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Events at Independence Grove

Libertyville , IL

LOCATION

16400 West Buckley Rd
Libertyville, IL US 60048 (map)
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ABOUT US

Events at Independence Grove, a Catering by Michael's Company, has a reputation of innovation in the wedding industry. Contemporary menus and a stunning indoor/outdoor reception venue... Read more
Events at Independence Grove, a Catering by Michael's Company, has a reputation of innovation in the wedding industry. Contemporary menus and a stunning indoor/outdoor reception venue will make your event unforgettable. Excellence in service with creative presentation, and romantic settings for your ceremony will make your wedding the one your friends will remember. Independence Grove offers unique menu options, from plated dinners to cocktail receptions and interactive stations.

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
300

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2001
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
900
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
50
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2001
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
50
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove is an outstanding wedding venue!!!

I grew up in Libertyville, IL and visited IG all the time to take in the beauty and go for walks and bike rides, so when it came to picking a wedding venue IG was the only choice! We had our ceremony in the Native Garden, cocktail hour on the veranda, and reception inside Audubon Hall.

From the first meeting at IG with Stewart and Dan we were immediately blown away at their professionalism and what the venue had the offer. IG is highly sought after and you can tell why, from the stunning views, to outstanding catering, to the wonderful staff, IG puts on a fabulous event!!

Leading up to the wedding Dan was always available by email providing monthly updates and checking in. He truly took care of you from start to finish ensuring you received all of your wishes for your wedding day! On the actual wedding day we hired him as our coordinator and he made me feel at ease as he took care of everything from the rehearsal, to setting up the venue with my decor, to keeping us on time and even checking the food as it came out of the kitchen!

IG is truly a spectacular wedding venue, they created the classic and elegant wedding we were hoping for and I would HIGHLY recommend Independence Grove for your wedding!!
Independence Grove is an outstanding wedding venue!!!

I grew up in Libertyville, IL and visited IG all the time Read more...
Independence Grove is an outstanding wedding venue!!!

I grew up in Libertyville, IL and visited IG all the time to take in the beauty and go for walks and bike rides, so when it came to picking a wedding venue IG was the only choice! We had our ceremony in the Native Garden, cocktail hour on the veranda, and reception inside Audubon Hall.

From the first meeting at IG with Stewart and Dan we were immediately blown away at their professionalism and what the venue had the offer. IG is highly sought after and you can tell why, from the stunning views, to outstanding catering, to the wonderful staff, IG puts on a fabulous event!!

Leading up to the wedding Dan was always available by email providing monthly updates and checking in. He truly took care of you from start to finish ensuring you received all of your wishes for your wedding day! On the actual wedding day we hired him as our coordinator and he made me feel at ease as he took care of everything from the rehearsal, to setting up the venue with my decor, to keeping us on time and even checking the food as it came out of the kitchen!

IG is truly a spectacular wedding venue, they created the classic and elegant wedding we were hoping for and I would HIGHLY recommend Independence Grove for your wedding!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was lively. Food was fantastic, and the service was amazing!
Independence Grove was lively. Food was fantastic, and the service was amazing!
Independence Grove was lively. Food was fantastic, and the service was amazing! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I had never heard of Independence Grove before planning my daughter’s wedding. What a treasure! The grounds are just beautiful. A superb setting for a wedding! Allyson was wonderful to work with. She went above and beyond to make this a memorable day from the rehearsal to the last dance! She has a remarkable eye for details. Every girl has a picture of their perfect wedding and Allyson worked with us to make it happen for my daughter. She really knows her stuff! The entire event was perfect. The food was so delicious and plentiful, the atmosphere was spectacular, the room bathed in the glow of candlelight and the sunset…wow! The staff was so accommodating! So many of our guests commented on the food and the grounds. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you for making this my daughter’s perfect wedding
I had never heard of Independence Grove before planning my daughter’s wedding. What a treasure! The grounds are just Read more...
I had never heard of Independence Grove before planning my daughter’s wedding. What a treasure! The grounds are just beautiful. A superb setting for a wedding! Allyson was wonderful to work with. She went above and beyond to make this a memorable day from the rehearsal to the last dance! She has a remarkable eye for details. Every girl has a picture of their perfect wedding and Allyson worked with us to make it happen for my daughter. She really knows her stuff! The entire event was perfect. The food was so delicious and plentiful, the atmosphere was spectacular, the room bathed in the glow of candlelight and the sunset…wow! The staff was so accommodating! So many of our guests commented on the food and the grounds. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you for making this my daughter’s perfect wedding Read less
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Grace
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove is one of the most beautiful venues I have ever seen and my now husband and I were blessed enough to have our wedding reception here. Everything was perfect from the beginning when we booked the venue all the way to the end of the reception. It was great working with Dan. He knows his stuff and isn't afraid to give his opinion which was very helpful and appreciated. He went above and beyond for us and with that he definitely made our reception unforgettable. The food was delicious and we are still getting compliments on it. When the room is decorated, its breathtaking. We had no complaints, it was the best day of our lives.
Independence Grove is one of the most beautiful venues I have ever seen and my now husband and I were blessed enough to Read more...
Independence Grove is one of the most beautiful venues I have ever seen and my now husband and I were blessed enough to have our wedding reception here. Everything was perfect from the beginning when we booked the venue all the way to the end of the reception. It was great working with Dan. He knows his stuff and isn't afraid to give his opinion which was very helpful and appreciated. He went above and beyond for us and with that he definitely made our reception unforgettable. The food was delicious and we are still getting compliments on it. When the room is decorated, its breathtaking. We had no complaints, it was the best day of our lives. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Dan Straus was an outstanding Event's Coordinator. His expertise, knowledge and communication style were outstanding. He clearly understands the business and is exceptionally detail orienteded which made my daughter and son-in-law's wedding go flawlessly. The quality of food and staff at Independence Grove was top!

Highly recommend Independence Grove and Dan Straus!
Dan Straus was an outstanding Event's Coordinator. His expertise, knowledge and communication style were outstanding. He Read more...
Dan Straus was an outstanding Event's Coordinator. His expertise, knowledge and communication style were outstanding. He clearly understands the business and is exceptionally detail orienteded which made my daughter and son-in-law's wedding go flawlessly. The quality of food and staff at Independence Grove was top!

Highly recommend Independence Grove and Dan Straus! Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Dan Straus was absolutely phenomenal to work with for our wedding at Independence Grove. He handled every detail flawlessly, which really took the stress off of my husband and I, as well as our parents. Our wedding was even better than we could have imagined and a large part of that was Dan's wedding planning! Dan did an excellent job guiding us through the decision making process (from selecting vendors to table linens to appetizers to votive candles and table layouts), which can quickly become exhausting and overwhelming. The food, as well as the service, at Independence Grove is far superior to any wedding I have attended. We received may compliments on the food and atmosphere at Independence Grove. I highly recommend Independence Grove and Dan Straus and if we had to make the decision again, we absolutely would choose to have our wedding and reception at Independence Grove!
Dan Straus was absolutely phenomenal to work with for our wedding at Independence Grove. He handled every detail Read more...
Dan Straus was absolutely phenomenal to work with for our wedding at Independence Grove. He handled every detail flawlessly, which really took the stress off of my husband and I, as well as our parents. Our wedding was even better than we could have imagined and a large part of that was Dan's wedding planning! Dan did an excellent job guiding us through the decision making process (from selecting vendors to table linens to appetizers to votive candles and table layouts), which can quickly become exhausting and overwhelming. The food, as well as the service, at Independence Grove is far superior to any wedding I have attended. We received may compliments on the food and atmosphere at Independence Grove. I highly recommend Independence Grove and Dan Straus and if we had to make the decision again, we absolutely would choose to have our wedding and reception at Independence Grove! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Stacy
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Though I've said it personally to Dan Straus and his entire team at Independence Grove, I would also like to say very publically that I could not have been more pleased and thrilled with the entire events of my wedding and all the preparations leading up to the bid day! I may be biased, but my wedding was the most beautiful and well executed event I have ever attended. Guests are still contacting me to say how gorgeous the grounds were, how flawless the room was and how delicious their dinner was. Our highest compliments to the chef and his team (order the parmesan crusted whitefish...you won't be disappointed)! And to Dan specifically, you are exceptional at what you do. From the moment we started discussing our wedding, you ensured everything was in place and just the way we wanted it, tea lights on the window ledges and all. It was so great to have you on site to make sure the bridal party was in step down the aisle, the cocktail hour was dressed to perfection, and the whole reception hall was bathed in warm lighting, beautiful flowers and lots of happy smiling faces. Thank you for helping us plan the day of a lifetime!
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Though I've said it personally to Dan Straus and his entire team at Independence Grove, I would also like to say very publically that I could not have been more pleased and thrilled with the entire events of my wedding and all the preparations leading up to the bid day! I may be biased, but my wedding was the most beautiful and well executed event I have ever attended. Guests are still contacting me to say how gorgeous the grounds were, how flawless the room was and how delicious their dinner was. Our highest compliments to the chef and his team (order the parmesan crusted whitefish...you won't be disappointed)! And to Dan specifically, you are exceptional at what you do. From the moment we started discussing our wedding, you ensured everything was in place and just the way we wanted it, tea lights on the window ledges and all. It was so great to have you on site to make sure the bridal party was in step down the aisle, the cocktail hour was dressed to perfection, and the whole reception hall was bathed in warm lighting, beautiful flowers and lots of happy smiling faces. Thank you for helping us plan the day of a lifetime! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was a dream come true! Alyson did everything to make sure our wedding was absolutely perfect. I call her my Fairy Godmother because she made all my wishes a reality. We used Twigs in Lake Bluff for our florist. They were absolutely amazing and created the most beautiful "rustic romantic" theme that we had envisioned. I would also highly recommend using Chris Colton from Elite DJ. He was a spectacular DJ and so much fun to work with. Independence Grove was the perfect venue. It was wonderful to be able to get married in my hometown. The venue, staff, and food were all phenomenal. It was truly the best day of our lives and we loved every moment of our wedding day. Thank you to Events at Independence Grove and a special thank you to Alyson!
Independence Grove was a dream come true! Alyson did everything to make sure our wedding was absolutely perfect. I call Read more...
Independence Grove was a dream come true! Alyson did everything to make sure our wedding was absolutely perfect. I call her my Fairy Godmother because she made all my wishes a reality. We used Twigs in Lake Bluff for our florist. They were absolutely amazing and created the most beautiful "rustic romantic" theme that we had envisioned. I would also highly recommend using Chris Colton from Elite DJ. He was a spectacular DJ and so much fun to work with. Independence Grove was the perfect venue. It was wonderful to be able to get married in my hometown. The venue, staff, and food were all phenomenal. It was truly the best day of our lives and we loved every moment of our wedding day. Thank you to Events at Independence Grove and a special thank you to Alyson! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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amy
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding couldn't have been better! The staff at Independence Grove is amazing! Great service. Most of all the best food by far of any wedding venue out there! I would highly recommend having your wedding here!
Our wedding couldn't have been better! The staff at Independence Grove is amazing! Great service. Most of all the best Read more...
Our wedding couldn't have been better! The staff at Independence Grove is amazing! Great service. Most of all the best food by far of any wedding venue out there! I would highly recommend having your wedding here! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
3/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove and Dan Strauss were amazing. Dan was able to work around my husband and my crazy schedules so that we could get everything done when it needed to be done. They helped my husband and I with everything that we could possibly need. All of the emails that were sent were answered in a timely manner. The venue looked beautiful and was more than we ever expected. During the wedding, everyone kept coming up to us to tell us how beautiful the room had turned out and how good the food was. I was extremely impressed and I would recommend them to anyone that is looking for an amazing wedding venue.
Independence Grove and Dan Strauss were amazing. Dan was able to work around my husband and my crazy schedules so that we Read more...
Independence Grove and Dan Strauss were amazing. Dan was able to work around my husband and my crazy schedules so that we could get everything done when it needed to be done. They helped my husband and I with everything that we could possibly need. All of the emails that were sent were answered in a timely manner. The venue looked beautiful and was more than we ever expected. During the wedding, everyone kept coming up to us to tell us how beautiful the room had turned out and how good the food was. I was extremely impressed and I would recommend them to anyone that is looking for an amazing wedding venue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Kim
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely perfect. Alyson was a real pro throughout the process. She guided us through menu planning, room set up, and handled the off-site rehearsal the night before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, she made sure every detail was attended to with care and perfection. The wedding was lovely, guests raved about the appetizers and dinner served. The cake table set up with coffee following dinner was beautiful as well. The setting is exactly what our daughter and her husband envisioned for their wedding day, a beautiful natural setting. The room was gorgeous with the fireplace blazing and candles along the windows and on tables. The perfect winter wedding setting. Could not have been happier.
Our daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely perfect. Alyson was a real pro throughout the process. She Read more...
Our daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely perfect. Alyson was a real pro throughout the process. She guided us through menu planning, room set up, and handled the off-site rehearsal the night before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, she made sure every detail was attended to with care and perfection. The wedding was lovely, guests raved about the appetizers and dinner served. The cake table set up with coffee following dinner was beautiful as well. The setting is exactly what our daughter and her husband envisioned for their wedding day, a beautiful natural setting. The room was gorgeous with the fireplace blazing and candles along the windows and on tables. The perfect winter wedding setting. Could not have been happier. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Justin
Wedding:
11/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Alyson was the BEST!!!! We had a couple problems with some outside vendors and she picked up the pieces before I could start to worry about it. she was very helpful and made the night run smooth.
Alyson was the BEST!!!! We had a couple problems with some outside vendors and she picked up the pieces before I could Read more...
Alyson was the BEST!!!! We had a couple problems with some outside vendors and she picked up the pieces before I could start to worry about it. she was very helpful and made the night run smooth. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Heather
Wedding:
11/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Alyson was amazing! She was the best event coordinator ever! Having her there on our wedding day was such a blessing! When issues arose, she was on top of it.
Alyson was amazing! She was the best event coordinator ever! Having her there on our wedding day was such a blessing! When Read more...
Alyson was amazing! She was the best event coordinator ever! Having her there on our wedding day was such a blessing! When issues arose, she was on top of it. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jamie
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Dan was wonderful! He was so easy to work with, answered my calls and emails right away, had great ideas and fun to work with! The venue was beautiful and my wedding day was beyond my dreams in every way!
Dan was wonderful! He was so easy to work with, answered my calls and emails right away, had great ideas and fun to work Read more...
Dan was wonderful! He was so easy to work with, answered my calls and emails right away, had great ideas and fun to work with! The venue was beautiful and my wedding day was beyond my dreams in every way! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We got married at Independence Grove in November and had an outstanding experience! When we started looking for ceremony/reception spaces, we wanted somewhere that wouldn’t put pressure on our budget, had wonderful service and delicious food. IG is a beautiful space and the service provided by Catering by Michael’s and Alyson Vondruska are exceptional! Meeting Alyson sealed the deal for us – we knew she would be easy to work with, pay close attention to detail and help to execute a beautiful wedding. Throughout the planning process, Alyson was always available to answer questions, keep us on schedule and work with our outside vendors. During the weeks leading up to our wedding, Alyson checked-in with us often, accommodated last minute changes and made sure everything came together perfectly on the day-of. She did the most phenomenal job of organizing our bridal party and making sure the pictures, the ceremony, dinner, etc. went as planned. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and are lucky to have worked with Alyson and her staff. I would recommend IG to everyone looking for a beautiful space with exceptional food/service at an incredible value!
We got married at Independence Grove in November and had an outstanding experience! When we started looking for Read more...
We got married at Independence Grove in November and had an outstanding experience! When we started looking for ceremony/reception spaces, we wanted somewhere that wouldn’t put pressure on our budget, had wonderful service and delicious food. IG is a beautiful space and the service provided by Catering by Michael’s and Alyson Vondruska are exceptional! Meeting Alyson sealed the deal for us – we knew she would be easy to work with, pay close attention to detail and help to execute a beautiful wedding. Throughout the planning process, Alyson was always available to answer questions, keep us on schedule and work with our outside vendors. During the weeks leading up to our wedding, Alyson checked-in with us often, accommodated last minute changes and made sure everything came together perfectly on the day-of. She did the most phenomenal job of organizing our bridal party and making sure the pictures, the ceremony, dinner, etc. went as planned. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and are lucky to have worked with Alyson and her staff. I would recommend IG to everyone looking for a beautiful space with exceptional food/service at an incredible value! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Missy
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We were lucky to have Alyson as our wedding coordinator. She is very professional, warm and helpful throughout the entire process. She also helps channel your visions when you need some guidance while being friendly at the same time. We received many compliments on the food (delicious!) and the unique venue. The quality and value you receive at events at independence grove cannot be beat.
We were lucky to have Alyson as our wedding coordinator. She is very professional, warm and helpful throughout the entire Read more...
We were lucky to have Alyson as our wedding coordinator. She is very professional, warm and helpful throughout the entire process. She also helps channel your visions when you need some guidance while being friendly at the same time. We received many compliments on the food (delicious!) and the unique venue. The quality and value you receive at events at independence grove cannot be beat. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you're thinking about having a wedding at Independence Grove, look no further! It's natural beauty is unmatched, and working with Dan Straus and the entire IG staff was easy and fun! Dan is a very organized and charismatic man to work with. He will do anything he can to make the entire wedding planning process run smoothly. He works within any budget to pull off a beautiful day! The day of the wedding, he was there in the background making sure everything went off flawlessly. Furthermore, I must mention the food! It was warm and DELICIOUS! A month later my guests are still raving about how it was the best wedding food they've ever had. I am so lucky I had my special day at Independence Grove. I truly loved every second of it! I hope someone else I know has a wedding there so I can go as a guest! Seriously. Go meet Dan. You won't regret this decision!
If you're thinking about having a wedding at Independence Grove, look no further! It's natural beauty is unmatched, and Read more...
If you're thinking about having a wedding at Independence Grove, look no further! It's natural beauty is unmatched, and working with Dan Straus and the entire IG staff was easy and fun! Dan is a very organized and charismatic man to work with. He will do anything he can to make the entire wedding planning process run smoothly. He works within any budget to pull off a beautiful day! The day of the wedding, he was there in the background making sure everything went off flawlessly. Furthermore, I must mention the food! It was warm and DELICIOUS! A month later my guests are still raving about how it was the best wedding food they've ever had. I am so lucky I had my special day at Independence Grove. I truly loved every second of it! I hope someone else I know has a wedding there so I can go as a guest! Seriously. Go meet Dan. You won't regret this decision! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Marilyn
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Alyson and her staff at Independence Grove.
My daughter's wedding was wonderful. Alyson was very professional and attentive
to all the questions and concerns we had. The event was beautiful. The food was
delicious. Many of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was.
It was truly an evening to remember.
It was a pleasure working with Alyson and her staff at Independence Grove.
My daughter's wedding was wonderful. Alyson Read more...
It was a pleasure working with Alyson and her staff at Independence Grove.
My daughter's wedding was wonderful. Alyson was very professional and attentive
to all the questions and concerns we had. The event was beautiful. The food was
delicious. Many of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was.
It was truly an evening to remember. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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joe
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was great. We couldn't of asked for anything better.
Everything was great. We couldn't of asked for anything better.
Everything was great. We couldn't of asked for anything better. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everyone at Events at Independence Grove helped make our wedding wonderful. They were always available to answer our questions and give us advice as we planned the wedding. Our guests have told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to!
Everyone at Events at Independence Grove helped make our wedding wonderful. They were always available to answer our Read more...
Everyone at Events at Independence Grove helped make our wedding wonderful. They were always available to answer our questions and give us advice as we planned the wedding. Our guests have told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Vicky
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was fabulous! We worked with Dan for everything from our first meeting to the actual night. He made everything so easy. He even made sure that I (the bride) had gluten free food and drink so I could enjoy everything without worry. We loved Dan so much we hired him to be there on the day of the wedding and took a picture with him during the event. Our wedding day was very stressful because it was raining the entire day and I was so scared what was going to happen because cocktails were supposed to be outside. When we arrived at Independence Grove everything was moved inside and it looked wonderful. I think it was actually nicer inside (given I don't have the outside to compare to). The night went off without a hitch. The food was amazing. People are still asking me about the food and telling me how good it was. I could write so much more about how amazing the night was but the main thing is that this night would have not been the same without Dan. He made the night and I am so glad we had him.
Independence Grove was fabulous! We worked with Dan for everything from our first meeting to the actual night. He made Read more...
Independence Grove was fabulous! We worked with Dan for everything from our first meeting to the actual night. He made everything so easy. He even made sure that I (the bride) had gluten free food and drink so I could enjoy everything without worry. We loved Dan so much we hired him to be there on the day of the wedding and took a picture with him during the event. Our wedding day was very stressful because it was raining the entire day and I was so scared what was going to happen because cocktails were supposed to be outside. When we arrived at Independence Grove everything was moved inside and it looked wonderful. I think it was actually nicer inside (given I don't have the outside to compare to). The night went off without a hitch. The food was amazing. People are still asking me about the food and telling me how good it was. I could write so much more about how amazing the night was but the main thing is that this night would have not been the same without Dan. He made the night and I am so glad we had him. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anton
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more impressed and pleased with the quality of service, supportive staff, and outstanding food and beverages provided by the Events at Independence Grove. Our coordinator, Alyson Vondruska and the entire staff of Events at Independence Grove were extremely well organized, friendly and supportive with guests, and most professional in all aspects of their service. They went beyond our expectations in providing assistance in set-up, take-down, and transport of special need guests to the wedding venue in the Native Garden. They provided many extra touches in arranging the reception to highlight the setting and space. The quality of the food and beverage service was nothing short of outstanding. The venue itself is truly beautiful in all aspects.
We could not have been more impressed and pleased with the quality of service, supportive staff, and outstanding food and Read more...
We could not have been more impressed and pleased with the quality of service, supportive staff, and outstanding food and beverages provided by the Events at Independence Grove. Our coordinator, Alyson Vondruska and the entire staff of Events at Independence Grove were extremely well organized, friendly and supportive with guests, and most professional in all aspects of their service. They went beyond our expectations in providing assistance in set-up, take-down, and transport of special need guests to the wedding venue in the Native Garden. They provided many extra touches in arranging the reception to highlight the setting and space. The quality of the food and beverage service was nothing short of outstanding. The venue itself is truly beautiful in all aspects. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Katherine
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I would strongly recommend Independence Grove as a wedding venue and Alyson as an event coordinator. The venue is beautiful, both the garden and the reception hall. I loved how I was able to bring the programs, table numbers, and place cards to the venue the day before and everything was taken care of the day of. The venue worked directly with my florist and DJ so that I did not need to worry about any of those coordinating details. I would have Independence Grove coordinate the wedding again the day of as Alyson made the wedding seem effortless and beautiful. Everything was taken care of including those little details that we didn't even think of. I really wanted the kids at the wedding to have glow sticks but the day of I completely forgot about them. Alyson made sure the kids received them. Alyson made great recommendations to give us the wedding that we dreamed of. We wanted a variety of desserts and Alyson suggested that we could order a smaller cake so that we could have a variety of desserts and still have a wedding in budget. She was available whenever we had questions. One of my favorite parts was that she seemed just as excited for us on our special day and provided those extra special moments like seeing the room all set up before the ceremony. Thank you for providing us with a wedding that exceeding our expectations and can truly be describe as a fairytale.
I would strongly recommend Independence Grove as a wedding venue and Alyson as an event coordinator. The venue is Read more...
I would strongly recommend Independence Grove as a wedding venue and Alyson as an event coordinator. The venue is beautiful, both the garden and the reception hall. I loved how I was able to bring the programs, table numbers, and place cards to the venue the day before and everything was taken care of the day of. The venue worked directly with my florist and DJ so that I did not need to worry about any of those coordinating details. I would have Independence Grove coordinate the wedding again the day of as Alyson made the wedding seem effortless and beautiful. Everything was taken care of including those little details that we didn't even think of. I really wanted the kids at the wedding to have glow sticks but the day of I completely forgot about them. Alyson made sure the kids received them. Alyson made great recommendations to give us the wedding that we dreamed of. We wanted a variety of desserts and Alyson suggested that we could order a smaller cake so that we could have a variety of desserts and still have a wedding in budget. She was available whenever we had questions. One of my favorite parts was that she seemed just as excited for us on our special day and provided those extra special moments like seeing the room all set up before the ceremony. Thank you for providing us with a wedding that exceeding our expectations and can truly be describe as a fairytale. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jacquelyn
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Independence Grove was nothing short of a dream come true!! The venue was naturally perfect and beautiful, but it was the staff, specifically Alyson, who really shaped the day. Our day was seamless, and Alyson coordinated every detail so I didn't have to. I would recommend this venue to anybody!
Our wedding at Independence Grove was nothing short of a dream come true!! The venue was naturally perfect and beautiful, Read more...
Our wedding at Independence Grove was nothing short of a dream come true!! The venue was naturally perfect and beautiful, but it was the staff, specifically Alyson, who really shaped the day. Our day was seamless, and Alyson coordinated every detail so I didn't have to. I would recommend this venue to anybody! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Having our wedding at Independence Grove was the best thing we could have ever done. Our wedding took place on the water which was not an easy task to accomplish but with their help, especially the attention to detail that Dan Straus gave to us, we were able to pull it off. On top of that, having the ceremony and reception with a dedicated caterer (amazing food!) was by far the right way to go. Towards the end of the night we were even able to get a taco bar set up outside which even our Mexican friends enjoyed. I would highly recommend visiting Independence Grove and having a chat with these magnificent folks to at least consider what they have to offer.
Having our wedding at Independence Grove was the best thing we could have ever done. Our wedding took place on the water Read more...
Having our wedding at Independence Grove was the best thing we could have ever done. Our wedding took place on the water which was not an easy task to accomplish but with their help, especially the attention to detail that Dan Straus gave to us, we were able to pull it off. On top of that, having the ceremony and reception with a dedicated caterer (amazing food!) was by far the right way to go. Towards the end of the night we were even able to get a taco bar set up outside which even our Mexican friends enjoyed. I would highly recommend visiting Independence Grove and having a chat with these magnificent folks to at least consider what they have to offer. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, , Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Ursula
Wedding:
9/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Indepence Grove is a beautiful venue for a wedding. Dan Straus and staff were awesome and the food was wonderful. We still have guests that came to the wedding telling us how wonderful everything was.
Indepence Grove is a beautiful venue for a wedding. Dan Straus and staff were awesome and the food was wonderful. We still Read more...
Indepence Grove is a beautiful venue for a wedding. Dan Straus and staff were awesome and the food was wonderful. We still have guests that came to the wedding telling us how wonderful everything was. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Hernando
Wedding:
9/6/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I were lucky enough to have a our wedding reception at independence grove in September. We had Dan Straus as our wedding coordinator and we were beyond satisfied with his service. He was on top of everything! Very professional, informative and really gave us piece of mind since wedding planning can be stressful. He was organized from start to finish, gave us great recommendations and really made the entire process enjoyable. The event itself could not have gone better! Dan and his staff really made our special day perfect, going above and beyond on several occasions. We will forever be thankful to Dan and his staff. We would highly recommend him and Michael's catering for any events!
My wife and I were lucky enough to have a our wedding reception at independence grove in September. We had Dan Straus as Read more...
My wife and I were lucky enough to have a our wedding reception at independence grove in September. We had Dan Straus as our wedding coordinator and we were beyond satisfied with his service. He was on top of everything! Very professional, informative and really gave us piece of mind since wedding planning can be stressful. He was organized from start to finish, gave us great recommendations and really made the entire process enjoyable. The event itself could not have gone better! Dan and his staff really made our special day perfect, going above and beyond on several occasions. We will forever be thankful to Dan and his staff. We would highly recommend him and Michael's catering for any events! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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jessica
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove Provided A Beautiful Venue For Our Wedding! The Food And Cake Was All Delicious!
Independence Grove Provided A Beautiful Venue For Our Wedding! The Food And Cake Was All Delicious!
Independence Grove Provided A Beautiful Venue For Our Wedding! The Food And Cake Was All Delicious! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Mark
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was perfect and I can't thank Dan Straus along with his staff enough. They went above and beyond what we expected. I would highly recommend anyone to have an event at Independence Grove. It's a beautiful venue managed by a very professional staff.
Our wedding day was perfect and I can't thank Dan Straus along with his staff enough. They went above and beyond what we Read more...
Our wedding day was perfect and I can't thank Dan Straus along with his staff enough. They went above and beyond what we expected. I would highly recommend anyone to have an event at Independence Grove. It's a beautiful venue managed by a very professional staff. Read less
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Emiko
Wedding:
7/28/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our reception at Independence Grove on July 28th, 2013. Every single detail about the day was perfect, which was made possible by our coordinator Dan Straus. He led us through every step of planning, making the entire process stress-free and filled with fantastic memories. Dan is young and ridiculously fun to work with - he was consistently on the ball and professional, but definitely not your typical wedding/event planner, which we loved about him.

