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Deer Path Inn

Lake Forest , IL
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LOCATION

255 East Illinois
Lake Forest, IL 60045 US (map)

PHONE

847-234-2280

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

There is something about the simple elegance and charm of the English wedding that makes it truly covetable. For generations of North Shore families, the Deer Path Inn has brought the... Read more
There is something about the simple elegance and charm of the English wedding that makes it truly covetable. For generations of North Shore families, the Deer Path Inn has brought the same sophistication, romance and meticulous attention to detail to weddings in Lake Forest.

Windsor Hall, our iconic and incomparable event space offers over 4,500 square feet of space suitable for entertaining up 220-seated wedding guests with a dance floor. This warm and inviting event space with its oak beams and charming detail is divisible into three rooms allowing for plenty of pre-function space as well.

Whether your day begins with an intimate ceremony in our beautiful English garden, or opens with a celebratory cocktail reception in front of the Windsor Hall fireplace, there is no such thing as a typical wedding at the Deer Path Inn. With our classic beamed ceilings, warm stucco walls, impeccable service and delightful catering offerings you can be sure that your wedding celebration will be a truly regal affair. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic, Hotel, Inn / B&B
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
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?
200
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, French, Italian, Japanese, Middle Eastern
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

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Arina
Wedding:
4/8/2017
5.0/5.0
Deer Path Inn makes planning your wedding easy. They are extremely accommodating and flexible. The quality of service is superb and the cuisine is exquisite!
Deer Path Inn makes planning your wedding easy. They are extremely accommodating and flexible. The quality of service is Read more...
Deer Path Inn makes planning your wedding easy. They are extremely accommodating and flexible. The quality of service is superb and the cuisine is exquisite! Read less
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Bob
Wedding:
3/25/2017
5.0/5.0
We have always come to the Deer Path for family dinners and holidays, and recently we hosted both a bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. Everything was top notch from start to finish. Fahd Alaoui helped us to pick out all the wines and took a special interest in our international guests. Mary Ellen Powers was a delight to work with and made sure everything was wonderful. And when we ended up having a few extra last minute guests, Felix quickly accommodated our expanded number without hesitation. The food, drinks, and atmosphere were exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been more pleased with the entire experience.
We have always come to the Deer Path for family dinners and holidays, and recently we hosted both a bridal shower and Read more...
We have always come to the Deer Path for family dinners and holidays, and recently we hosted both a bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. Everything was top notch from start to finish. Fahd Alaoui helped us to pick out all the wines and took a special interest in our international guests. Mary Ellen Powers was a delight to work with and made sure everything was wonderful. And when we ended up having a few extra last minute guests, Felix quickly accommodated our expanded number without hesitation. The food, drinks, and atmosphere were exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been more pleased with the entire experience. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Christine
Wedding:
1/14/2017
5.0/5.0
A remarkable staff who gets it about the particular vision, needs, quirks, and relationships. Truly amazing service from start to finish!
A remarkable staff who gets it about the particular vision, needs, quirks, and relationships. Truly amazing service from Read more...
A remarkable staff who gets it about the particular vision, needs, quirks, and relationships. Truly amazing service from start to finish! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Ginny
Wedding:
12/23/2016
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service. We had a very last minute wedding luncheon scheduled in under 10 days. The sales staff couldn't do enough to help us to make every detail of the event perfect. Worth EVERY PENNY and more! Thank you for your kindness, patience and professionalism.
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service. We had a very last minute wedding luncheon scheduled in under 10 days. Read more...
I cannot say enough about the wonderful service. We had a very last minute wedding luncheon scheduled in under 10 days. The sales staff couldn't do enough to help us to make every detail of the event perfect. Worth EVERY PENNY and more! Thank you for your kindness, patience and professionalism. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Paul
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
This event was my dad's 90th birthday; it could not have been any nicer. Mary Ellen at Deer Path Inn did a fantastic job providing direction on the menu selection, was flexible in the entree selection and assisted in the room layout. Felix, managed the evening event and the service was impeccable. What I mean by that, the service was white gloves and Felix managed the pace of seating, dinner service and cake cutting perfectly we never felt rushed. The room was warm & inviting, did not feel like a banquet hall, the access was perfect for handicapped people as well.
This event was my dad's 90th birthday; it could not have been any nicer. Mary Ellen at Deer Path Inn did a fantastic job Read more...
This event was my dad's 90th birthday; it could not have been any nicer. Mary Ellen at Deer Path Inn did a fantastic job providing direction on the menu selection, was flexible in the entree selection and assisted in the room layout. Felix, managed the evening event and the service was impeccable. What I mean by that, the service was white gloves and Felix managed the pace of seating, dinner service and cake cutting perfectly we never felt rushed. The room was warm & inviting, did not feel like a banquet hall, the access was perfect for handicapped people as well. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Deer Path Inn was an outstanding choice for our wedding. The venue is beautiful and timeless and the staff go above and beyond to make sure that both the hosts and invitees feel like extremely valued guests. Everyone loved the food, all dishes came out hot and were correctly placed. In the planning of the event, Deer Path Inn's wedding coordinator was very flexible and worked hard to accommodate our vision for the evening. She offered great advice and helped move the planning process forward with ease. We couldn't be more grateful. The staff even took a couple of great pictures the day of the event and sent them to us.
Deer Path Inn was an outstanding choice for our wedding. The venue is beautiful and timeless and the staff go above and Read more...
Deer Path Inn was an outstanding choice for our wedding. The venue is beautiful and timeless and the staff go above and beyond to make sure that both the hosts and invitees feel like extremely valued guests. Everyone loved the food, all dishes came out hot and were correctly placed. In the planning of the event, Deer Path Inn's wedding coordinator was very flexible and worked hard to accommodate our vision for the evening. She offered great advice and helped move the planning process forward with ease. We couldn't be more grateful. The staff even took a couple of great pictures the day of the event and sent them to us. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/3/2016
5.0/5.0
We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception here over Labor Day weekend. And I mean it when I say lucky. Everything Deer Path Inn did from the moment we first sent a request for information to the Tuesday morning after thank you note we received exceeded our expectations and made us feel so incredibly special. What struck me more than anything is that everyone I interacted with (including Mary Ellen and JoAnn, the front desk staff, the valet staff, the rest of the staff) seemed like they were sincerely interested in taking care of us, helping however they could, and genuinely happy at work. I find that a rare treasure these days. With that being said, if I had to pinpoint the reason to host an event or stay at the Deer Path Inn, it would be the flawless service.

