job running our ceremony rehearsal and did an even better job the day of our wedding! My husband and I were able to sit back and enjoy our day and spend time with our guests while she ran everything behind the scenes. We have gotten so many compliments from guests about the beautiful venue and everyone loved their catering. All staff and servers were professional and courteous helping our older grandparents through our buffet line, grabbing them coffee, etc. Could not have asked for a more perfect day, thank you Alyson & Independence Grove!
Matt
9/23/17
Categories: Catering, , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Independence Grove was incredible. You will be hearing how great the venue and food was for months after your wedding. Do not even question booking with them. Alyson was a huge help throughout and was perfect as coordinator on the big day
Meghan
9/9/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We couldn't have selected a better place to celebrate our special day. Thanks to Alyson and her team we had a dream that was more perfect that we could have ever imagined. We are so thankful to have worked with such a great team that made our day absolutely stunning. To have all of our friends and family love every part of our day just as much as we did, made it that much better. Thank you!
Betty
9/9/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
What a beautiful venue and what a great staff!
Dillon
9/8/17
Categories: Catering, Flowers, Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Me and my bride were very low maintenance and didn't really know what we wanted, Marta was amazing, she figured out what we think we wanted from our very limited input and made a georgous wedding. So many ediquette and traditions were new to us and Marta was able to bring in her expertise. Dare I say the wedding was perfect. Service was fast and good was amazing. The venue looked amazing and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Several people said it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to and I would agree. 100% would recommend.
Liz
9/8/17
Categories: Catering, Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Marta was great to work with and she really made things super easy. She truely cares about making the day very special. Overall amazing experience and wedding was absolutely perfect!
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Catering
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
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 is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
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 Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events, Reh. Dinner Specific
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