We originally wanted to have our wedding reception in my mom's large backyard, but eventually changed our minds after coming to our senses and realizing how unpredictable Wisconsin weather can be at the end of July. I knew I didn't want my reception in a typical hotel ballroom setting. Independence Grove was the first and only venue we looked at - the indoor space is absolutely gorgeous, especially when transformed by candles on the windows, our custom linens, and their new uplighting options (SUCH a great touch!!) - we comfortably seated 180 guests, but the room felt warm, cozy and intimate, which was exactly what we wanted. We had our cocktail hour outside on the veranda overlooking the lake, and the whole night we had outdoor yard Jenga, bags tournaments, and the firepit burning in the corner. There are even twinkly lights wrapped around the bases of the trees, which created the exact ambiance I was hoping for. Our guests still rave about the night. It was an absolute joy to work with Dan and the rest of the Independence Grove staff. We cannot say enough good things about our wedding day, and are so grateful to have found such a beautiful, memorable venue.
My husband and I had our reception at Independence Grove on July 28th, 2013. Every single detail about the day was Read more...
My husband and I had our reception at Independence Grove on July 28th, 2013. Every single detail about the day was perfect, which was made possible by our coordinator Dan Straus. He led us through every step of planning, making the entire process stress-free and filled with fantastic memories. Dan is young and ridiculously fun to work with - he was consistently on the ball and professional, but definitely not your typical wedding/event planner, which we loved about him.

We originally wanted to have our wedding reception in my mom's large backyard, but eventually changed our minds after coming to our senses and realizing how unpredictable Wisconsin weather can be at the end of July. I knew I didn't want my reception in a typical hotel ballroom setting. Independence Grove was the first and only venue we looked at - the indoor space is absolutely gorgeous, especially when transformed by candles on the windows, our custom linens, and their new uplighting options (SUCH a great touch!!) - we comfortably seated 180 guests, but the room felt warm, cozy and intimate, which was exactly what we wanted. We had our cocktail hour outside on the veranda overlooking the lake, and the whole night we had outdoor yard Jenga, bags tournaments, and the firepit burning in the corner. There are even twinkly lights wrapped around the bases of the trees, which created the exact ambiance I was hoping for. Our guests still rave about the night. It was an absolute joy to work with Dan and the rest of the Independence Grove staff. We cannot say enough good things about our wedding day, and are so grateful to have found such a beautiful, memorable venue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Sheila
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Alyson Vondruska was wonderful to work with. I had to plan and make arrangements for our event from 600 miles away, and I truly could not have done it without her help.
Alyson Vondruska was wonderful to work with. I had to plan and make arrangements for our event from 600 miles away, and I Read more...
Alyson Vondruska was wonderful to work with. I had to plan and make arrangements for our event from 600 miles away, and I truly could not have done it without her help. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Chrissy
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Alyson and her team were amazing to work with. From day one at looking at the venue, Alyson helped us in our decision making process and gave us her expert opinion to help make our planning as easy as possible. Independence Grove is a great place to have a wedding! The food was amazing, the ambiance is spectacular and the service is excellent. All of our guests are still raving about the wedding, the food and the location!
Alyson and her team were amazing to work with. From day one at looking at the venue, Alyson helped us in our decision Read more...
Alyson and her team were amazing to work with. From day one at looking at the venue, Alyson helped us in our decision making process and gave us her expert opinion to help make our planning as easy as possible. Independence Grove is a great place to have a wedding! The food was amazing, the ambiance is spectacular and the service is excellent. All of our guests are still raving about the wedding, the food and the location! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
We held our wedding reception at Independence Grove. It was incredible! They have an extremely organized and successful operation running. From start to finish every last detail was perfect. By the end of the day (and 18 long months of planning), our event coordinator Dan Strauss felt like a great friend! The site is gorgeous, the grounds are perfect for beautiful photos. The food is DELICIOUS- we had so many comments especially about the hors d'oeuvres. They are super flexible and you really get to make so many decisions about what you're eating, table decor, etc. To pay homage to our hometowns (Chicago and Philadelphia) we wanted to serve chicago style hot dogs and philly cheesesteaks for a late night snack. This was absolutely no problem for Dan. They set up a hot dog cart and a philly cheesesteak stand- served to order! The cooks even wore our Blackhawks and Phillies jerseys! Guests were going crazy- they loved it. I can honestly say I didn't worry about a thing the day of our wedding because I knew Dan and the staff at Independence Grove had everything under control. Thank you for bringing our crazy ideas to life and giving us the best day of our lives!
We held our wedding reception at Independence Grove. It was incredible! They have an extremely organized and successful Read more...
We held our wedding reception at Independence Grove. It was incredible! They have an extremely organized and successful operation running. From start to finish every last detail was perfect. By the end of the day (and 18 long months of planning), our event coordinator Dan Strauss felt like a great friend! The site is gorgeous, the grounds are perfect for beautiful photos. The food is DELICIOUS- we had so many comments especially about the hors d'oeuvres. They are super flexible and you really get to make so many decisions about what you're eating, table decor, etc. To pay homage to our hometowns (Chicago and Philadelphia) we wanted to serve chicago style hot dogs and philly cheesesteaks for a late night snack. This was absolutely no problem for Dan. They set up a hot dog cart and a philly cheesesteak stand- served to order! The cooks even wore our Blackhawks and Phillies jerseys! Guests were going crazy- they loved it. I can honestly say I didn't worry about a thing the day of our wedding because I knew Dan and the staff at Independence Grove had everything under control. Thank you for bringing our crazy ideas to life and giving us the best day of our lives! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Kelly
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception at Independence Grove was perfect thanks to this beautiful venue, great staff, and delicious food. We were extremely impressed with our coordinator, Dan Straus, from the moment we first met with him. Dan walked us through the entire process and gave excellent recommendations when we had trouble making a decision. Leading up to the wedding, I often had to call/email Dan with questions and he always responded right away and took care of our request instantly.

On our big day, everything went smoothly thanks to Dan's expert coordination of every last detail. He kept everyone right on schedule which allowed us to enjoy the night stress free. The cocktail hour set-up with our signature drinks and the reception room looked AMAZING! All of the food from the appetizers and filet/chicken entree to the late-night taco bar were just outstanding. We had so many guests both during and after the wedding comment on the excellent quality of the food and the great venue. The entire staff was professional and accommodating from our fantastic golf cart driver to the servers/bartenders.

We would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove and Dan Straus to anyone. He truly went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. This is an absolutely beautiful venue for a wedding reception and I could not have asked for a more perfect day!
Our wedding reception at Independence Grove was perfect thanks to this beautiful venue, great staff, and delicious food. Read more...
Our wedding reception at Independence Grove was perfect thanks to this beautiful venue, great staff, and delicious food. We were extremely impressed with our coordinator, Dan Straus, from the moment we first met with him. Dan walked us through the entire process and gave excellent recommendations when we had trouble making a decision. Leading up to the wedding, I often had to call/email Dan with questions and he always responded right away and took care of our request instantly.

On our big day, everything went smoothly thanks to Dan's expert coordination of every last detail. He kept everyone right on schedule which allowed us to enjoy the night stress free. The cocktail hour set-up with our signature drinks and the reception room looked AMAZING! All of the food from the appetizers and filet/chicken entree to the late-night taco bar were just outstanding. We had so many guests both during and after the wedding comment on the excellent quality of the food and the great venue. The entire staff was professional and accommodating from our fantastic golf cart driver to the servers/bartenders.

We would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove and Dan Straus to anyone. He truly went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. This is an absolutely beautiful venue for a wedding reception and I could not have asked for a more perfect day! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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kathy
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Allyson was our event coordinator and the level of attention she gave to us was beyond any expectation we had - the venue was spectacular and the service over the top - everyone was so responsive to anything we desired throughout our entire evening (and all through the planning process)
Allyson was our event coordinator and the level of attention she gave to us was beyond any expectation we had - the venue Read more...
Allyson was our event coordinator and the level of attention she gave to us was beyond any expectation we had - the venue was spectacular and the service over the top - everyone was so responsive to anything we desired throughout our entire evening (and all through the planning process) Read less
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Robert
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
The service and staff were great....They made everything so easy and the event something that we will always treasure...thank you to you for everything...
The service and staff were great....They made everything so easy and the event something that we will always Read more...
The service and staff were great....They made everything so easy and the event something that we will always treasure...thank you to you for everything... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Alyson from Independence Grove. She is very attentive, a great listener, and was able to execute a beautiful vision we created together. All of our guests could not stop commenting about the beautiful venue, knowing that staff was around to ask any questions, and "feeling like royalty" the entire time they were there. Alyson called me just to double check final details for the wedding the day-of and everything turned out beautifully. Between my wedding coordinator and Alyson I had NOTHING to worry about. Everything was fantastic, my husband and I had such a memorable stress-free day.
It was a pleasure working with Alyson from Independence Grove. She is very attentive, a great listener, and was able to Read more...
It was a pleasure working with Alyson from Independence Grove. She is very attentive, a great listener, and was able to execute a beautiful vision we created together. All of our guests could not stop commenting about the beautiful venue, knowing that staff was around to ask any questions, and "feeling like royalty" the entire time they were there. Alyson called me just to double check final details for the wedding the day-of and everything turned out beautifully. Between my wedding coordinator and Alyson I had NOTHING to worry about. Everything was fantastic, my husband and I had such a memorable stress-free day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jourdan
Wedding:
7/4/2013
5.0/5.0
One of the main reasons we went with EIG is because of the option to personalize our wedding as we pleased. We were able to make the wedding truly ours, without having to do a bunch of extra work, the venue took care of it for us. Everything from the table linens to the specialty cocktail I picked out for the reception. They were tremendously helpful every step of the way, from the first meeting to the day after the wedding when we picked up our items. The dreaded "wedding planning" process was simplified tremendously by the help and options they offered. I should probably specify that when I say "they" I really mean Dan Straus. He was the first, only, and last point of contact throughout the entire process, which I found extremely helpful. I could write a whole paragraph about the different ways Dan made our wedding planning adventure easier, but I'll just mention a couple. Just a few days before the wedding, once things were getting crazy, I wrote him an email about details with my photo booth vendor... Dan wrote me back in less than an hour and explained that there was a better way to handle it, but to not worry, that he had already contacted the vendor, handled it and for me to not worry about a thing. Another example is during the wedding reception. I had made up some information cards to be placed at each table, but they apparently got misplaced when we loaded everything. Dan went out of his way to make up a flyer with the info I wanted, had me approve it, printed it and put it on each table - awesome! Other things about the venue surprised me as well. The food was AMAZING. The cake from the bakery they use was outstanding as well. The vendors they suggest know the venue inside and out, so the process with them was easier as well. I am ecstatic at how well our day went, and I could not have had the wedding of my dreams, at a price we could afford, if it weren't for EIG and the wonderful vendors that they recommended.
One of the main reasons we went with EIG is because of the option to personalize our wedding as we pleased. We were able Read more...
One of the main reasons we went with EIG is because of the option to personalize our wedding as we pleased. We were able to make the wedding truly ours, without having to do a bunch of extra work, the venue took care of it for us. Everything from the table linens to the specialty cocktail I picked out for the reception. They were tremendously helpful every step of the way, from the first meeting to the day after the wedding when we picked up our items. The dreaded "wedding planning" process was simplified tremendously by the help and options they offered. I should probably specify that when I say "they" I really mean Dan Straus. He was the first, only, and last point of contact throughout the entire process, which I found extremely helpful. I could write a whole paragraph about the different ways Dan made our wedding planning adventure easier, but I'll just mention a couple. Just a few days before the wedding, once things were getting crazy, I wrote him an email about details with my photo booth vendor... Dan wrote me back in less than an hour and explained that there was a better way to handle it, but to not worry, that he had already contacted the vendor, handled it and for me to not worry about a thing. Another example is during the wedding reception. I had made up some information cards to be placed at each table, but they apparently got misplaced when we loaded everything. Dan went out of his way to make up a flyer with the info I wanted, had me approve it, printed it and put it on each table - awesome! Other things about the venue surprised me as well. The food was AMAZING. The cake from the bakery they use was outstanding as well. The vendors they suggest know the venue inside and out, so the process with them was easier as well. I am ecstatic at how well our day went, and I could not have had the wedding of my dreams, at a price we could afford, if it weren't for EIG and the wonderful vendors that they recommended. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Taylor
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove and we could not have asked for a better venue!! Dan Straus was our coordinator and he was WONDERFUL to work with - very responsive, very organized and professional and made some get suggestions! We hired him as our day-of coordinator and it was one of the best wedding-related decisions we made! He was very focused on the details and while I'm sure he was busy planning many other weddings, I would have never known! He was on top of every detail and made our lives so much easier!!! As for the venue itself -we got so many compliments from our guests that it was one of the prettiest settings and BEST wedding food they have ever had! From start to finish, it was a pleasure working with them, and had we to do it all over again, wouldn't have changed a thing! Highly recommend Dan and Independence Grove!!!
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove and we could not have asked for a better venue!! Dan Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove and we could not have asked for a better venue!! Dan Straus was our coordinator and he was WONDERFUL to work with - very responsive, very organized and professional and made some get suggestions! We hired him as our day-of coordinator and it was one of the best wedding-related decisions we made! He was very focused on the details and while I'm sure he was busy planning many other weddings, I would have never known! He was on top of every detail and made our lives so much easier!!! As for the venue itself -we got so many compliments from our guests that it was one of the prettiest settings and BEST wedding food they have ever had! From start to finish, it was a pleasure working with them, and had we to do it all over again, wouldn't have changed a thing! Highly recommend Dan and Independence Grove!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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jaimie
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove made my dreams come true! Working with them (Dan Straus) specifically was wonderful! Dan was responsive, understanding, flexible and extremely helpful. The room looked absolutely gorgeous and we could not have gotten more compliments on the entire wedding. Everything from uplighting to linens to food was awesome. You can't help but fall in love with the interior and exterior of this venue and I couldnt imagine my wedding anywhere else!
Independence Grove made my dreams come true! Working with them (Dan Straus) specifically was wonderful! Dan was Read more...
Independence Grove made my dreams come true! Working with them (Dan Straus) specifically was wonderful! Dan was responsive, understanding, flexible and extremely helpful. The room looked absolutely gorgeous and we could not have gotten more compliments on the entire wedding. Everything from uplighting to linens to food was awesome. You can't help but fall in love with the interior and exterior of this venue and I couldnt imagine my wedding anywhere else! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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john
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue was outstanding, the food was superior, service was excellent. the staff was very responsive to questions and responded immediately by email. I would recommend independence grove without reservation to anyone
The venue was outstanding, the food was superior, service was excellent. the staff was very responsive to questions and Read more...
The venue was outstanding, the food was superior, service was excellent. the staff was very responsive to questions and responded immediately by email. I would recommend independence grove without reservation to anyone Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was the absolute perfect place for our wedding. From day one everyone there was so flexible, creative and helpful. Dan was our wedding coordinator and I cannot say enough good things about him! He went above and beyond to make sure our day was absolutely perfect and stress free! On top of all this, the food at this place was absolutely unbelievable. I would recommend this beautiful location to anyone!
Independence Grove was the absolute perfect place for our wedding. From day one everyone there was so flexible, creative Read more...
Independence Grove was the absolute perfect place for our wedding. From day one everyone there was so flexible, creative and helpful. Dan was our wedding coordinator and I cannot say enough good things about him! He went above and beyond to make sure our day was absolutely perfect and stress free! On top of all this, the food at this place was absolutely unbelievable. I would recommend this beautiful location to anyone! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Independence Grove and Dan Straus! Our guests cannot stop raving about the setting, food, and service!
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Independence Grove and Dan Straus! Our guests cannot stop raving about the Read more...
We had the most amazing wedding thanks to Independence Grove and Dan Straus! Our guests cannot stop raving about the setting, food, and service! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It was so nice having Dan as our event coordinator. He responded to your emails within minutes and always had great ideas and suggestions. He was on top of things the entire wedding reception and made sure that my husband and I stayed calm and didn't feel rushed through out the night. Independence grove was amazing and everything I could have asked for. The food was so good! People are still raving about the night and our wedding was two months ago!
It was so nice having Dan as our event coordinator. He responded to your emails within minutes and always had great ideas Read more...
It was so nice having Dan as our event coordinator. He responded to your emails within minutes and always had great ideas and suggestions. He was on top of things the entire wedding reception and made sure that my husband and I stayed calm and didn't feel rushed through out the night. Independence grove was amazing and everything I could have asked for. The food was so good! People are still raving about the night and our wedding was two months ago! Read less
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Sinee
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
They say the perfect wedding doesn't exist. I say, they never had a wedding at Independence Grove, with food from Catering by Michaels and with Daniel Straus as the venue and event coordinator. Independence Grove is the perfect place to host a wedding. There's a beautiful lake with many picturesque bridges to serve as a background. The visitor's center (Audubon Hall) has a long veranda and spacious patio to host cocktail hour/ceremony. The red wood and stone brick building has large windows that look out on to the lake. There are so many places to take pictures here. On an overcast day, my guests were surprised and made comments on how gorgeous the venue stood against the lake and park background.