The hotel itself, however, has been redone to an unparalleled level and truly luxurious experience, with an adorably cheeky sense of humor (still can't get over the rubber ducks and rain boots, knackered 'do not disturb' signs and candy dishes).

Back to the event planning process...we were planning without a wedding coordinator. Mary Ellen and JoAnn made sure absolutely everything was planned for and arranged for at the hotel. They were responsive, accommodating, professional, kind, patient, knowledgeable, proactive, and organized. Literally everything you'd want in planning an event. Mary Ellen handled everything up front, the contracts, menu selection, rooms, etc. JoAnn handled the execution the day of. They've been working together for a long time and it's evident in how seamless it was. I didn't have to comprehend or take care of anything the day of the wedding, was instead able to relax with my bridal party while getting ready for the ceremony in our stunning hotel room. (Speaking of which, I just saw a Facebook post where a patron mentioned wanting to figure out how to move in and I second that.) I didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back! I highly recommend it!
We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception here over Labor Day weekend. And I mean it when I say lucky. Everything Read more...
We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception here over Labor Day weekend. And I mean it when I say lucky. Everything Deer Path Inn did from the moment we first sent a request for information to the Tuesday morning after thank you note we received exceeded our expectations and made us feel so incredibly special. What struck me more than anything is that everyone I interacted with (including Mary Ellen and JoAnn, the front desk staff, the valet staff, the rest of the staff) seemed like they were sincerely interested in taking care of us, helping however they could, and genuinely happy at work. I find that a rare treasure these days. With that being said, if I had to pinpoint the reason to host an event or stay at the Deer Path Inn, it would be the flawless service.