All the delicious food is by Catering by Michaels. Everything from BBQ chicken sliders to spicy tuna wonton cones, tasted amazing. I had many compliments from guests about how much food there was, and how good everything tasted. Not to mention, the service staff was very polite and accommodated my guests every needs.

All of this could not have been possible without the work of Stewart Glass and my AMAZING COORDINATOR, Daniel Straus. I'm a control freak and was reluctant to hire Dan as day of coordinator, but my wedding day could not have been as easy, smooth, and did I mention PERFECT, without Dan. I'm super impressed by his organization skills, ability to appease people (of all sorts), and his efficiency. He's very detailed oriented and attentive. After the wedding, I keep hearing many great things about how he handled situations during the wedding. Dan took care of things, without bothering the bride. He even took the time to alternate colored napkins for the reception, adding in a light bulb to my breaking glass pouch (because it makes more noise), and providing my picky bridesmaid with the children's plate. I am ever so grateful for Dan's immaculate skills as a coordinator. I highly recommend anyone to have their wedding at Independence Grove.
They say the perfect wedding doesn't exist. I say, they never had a wedding at Independence Grove, with food from Catering Read more...
They say the perfect wedding doesn't exist. I say, they never had a wedding at Independence Grove, with food from Catering by Michaels and with Daniel Straus as the venue and event coordinator. Independence Grove is the perfect place to host a wedding. There's a beautiful lake with many picturesque bridges to serve as a background. The visitor's center (Audubon Hall) has a long veranda and spacious patio to host cocktail hour/ceremony. The red wood and stone brick building has large windows that look out on to the lake. There are so many places to take pictures here. On an overcast day, my guests were surprised and made comments on how gorgeous the venue stood against the lake and park background.

All the delicious food is by Catering by Michaels. Everything from BBQ chicken sliders to spicy tuna wonton cones, tasted amazing. I had many compliments from guests about how much food there was, and how good everything tasted. Not to mention, the service staff was very polite and accommodated my guests every needs.

All of this could not have been possible without the work of Stewart Glass and my AMAZING COORDINATOR, Daniel Straus. I'm a control freak and was reluctant to hire Dan as day of coordinator, but my wedding day could not have been as easy, smooth, and did I mention PERFECT, without Dan. I'm super impressed by his organization skills, ability to appease people (of all sorts), and his efficiency. He's very detailed oriented and attentive. After the wedding, I keep hearing many great things about how he handled situations during the wedding. Dan took care of things, without bothering the bride. He even took the time to alternate colored napkins for the reception, adding in a light bulb to my breaking glass pouch (because it makes more noise), and providing my picky bridesmaid with the children's plate. I am ever so grateful for Dan's immaculate skills as a coordinator. I highly recommend anyone to have their wedding at Independence Grove. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Sharon
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
From preparations to the actual wedding day, I couldn't have been happier with the service and the venue offered by Alyson Vondruska, our event coordinator, Catering by Michael's and the beautiful Independence Grove facility. Alyson was a tremendous guide and resource in helping us line up the necessary vendors and made great suggestions to allow things to run as smoothly as possible. She interfaced with the florist, the band, the photo booth company, and the caterer to ensure that everyone was clear on timing, logistics, and any other issues that needed to be worked out. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I would need a wedding planner; Alyson really did all of it! We had a large bridal party and 200+ guests and Alyson was able to work out a great floor arrangement for us. With Alyson managing all the details on the actual wedding day, I was able to completely enjoy myself. The food selections, presentation and actual dishes were excellent; I would highly recommend Catering by Michael's. Their staff was top-notch as well. We were taken care of each step along the way and have only great memories of a wonderful event.
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From preparations to the actual wedding day, I couldn't have been happier with the service and the venue offered by Alyson Vondruska, our event coordinator, Catering by Michael's and the beautiful Independence Grove facility. Alyson was a tremendous guide and resource in helping us line up the necessary vendors and made great suggestions to allow things to run as smoothly as possible. She interfaced with the florist, the band, the photo booth company, and the caterer to ensure that everyone was clear on timing, logistics, and any other issues that needed to be worked out. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I would need a wedding planner; Alyson really did all of it! We had a large bridal party and 200+ guests and Alyson was able to work out a great floor arrangement for us. With Alyson managing all the details on the actual wedding day, I was able to completely enjoy myself. The food selections, presentation and actual dishes were excellent; I would highly recommend Catering by Michael's. Their staff was top-notch as well. We were taken care of each step along the way and have only great memories of a wonderful event. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything about Independence Grove was great. We received numerous comments from our guests about how fantastic the food was. Alyson was great to work with. She was very on top of things and I was confident on the day of my wedding that everything would be as we discussed. The staff was great at the last minute when it began to rain and my ceremony had to be moved inside. Highly recommend Events at Independence Grove.
Everything about Independence Grove was great. We received numerous comments from our guests about how fantastic the food Read more...
Everything about Independence Grove was great. We received numerous comments from our guests about how fantastic the food was. Alyson was great to work with. She was very on top of things and I was confident on the day of my wedding that everything would be as we discussed. The staff was great at the last minute when it began to rain and my ceremony had to be moved inside. Highly recommend Events at Independence Grove. Read less
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Nicholas
Wedding:
5/12/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I would like to thank Dan Strauss of Events at Independence Grove for the superb manner in which he coordinated our event. His suggestions were always poignant, and he readily earned our complete trust. Thank you for this incredible celebration of our marriage!
My wife and I would like to thank Dan Strauss of Events at Independence Grove for the superb manner in which he Read more...
My wife and I would like to thank Dan Strauss of Events at Independence Grove for the superb manner in which he coordinated our event. His suggestions were always poignant, and he readily earned our complete trust. Thank you for this incredible celebration of our marriage! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
What an extraordinary experience we had with Events at Independence Grove! Alyson was incredible to work with. She has lots of practice as an Event Planner and it shows. She offered us many helpful suggestions based on her experience. The menu we selected was absolutely wonderful. We received countless raves from our guests that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding! The bartenders were friendly and efficient. The wait staff was professional and discreet. They moved quietly as they served and cleared the food. Alyson checked in with me a few times during the evening to make sure all of our needs were being met. The setting at Independence Grove speaks for itself. It is gorgeous in any season. My daughter and her husband had the reception they dreamed of from start to finish thanks to Alyson's genuine
wish that she had to create it!
What an extraordinary experience we had with Events at Independence Grove! Alyson was incredible to work with. She has Read more...
What an extraordinary experience we had with Events at Independence Grove! Alyson was incredible to work with. She has lots of practice as an Event Planner and it shows. She offered us many helpful suggestions based on her experience. The menu we selected was absolutely wonderful. We received countless raves from our guests that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding! The bartenders were friendly and efficient. The wait staff was professional and discreet. They moved quietly as they served and cleared the food. Alyson checked in with me a few times during the evening to make sure all of our needs were being met. The setting at Independence Grove speaks for itself. It is gorgeous in any season. My daughter and her husband had the reception they dreamed of from start to finish thanks to Alyson's genuine
wish that she had to create it! Read less
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mother of bride
Wedding:
7/5/2009
5.0/5.0
Of all the vendors that we contracted with for our daughter's wedding, Independence Grove was the most professional, accommodating and overall pleasant vendor to deal with. The food and service was truly outstanding. I'd highly recommend them to anyone.

Tania Paez was delightful and very responsive to our questions and concerns.
Of all the vendors that we contracted with for our daughter's wedding, Independence Grove was the most professional, Read more...
Of all the vendors that we contracted with for our daughter's wedding, Independence Grove was the most professional, accommodating and overall pleasant vendor to deal with. The food and service was truly outstanding. I'd highly recommend them to anyone.

Tania Paez was delightful and very responsive to our questions and concerns. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! The location is beautiful, the staff were great I could not have asked for anything better!
Everything was perfect! The location is beautiful, the staff were great I could not have asked for anything better!
Everything was perfect! The location is beautiful, the staff were great I could not have asked for anything better! Read less
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Bernardine
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
In all my years attending weddings I never thought I would experience the "perfect wedding." After having our daughter's wedding at Independence Grove I can say with confidence that it was most definitely perfect. From our first meeting with the exceptional Dan Strauss, I knew that everything would run smoothly. Throughout the whole planning process Dan was accommodating to all of our questions and concerns. Since our daughter was a laid back bride without any demands, he made the planning easy and helped us create the ideal wedding. His charming personality and fun attitude allowed us to truly enjoy every moment of the reception.

Over a month later we are still hearing rave reviews from family and friends about how amazing the wedding was. Their comments of the delicious food from Michael's Catering, the lavish Sweet Table, the outstanding and friendly service, and the beauty of the venue confirmed that we made the right decision in choosing Independence Grove.
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In all my years attending weddings I never thought I would experience the "perfect wedding." After having our daughter's wedding at Independence Grove I can say with confidence that it was most definitely perfect. From our first meeting with the exceptional Dan Strauss, I knew that everything would run smoothly. Throughout the whole planning process Dan was accommodating to all of our questions and concerns. Since our daughter was a laid back bride without any demands, he made the planning easy and helped us create the ideal wedding. His charming personality and fun attitude allowed us to truly enjoy every moment of the reception.

Over a month later we are still hearing rave reviews from family and friends about how amazing the wedding was. Their comments of the delicious food from Michael's Catering, the lavish Sweet Table, the outstanding and friendly service, and the beauty of the venue confirmed that we made the right decision in choosing Independence Grove. Read less
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roman
Wedding:
4/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Our expereience was fantastic and we couldn't have stayed so calm and stress free without Daniel Strauss
Our expereience was fantastic and we couldn't have stayed so calm and stress free without Daniel Strauss
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Allan
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
From our first contact with Independence Grove to the completion of the event managed by Daniel Straus, our daughter's wedding could not have gone any better or any more smoothly. Having no experience planning a party for 170 people, we relied extensively on Dan's guidance and suggestions. His assistance made this a stress free and enjoyable event for us and our guests. Dan kept us informed of deadlines and made sure we met our responsibilities while making sure Independence Grove more than fulfilled its part of the deal. The venue was beautiful, and the service and employees were professional and relaxed. We would heartily recommend this facility and Dan's management for any event in Independence Grove.
From our first contact with Independence Grove to the completion of the event managed by Daniel Straus, our daughter's Read more...
From our first contact with Independence Grove to the completion of the event managed by Daniel Straus, our daughter's wedding could not have gone any better or any more smoothly. Having no experience planning a party for 170 people, we relied extensively on Dan's guidance and suggestions. His assistance made this a stress free and enjoyable event for us and our guests. Dan kept us informed of deadlines and made sure we met our responsibilities while making sure Independence Grove more than fulfilled its part of the deal. The venue was beautiful, and the service and employees were professional and relaxed. We would heartily recommend this facility and Dan's management for any event in Independence Grove. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Karin
Wedding:
3/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Alyson, our event planner was awesome. She gave excellent suggestions and used her expertise to help us create an unforgettable experience. Even though we were a small event, Alyson and her wait staff was very attentive to us and our guest. The room and the view, fresh snow fall no extra charge, were warm, intimate, and created a very special atmosphere. The process from start to finish was very personalized and highlighted our special day. Karin & Kathy
Alyson, our event planner was awesome. She gave excellent suggestions and used her expertise to help us create an Read more...
Alyson, our event planner was awesome. She gave excellent suggestions and used her expertise to help us create an unforgettable experience. Even though we were a small event, Alyson and her wait staff was very attentive to us and our guest. The room and the view, fresh snow fall no extra charge, were warm, intimate, and created a very special atmosphere. The process from start to finish was very personalized and highlighted our special day. Karin & Kathy Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ellen
Wedding:
12/28/2012
5.0/5.0
This was by far the most perfect wedding celebration ever - so happy to say it was mine :) With a backdrop of the lake and a light dusting of snow seen through the windows, the candle-lit ceremony by the fireplace was beautiful. The food was awesome (our guests are still raving about it) and the folks at IG were extremely flexible with respect to our menu preferences. A huge shout out to our event coordinator Dan Straus who was absolutely amazing - extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive, creative and fun - an absolute pleasure to work with....makes me want to plan another party!
This was by far the most perfect wedding celebration ever - so happy to say it was mine :) With a backdrop of the lake and Read more...
This was by far the most perfect wedding celebration ever - so happy to say it was mine :) With a backdrop of the lake and a light dusting of snow seen through the windows, the candle-lit ceremony by the fireplace was beautiful. The food was awesome (our guests are still raving about it) and the folks at IG were extremely flexible with respect to our menu preferences. A huge shout out to our event coordinator Dan Straus who was absolutely amazing - extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive, creative and fun - an absolute pleasure to work with....makes me want to plan another party! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Eddie
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
It was perfect,everyone was very attentive,and very professional. Glad we did it!
It was perfect,everyone was very attentive,and very professional. Glad we did it!
It was perfect,everyone was very attentive,and very professional. Glad we did it! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Linda
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Alyson was truly a pleasure to work with during our wedding. Being our main contact person at IG, she made the whole process a seamless one. When dealing with everything from food selection to selecting the appropriate event package, Alyson was very diligent in responding and communicating with us. I highly recommend her when planning ANY event at IG!
Alyson was truly a pleasure to work with during our wedding. Being our main contact person at IG, she made the whole Read more...
Alyson was truly a pleasure to work with during our wedding. Being our main contact person at IG, she made the whole process a seamless one. When dealing with everything from food selection to selecting the appropriate event package, Alyson was very diligent in responding and communicating with us. I highly recommend her when planning ANY event at IG! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Could not have been happier! What a beautiful venue with beautiful,caring people who assist you in every aspect to make sure that your "special" day is everything that you have ever dreamed it to be. From the very beginning, when Stewart took us step-by-step through the wedding day to the very end, when Alyson made sure that every detail was exactly the way we wanted it, every moment was a dream and more beautiful than we could have imagined! I would highly recommend this venue to any bride and groom!
Could not have been happier! What a beautiful venue with beautiful,caring people who assist you in every aspect to make Read more...
Could not have been happier! What a beautiful venue with beautiful,caring people who assist you in every aspect to make sure that your "special" day is everything that you have ever dreamed it to be. From the very beginning, when Stewart took us step-by-step through the wedding day to the very end, when Alyson made sure that every detail was exactly the way we wanted it, every moment was a dream and more beautiful than we could have imagined! I would highly recommend this venue to any bride and groom! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with the support and services provided by EIG. Our guests were very impressed with the food and facilities. I highly recommend EIG for events.
We were very pleased with the support and services provided by EIG. Our guests were very impressed with the food and Read more...
We were very pleased with the support and services provided by EIG. Our guests were very impressed with the food and facilities. I highly recommend EIG for events. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Dan was fantastic throughout our wedding process. He is extremely detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. He covered off on everything leading up to the big day and proved himself to being highly professional and credible. So by the time 9/22 rolled around, I fully trusted him and knew he would handle all the vendors and set up. He truly did a wonderful job. The wedding was perfect and a big part of that was due to his fine work. I would highly recommend anyone getting married to work with him as well as the gorgeous venue. Cannot thank Dan and his team enough for giving us our dream wedding.
Dan was fantastic throughout our wedding process. He is extremely detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. He covered Read more...
Dan was fantastic throughout our wedding process. He is extremely detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. He covered off on everything leading up to the big day and proved himself to being highly professional and credible. So by the time 9/22 rolled around, I fully trusted him and knew he would handle all the vendors and set up. He truly did a wonderful job. The wedding was perfect and a big part of that was due to his fine work. I would highly recommend anyone getting married to work with him as well as the gorgeous venue. Cannot thank Dan and his team enough for giving us our dream wedding. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Julie
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding was held at Independence Grove in September and we could not have been happier with our choice of venue! The surrounding grounds and the hall are gorgeous. Dan and his staff were incredible! Dan was very organized and on top of every detail. He was always easy to get a hold of and was very accomodating on any changes we made. Dan made our daughter's dream wedding come true and we would highly recommed Independence Grove to anyone who is searching for a venue in the Lake County are.
Our daughter's wedding was held at Independence Grove in September and we could not have been happier with our choice of Read more...
Our daughter's wedding was held at Independence Grove in September and we could not have been happier with our choice of venue! The surrounding grounds and the hall are gorgeous. Dan and his staff were incredible! Dan was very organized and on top of every detail. He was always easy to get a hold of and was very accomodating on any changes we made. Dan made our daughter's dream wedding come true and we would highly recommed Independence Grove to anyone who is searching for a venue in the Lake County are. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was our dream wedding venue. We wanted something in the suburbs, but with a unique feel that you can get with some of the spaces in the city. We didn't want the standard hotel ballroom or country club. IG was perfect! Beautiful setting, high-end reception hall, amazing food (no, really!), and a wonderful staff. We would recommend IG to anyone. Especially if it meant we could go back to a wedding there! We held our ceremony in the Native Garden as well, which was gorgeous.

People are still raving to us about the food, 4 weeks later. Every single app, entree and dessert was perfect. Not your typical wedding food. And the hit of the night was our late-night taco stand. Fresh "street tacos" to go. Just the right touch after a night of drinking and dancing. I'm still getting comments about them - "You're wedding was great, and THOSE TACOS!!"

Lastly the staff! Dan was especially invaluable - making both the rehearsal and the wedding day run as smoothly as possible. People who had nothing to do with the planning commented to me on what a nice guy he was and how attentive he was to them that evening. And he was aligned with every last vision in my head - making everything come to life exactly as I pictured. He made me so glad I didn't hire a day of planner, because his knowledge of the space and his dedication to Independence Grove made my day that much more easy-breezy.

Bottom line - We had high standards but we couldn't have asked for anything better from a wedding venue. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.

Thanks Events at Independence Grove!!
Independence Grove was our dream wedding venue. We wanted something in the suburbs, but with a unique feel that you can Read more...
Independence Grove was our dream wedding venue. We wanted something in the suburbs, but with a unique feel that you can get with some of the spaces in the city. We didn't want the standard hotel ballroom or country club. IG was perfect! Beautiful setting, high-end reception hall, amazing food (no, really!), and a wonderful staff. We would recommend IG to anyone. Especially if it meant we could go back to a wedding there! We held our ceremony in the Native Garden as well, which was gorgeous.

People are still raving to us about the food, 4 weeks later. Every single app, entree and dessert was perfect. Not your typical wedding food. And the hit of the night was our late-night taco stand. Fresh "street tacos" to go. Just the right touch after a night of drinking and dancing. I'm still getting comments about them - "You're wedding was great, and THOSE TACOS!!"

Lastly the staff! Dan was especially invaluable - making both the rehearsal and the wedding day run as smoothly as possible. People who had nothing to do with the planning commented to me on what a nice guy he was and how attentive he was to them that evening. And he was aligned with every last vision in my head - making everything come to life exactly as I pictured. He made me so glad I didn't hire a day of planner, because his knowledge of the space and his dedication to Independence Grove made my day that much more easy-breezy.

Bottom line - We had high standards but we couldn't have asked for anything better from a wedding venue. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.

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Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Last month I had my wedding at Independence grove and I absolutely loved it! It was a day wedding so we had an outdoor ceremony in the native garden. It is truly a stunning spot that is very secluded and full of native, seasonal flowers and a waterfall. We also got some amazing pictures both in the garden and by the lake. Us and our guests then had lunch at Audubon Hall. The food was phenomenal (people still tell me how much they loved the food almost a month later!) and the room was breathtaking. Our wedding planner was Dan Straus and I would recommend his services to my dearest friends. From the moment my husband and I met him, Dan was extremely committed to helping us create the wedding that we envisioned. He carries a very warm and friendly presence while always remaining professional. He always had a way of lighting things up too when I was beginning to feel the wedding stresses coming on and he always had a very calm, relaxed and positive attitude (which rubbed off on me when I was beginning to feel heighten stress the day before the wedding). I can honestly sat that Dan's personality and attitude definitely made the wedding planning process fun and I would hands down recommend him and Independence Grove to anyone and everyone!
Last month I had my wedding at Independence grove and I absolutely loved it! It was a day wedding so we had an outdoor Read more...
Last month I had my wedding at Independence grove and I absolutely loved it! It was a day wedding so we had an outdoor ceremony in the native garden. It is truly a stunning spot that is very secluded and full of native, seasonal flowers and a waterfall. We also got some amazing pictures both in the garden and by the lake. Us and our guests then had lunch at Audubon Hall. The food was phenomenal (people still tell me how much they loved the food almost a month later!) and the room was breathtaking. Our wedding planner was Dan Straus and I would recommend his services to my dearest friends. From the moment my husband and I met him, Dan was extremely committed to helping us create the wedding that we envisioned. He carries a very warm and friendly presence while always remaining professional. He always had a way of lighting things up too when I was beginning to feel the wedding stresses coming on and he always had a very calm, relaxed and positive attitude (which rubbed off on me when I was beginning to feel heighten stress the day before the wedding). I can honestly sat that Dan's personality and attitude definitely made the wedding planning process fun and I would hands down recommend him and Independence Grove to anyone and everyone! Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Alyson was wonderful! Extremely helpful! Went above and beyond for us the week prior as we suffered a family catastrophe! She made the day for us so special! KUDOS Alyson!
Alyson was wonderful! Extremely helpful! Went above and beyond for us the week prior as we suffered a family catastrophe! Read more...
Alyson was wonderful! Extremely helpful! Went above and beyond for us the week prior as we suffered a family catastrophe! She made the day for us so special! KUDOS Alyson! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Alyson was great to work with, she did an awesome job putting it all together and made us comfortable and put us at ease throughout the whole day! We will highly recommend having a wedding at Independence Grove and working with Alyson as we could not have done it without her!
Alyson was great to work with, she did an awesome job putting it all together and made us comfortable and put us at ease Read more...
Alyson was great to work with, she did an awesome job putting it all together and made us comfortable and put us at ease throughout the whole day! We will highly recommend having a wedding at Independence Grove and working with Alyson as we could not have done it without her! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
As well as the quality of the venue and the catering, I'd like to acknowledge the strength of the staff -- from Alison on through the waiters, bartenders, security, etc. First rate, organized, customer-focused, responsive -- they went the extra mile.
As well as the quality of the venue and the catering, I'd like to acknowledge the strength of the staff -- from Alison on Read more...
As well as the quality of the venue and the catering, I'd like to acknowledge the strength of the staff -- from Alison on through the waiters, bartenders, security, etc. First rate, organized, customer-focused, responsive -- they went the extra mile. Read less
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A.J. and Haley
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff at Independence Grove was extremely helpful and attentive in the planning of our wedding. They provided many opportunities to make our wedding exactly what we wanted and managed to keep it all within our budget. We would definitely recommend Independence Grove events to friends and family.
The staff at Independence Grove was extremely helpful and attentive in the planning of our wedding. They provided many Read more...
The staff at Independence Grove was extremely helpful and attentive in the planning of our wedding. They provided many opportunities to make our wedding exactly what we wanted and managed to keep it all within our budget. We would definitely recommend Independence Grove events to friends and family. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Brenda
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was a wonderful venue for our daughter's wedding reception. Stewart and his staff, especially Alyson were great to work with throughout the entire process. Stewart helped us with the initial planning stages, especially the food, offering many helpful suggestions and ideas. Alyson did a wonderful job on the details for the day to make sure that everything ran smoothly. The food was exceptional. We have had many people tell us that it was the best "wedding food" that they have ever eaten. We would highly recommend Independence Grove for a beautiful venue and great catering for a wedding reception.
Independence Grove was a wonderful venue for our daughter's wedding reception. Stewart and his staff, especially Alyson Read more...
Independence Grove was a wonderful venue for our daughter's wedding reception. Stewart and his staff, especially Alyson were great to work with throughout the entire process. Stewart helped us with the initial planning stages, especially the food, offering many helpful suggestions and ideas. Alyson did a wonderful job on the details for the day to make sure that everything ran smoothly. The food was exceptional. We have had many people tell us that it was the best "wedding food" that they have ever eaten. We would highly recommend Independence Grove for a beautiful venue and great catering for a wedding reception. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was able to give me the wedding of my dreams! The venue was beautiful, the food was beyond delicious, and the service was phenomenal. I worked closely with Alison and Stewart to plan this wedding, and every last detail was perfect. My guests are still talking about our wedding! They loved the cocktail hour outside on the veranda, and the view of the lake was awesome. I highly recommend this venue!
Independence Grove was able to give me the wedding of my dreams! The venue was beautiful, the food was beyond delicious, Read more...
Independence Grove was able to give me the wedding of my dreams! The venue was beautiful, the food was beyond delicious, and the service was phenomenal. I worked closely with Alison and Stewart to plan this wedding, and every last detail was perfect. My guests are still talking about our wedding! They loved the cocktail hour outside on the veranda, and the view of the lake was awesome. I highly recommend this venue! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ami
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove was an absolute dream venue. Everything from the initial meeting to the last dance went as smoothly as possible. The expert staff made having a wedding planner almost irrelevant.

I definitely recommend adding the candles that line the windows. Also, there is no need to upgrade the table linens.

Since the day of the wedding, I have had so many people rave about our appetizer of grilled cheese and tomato soup. The soup comes in a little mug- so cute and scrumptious. For our main course we chose a combination plate of filet minion and white fish. It was delicious.

Independence Grove is a 5-Star venue.
Independence Grove was an absolute dream venue. Everything from the initial meeting to the last dance went as smoothly as Read more...
Independence Grove was an absolute dream venue. Everything from the initial meeting to the last dance went as smoothly as possible. The expert staff made having a wedding planner almost irrelevant.

I definitely recommend adding the candles that line the windows. Also, there is no need to upgrade the table linens.

Since the day of the wedding, I have had so many people rave about our appetizer of grilled cheese and tomato soup. The soup comes in a little mug- so cute and scrumptious. For our main course we chose a combination plate of filet minion and white fish. It was delicious.

Independence Grove is a 5-Star venue. Read less
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debate789
Wedding:
11/4/2011
5.0/5.0
A really beautiful location. Close to Chicago but far enough to for people outside of the City.
A really beautiful location. Close to Chicago but far enough to for people outside of the City.
A really beautiful location. Close to Chicago but far enough to for people outside of the City. Read less
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JJ1425L
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We could not have been happier with Independence Grove as our wedding venue. Our guests were blown away by all of the care and details that Independence Grove put into our wedding. The ceremony room was beautiful and the reception room was way beyond our expectations. I cannot say enough about the warm atmosphere that they were able to create on a crisp, Fall day. Not only did everything look beautiful, but guests commented that they had never tasted better wedding food. It was incredible and every single dish came out piping hot. We worked closely with Tania and she was amazing. In moments of the most stress, she was there to calm us down and make sure we knew everything was going to be okay. She was amazing and we felt so lucky to have her as a part of our wedding experience. I cannot possible say enough good things about Independence Grove. I would recommend this venue to anyone and I already have!
We could not have been happier with Independence Grove as our wedding venue. Our guests were blown away by all of the care Read more...
We could not have been happier with Independence Grove as our wedding venue. Our guests were blown away by all of the care and details that Independence Grove put into our wedding. The ceremony room was beautiful and the reception room was way beyond our expectations. I cannot say enough about the warm atmosphere that they were able to create on a crisp, Fall day. Not only did everything look beautiful, but guests commented that they had never tasted better wedding food. It was incredible and every single dish came out piping hot. We worked closely with Tania and she was amazing. In moments of the most stress, she was there to calm us down and make sure we knew everything was going to be okay. She was amazing and we felt so lucky to have her as a part of our wedding experience. I cannot possible say enough good things about Independence Grove. I would recommend this venue to anyone and I already have! Read less
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Lesley Gall
Wedding:
10/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Are wedding was truly a success thanks to Independence Grove and Catering by Michael, I have a feeling I will be hearing how great our wedding was for a lifetime. The food was phenomenal, hot, and cooked to perfection. The venue was picture perfect - rustic/elegant, and the service is beyond words. I highly recommend this venue for an outdoor/indoor event and reasonably priced for the service. Both Tania and Stewart were awesome - great family/friendly environment. Great time!
Are wedding was truly a success thanks to Independence Grove and Catering by Michael, I have a feeling I will be hearing Read more...
Are wedding was truly a success thanks to Independence Grove and Catering by Michael, I have a feeling I will be hearing how great our wedding was for a lifetime. The food was phenomenal, hot, and cooked to perfection. The venue was picture perfect - rustic/elegant, and the service is beyond words. I highly recommend this venue for an outdoor/indoor event and reasonably priced for the service. Both Tania and Stewart were awesome - great family/friendly environment. Great time! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Aud
Wedding:
9/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely reccommend this place to anyone looking for a venue. All of my guests kept commenting on how beautiful the scenery and room were!! Also, the service was unbelievable!!!! My husband and I were catered to and truly felt like a king and queen for the night. I wouldn't change anything about this place :)
I would absolutely reccommend this place to anyone looking for a venue. All of my guests kept commenting on how beautiful Read more...
I would absolutely reccommend this place to anyone looking for a venue. All of my guests kept commenting on how beautiful the scenery and room were!! Also, the service was unbelievable!!!! My husband and I were catered to and truly felt like a king and queen for the night. I wouldn't change anything about this place :) Read less
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Rich
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at IG on 9/10/11 and were amazed with the venue, service and food. Multiple guests commented throughout the night that this is a perfect venue for a wedding. Stuart and Tania are great to work with and made for a stress-free experience. We wouldn't change a thing if we were to do it all over again!
We had our reception at IG on 9/10/11 and were amazed with the venue, service and food. Multiple guests commented Read more...
We had our reception at IG on 9/10/11 and were amazed with the venue, service and food. Multiple guests commented throughout the night that this is a perfect venue for a wedding. Stuart and Tania are great to work with and made for a stress-free experience. We wouldn't change a thing if we were to do it all over again! Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
It has been close to a year since our Wedding and in writing this review I still feel the same way as I did the day after our Wedding. We had a great time on our day and everyone still talks about the venue, Independence Grove and the food by Catering by Michael's. Tania was very accommodating and a joy to work with during the planning process. On the day of the event the entire staff, including Stewart, made sure that all of the flowers and plants were perfectly manicured to provide the most beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. Rob was very attentive to our needs as well as our guests throughout the entire event.
It has been close to a year since our Wedding and in writing this review I still feel the same way as I did the day after Read more...
It has been close to a year since our Wedding and in writing this review I still feel the same way as I did the day after our Wedding. We had a great time on our day and everyone still talks about the venue, Independence Grove and the food by Catering by Michael's. Tania was very accommodating and a joy to work with during the planning process. On the day of the event the entire staff, including Stewart, made sure that all of the flowers and plants were perfectly manicured to provide the most beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. Rob was very attentive to our needs as well as our guests throughout the entire event. Read less
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kathyk
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove really blew us away! The impression it left on not only us (the bride and groom), but all of our guests as well, is something everyone is still buzzing about 3 weeks after the wedding.

At the beginning of our search for a venue, we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony. We looked at the obvious choices - the Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Cantigny - and either we were stunned by the ridiculously high pricing, or the venue couldn't accommodate more than 200 guests comfortably. Then, we stumbled upon Independence Grove in one of our many Internet searches, and we dropped by for a visit.

Stewart Glass was our first point of contact. He was incredibly helpful with answering all of our questions and being available to show us around; also knowing when to leave us alone if we needed to talk things over. His passion for the venue and the catering services was infectious - we quickly grew to love Events at Independence Grove (EIG), just as he did! The incredible, awe-inspiring beauty of the location, combined with the more-than-reasonable pricing seemed too good to be true, especially for the quality of food Stewart boasted about. We were sold. We booked EIG for Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, taking into consideration Stewart's recommendation of the month of September (less chance for inclement weather for our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour).

When it came time to begin planning the event, we were introduced to Tania Paez. I (the bride) am a fairly meticulous person, and my husband wanted to be very involved in planning our wedding (unlike most grooms) - he wanted to make sure we got our money's worth! Between the two of us, I sent HUNDREDS of questions Tania's way. But she never made me feel like a pest. I would just shoot her an e-mail, and she'd respond right away. Once she leaves the office, she sets an automated reply, letting everyone know she's away from her desk and that she'll be back the next day, so I always knew when to expect her response. When we didn't like something (the type of cloth used for the napkins), and she didn't have a convenient alternative (the vendor she was using didn't offer another option in our color), she went out of her way to find us what we were looking for, even when it meant going to a less-expensive alternative. When we were unsure of something, her recommendations were spot-on. When something was concerning (the bakery mistakenly called me about the balance for our cake), one e-mail to Tania was all it took to straighten things out. Tania was my right-hand [wo]man. If I had known her longer, I would have asked her to be a bridesmaid! The day of the wedding, she was a breath of fresh air among a sea of stressors. And when we came to pick up items the day after the wedding, she was there, hugging me and telling me again how beautiful I looked in my wedding dress the day before. I can't say enough about all that she did for our special day.

And then, there's Rob Roman, the Function Director. If Events at Independence Grove is Oz, Rob is most certainly the Wizard. Weeks before the wedding, I had questions about the timing of things for the reception (so we could make an itinerary for the DJ and other vendors). I was referred to Rob, and he called me right away to discuss my questions. When he didn't reach me with the first call, he called again a little while later. My work day is hectic, and I'm not usually available by phone for anything but work until about 7 p.m., but the late hour on a weekday didn't bother Rob. He spoke with me for 45 minutes, detailing how our event would go, and leaving room for flexibility, depending on what we wanted to happen. The night of the wedding, Rob was ubiquitous - seemingly everywhere at once, yet never in the spotlight. He orchestrated a masterpiece. When you needed something, Rob was there, somehow already knowing that you were in need - even when it wasn't the bride and groom in need (at one point, my mom wanted an appetizer that she forgot to get during cocktail hour, so Rob brought her four of the mini burgers: two with cheese, two without). Unfortunately, one of our guests needed medical assistance the night of the wedding. Rob handled the situation like a pro. He knew the emergency would dampen the party's spirits, so he brought the guest to a back room, discreetly closed a few doors to the hall, and arranged for the paramedics to assist him and take him out the back door to the ambulance. I had no idea that something was going on. Like many of my guests, I merely heard about the situation later that night, never knowing it had happened until word of mouth spread the rumor. The reception continued to be a hit, and I am forever indebted to Rob for his classy, considerate service on one of the most important nights of my life.

Earlier I mentioned that the food sounded too good to be true for the price. But it was most certainly true! I was concerned that the appetizers and entrees wouldn't be as good as they were at our tasting, since making meals for three allows much more attention to detail than making them in mass quantity for nearly 200 people. The food was JUST AS GOOD, if not BETTER than when we tasted it months before during our selection process. My husband's grandmother, a Polish lady who knows her food and cooks/bakes often, continues to rave about the mini burger appetizers. "The best burgers I've ever had!" she says. And though my husband and I didn't get to eat much during the reception, Rob was there for us - at the end of the night, he sent us away with to-go containers full of food (our full entrees, slices of cake, fruit). Even at 1 a.m. after being reheated in a hotel microwave, our entrees were delicious. We were amazed that the meat was still perfectly cooked, not dried out like many weddings we'd gone to before.

In the weeks since the wedding, we have received many complimentary calls and cards in the mail, raving about the experience our wedding provided our guests. "It was like we were on vacation," they're saying. The weather was gorgeous, the views were stunning, the outdoor ceremony in the Native Gardens and the cocktail hour on the veranda overlooking the lake - amazing. And the reception was a great party, allowing everyone to escape every now and again for fresh air on the moonlit veranda with a full view of the lake on one side, the dance floor through the windows on the other.

Simply amazing. The best day and night of my life, and I have Events at Independence Grove to thank for it.
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Independence Grove really blew us away! The impression it left on not only us (the bride and groom), but all of our guests as well, is something everyone is still buzzing about 3 weeks after the wedding.

At the beginning of our search for a venue, we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony. We looked at the obvious choices - the Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Cantigny - and either we were stunned by the ridiculously high pricing, or the venue couldn't accommodate more than 200 guests comfortably. Then, we stumbled upon Independence Grove in one of our many Internet searches, and we dropped by for a visit.

Stewart Glass was our first point of contact. He was incredibly helpful with answering all of our questions and being available to show us around; also knowing when to leave us alone if we needed to talk things over. His passion for the venue and the catering services was infectious - we quickly grew to love Events at Independence Grove (EIG), just as he did! The incredible, awe-inspiring beauty of the location, combined with the more-than-reasonable pricing seemed too good to be true, especially for the quality of food Stewart boasted about. We were sold. We booked EIG for Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, taking into consideration Stewart's recommendation of the month of September (less chance for inclement weather for our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour).

When it came time to begin planning the event, we were introduced to Tania Paez. I (the bride) am a fairly meticulous person, and my husband wanted to be very involved in planning our wedding (unlike most grooms) - he wanted to make sure we got our money's worth! Between the two of us, I sent HUNDREDS of questions Tania's way. But she never made me feel like a pest. I would just shoot her an e-mail, and she'd respond right away. Once she leaves the office, she sets an automated reply, letting everyone know she's away from her desk and that she'll be back the next day, so I always knew when to expect her response. When we didn't like something (the type of cloth used for the napkins), and she didn't have a convenient alternative (the vendor she was using didn't offer another option in our color), she went out of her way to find us what we were looking for, even when it meant going to a less-expensive alternative. When we were unsure of something, her recommendations were spot-on. When something was concerning (the bakery mistakenly called me about the balance for our cake), one e-mail to Tania was all it took to straighten things out. Tania was my right-hand [wo]man. If I had known her longer, I would have asked her to be a bridesmaid! The day of the wedding, she was a breath of fresh air among a sea of stressors. And when we came to pick up items the day after the wedding, she was there, hugging me and telling me again how beautiful I looked in my wedding dress the day before. I can't say enough about all that she did for our special day.

And then, there's Rob Roman, the Function Director. If Events at Independence Grove is Oz, Rob is most certainly the Wizard. Weeks before the wedding, I had questions about the timing of things for the reception (so we could make an itinerary for the DJ and other vendors). I was referred to Rob, and he called me right away to discuss my questions. When he didn't reach me with the first call, he called again a little while later. My work day is hectic, and I'm not usually available by phone for anything but work until about 7 p.m., but the late hour on a weekday didn't bother Rob. He spoke with me for 45 minutes, detailing how our event would go, and leaving room for flexibility, depending on what we wanted to happen. The night of the wedding, Rob was ubiquitous - seemingly everywhere at once, yet never in the spotlight. He orchestrated a masterpiece. When you needed something, Rob was there, somehow already knowing that you were in need - even when it wasn't the bride and groom in need (at one point, my mom wanted an appetizer that she forgot to get during cocktail hour, so Rob brought her four of the mini burgers: two with cheese, two without). Unfortunately, one of our guests needed medical assistance the night of the wedding. Rob handled the situation like a pro. He knew the emergency would dampen the party's spirits, so he brought the guest to a back room, discreetly closed a few doors to the hall, and arranged for the paramedics to assist him and take him out the back door to the ambulance. I had no idea that something was going on. Like many of my guests, I merely heard about the situation later that night, never knowing it had happened until word of mouth spread the rumor. The reception continued to be a hit, and I am forever indebted to Rob for his classy, considerate service on one of the most important nights of my life.