The hotel itself, however, has been redone to an unparalleled level and truly luxurious experience, with an adorably cheeky sense of humor (still can't get over the rubber ducks and rain boots, knackered 'do not disturb' signs and candy dishes).

Back to the event planning process...we were planning without a wedding coordinator. Mary Ellen and JoAnn made sure absolutely everything was planned for and arranged for at the hotel. They were responsive, accommodating, professional, kind, patient, knowledgeable, proactive, and organized. Literally everything you'd want in planning an event. Mary Ellen handled everything up front, the contracts, menu selection, rooms, etc. JoAnn handled the execution the day of. They've been working together for a long time and it's evident in how seamless it was. I didn't have to comprehend or take care of anything the day of the wedding, was instead able to relax with my bridal party while getting ready for the ceremony in our stunning hotel room. (Speaking of which, I just saw a Facebook post where a patron mentioned wanting to figure out how to move in and I second that.) I didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back! I highly recommend it! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When we were looking for a "home base" for our wedding weekend, the Deer Path Inn was a natural choice - the convenient location and historic charm compounded by a truly spectacular renovation! We were bowled over by the beauty of the DPI and the general standard of excellence to which everybody adhered. The DPI provided phenomenal service to our family and friends over the wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner in the altogether lovely Garden Room and brunch event were perfect, as were all experiences with the guests rooms. I later found out that guests were treated with superlative kindness and generosity (an offer to procure socks for a harried groomsman, a lended guest room for breast feeding privacy, and the list could go on). This is the kind of service that not only attracts and impresses guests but instills loyalty. I'll be back, that's for sure!
When we were looking for a "home base" for our wedding weekend, the Deer Path Inn was a natural choice - the convenient Read more...
When we were looking for a "home base" for our wedding weekend, the Deer Path Inn was a natural choice - the convenient location and historic charm compounded by a truly spectacular renovation! We were bowled over by the beauty of the DPI and the general standard of excellence to which everybody adhered. The DPI provided phenomenal service to our family and friends over the wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner in the altogether lovely Garden Room and brunch event were perfect, as were all experiences with the guests rooms. I later found out that guests were treated with superlative kindness and generosity (an offer to procure socks for a harried groomsman, a lended guest room for breast feeding privacy, and the list could go on). This is the kind of service that not only attracts and impresses guests but instills loyalty. I'll be back, that's for sure! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner
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Gina
Wedding:
8/5/2016
5.0/5.0
We held a formal anniversary party at the Deer Path Inn and it was the most wonderful experience! Mary Ellen handled every detail leading up to the event and made the process stress-free. The staff was incredibly attentive, and the food was excellent. The venue itself is gorgeous and the rooms are lovely. My guests were calling and messaging us for days afterward to gush about the experience. We highly recommend The Deer Path Inn. It will be our first choice for any future events.
We held a formal anniversary party at the Deer Path Inn and it was the most wonderful experience! Mary Ellen handled every Read more...
We held a formal anniversary party at the Deer Path Inn and it was the most wonderful experience! Mary Ellen handled every detail leading up to the event and made the process stress-free. The staff was incredibly attentive, and the food was excellent. The venue itself is gorgeous and the rooms are lovely. My guests were calling and messaging us for days afterward to gush about the experience. We highly recommend The Deer Path Inn. It will be our first choice for any future events. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Sonia
Wedding:
7/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Whatever your questions or concerns will be answered by the staff promptly and professionally. We couldn't have had a more wonderful experience both in planning our 50th wedding anniversary luncheon and the luncheon itself. The beauty of the Deer Path Inn, the food, the staff, and the service are all outstanding.
Whatever your questions or concerns will be answered by the staff promptly and professionally. We couldn't have had a more Read more...
Whatever your questions or concerns will be answered by the staff promptly and professionally. We couldn't have had a more wonderful experience both in planning our 50th wedding anniversary luncheon and the luncheon itself. The beauty of the Deer Path Inn, the food, the staff, and the service are all outstanding. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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