Earlier I mentioned that the food sounded too good to be true for the price. But it was most certainly true! I was concerned that the appetizers and entrees wouldn't be as good as they were at our tasting, since making meals for three allows much more attention to detail than making them in mass quantity for nearly 200 people. The food was JUST AS GOOD, if not BETTER than when we tasted it months before during our selection process. My husband's grandmother, a Polish lady who knows her food and cooks/bakes often, continues to rave about the mini burger appetizers. "The best burgers I've ever had!" she says. And though my husband and I didn't get to eat much during the reception, Rob was there for us - at the end of the night, he sent us away with to-go containers full of food (our full entrees, slices of cake, fruit). Even at 1 a.m. after being reheated in a hotel microwave, our entrees were delicious. We were amazed that the meat was still perfectly cooked, not dried out like many weddings we'd gone to before.

In the weeks since the wedding, we have received many complimentary calls and cards in the mail, raving about the experience our wedding provided our guests. "It was like we were on vacation," they're saying. The weather was gorgeous, the views were stunning, the outdoor ceremony in the Native Gardens and the cocktail hour on the veranda overlooking the lake - amazing. And the reception was a great party, allowing everyone to escape every now and again for fresh air on the moonlit veranda with a full view of the lake on one side, the dance floor through the windows on the other.

Simply amazing. The best day and night of my life, and I have Events at Independence Grove to thank for it. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Santos
Wedding:
8/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Great venue, great people, great service, prompt, on top of everything, the guests had nothing but great things to say about the place, about the hall, and the food.
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Great venue, great people, great service, prompt, on top of everything, the guests had nothing but great things to say about the place, about the hall, and the food. Read less
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Greg
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Tania, Bob, and the whole Independence Grove crew are incredible. From the very beginning, all the way to the end, they took care of everything with class & grace. Even small things like making sure there was cold bottled water during the summer ceremony. They do a great job of making sure your every desire is fulfilled without being overbearing or nagging. We could not be happier, and highly recommend Independence Grove, especially if you're looking for a place to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue (we were since it was an interfaith ceremony). One other great benefit is they have amazing places for pictures, all of which came out great. The food was fantastic as well, and Tania was great helping us add things last minute to make our minimum (speaking of which...I highly recommend the chocolate fountain with dark chocolate!).
Tania, Bob, and the whole Independence Grove crew are incredible. From the very beginning, all the way to the end, they Read more...
Tania, Bob, and the whole Independence Grove crew are incredible. From the very beginning, all the way to the end, they took care of everything with class & grace. Even small things like making sure there was cold bottled water during the summer ceremony. They do a great job of making sure your every desire is fulfilled without being overbearing or nagging. We could not be happier, and highly recommend Independence Grove, especially if you're looking for a place to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue (we were since it was an interfaith ceremony). One other great benefit is they have amazing places for pictures, all of which came out great. The food was fantastic as well, and Tania was great helping us add things last minute to make our minimum (speaking of which...I highly recommend the chocolate fountain with dark chocolate!). Read less
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Tom & Elaine
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Everyone was very accommodating and every guest has not stopped raving about the venue inside & out, the food, and the staff. They made our special day truly magical
Everyone was very accommodating and every guest has not stopped raving about the venue inside & out, the food, and the Read more...
Everyone was very accommodating and every guest has not stopped raving about the venue inside & out, the food, and the staff. They made our special day truly magical Read less
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erin
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Their timeline was helpful when planning. The tasting was wonderful and the suggestions upon when to serve everything was perfect. The amount of food was perfect with plenty for the guests! Any questions we had about smaller details were answered and covered perfectly.
Their timeline was helpful when planning. The tasting was wonderful and the suggestions upon when to serve everything was Read more...
Their timeline was helpful when planning. The tasting was wonderful and the suggestions upon when to serve everything was perfect. The amount of food was perfect with plenty for the guests! Any questions we had about smaller details were answered and covered perfectly. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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sarah
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
I had my reception here. They could not have been more helpful. I basically just told them what I wanted and they took it from there. Also, I was really impressed during the actual reception with the attention to detail. I felt like we were catered to perfectly. For example, since I was on the dance floor all night, Robert, the function manager would bring me little glasses of water every 15 minutes to make sure I didn't get dehydrated.

I also found Tania, who helped us coordinate everything, very flexible and helpful. I would highly recommend this site to future brides.
I had my reception here. They could not have been more helpful. I basically just told them what I wanted and they took it Read more...
I had my reception here. They could not have been more helpful. I basically just told them what I wanted and they took it from there. Also, I was really impressed during the actual reception with the attention to detail. I felt like we were catered to perfectly. For example, since I was on the dance floor all night, Robert, the function manager would bring me little glasses of water every 15 minutes to make sure I didn't get dehydrated.

I also found Tania, who helped us coordinate everything, very flexible and helpful. I would highly recommend this site to future brides. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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NSchaefer
Wedding:
7/1/2011
5.0/5.0
I had an amazing experience working with Independence Grove and Tania- they were easy to communicate with and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a venue for an upcoming event
I had an amazing experience working with Independence Grove and Tania- they were easy to communicate with and I would Read more...
I had an amazing experience working with Independence Grove and Tania- they were easy to communicate with and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a venue for an upcoming event Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Thank you for EVERYTHING! This was the best experience that a couple could ask for. Your service was flawless. Thank you for making our dreams come true!
Thank you for EVERYTHING! This was the best experience that a couple could ask for. Your service was flawless. Thank you Read more...
Thank you for EVERYTHING! This was the best experience that a couple could ask for. Your service was flawless. Thank you for making our dreams come true! Read less
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carrie
Wedding:
6/19/2011
5.0/5.0
The crew at Independence Grove exceeded our expectations every step of the way in planning and executing the wedding of our dreams! Tania was always there to guide us and keep us grounded throughout the planning process, and somehow managed to make it fun for us both. The wedding day ran smoothly with the help of Rob at IG. Our food was AMAZING thanks to Michaels Catering! And we really could not ask for a better setting for the most gorgeous wedding photos! Every guest at our wedding could not help but rave about the entire experience. Independence Grove was at the top of our wedding budget, but you get what you pay for...and in this case...we got so much more than we had ever expected!

A big thank you to everyone at Independence Grove who helped make our wedding day the most special, memorable, and magical memory for us and our guests. You ROCK!
The crew at Independence Grove exceeded our expectations every step of the way in planning and executing the wedding of Read more...
The crew at Independence Grove exceeded our expectations every step of the way in planning and executing the wedding of our dreams! Tania was always there to guide us and keep us grounded throughout the planning process, and somehow managed to make it fun for us both. The wedding day ran smoothly with the help of Rob at IG. Our food was AMAZING thanks to Michaels Catering! And we really could not ask for a better setting for the most gorgeous wedding photos! Every guest at our wedding could not help but rave about the entire experience. Independence Grove was at the top of our wedding budget, but you get what you pay for...and in this case...we got so much more than we had ever expected!

A big thank you to everyone at Independence Grove who helped make our wedding day the most special, memorable, and magical memory for us and our guests. You ROCK! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Michele
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Events at Independence Grove took care of everything for our wedding. My husband and I received numerous comments on the wonderful food from our guests. The food was absolutely amazing! It was a pleasure working with Events at Independence Grove and our wedding was perfect! I recommend to anyone to use Event at Independence Grove for your special day, I am happy that I did!
Events at Independence Grove took care of everything for our wedding. My husband and I received numerous comments on the Read more...
Events at Independence Grove took care of everything for our wedding. My husband and I received numerous comments on the wonderful food from our guests. The food was absolutely amazing! It was a pleasure working with Events at Independence Grove and our wedding was perfect! I recommend to anyone to use Event at Independence Grove for your special day, I am happy that I did! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ruby
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding reception was held at Indepence Grove this past weekend and the whole event was a "Class Act" from the intial planning til he final dance. Comments from family and friends continue to pour in. Thank you for helping us make this such a special day.

BR
Our daughter's wedding reception was held at Indepence Grove this past weekend and the whole event was a "Class Act" from Read more...
Our daughter's wedding reception was held at Indepence Grove this past weekend and the whole event was a "Class Act" from the intial planning til he final dance. Comments from family and friends continue to pour in. Thank you for helping us make this such a special day.

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Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Allie
Wedding:
6/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Overall, we really enjoyed working with Independence Grove. Tania Paez worked with us the whole time and she was always responded quickly to emails and phone calls. It is a gorgeous venue and we really had an amazing wedding there. Also, Rob worked with us on the day of the event as our coordinator and went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect (including taking especially good care of my sick father-in-law moments before the ceremony began!). Catering by Michael's prices may be a little more than other places but they were a top notch caterer. People are still talking about how good the food was!! The tasting very delicious, very professional and representative of EXACTLY what we got the day of the wedding. They were also very flexible and helped us create the exact menu that we wanted. Everything was really wonderful, we're incredibly happy we chose Independence Grove as our venue.
Overall, we really enjoyed working with Independence Grove. Tania Paez worked with us the whole time and she was always Read more...
Overall, we really enjoyed working with Independence Grove. Tania Paez worked with us the whole time and she was always responded quickly to emails and phone calls. It is a gorgeous venue and we really had an amazing wedding there. Also, Rob worked with us on the day of the event as our coordinator and went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect (including taking especially good care of my sick father-in-law moments before the ceremony began!). Catering by Michael's prices may be a little more than other places but they were a top notch caterer. People are still talking about how good the food was!! The tasting very delicious, very professional and representative of EXACTLY what we got the day of the wedding. They were also very flexible and helped us create the exact menu that we wanted. Everything was really wonderful, we're incredibly happy we chose Independence Grove as our venue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Shannon
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Food/Service was delicious!!
Food/Service was delicious!!
Food/Service was delicious!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Olivet66
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fabulous from the beginning of the process one year ago through the end of the reception - no flaws whatsoever. Every person attending commented how great the food was (and I mean every person - even the kids loved their kids meals and so did the Moms). Could not be happier.

I only wish credit cards were accepted.
Absolutely fabulous from the beginning of the process one year ago through the end of the reception - no flaws whatsoever. Read more...
Absolutely fabulous from the beginning of the process one year ago through the end of the reception - no flaws whatsoever. Every person attending commented how great the food was (and I mean every person - even the kids loved their kids meals and so did the Moms). Could not be happier.

I only wish credit cards were accepted. Read less
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rwrhp
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Excellent service, excellent people, outstanding group of porfessionals that catered my daughters wedding on October 16, 2010.
Excellent service, excellent people, outstanding group of porfessionals that catered my daughters wedding on October 16, Read more...
Excellent service, excellent people, outstanding group of porfessionals that catered my daughters wedding on October 16, 2010. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
I was so impressed with everything: the organization of the room, the ease of planning with Tania, the service the captain (Rob) provided the night of the reception, the overall look of the venue, and the promptness of the bartenders and waitstaff. The food was not only delicious, but hot. Even the bars set up outside were arranged to make it appealing to the eye and look professional and inviting. If a server saw myself or my husband (even our parents) without a drink, they would offer one. They would also ask if we needed anything or asked to do anything for us - we were amazed at the personal attention. If I could do it all again, I would once again choose Catering by Michael's at Independence Grove.
I was so impressed with everything: the organization of the room, the ease of planning with Tania, the service the captain Read more...
I was so impressed with everything: the organization of the room, the ease of planning with Tania, the service the captain (Rob) provided the night of the reception, the overall look of the venue, and the promptness of the bartenders and waitstaff. The food was not only delicious, but hot. Even the bars set up outside were arranged to make it appealing to the eye and look professional and inviting. If a server saw myself or my husband (even our parents) without a drink, they would offer one. They would also ask if we needed anything or asked to do anything for us - we were amazed at the personal attention. If I could do it all again, I would once again choose Catering by Michael's at Independence Grove. Read less
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Trish
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
The exclusive caterer provided beautifully presented and delicious food. Cost wise it's a bit higher than other caterers, perhaps, but well worth it. The room was transformed w/the gorgeous linens, votives (definitely do the voitive candles), and table settings.
The exclusive caterer provided beautifully presented and delicious food. Cost wise it's a bit higher than other caterers, Read more...
The exclusive caterer provided beautifully presented and delicious food. Cost wise it's a bit higher than other caterers, perhaps, but well worth it. The room was transformed w/the gorgeous linens, votives (definitely do the voitive candles), and table settings. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/29/2010
5.0/5.0
The managers are always there when you need a question answered.
The managers are always there when you need a question answered.
The managers are always there when you need a question answered. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Tania, you all outdid yourselves! Geoff and I, and so many of the guests said it was the most beautiful wedding ever! It was PERFECT!
We cannot thank you, Rob and Stewart enough for the best day ever.
We both wish the absolute best to you!

Xoxoxo.

Geoff and Lauren

Catering by Michael's is the automatic vendor for Independence Grove and we wouldn't have had it any other way. The food was exquisit. The portions were huge. The presentation was beautiful! Perfect food for a perfect venue!
Tania, you all outdid yourselves! Geoff and I, and so many of the guests said it was the most beautiful wedding ever! It Read more...
Tania, you all outdid yourselves! Geoff and I, and so many of the guests said it was the most beautiful wedding ever! It was PERFECT!
We cannot thank you, Rob and Stewart enough for the best day ever.
We both wish the absolute best to you!

Xoxoxo.

Geoff and Lauren

Catering by Michael's is the automatic vendor for Independence Grove and we wouldn't have had it any other way. The food was exquisit. The portions were huge. The presentation was beautiful! Perfect food for a perfect venue! Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
7/9/2010
5.0/5.0
This place is amazing, it is truly a diamond in the rough. We knew from the moment we stepped on the property that this was our place. The views are amazing and you are surrounded by nature but in such a modern way. The staff is amazing to work with. Stewart, Tanya and Ron are some of the most professional and attentive people to work with. They left no stone unturned and they thought of everything. The food was amazing, like AMAZING!!! We still get calls and emails with complements on how wonderful our wedding was and that the Independence Grove was beautiful and they always mention the cocktail hour on the patio and how great the food was. I can't wait to go to another wedding here just so we can eat the food again. It was so romantic and it is a place we can visit again and again since it is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. I highly recommend it to any bride who is looking for some place other than a banquet hall. Best in my book!!
This place is amazing, it is truly a diamond in the rough. We knew from the moment we stepped on the property that this Read more...
This place is amazing, it is truly a diamond in the rough. We knew from the moment we stepped on the property that this was our place. The views are amazing and you are surrounded by nature but in such a modern way. The staff is amazing to work with. Stewart, Tanya and Ron are some of the most professional and attentive people to work with. They left no stone unturned and they thought of everything. The food was amazing, like AMAZING!!! We still get calls and emails with complements on how wonderful our wedding was and that the Independence Grove was beautiful and they always mention the cocktail hour on the patio and how great the food was. I can't wait to go to another wedding here just so we can eat the food again. It was so romantic and it is a place we can visit again and again since it is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. I highly recommend it to any bride who is looking for some place other than a banquet hall. Best in my book!! Read less
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buderfly25
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
I had a picture perfect wedding! Great communication, very accommodating. My father who paid for the wedding also felt that they did a wonderful job and has been recommending them for other events to people. They have done a lot of events and know what they are doing.
I had a picture perfect wedding! Great communication, very accommodating. My father who paid for the wedding also felt Read more...
I had a picture perfect wedding! Great communication, very accommodating. My father who paid for the wedding also felt that they did a wonderful job and has been recommending them for other events to people. They have done a lot of events and know what they are doing. Read less
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Jack
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Totally professional and kept us on track and even "in line".
Totally professional and kept us on track and even "in line".
Totally professional and kept us on track and even "in line". Read less
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Alice
Wedding:
6/20/2010
5.0/5.0
The outdoor ceremony and indoor reception were both set up beautifully. The service throughout the day was wonderful--responsive and so warm.
The outdoor ceremony and indoor reception were both set up beautifully. The service throughout the day was Read more...
The outdoor ceremony and indoor reception were both set up beautifully. The service throughout the day was wonderful--responsive and so warm. Read less
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JanieEllen
Wedding:
12/4/2009
5.0/5.0
We cannot begin to thank the entire staff enough for an absolutely perfect wedding! Very professional, organized, friendly staff who went over and beyond our expectations on every detail of the wedding. Food was delicious! Thank you to Stewart, Tania and Rob - Highly recommend Events at Independence Grove a Michaels Catering company!
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We cannot begin to thank the entire staff enough for an absolutely perfect wedding! Very professional, organized, friendly staff who went over and beyond our expectations on every detail of the wedding. Food was delicious! Thank you to Stewart, Tania and Rob - Highly recommend Events at Independence Grove a Michaels Catering company! Read less
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CFlynn
Wedding:
11/28/2009
5.0/5.0
We worked most closely with Tania at Independence Grove. I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with her. She was very responsive, helpful, provided fun ideas to make our wedding day special, recommended room/table layouts, etc. What we loved most about her was that she was approachable. We could bounce ideas off of her and she gave us genuine opinions and ideas. We really felt like she wanted to make our day special – and she did!

The venue was AMAZING. We continue to get compliments on how beautiful the space was and the general location. The food was delicious. The tasting we had was very representative of the quality, portion and taste of what our guests were served on the wedding day. What is great about Events at Independence Grove is that they have menu options for all budgets. They also have several dozen menu options for each course – so you can really create a meal/evening that is in line with your personality/style.

On the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly. The day-of coordinator was EXCELLENT. He really made sure the night flowed perfectly. Some of our guests commented that each course was timed well and they barely even noticed the wait staff – it really did feel that way, everything ran smoothly. At the end of the night they packed up meals for my husband and I. We were so busy talking/dancing we didn’t get to each much, so this was perfect. We had a “late night” snack of Chicago Style hot dogs – they packed up the remaining leftovers for our guests to take back to the hotel with them.

We are so happy with our decision to work with Events at Independence Grove!
We worked most closely with Tania at Independence Grove. I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with Read more...
We worked most closely with Tania at Independence Grove. I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with her. She was very responsive, helpful, provided fun ideas to make our wedding day special, recommended room/table layouts, etc. What we loved most about her was that she was approachable. We could bounce ideas off of her and she gave us genuine opinions and ideas. We really felt like she wanted to make our day special – and she did!

The venue was AMAZING. We continue to get compliments on how beautiful the space was and the general location. The food was delicious. The tasting we had was very representative of the quality, portion and taste of what our guests were served on the wedding day. What is great about Events at Independence Grove is that they have menu options for all budgets. They also have several dozen menu options for each course – so you can really create a meal/evening that is in line with your personality/style.

On the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly. The day-of coordinator was EXCELLENT. He really made sure the night flowed perfectly. Some of our guests commented that each course was timed well and they barely even noticed the wait staff – it really did feel that way, everything ran smoothly. At the end of the night they packed up meals for my husband and I. We were so busy talking/dancing we didn’t get to each much, so this was perfect. We had a “late night” snack of Chicago Style hot dogs – they packed up the remaining leftovers for our guests to take back to the hotel with them.

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Sidney
Wedding:
11/10/2009
5.0/5.0
I was so happy to do my wedding here. I would recommend everyone to them. They set everything up so I didn't have to worry about anything! They were so good to work with and helped the wedding run so smooth.Just an amazing day all around, I wish I could live that day over and over again!
I was so happy to do my wedding here. I would recommend everyone to them. They set everything up so I didn't have to worry Read more...
I was so happy to do my wedding here. I would recommend everyone to them. They set everything up so I didn't have to worry about anything! They were so good to work with and helped the wedding run so smooth.Just an amazing day all around, I wish I could live that day over and over again! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
10/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Independence Grove is a beautiful venue. We had a great experience throughout the planning and implementation of our wedding event. The staff was very professional, attentive and kind. The food was excellent; beautiful presentation!
Independence Grove is a beautiful venue. We had a great experience throughout the planning and implementation of our Read more...
Independence Grove is a beautiful venue. We had a great experience throughout the planning and implementation of our wedding event. The staff was very professional, attentive and kind. The food was excellent; beautiful presentation! Read less
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mcf102409
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Stewart was extremely helpful. Robert could not have been more attentive. We had a wonderful time and our guests still rave about the food and service! The room was absolutely beautiful. We are so glad the candles were suggested - thanks Stewart. The cake was delicious and looked just as I had pictured it in my mind. There wasn't anything Stewart, Robert or the staff missed!
Stewart was extremely helpful. Robert could not have been more attentive. We had a wonderful time and our guests still Read more...
Stewart was extremely helpful. Robert could not have been more attentive. We had a wonderful time and our guests still rave about the food and service! The room was absolutely beautiful. We are so glad the candles were suggested - thanks Stewart. The cake was delicious and looked just as I had pictured it in my mind. There wasn't anything Stewart, Robert or the staff missed! Read less
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Aggie
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Not only were we very pleased with with the level of the service and the professionalism, the excellence of the food, but our guests also commented to us the same.
The planning process was a breeze and the suggestions that were made were excellent. Stuart listened to our themes and ideas and made great suggestions to carry that theme through. he was a delight to work with and a wealth of knowledge as to the inner workings of the wedding.
The comments we received from our guests were all fantastic!
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Not only were we very pleased with with the level of the service and the professionalism, the excellence of the food, but our guests also commented to us the same.
The planning process was a breeze and the suggestions that were made were excellent. Stuart listened to our themes and ideas and made great suggestions to carry that theme through. he was a delight to work with and a wealth of knowledge as to the inner workings of the wedding.
The comments we received from our guests were all fantastic! Read less
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Nichole
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing. Everyone was professional and did everything they could to make my wedding special. They were a joy to work with and really know how to throw a party!
Absolutely amazing. Everyone was professional and did everything they could to make my wedding special. They were a joy to Read more...
Absolutely amazing. Everyone was professional and did everything they could to make my wedding special. They were a joy to work with and really know how to throw a party! Read less
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Anita
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
The event was outstanding with a highly professional staff making even the few snags resolved in a seamless manner.
The event was outstanding with a highly professional staff making even the few snags resolved in a seamless manner.
The event was outstanding with a highly professional staff making even the few snags resolved in a seamless manner. Read less
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magbarta@gmail.com
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Wonderful venue! The staff was very professional and worked to make my dream come true:)
Wonderful venue! The staff was very professional and worked to make my dream come true:)
Wonderful venue! The staff was very professional and worked to make my dream come true:) Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at EIG back in May and we worked with Alyson. Let me tell you that she is amazing! We never had to guess as to what the next steps were going to be and she was always there to walk us through things. She gave us suggestions and advice when we had questions, but was very respectful of our final decisions. She is a true professional and it was due to her hard work (and the rest of the EIG team) that we were able to throw the best party of our lives. We have had nothing but rave reviews from our guests about everything from the food (to die for!) to the staff (totally on top of their game) to the ambiance of IG (just stunning). I would recommend EIG for anyone considering hosting any type of event, but especially for a wedding. You cannot beat everything they have to offer and you will not be disappointed.
We had our wedding reception at EIG back in May and we worked with Alyson. Let me tell you that she is amazing! We never Read more...
We had our wedding reception at EIG back in May and we worked with Alyson. Let me tell you that she is amazing! We never had to guess as to what the next steps were going to be and she was always there to walk us through things. She gave us suggestions and advice when we had questions, but was very respectful of our final decisions. She is a true professional and it was due to her hard work (and the rest of the EIG team) that we were able to throw the best party of our lives. We have had nothing but rave reviews from our guests about everything from the food (to die for!) to the staff (totally on top of their game) to the ambiance of IG (just stunning). I would recommend EIG for anyone considering hosting any type of event, but especially for a wedding. You cannot beat everything they have to offer and you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Taylor
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.9/5.0
Dan was our wedding planner and did a phenomenal job. Very responsive to phone calls, email and was professional and patient. He was a great relationship with all of the vendors which made the process easy. He was present for our rehearsal as well as the day of the wedding and made sure everything ran flawlessly. Thanks Dan and everyone else at IG!
Dan was our wedding planner and did a phenomenal job. Very responsive to phone calls, email and was professional and Read more...
Dan was our wedding planner and did a phenomenal job. Very responsive to phone calls, email and was professional and patient. He was a great relationship with all of the vendors which made the process easy. He was present for our rehearsal as well as the day of the wedding and made sure everything ran flawlessly. Thanks Dan and everyone else at IG! Read less
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Greta
Wedding:
5/4/2014
4.9/5.0
Our wedding at Independence Grove was AMAZING. From the moment we chose it, everything was so smooth and stress-free. Alyson kept us calm, confident and happy. We had 140 guests and everyone had the best time, they still talk about how classy and beautiful it was. Weddings are expensive, and Independence Grove really gives you bang for your buck. The setting is lovely, the staff is so helpful, and they make it easy to host your event. I loved getting the list of recommended vendors as a place to start our search. Also, Micheal's Catering is THE BEST. Our tasting was one of the most fun parts of planning our day, and the food is delicious. On the actual day, as the bride, I literally didn't worry about a thing, they take care of it all. Even setting up our tables, getting drinks for the bridal party, and coordinating cleanup. It was all magical for me because I was focusing on my husband and *poof* everything appeared, was perfect, and then was cleaned up. I would recommend this venue to all engaged couples! And to really get a deal, book the venue in the off season on a Friday/Sunday. You get the same glamorous party at two thirds the price.

Thank you, Independence Grove and Alyson!
Our wedding at Independence Grove was AMAZING. From the moment we chose it, everything was so smooth and stress-free. Read more...
Our wedding at Independence Grove was AMAZING. From the moment we chose it, everything was so smooth and stress-free. Alyson kept us calm, confident and happy. We had 140 guests and everyone had the best time, they still talk about how classy and beautiful it was. Weddings are expensive, and Independence Grove really gives you bang for your buck. The setting is lovely, the staff is so helpful, and they make it easy to host your event. I loved getting the list of recommended vendors as a place to start our search. Also, Micheal's Catering is THE BEST. Our tasting was one of the most fun parts of planning our day, and the food is delicious. On the actual day, as the bride, I literally didn't worry about a thing, they take care of it all. Even setting up our tables, getting drinks for the bridal party, and coordinating cleanup. It was all magical for me because I was focusing on my husband and *poof* everything appeared, was perfect, and then was cleaned up. I would recommend this venue to all engaged couples! And to really get a deal, book the venue in the off season on a Friday/Sunday. You get the same glamorous party at two thirds the price.

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Dena
Wedding:
3/22/2014
4.9/5.0
Everything was so wonderful. We thought the staff was very warm and friendly. The rooms for the ceremony and reception were beautiful. The only fault was that we believe there may have been some confusion with the table numbers as 2 tables of our closest family ended up sitting at the back of the room near the fireplace.
Everything was so wonderful. We thought the staff was very warm and friendly. The rooms for the ceremony and reception Read more...
Everything was so wonderful. We thought the staff was very warm and friendly. The rooms for the ceremony and reception were beautiful. The only fault was that we believe there may have been some confusion with the table numbers as 2 tables of our closest family ended up sitting at the back of the room near the fireplace. Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
2/15/2014
4.9/5.0
Events at Independence Grove truly made our wedding one to remember. Every single event went extremely smooth, and everyone was raving about the event for weeks! I would highly recommend this venue if you want a carefree, perfect wedding!!
Events at Independence Grove truly made our wedding one to remember. Every single event went extremely smooth, and Read more...
Events at Independence Grove truly made our wedding one to remember. Every single event went extremely smooth, and everyone was raving about the event for weeks! I would highly recommend this venue if you want a carefree, perfect wedding!! Read less
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Lorissa
Wedding:
11/15/2013
4.9/5.0
Everything was beautiful!!! The food was fabulous and Alyson was amazing!!!
Everything was beautiful!!! The food was fabulous and Alyson was amazing!!!
Everything was beautiful!!! The food was fabulous and Alyson was amazing!!! Read less
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
9/27/2013
4.9/5.0
I don't even know how to express how wonderful our experience was with independence grove and especially with our coordinator Dan Straus! We loved the venue immediately, this is the perfect place for a wedding if you aren't looking for a traditional banquet hall. They only have one wedding a night and work very hard to keep non-guests out of your event. Along, with the beauty of the place, that was one of the most important factors for us in choosing independence grove.

The food was incredible, we had guests chasing down the servers looking for the mini burgers because they were so good. We also received so many compliments on the dinner. We only served a salad and a main dish which sped the dinner up.

If you are looking at possibly having your wedding here, work with Dan. I know all of the coordinators there are great but I literally cannot say enough wonderful things about Dan. As a rather lazy bride, Dan embraced that and didn't mind answering the same question more than once for me. He worked extremely hard to make the whole experience stress free, which I'm sure most people would agree is appreciated during the wedding planning process. On the day of, I messed up a table and Dan fixed it right away! He was truly a pleasure to work with, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Dan is someone that you want to be friends with after your event is over....just ask our wedding party

Thank you to Dan and independence grove for making our wedding so wonderful

Jaclyn and Joe Clarke
I don't even know how to express how wonderful our experience was with independence grove and especially with our Read more...
I don't even know how to express how wonderful our experience was with independence grove and especially with our coordinator Dan Straus! We loved the venue immediately, this is the perfect place for a wedding if you aren't looking for a traditional banquet hall. They only have one wedding a night and work very hard to keep non-guests out of your event. Along, with the beauty of the place, that was one of the most important factors for us in choosing independence grove.

The food was incredible, we had guests chasing down the servers looking for the mini burgers because they were so good. We also received so many compliments on the dinner. We only served a salad and a main dish which sped the dinner up.

If you are looking at possibly having your wedding here, work with Dan. I know all of the coordinators there are great but I literally cannot say enough wonderful things about Dan. As a rather lazy bride, Dan embraced that and didn't mind answering the same question more than once for me. He worked extremely hard to make the whole experience stress free, which I'm sure most people would agree is appreciated during the wedding planning process. On the day of, I messed up a table and Dan fixed it right away! He was truly a pleasure to work with, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Dan is someone that you want to be friends with after your event is over....just ask our wedding party

Thank you to Dan and independence grove for making our wedding so wonderful

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
everything was lovely, staff was very flexible and willing to accommodate our special requests, I also liked that staff was not hesitant to give advice.
everything was lovely, staff was very flexible and willing to accommodate our special requests, I also liked that staff Read more...
everything was lovely, staff was very flexible and willing to accommodate our special requests, I also liked that staff was not hesitant to give advice. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
1/5/2013
4.9/5.0
The venue was fantastic and the personnel were very responsive to our special requests, though the food was a bit more on the expensive side. I would definitely recommend them for a wedding event.
The venue was fantastic and the personnel were very responsive to our special requests, though the food was a bit more on Read more...
The venue was fantastic and the personnel were very responsive to our special requests, though the food was a bit more on the expensive side. I would definitely recommend them for a wedding event. Read less
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Liz-Ela
Wedding:
8/26/2012
4.9/5.0
We had the most beautiful wedding at Independence Grove! It was stunning! Everything went off without a hitch. We were looking for a non traditional venue, with lots of natural light and openness and IG was just that. The interior facility was perfect, with its floor to ceiling windows and openness, it shows off the gorgeous grounds and forest and fields even through the inside. We worked with Dan Strauss and we could not have asked for a more caring, more genuine and more responsive event coordinator. Dan was very detail oriented and diligent and added a personal touch to our whole planning process and made our special day the loving and stress free and happy day that it was, despite the fact that it rained and we had to move the whole ceremony indoors. I was a very type A and demanding bride who wanted every single detail to be perfect and Dan not only eased my mind about everything but also really tired to go above and beyond to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. He was always super relaxed and friendly but yet always very professional and always delivered. Dan would even respond almost instantaneously to my late night emails and was very proactive with his communication. We had decided to pay the extra fee to have our ceremony in the beautiful gardens a week the wedding, and well on the day of our wedding it rained all day, and Dan did a phenomenal job turning the whole ceremony around and moving it indoors. I was not stressed at all and didn't even notice anything that was happening surrounding the move to the indoors. Leading up to the wedding I was in daily communication with Dan and he was so attentive about every last detail and got back to me about even the most tedious question I had. Catering by Michaels which does the food for the weddings at IG was delicious, everything was so good and the guests enjoyed every last bite. We were so happy with everything and we could not thank Dan and his team enough for giving us our perfect dream wedding.
We had the most beautiful wedding at Independence Grove! It was stunning! Everything went off without a hitch. We were Read more...
We had the most beautiful wedding at Independence Grove! It was stunning! Everything went off without a hitch. We were looking for a non traditional venue, with lots of natural light and openness and IG was just that. The interior facility was perfect, with its floor to ceiling windows and openness, it shows off the gorgeous grounds and forest and fields even through the inside. We worked with Dan Strauss and we could not have asked for a more caring, more genuine and more responsive event coordinator. Dan was very detail oriented and diligent and added a personal touch to our whole planning process and made our special day the loving and stress free and happy day that it was, despite the fact that it rained and we had to move the whole ceremony indoors. I was a very type A and demanding bride who wanted every single detail to be perfect and Dan not only eased my mind about everything but also really tired to go above and beyond to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. He was always super relaxed and friendly but yet always very professional and always delivered. Dan would even respond almost instantaneously to my late night emails and was very proactive with his communication. We had decided to pay the extra fee to have our ceremony in the beautiful gardens a week the wedding, and well on the day of our wedding it rained all day, and Dan did a phenomenal job turning the whole ceremony around and moving it indoors. I was not stressed at all and didn't even notice anything that was happening surrounding the move to the indoors. Leading up to the wedding I was in daily communication with Dan and he was so attentive about every last detail and got back to me about even the most tedious question I had. Catering by Michaels which does the food for the weddings at IG was delicious, everything was so good and the guests enjoyed every last bite. We were so happy with everything and we could not thank Dan and his team enough for giving us our perfect dream wedding. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.9/5.0
A wonderful experience! They definitely exceeded expectations. The whole event went even better than I could have imagined. They were very professional and provided outstanding service. They would go out of their way to make sure everything was to our liking and run smoothly. Their attention to detail was very evident and appreciated.

We had both our ceremony and reception at Independance Grove, and with a May 19th date, I was a little nervous about the outdoor ceremony. We were very lucky though and it was a gorgeous 80 degree day. The native garden was a beautiful setting. Our ceremony coordinator did a wonderful job- I feel this is absolutely worth the money and am so grateful we decided to use one. After the ceremony it was very convenient for our guests to walk up to the Audobon hall patio and have cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

I worked pretty closely with Stewart finalizing the menu. We had to make several changes and added some upgrades at the last minute. He was very easy to work with and flexible with our options. So, the highlights of the food, what everyone raived about, would be a tie between the hors d'oeuvres and the late night taco bar. They have some very creative, fun, delicious hors d'oeuvres (I think the tomato soup with grilled cheese was the favorite) and the late night taco bar was delicious and a very welcome surprise for many at the end of the night. The rest of the food was very good also. The cake and sundae table was a huge hit.

As far as prices go they were not the cheapest option, but they also weren't the most expensive either. You really get a LOT for your money. It really is top notch service, food, and very organized and professional.
We couldn't be happier with our experience. :)
A wonderful experience! They definitely exceeded expectations. The whole event went even better than I could have Read more...
A wonderful experience! They definitely exceeded expectations. The whole event went even better than I could have imagined. They were very professional and provided outstanding service. They would go out of their way to make sure everything was to our liking and run smoothly. Their attention to detail was very evident and appreciated.

We had both our ceremony and reception at Independance Grove, and with a May 19th date, I was a little nervous about the outdoor ceremony. We were very lucky though and it was a gorgeous 80 degree day. The native garden was a beautiful setting. Our ceremony coordinator did a wonderful job- I feel this is absolutely worth the money and am so grateful we decided to use one. After the ceremony it was very convenient for our guests to walk up to the Audobon hall patio and have cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

I worked pretty closely with Stewart finalizing the menu. We had to make several changes and added some upgrades at the last minute. He was very easy to work with and flexible with our options. So, the highlights of the food, what everyone raived about, would be a tie between the hors d'oeuvres and the late night taco bar. They have some very creative, fun, delicious hors d'oeuvres (I think the tomato soup with grilled cheese was the favorite) and the late night taco bar was delicious and a very welcome surprise for many at the end of the night. The rest of the food was very good also. The cake and sundae table was a huge hit.

As far as prices go they were not the cheapest option, but they also weren't the most expensive either. You really get a LOT for your money. It really is top notch service, food, and very organized and professional.
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Jess
Wedding:
10/7/2011
4.9/5.0
My wedding was absolutely perfect! The ceremony, venue, and reception was amazing! Everyone was awesome to work with. Tania always got back to my questions quickly. Rob was great to work with the day of the wedding. The only problem we had, was we couldn't bring the centerpieces to the venue the day before. Having to find someone that could go do it the day of was difficult, but ended up working out. Thanks IG!
My wedding was absolutely perfect! The ceremony, venue, and reception was amazing! Everyone was awesome to work with. Read more...
My wedding was absolutely perfect! The ceremony, venue, and reception was amazing! Everyone was awesome to work with. Tania always got back to my questions quickly. Rob was great to work with the day of the wedding. The only problem we had, was we couldn't bring the centerpieces to the venue the day before. Having to find someone that could go do it the day of was difficult, but ended up working out. Thanks IG! Read less
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erdie912
Wedding:
9/24/2010
4.9/5.0
Tania, the Events Coordinator at Independence Grove, was so extremely helpful! She was there whenever I needed to ask a quick question or revise our schedule for that day. She and her team were flexible and extremely detail oriented when it came to the day-of!

It was a wonderful day and I couldn't have done it without the help of Tania and her amazing team at Independence Grove!
Tania, the Events Coordinator at Independence Grove, was so extremely helpful! She was there whenever I needed to ask a Read more...
Tania, the Events Coordinator at Independence Grove, was so extremely helpful! She was there whenever I needed to ask a quick question or revise our schedule for that day. She and her team were flexible and extremely detail oriented when it came to the day-of!

It was a wonderful day and I couldn't have done it without the help of Tania and her amazing team at Independence Grove! Read less
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Judi
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.8/5.0
Our wedding celebration at the North Bay Pavilion in Independence Grove on June 21st was wonderful and we owe Catering by Michaels a lot of the credit! Jeff Ware (Director of Operations) was extremely helpful in planning our event and personalizing our menu to exactly what we wanted. He was a pleasure to work with. We'd also like to compliment the entire team at our event including Victor Ramos (Function Director) for being so helpful and doing an overall excellent job. Food was delicious and service was impressive. We received many compliments from our guests. Thank you to all involved!!
Our wedding celebration at the North Bay Pavilion in Independence Grove on June 21st was wonderful and we owe Catering by Read more...
Our wedding celebration at the North Bay Pavilion in Independence Grove on June 21st was wonderful and we owe Catering by Michaels a lot of the credit! Jeff Ware (Director of Operations) was extremely helpful in planning our event and personalizing our menu to exactly what we wanted. He was a pleasure to work with. We'd also like to compliment the entire team at our event including Victor Ramos (Function Director) for being so helpful and doing an overall excellent job. Food was delicious and service was impressive. We received many compliments from our guests. Thank you to all involved!! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.8/5.0
We got married at Independence Grove and everything was absolutely perfect. The service and staff were responsive, dedicated, and professional. Their attention to detail was exquisite. Prior to our wedding day, everyone was accommodating and willing to work with our "vision." Everything we requested was taken care of above and beyond.

The venue itself is gorgeous! We had our ceremony in the beautiful Native Gardens. The inside of the atrium looked incredible the night of our wedding. It was clean, organized, and put together. On the day of our wedding, the staff was responsive to guests. They were prompt and clearly knew what they were doing. They took our vision and set everything up according to what we had intended- their attention to detail was fantastic. Everything looked wonderful and anything we needed got taken care of promptly and completely. The staff was also incredibly sensitive to the bride & groom's needs; after the ceremony, they had just the two of us go to the bridal suite and had a plate of appetizers for us. Throughout the night, they made sure we had eaten and had a drink in hand. They even sent us home with tacos and leftovers the next day. We felt very cared for.

The food was wonderful. Everything we tasted was delicious and plentiful. Our guests commented on the appetizers at cocktail hour, and we still have family raving about the dessert buffet and taco bar. One of the best features was the variety and quantity of food choices. Prior to our tasting, they sent us a 28-page list of food options to choose from! We got something that was very unique but true to our tastes. Our late night taco bar was fabulous. We also had a dessert buffet that was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Both the quantity and quality of the food was incredible.

We had the most incredible wedding, thanks in great part to the staff at Independence Grove. They were genuinely happy to help us and make our day perfect. I would highly recommend this venue.
We got married at Independence Grove and everything was absolutely perfect. The service and staff were responsive, Read more...
We got married at Independence Grove and everything was absolutely perfect. The service and staff were responsive, dedicated, and professional. Their attention to detail was exquisite. Prior to our wedding day, everyone was accommodating and willing to work with our "vision." Everything we requested was taken care of above and beyond.

The venue itself is gorgeous! We had our ceremony in the beautiful Native Gardens. The inside of the atrium looked incredible the night of our wedding. It was clean, organized, and put together. On the day of our wedding, the staff was responsive to guests. They were prompt and clearly knew what they were doing. They took our vision and set everything up according to what we had intended- their attention to detail was fantastic. Everything looked wonderful and anything we needed got taken care of promptly and completely. The staff was also incredibly sensitive to the bride & groom's needs; after the ceremony, they had just the two of us go to the bridal suite and had a plate of appetizers for us. Throughout the night, they made sure we had eaten and had a drink in hand. They even sent us home with tacos and leftovers the next day. We felt very cared for.

The food was wonderful. Everything we tasted was delicious and plentiful. Our guests commented on the appetizers at cocktail hour, and we still have family raving about the dessert buffet and taco bar. One of the best features was the variety and quantity of food choices. Prior to our tasting, they sent us a 28-page list of food options to choose from! We got something that was very unique but true to our tastes. Our late night taco bar was fabulous. We also had a dessert buffet that was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Both the quantity and quality of the food was incredible.

We had the most incredible wedding, thanks in great part to the staff at Independence Grove. They were genuinely happy to help us and make our day perfect. I would highly recommend this venue. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.8/5.0
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dan at IG through the entire planning process of our wedding! He was always very prompt in responding to any of our questions and was very flexible, which was important, considering we were out of town for the majority of the process. He listened to all of our ideas and found a way to make them happen. He didn't even blink when we showed up the day before the event with 8 soda kegs, 32 bottles of sangria, and 20 complete centerpieces to store and assemble! The entire staff was wonderful on the night of the event, and the food provided by Catering by Michael was all delicious! We have gotten so many compliments on all of the delicious food, as well as the beautiful venue and impeccable service. We would definitely recommend Events at IG to anyone who is getting married in the Chicagoland area!
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dan at IG through the entire planning process of our wedding! He was always very prompt Read more...
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dan at IG through the entire planning process of our wedding! He was always very prompt in responding to any of our questions and was very flexible, which was important, considering we were out of town for the majority of the process. He listened to all of our ideas and found a way to make them happen. He didn't even blink when we showed up the day before the event with 8 soda kegs, 32 bottles of sangria, and 20 complete centerpieces to store and assemble! The entire staff was wonderful on the night of the event, and the food provided by Catering by Michael was all delicious! We have gotten so many compliments on all of the delicious food, as well as the beautiful venue and impeccable service. We would definitely recommend Events at IG to anyone who is getting married in the Chicagoland area! Read less
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Tania
Wedding:
10/11/2013
4.8/5.0
The service was great all around! Starting with Alyson and Stewart-both were so helpful and accomodating! They really worked hard to make this event special for us. The staff was professional and friendly. The golf cart driver was so sweet-he took us all over the place and even helped watch our kids while the photographer took "couple" shots. The wait staff kept things moving smoothly all night. Everyone worked so hard to make this an unforgettable experience for both my husband and I....and all our guests! From the beginning to the end, they were there for us. Alyson was there until the end making sure we were ok. We can't say enough good things about them all-there just aren't words. We were so happy we made the decision to have our wedding reception at Independence Grove. The food was amazing and the prices for the whole event were reasonable compared to other venues.
The service was great all around! Starting with Alyson and Stewart-both were so helpful and accomodating! They really Read more...
The service was great all around! Starting with Alyson and Stewart-both were so helpful and accomodating! They really worked hard to make this event special for us. The staff was professional and friendly. The golf cart driver was so sweet-he took us all over the place and even helped watch our kids while the photographer took "couple" shots. The wait staff kept things moving smoothly all night. Everyone worked so hard to make this an unforgettable experience for both my husband and I....and all our guests! From the beginning to the end, they were there for us. Alyson was there until the end making sure we were ok. We can't say enough good things about them all-there just aren't words. We were so happy we made the decision to have our wedding reception at Independence Grove. The food was amazing and the prices for the whole event were reasonable compared to other venues. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.8/5.0
Our Wedding at Independence Grove was perfect! We had a lovely fall ceremony in the Native Garden and a beautiful reception inside at Audubon Hall. Like most couples we had never planned a large party ( let alone a wedding) and the folks at Independence Grove were great. Dan Strauss was our go-to-guy for questions and all our planning. Dan walked us through everything step by step and guided us with recommendations and fun ideas. Dan and Stewart were awesome at providing us extra info- like what florist they recommend etc. Independence Grove works exclusively with the catering company Michaels. Their food was amazing. My only concern was that the drink package prices increased from the original day we signed our event contract to the day we started planning our Menu. I was told they did not guarantee food/drink prices until our tasting and menu was picked and since there was over a year when we picked Independence Grove there may be some changes. It wasn't too big of a deal- our drink package only increased $1 a person, however, it gave me anxiety that the prices would suddenly increase and I would only be able to feed my guests salad. This didn't happen, but was just one more thing for me to be stressed about. Still, this was a small concern compared to how wonderful everything else was. I would most definitely recommend Independence Grove. I can't stress how smoothly everything went on our wedding day. The food was awesome, the service was great, Dan and Stewart were both wonderful to work with and the venue was beautiful. A few of my favorite touches are: at the start of your cocktail hour a drink of your choice and a platter of appetizers are delivered to the bridal suite so you can take a moment and have a snack. Also, Independence Grove sends you home with 2 take home boxes of your meals, including cake. I loved this, a great Sunday dinner before we left for our honeymoon. Thanks for everything, Independence Grove!
Our Wedding at Independence Grove was perfect! We had a lovely fall ceremony in the Native Garden and a beautiful Read more...
Our Wedding at Independence Grove was perfect! We had a lovely fall ceremony in the Native Garden and a beautiful reception inside at Audubon Hall. Like most couples we had never planned a large party ( let alone a wedding) and the folks at Independence Grove were great. Dan Strauss was our go-to-guy for questions and all our planning. Dan walked us through everything step by step and guided us with recommendations and fun ideas. Dan and Stewart were awesome at providing us extra info- like what florist they recommend etc. Independence Grove works exclusively with the catering company Michaels. Their food was amazing. My only concern was that the drink package prices increased from the original day we signed our event contract to the day we started planning our Menu. I was told they did not guarantee food/drink prices until our tasting and menu was picked and since there was over a year when we picked Independence Grove there may be some changes. It wasn't too big of a deal- our drink package only increased $1 a person, however, it gave me anxiety that the prices would suddenly increase and I would only be able to feed my guests salad. This didn't happen, but was just one more thing for me to be stressed about. Still, this was a small concern compared to how wonderful everything else was. I would most definitely recommend Independence Grove. I can't stress how smoothly everything went on our wedding day. The food was awesome, the service was great, Dan and Stewart were both wonderful to work with and the venue was beautiful. A few of my favorite touches are: at the start of your cocktail hour a drink of your choice and a platter of appetizers are delivered to the bridal suite so you can take a moment and have a snack. Also, Independence Grove sends you home with 2 take home boxes of your meals, including cake. I loved this, a great Sunday dinner before we left for our honeymoon. Thanks for everything, Independence Grove! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
8/23/2013
4.8/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony and reception at Events at Independence Grove on Aug 23, 2013 and we couldn't be happier with entire planning process and the actual wedding day.

Throughout the planning process, we worked with Dan Straus who was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was always extremely responsive whether it be via phone, email or even text. We always felt like ours was the only wedding he was working on even though I’m sure that was not the case.

The ceremony was held at the Native Garden at sunset which was absolutely beautiful. The garden was so pretty that the only decorations we provided were a few flowers for the chairs on the aisle. Our reception was held in Audubon Hall which is one of the most beautiful event rooms I've ever seen. It's definitely not your typical "banquet" room. The room is long with lots of wood and brick and an entire wall of windows overlooking the lake right outside.

Catering by Michael's provided the food which all of the guests raved about from the appetizers to the entrees. The entire staff including the wait staff, bartenders, golf cart drive, etc. was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove if you are looking for a wedding venue or really to host any event.
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony and reception at Events at Independence Grove on Aug 23, 2013 and we couldn't be Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding ceremony and reception at Events at Independence Grove on Aug 23, 2013 and we couldn't be happier with entire planning process and the actual wedding day.

Throughout the planning process, we worked with Dan Straus who was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was always extremely responsive whether it be via phone, email or even text. We always felt like ours was the only wedding he was working on even though I’m sure that was not the case.

The ceremony was held at the Native Garden at sunset which was absolutely beautiful. The garden was so pretty that the only decorations we provided were a few flowers for the chairs on the aisle. Our reception was held in Audubon Hall which is one of the most beautiful event rooms I've ever seen. It's definitely not your typical "banquet" room. The room is long with lots of wood and brick and an entire wall of windows overlooking the lake right outside.

Catering by Michael's provided the food which all of the guests raved about from the appetizers to the entrees. The entire staff including the wait staff, bartenders, golf cart drive, etc. was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove if you are looking for a wedding venue or really to host any event. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.8/5.0
Alyson was always very professional and reasonable and welcomed any questions. I felt she was looking out for our best interests from the initial planning/details of the wedding through to the reception. She was even ever so patient with our crazy musician! The venue was beautiful despite the overcast skies. The food was amazing!
Alyson was always very professional and reasonable and welcomed any questions. I felt she was looking out for our best Read more...
Alyson was always very professional and reasonable and welcomed any questions. I felt she was looking out for our best interests from the initial planning/details of the wedding through to the reception. She was even ever so patient with our crazy musician! The venue was beautiful despite the overcast skies. The food was amazing! Read less
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Daniela
Wedding:
2/16/2013
4.8/5.0
What a beautiful venue for our winter wedding. Alyson and her team went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was not just beautiful, but memorable. The food was outstanding too!
What a beautiful venue for our winter wedding. Alyson and her team went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was not Read more...
What a beautiful venue for our winter wedding. Alyson and her team went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was not just beautiful, but memorable. The food was outstanding too! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
12/22/2012
4.8/5.0
I absolutely loved having my wedding at Independence Grove. Dan was our event coordinator and was extremely responsive, and helpful in planning our event. He made great suggestions and was really interested in making our event as special and unique to us as possible. The staff putting our decorations together were also very professional and efficient. Overall, I felt that the planning and the execution of the event all went very smoothly. We would definitely recommend Independence Grove for other events.

The food provided by Catering by Michael's was delicious - all of our guests commented on how good the food was and we were happy to agree with them! They were flexible in making appetizers that were not necessarily on their original menu for our event. Cake was provided by Oak Mill Bakery - also delicious and beautiful.

For those looking to book Independence Grove - if you are planning a summer wedding book quickly! If you are having a winter wedding (like we did) you don't have to book as soon - but they do still get quite a bit of business in the winter time. The venue is gorgeous regardless of what season it is.

Would do it all over it again :)
I absolutely loved having my wedding at Independence Grove. Dan was our event coordinator and was extremely responsive, Read more...
I absolutely loved having my wedding at Independence Grove. Dan was our event coordinator and was extremely responsive, and helpful in planning our event. He made great suggestions and was really interested in making our event as special and unique to us as possible. The staff putting our decorations together were also very professional and efficient. Overall, I felt that the planning and the execution of the event all went very smoothly. We would definitely recommend Independence Grove for other events.

The food provided by Catering by Michael's was delicious - all of our guests commented on how good the food was and we were happy to agree with them! They were flexible in making appetizers that were not necessarily on their original menu for our event. Cake was provided by Oak Mill Bakery - also delicious and beautiful.

For those looking to book Independence Grove - if you are planning a summer wedding book quickly! If you are having a winter wedding (like we did) you don't have to book as soon - but they do still get quite a bit of business in the winter time. The venue is gorgeous regardless of what season it is.

Would do it all over it again :) Read less
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WeGotHitched
Wedding:
10/14/2012
4.8/5.0
"EIG was instrumental in providing us an everlasting memory of the day we became Mr. & Mrs."
We were so eager to give our accolades and recommendation of EIG, we crafted 2 pages but only to find out that it was too large!
So in a nutshell - Stewart Glass was awesome! He provided insightful advise regarding our ceremony and reception. For example, he suggested that we utilize the Flat Screen TV for our montage rather than renting a projector. Stewart was right, our guests stopped and watched during the reception. Daniel Strauss was our EIG Coordinator and we have to commend him for thinking and acting quickly on several occasions during our wedding in a gracious and discreet manner. EIG Staff handled the wedding ceremony and reception in an orderly and efficient manner. Our guests were amazed at the food and how beautiful the scenery inside and outside are!
"EIG was instrumental in providing us an everlasting memory of the day we became Mr. & Mrs."
We were so eager to give Read more...
"EIG was instrumental in providing us an everlasting memory of the day we became Mr. & Mrs."
We were so eager to give our accolades and recommendation of EIG, we crafted 2 pages but only to find out that it was too large!
So in a nutshell - Stewart Glass was awesome! He provided insightful advise regarding our ceremony and reception. For example, he suggested that we utilize the Flat Screen TV for our montage rather than renting a projector. Stewart was right, our guests stopped and watched during the reception. Daniel Strauss was our EIG Coordinator and we have to commend him for thinking and acting quickly on several occasions during our wedding in a gracious and discreet manner. EIG Staff handled the wedding ceremony and reception in an orderly and efficient manner. Our guests were amazed at the food and how beautiful the scenery inside and outside are! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
The venue was gorgeous, the food was perfection, and we loved every minute of the wedding. The staff at EIG went out of their way to make our daughter's wedding a beautiful and enjoyable evening and it was.
The venue was gorgeous, the food was perfection, and we loved every minute of the wedding. The staff at EIG went out of Read more...
The venue was gorgeous, the food was perfection, and we loved every minute of the wedding. The staff at EIG went out of their way to make our daughter's wedding a beautiful and enjoyable evening and it was. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/1/2012
4.8/5.0
With the exception of lack of communication in the beginning planning stages, the event was perfect. Alyson recovered from a poor initial start working with Stuart and Dan. Alyson really is a star, and because of her our Wedding was flawless.
With the exception of lack of communication in the beginning planning stages, the event was perfect. Alyson recovered from Read more...
With the exception of lack of communication in the beginning planning stages, the event was perfect. Alyson recovered from a poor initial start working with Stuart and Dan. Alyson really is a star, and because of her our Wedding was flawless. Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.8/5.0
When we first booked with Independence Grove we had communication problems working with Stewart. He wasn't very responsive and came off somewhat rude and condescending. After Alyson took over for our event, we were more than thrilled. She was organized, professional, thoughtful, and all around wonderful. I felt like I could completely trust every detail would go smoothly in Alyson's capable hands, and they really did.
When we first booked with Independence Grove we had communication problems working with Stewart. He wasn't very responsive Read more...
When we first booked with Independence Grove we had communication problems working with Stewart. He wasn't very responsive and came off somewhat rude and condescending. After Alyson took over for our event, we were more than thrilled. She was organized, professional, thoughtful, and all around wonderful. I felt like I could completely trust every detail would go smoothly in Alyson's capable hands, and they really did. Read less
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ShdwBxr1
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.8/5.0
Independence Grove was the dream place to have your wedding. They were amazing and the night was just about as perfect as it could be. It is a little expensive but worth every penny!! The food, the scenery, the details, everything was perfection!
Independence Grove was the dream place to have your wedding. They were amazing and the night was just about as perfect as Read more...
Independence Grove was the dream place to have your wedding. They were amazing and the night was just about as perfect as it could be. It is a little expensive but worth every penny!! The food, the scenery, the details, everything was perfection! Read less
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laura
Wedding:
6/18/2010
4.8/5.0
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Danielle
Wedding:
12/19/2009
4.8/5.0
I lovedddd this place. It was so beautiful with snow all over the grounds. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a winter wedding!
I lovedddd this place. It was so beautiful with snow all over the grounds. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking Read more...
I lovedddd this place. It was so beautiful with snow all over the grounds. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a winter wedding! Read less
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ashley
Wedding:
9/20/2009
4.8/5.0
A beautiful venue to be married at and celebrate. Professional attentive staff. My onlycomplaint from the whole day is very few of my guests knew when the cake was served and many did not get any. Other than that, the day was flawless and I didnt have to lift a finger. Tania, the coordinator, was very accomadating to a last minute rehearsal and left me stressless!
A beautiful venue to be married at and celebrate. Professional attentive staff. My onlycomplaint from the whole day is Read more...
A beautiful venue to be married at and celebrate. Professional attentive staff. My onlycomplaint from the whole day is very few of my guests knew when the cake was served and many did not get any. Other than that, the day was flawless and I didnt have to lift a finger. Tania, the coordinator, was very accomadating to a last minute rehearsal and left me stressless! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
7/3/2009
4.8/5.0
The wedding and the service was fabulous..We could not have asked for more..
The wedding and the service was fabulous..We could not have asked for more..
The wedding and the service was fabulous..We could not have asked for more.. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
6/22/2014
4.7/5.0
Alyson and her team were absolutely amazing the day/night of our wedding! They were calm, positive, professional, and helpful. It was such a beautiful venue and the food was amazing!
Alyson and her team were absolutely amazing the day/night of our wedding! They were calm, positive, professional, and Read more...
Alyson and her team were absolutely amazing the day/night of our wedding! They were calm, positive, professional, and helpful. It was such a beautiful venue and the food was amazing! Read less
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julia
Wedding:
5/30/2014
4.7/5.0
Dan,




Chris and I would both like to thank you and the team at independence grove for helping us create a lifetime of memories at your beautiful venue. You guys are truly extraordinary at what you do, you have helped us so much and forever we will be grateful! Every single person came up to us and said how beautiful the wedding was and how great of service and food was (I think the food was their favorite part :) ), and this was one of the best and most beautiful weddings they have been too. We wouldn't have changed a single thing about the night it was the most amazing time of our lives! So we would just like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you and the team did!




Sincerely,

Chris and Julia :)
Dan,




Chris and I would both like to thank you and the team at independence grove for helping us Read more...
Dan,




Chris and I would both like to thank you and the team at independence grove for helping us create a lifetime of memories at your beautiful venue. You guys are truly extraordinary at what you do, you have helped us so much and forever we will be grateful! Every single person came up to us and said how beautiful the wedding was and how great of service and food was (I think the food was their favorite part :) ), and this was one of the best and most beautiful weddings they have been too. We wouldn't have changed a single thing about the night it was the most amazing time of our lives! So we would just like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you and the team did!




Sincerely,

Chris and Julia :) Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
1/25/2014
4.7/5.0
Having our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove was an easy choice. From the very first tour, we were so impressed with not only the event space, but with Alyson's imagination, dedication and professionalism. Once we booked our event, Alyson was an invaluable resource. She was able to quickly respond to any questions we had, from food to floor runners. We are an out of state couple and she moved mountains to make sure my fiancee and I could participate in pre-wedding meetings and tastings together with our parents. We planned very carefully, however even the best laid plans can go awry, as they say, and when there were a few adjustments to make in the final two weeks they were managed quickly and with a positive attitude. My vendors were communicated to with care, so the set up and execution with the florist, minister, photographers and DJ was perfect. The food was incredible. The catering staff manager was wonderful, he made my husband and I feel special and I saw him engaged all evening long, either with his staff to make sure service was running perfectly, or with our guests, making conversation. Speaking of our guests, they raved about the food. Bar and waitstaff service was fantastic, everyone on staff had a happy, eager to please demeanor and that was important to me. From start to finish, I couldn't have imaged a better experience. I even left my iPod at the venue and it was set aside for me until a family member could come pick it up a few weeks after the wedding. I highly recommend anyone looking for a venue to make an appointment with Independence Grove.
Having our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove was an easy choice. From the very first tour, we were so Read more...
Having our wedding ceremony and reception at Independence Grove was an easy choice. From the very first tour, we were so impressed with not only the event space, but with Alyson's imagination, dedication and professionalism. Once we booked our event, Alyson was an invaluable resource. She was able to quickly respond to any questions we had, from food to floor runners. We are an out of state couple and she moved mountains to make sure my fiancee and I could participate in pre-wedding meetings and tastings together with our parents. We planned very carefully, however even the best laid plans can go awry, as they say, and when there were a few adjustments to make in the final two weeks they were managed quickly and with a positive attitude. My vendors were communicated to with care, so the set up and execution with the florist, minister, photographers and DJ was perfect. The food was incredible. The catering staff manager was wonderful, he made my husband and I feel special and I saw him engaged all evening long, either with his staff to make sure service was running perfectly, or with our guests, making conversation. Speaking of our guests, they raved about the food. Bar and waitstaff service was fantastic, everyone on staff had a happy, eager to please demeanor and that was important to me. From start to finish, I couldn't have imaged a better experience. I even left my iPod at the venue and it was set aside for me until a family member could come pick it up a few weeks after the wedding. I highly recommend anyone looking for a venue to make an appointment with Independence Grove. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/16/2013
4.7/5.0
The minute I walked into Independence Grove, and was greeted by Alyson at the door, I knew this was where I was going to get married! Alyson was so great to work with, she was fun and offered some great suggestions. The venue takes care of everything! From the food, to the linens, to the chairs and tables, the bar, the sound system, etc. I didn't need to go anywhere else! I still have people telling me how perfect our wedding was. And it truly was the perfect day all because of Independence Grove. What a beautiful venue! The food was delicious. And Alyson made the day go by very smoothly without any stress for me. There were a few things that could have been done better. Some of my emails were not responded to and I had to check in a week or two later. Some of the details we had discussed slipped by and on the day of calls were made to my mom to try to solidify details that we thought were already in place. Nevertheless, it was still perfect. If those were the only hiccups on my wedding day then that is amazing. With all of the events that I know were going on at Independence Grove just around the time that I was getting married, I don't even know how Alyson can do it! And I don't blame her for a few missed emails. They weren't anything important, and weren't anything I couldn't take care of. I would definitely recommend getting married at this venue. I can't imagine anywhere more perfect.
The minute I walked into Independence Grove, and was greeted by Alyson at the door, I knew this was where I was going to Read more...
The minute I walked into Independence Grove, and was greeted by Alyson at the door, I knew this was where I was going to get married! Alyson was so great to work with, she was fun and offered some great suggestions. The venue takes care of everything! From the food, to the linens, to the chairs and tables, the bar, the sound system, etc. I didn't need to go anywhere else! I still have people telling me how perfect our wedding was. And it truly was the perfect day all because of Independence Grove. What a beautiful venue! The food was delicious. And Alyson made the day go by very smoothly without any stress for me. There were a few things that could have been done better. Some of my emails were not responded to and I had to check in a week or two later. Some of the details we had discussed slipped by and on the day of calls were made to my mom to try to solidify details that we thought were already in place. Nevertheless, it was still perfect. If those were the only hiccups on my wedding day then that is amazing. With all of the events that I know were going on at Independence Grove just around the time that I was getting married, I don't even know how Alyson can do it! And I don't blame her for a few missed emails. They weren't anything important, and weren't anything I couldn't take care of. I would definitely recommend getting married at this venue. I can't imagine anywhere more perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Our wedding was wonderful. The staff were professional and everything seemed to run smoothly. When a problem was brought to their attention (wrong number of chairs at a table) the staff and coordinator were on top of it immediately. They were courteous and wonderful to work with.
Our wedding was wonderful. The staff were professional and everything seemed to run smoothly. When a problem was brought Read more...
Our wedding was wonderful. The staff were professional and everything seemed to run smoothly. When a problem was brought to their attention (wrong number of chairs at a table) the staff and coordinator were on top of it immediately. They were courteous and wonderful to work with. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/24/2013
4.7/5.0
We had a wonderful experience- so grateful and would totally recommend ID!!
We had a wonderful experience- so grateful and would totally recommend ID!!
We had a wonderful experience- so grateful and would totally recommend ID!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
The ceremony site and reception site were absolutely beautiful! The food was hot and delicious! Everyone we worked with was very nice and helpful! We loved everything about our wedding!
The ceremony site and reception site were absolutely beautiful! The food was hot and delicious! Everyone we worked with Read more...
The ceremony site and reception site were absolutely beautiful! The food was hot and delicious! Everyone we worked with was very nice and helpful! We loved everything about our wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Beautiful venue and the event staff was particularly kind and helpful. Our wedding was better than we ever could have hoped for!
Beautiful venue and the event staff was particularly kind and helpful. Our wedding was better than we ever could have Read more...
Beautiful venue and the event staff was particularly kind and helpful. Our wedding was better than we ever could have hoped for! Read less
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Kari
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.7/5.0
My husband and I were very pleased with Independence Grove. Dan was very helpful and made it a priority to make our night memorable. We are still getting comments from friends and family about the venue and how great the night was. :o)
My husband and I were very pleased with Independence Grove. Dan was very helpful and made it a priority to make our night Read more...
My husband and I were very pleased with Independence Grove. Dan was very helpful and made it a priority to make our night memorable. We are still getting comments from friends and family about the venue and how great the night was. :o) Read less
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William
Wedding:
3/24/2012
4.7/5.0
Our photographer was not the best nor the most flexible. We would not use him again.

A second walkthru with the wedding coordinator at the site is needed to finalize all plans. Sould be maybe 2 weeks before event.
Our photographer was not the best nor the most flexible. We would not use him again.

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Our photographer was not the best nor the most flexible. We would not use him again.

A second walkthru with the wedding coordinator at the site is needed to finalize all plans. Sould be maybe 2 weeks before event. Read less
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Kllynch
Wedding:
2/18/2012
4.7/5.0
I am a planner by nature, so when I send an email asking a question or to make a request, I expect a prompt response - and my expectations were FAR exceeded. Tania was absolutely wonderful to work with. The food was delicious (we heard from many of our guests that it was the BEST wedding food they had ever had). My husband and I could not have asked for anything more, a truly excellent experience.
I am a planner by nature, so when I send an email asking a question or to make a request, I expect a prompt response - and Read more...
I am a planner by nature, so when I send an email asking a question or to make a request, I expect a prompt response - and my expectations were FAR exceeded. Tania was absolutely wonderful to work with. The food was delicious (we heard from many of our guests that it was the BEST wedding food they had ever had). My husband and I could not have asked for anything more, a truly excellent experience. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/14/2010
4.7/5.0
Fabulous food! Well organized...they know what they are doing throughout the entire process

Both venues were great. Wedding looked beautiful in the garden and the reception was a great party in the hall!!!

I had a fabulous wedding and would recommend the venue to anyone!!!
Fabulous food! Well organized...they know what they are doing throughout the entire process

Both venues were Read more...
Fabulous food! Well organized...they know what they are doing throughout the entire process

Both venues were great. Wedding looked beautiful in the garden and the reception was a great party in the hall!!!

I had a fabulous wedding and would recommend the venue to anyone!!! Read less
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lfields
Wedding:
7/23/2010
4.7/5.0
We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Independence Grove for our wedding. Tania was very easy-going, professional, and accommodating throughout our planning. Rob was our coordinator on the day of our wedding and was also wonderful. He took care of everything and completely attended to our needs, before we even knew we needed anything!
We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Independence Grove for our wedding. Tania was very easy-going, Read more...
We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Independence Grove for our wedding. Tania was very easy-going, professional, and accommodating throughout our planning. Rob was our coordinator on the day of our wedding and was also wonderful. He took care of everything and completely attended to our needs, before we even knew we needed anything! Read less
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Mila
Wedding:
8/10/2014
4.6/5.0
We had a blast! The venue is beautiful and the food is unbelievable!!!! You can't find such quality of food even at most restaurants, unless maybe at a 5-star hotel, downtown Chicago. Our guests were blown away! The room was decorated beautiful(please, do listen to their suggestions) and everything went smoothly the day of the wedding! We worked with Alyson, who is amazing, sweet and genuine person. The only reason i did not give them all 5 stars is because we did not get our BEO (final bill statement) until 1 day before the wedding and it was such a stressful time for me to go get money and drive it there., drop off things and at the same time get ready at home. I was planning to have everything done 1 week before the wedding but because Alyson was slammed with work(the other wedding coordinator Dan, had just quit), she could not get it in a timely manner. At times I emailed her and did not hear from her for a week, until I called her. however, the day of the wedding went perfect and worry free! the staff was also very nice and we had no complains! they even helped us load everything to our cars at the end of the night!
So, if you care about giving your guest quality food, view and a great time, I recommend this place. However, if you are cheap and trying to make money from your wedding, you should know it is not very cheap. Anyways, I think it is worth every penny, because we still get compliments from our guests about the venue and the food.
We had a blast! The venue is beautiful and the food is unbelievable!!!! You can't find such quality of food even at most Read more...
We had a blast! The venue is beautiful and the food is unbelievable!!!! You can't find such quality of food even at most restaurants, unless maybe at a 5-star hotel, downtown Chicago. Our guests were blown away! The room was decorated beautiful(please, do listen to their suggestions) and everything went smoothly the day of the wedding! We worked with Alyson, who is amazing, sweet and genuine person. The only reason i did not give them all 5 stars is because we did not get our BEO (final bill statement) until 1 day before the wedding and it was such a stressful time for me to go get money and drive it there., drop off things and at the same time get ready at home. I was planning to have everything done 1 week before the wedding but because Alyson was slammed with work(the other wedding coordinator Dan, had just quit), she could not get it in a timely manner. At times I emailed her and did not hear from her for a week, until I called her. however, the day of the wedding went perfect and worry free! the staff was also very nice and we had no complains! they even helped us load everything to our cars at the end of the night!
So, if you care about giving your guest quality food, view and a great time, I recommend this place. However, if you are cheap and trying to make money from your wedding, you should know it is not very cheap. Anyways, I think it is worth every penny, because we still get compliments from our guests about the venue and the food. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
I would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove and, specifically, Dan Straus. While maybe not the least expensive venue, it was worth it. The cocktail hour, event staff and bar service couldn't have been better. The service, guidance, and the food were all first class. The setting is very pretty and perfect for a wedding. Did I mention the food? It was outstanding!
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I would highly recommend Events at Independence Grove and, specifically, Dan Straus. While maybe not the least expensive venue, it was worth it. The cocktail hour, event staff and bar service couldn't have been better. The service, guidance, and the food were all first class. The setting is very pretty and perfect for a wedding. Did I mention the food? It was outstanding! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Everything went very smooth the day of the wedding! The venue and staff were great! The food was delicious! Our only recommendation is that more wedding coordinators be hired, because they seem to be over-worked.
Everything went very smooth the day of the wedding! The venue and staff were great! The food was delicious! Our only Read more...
Everything went very smooth the day of the wedding! The venue and staff were great! The food was delicious! Our only recommendation is that more wedding coordinators be hired, because they seem to be over-worked. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Everyone raved about the food - delicious! And they are still talking about the appetizers!!
Everyone raved about the food - delicious! And they are still talking about the appetizers!!
Everyone raved about the food - delicious! And they are still talking about the appetizers!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
We were extremely happy with our experiences with Tania and Stewart at Independence Grove. The faciility was beautiful and clean, the food - amazing and consistent. All of our concerns were addressed, everything went smooth, and organizing the day was easy because of the help we received. Alternatives were provided when we had questions/requests, and Rob kept us on schedule for the days events. Although pricier than other venues, we were completely satisfied with our decision.
We were extremely happy with our experiences with Tania and Stewart at Independence Grove. The faciility was beautiful and Read more...
We were extremely happy with our experiences with Tania and Stewart at Independence Grove. The faciility was beautiful and clean, the food - amazing and consistent. All of our concerns were addressed, everything went smooth, and organizing the day was easy because of the help we received. Alternatives were provided when we had questions/requests, and Rob kept us on schedule for the days events. Although pricier than other venues, we were completely satisfied with our decision. Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
7/2/2010
4.6/5.0
This place was febulous! At first I thought it was a little expensive until I realized what I was all getting! The plce was beautiful, and the people were great! We still talk about how much fun it was and how gorgeous it was! Our family and friends are also still talking about it, so thats when you know it was perfect! The service couldn't have been any better!
This place was febulous! At first I thought it was a little expensive until I realized what I was all getting! The plce Read more...
This place was febulous! At first I thought it was a little expensive until I realized what I was all getting! The plce was beautiful, and the people were great! We still talk about how much fun it was and how gorgeous it was! Our family and friends are also still talking about it, so thats when you know it was perfect! The service couldn't have been any better! Read less
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gcastro
Wedding:
10/9/2009
4.6/5.0
We loved this location five years ago when we attended a friends reception so were thrilled to be married and have our own reception there. Everything was pretty perfect the day of, neither of us have any complaints. The cordinator and event manager were excellent and made everything really easy. We would definately recommend this place to anyone interested in a location that offers outdoor areas for weddings and indoor space for receptions. Also, the food was great! We are still getting compliments on it.
We loved this location five years ago when we attended a friends reception so were thrilled to be married and have our own Read more...
We loved this location five years ago when we attended a friends reception so were thrilled to be married and have our own reception there. Everything was pretty perfect the day of, neither of us have any complaints. The cordinator and event manager were excellent and made everything really easy. We would definately recommend this place to anyone interested in a location that offers outdoor areas for weddings and indoor space for receptions. Also, the food was great! We are still getting compliments on it. Read less
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krr25
Wedding:
7/19/2008
4.6/5.0
We booked our wedding date approximately 18 months in advance and do not have a single complaint about Events at Independence Grove. The staff was extremely professional, courteous, and responsive. Our coordinator was Beth Beringer, and she was so helpful with all aspects of the wedding, from choosing the linens, finding vendors, and planning the menu. On the day of the wedding, Rob was our Event Manager, and he truly amazed us. He was attentive, flexible, and fun to be around. The food was excellent, and more than one guest commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. The sweet/dessert table was so good that guests went back for seconds and thirds! They even packed up all the leftovers (and an extra meal for the bride and groom) for us to take home!

The only caution I would issue about Independence Grove is that they are only allowed to be so flexible because they do not actually own the property (it is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve). We were fine with the rules, but I could see some people being frustrated by some of them (like no rose petals in the gardens, etc). But we really could not have been happier!
We booked our wedding date approximately 18 months in advance and do not have a single complaint about Events at Read more...
We booked our wedding date approximately 18 months in advance and do not have a single complaint about Events at Independence Grove. The staff was extremely professional, courteous, and responsive. Our coordinator was Beth Beringer, and she was so helpful with all aspects of the wedding, from choosing the linens, finding vendors, and planning the menu. On the day of the wedding, Rob was our Event Manager, and he truly amazed us. He was attentive, flexible, and fun to be around. The food was excellent, and more than one guest commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. The sweet/dessert table was so good that guests went back for seconds and thirds! They even packed up all the leftovers (and an extra meal for the bride and groom) for us to take home!

The only caution I would issue about Independence Grove is that they are only allowed to be so flexible because they do not actually own the property (it is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve). We were fine with the rules, but I could see some people being frustrated by some of them (like no rose petals in the gardens, etc). But we really could not have been happier! Read less
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John
Wedding:
7/4/2014
4.5/5.0
Getting all the pieces of a wedding together is stressful. The overall quality and experience on the wedding day at IG was fantastic. We did have to work to ensure details and our needs were met on the front end (1-2 months out from the wedding date) but in the end the staff showed up and minor challenges were overcome. IG put on an excellent wedding day performance.
Getting all the pieces of a wedding together is stressful. The overall quality and experience on the wedding day at IG was Read more...
Getting all the pieces of a wedding together is stressful. The overall quality and experience on the wedding day at IG was fantastic. We did have to work to ensure details and our needs were met on the front end (1-2 months out from the wedding date) but in the end the staff showed up and minor challenges were overcome. IG put on an excellent wedding day performance. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
The grounds and venue were perfect, the day turned out wonderful. The food and service were above our expectations.
The grounds and venue were perfect, the day turned out wonderful. The food and service were above our expectations.
The grounds and venue were perfect, the day turned out wonderful. The food and service were above our expectations. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
The food was excellent, the venue stunning and the party went off without a hitch. Daniel Strauss was "the man" who made it all possible. He was flexible, knowledgeable and easy to work with.
The food was excellent, the venue stunning and the party went off without a hitch. Daniel Strauss was "the man" who made Read more...
The food was excellent, the venue stunning and the party went off without a hitch. Daniel Strauss was "the man" who made it all possible. He was flexible, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/13/2012
4.5/5.0
Our event coordinator was wonderful, Alyson made my big day a breeze. She was with us every step of the way helping with setting up to giving directions to guests over the phone so I did not have too. I could not have asked for an better venue and staff. The rooms speaks for it's self, in its beauty. The food stands up to it reputation of being outstanding!
Our event coordinator was wonderful, Alyson made my big day a breeze. She was with us every step of the way helping with Read more...
Our event coordinator was wonderful, Alyson made my big day a breeze. She was with us every step of the way helping with setting up to giving directions to guests over the phone so I did not have too. I could not have asked for an better venue and staff. The rooms speaks for it's self, in its beauty. The food stands up to it reputation of being outstanding! Read less
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barb
Wedding:
3/24/2012
4.5/5.0
Our wedding was beautiful, surrounded by flickering candles in a fantastic setting!
Our wedding was beautiful, surrounded by flickering candles in a fantastic setting!
Our wedding was beautiful, surrounded by flickering candles in a fantastic setting! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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coko
Wedding:
7/30/2011
4.5/5.0
This place is beautiful and the people there we worked with were wonderful! We had our ceremony and reception at the location and were very happy with everything.
This place is beautiful and the people there we worked with were wonderful! We had our ceremony and reception at the Read more...
This place is beautiful and the people there we worked with were wonderful! We had our ceremony and reception at the location and were very happy with everything. Read less
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MRB10/23/10
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.5/5.0
What a wonderful place to have a wedding. The food and atmosphere are excellent!
What a wonderful place to have a wedding. The food and atmosphere are excellent!
What a wonderful place to have a wedding. The food and atmosphere are excellent! Read less
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Robert
Wedding:
8/15/2010
4.5/5.0
It was great working with Stewart and Tania. The ceremony area was beautiful, as well as the party room. The service provided by Rob and his staff was excellent, as he had to make a couple of quick adjustments in regards to one table ( a mistake probably made by my wife's excell spread sheet). The only problem occurred when the guests came in from cocktail hour to enter the room. The place cards were in one area (the front of the building) and guests were coming in from the other end, not knowing where to sit. Other than that, it was great time had by all. Thank you for everything. I will recommend your venue to anybody.
It was great working with Stewart and Tania. The ceremony area was beautiful, as well as the party room. The service Read more...
It was great working with Stewart and Tania. The ceremony area was beautiful, as well as the party room. The service provided by Rob and his staff was excellent, as he had to make a couple of quick adjustments in regards to one table ( a mistake probably made by my wife's excell spread sheet). The only problem occurred when the guests came in from cocktail hour to enter the room. The place cards were in one area (the front of the building) and guests were coming in from the other end, not knowing where to sit. Other than that, it was great time had by all. Thank you for everything. I will recommend your venue to anybody. Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
9/7/2009
4.5/5.0
I was very happy with the reception and ceremony at Independence Grove. I thought the price was right and the food was absolutely delicious. Everything ran very smoothly the day of the Wedding leaving me as the Bride time to have a worried free day and a lot of fun!
I was very happy with the reception and ceremony at Independence Grove. I thought the price was right and the food was Read more...
I was very happy with the reception and ceremony at Independence Grove. I thought the price was right and the food was absolutely delicious. Everything ran very smoothly the day of the Wedding leaving me as the Bride time to have a worried free day and a lot of fun! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.4/5.0
I felt everything went very smoothly.
The one problem we had was the elderly grandparents having trouble walking to the ceremony area.
We were unable to get them help going down, however they did pick them up at the end of the ceremony.
Also we were charged to start the fireplace and it was never turned on.
I felt everything went very smoothly.
The one problem we had was the elderly grandparents having trouble walking to Read more...
I felt everything went very smoothly.
The one problem we had was the elderly grandparents having trouble walking to the ceremony area.
We were unable to get them help going down, however they did pick them up at the end of the ceremony.
Also we were charged to start the fireplace and it was never turned on. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
We had a beautiful wedding at Independence Grove. We are happy with the venue and the staff at Independence Grove.
We had a beautiful wedding at Independence Grove. We are happy with the venue and the staff at Independence Grove.
We had a beautiful wedding at Independence Grove. We are happy with the venue and the staff at Independence Grove. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Overall our event was great. I enjoyed it. We had a few glitches getting some information in a timely manner, overall we were very happy with the service.
Overall our event was great. I enjoyed it. We had a few glitches getting some information in a timely manner, overall we Read more...
Overall our event was great. I enjoyed it. We had a few glitches getting some information in a timely manner, overall we were very happy with the service. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.4/5.0
The cake did not come out in a reasonable amount of time. There was a 20 minute lag period between the main dish and the cake. Other than that everything was wonderful (esp. the staff). Great food and great times!
The cake did not come out in a reasonable amount of time. There was a 20 minute lag period between the main dish and the Read more...
The cake did not come out in a reasonable amount of time. There was a 20 minute lag period between the main dish and the cake. Other than that everything was wonderful (esp. the staff). Great food and great times! Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
5/31/2013
4.3/5.0
Our number one wish for our wedding was to be married outdoors. When we visited Independence Grove, we fell in love with the beautiful landscape, gardens, lake, and overall atmosphere of the venue; we knew that was where we wanted to get married.

The food was absolutely amazing. We worked with the head chef to create our own Texas-style menu because we now live in Texas. The drinks were well-poured and serviced. The staff was great, as well. The layout, tables, linens, lighting, and decorations were exactly what we wanted.

Now that we have had our big day, the "bumps in the road" we experienced in planning our wedding seem minor, but they certainly did not in the months leading up to our day. Sometimes my emails and phone calls would go unanswered for a week or two, which can give you a bit of anxiety when you're planning a wedding 1000 miles away and the day is rapidly approaching. Also, due to possible storms, the wedding coordinator took it upon herself to set up the cocktail hour bars inside, which we didn't plan, but it wasn't a big deal.

Overall, we had a wonderful wedding and we loved our venue.
Our number one wish for our wedding was to be married outdoors. When we visited Independence Grove, we fell in love with Read more...
Our number one wish for our wedding was to be married outdoors. When we visited Independence Grove, we fell in love with the beautiful landscape, gardens, lake, and overall atmosphere of the venue; we knew that was where we wanted to get married.

The food was absolutely amazing. We worked with the head chef to create our own Texas-style menu because we now live in Texas. The drinks were well-poured and serviced. The staff was great, as well. The layout, tables, linens, lighting, and decorations were exactly what we wanted.

Now that we have had our big day, the "bumps in the road" we experienced in planning our wedding seem minor, but they certainly did not in the months leading up to our day. Sometimes my emails and phone calls would go unanswered for a week or two, which can give you a bit of anxiety when you're planning a wedding 1000 miles away and the day is rapidly approaching. Also, due to possible storms, the wedding coordinator took it upon herself to set up the cocktail hour bars inside, which we didn't plan, but it wasn't a big deal.

Overall, we had a wonderful wedding and we loved our venue. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
8/6/2011
4.3/5.0
I loved this venue! It was so easy to work with all the people at Independence Grove. I had a lot of compliments on how elegant everything had turned out. The people were very nice and respected any details I wanted.
I loved this venue! It was so easy to work with all the people at Independence Grove. I had a lot of compliments on how Read more...
I loved this venue! It was so easy to work with all the people at Independence Grove. I had a lot of compliments on how elegant everything had turned out. The people were very nice and respected any details I wanted. Read less
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megan1828
Wedding:
7/28/2007
4.3/5.0
I would highly recommend to get married here. I had the wedding of my dreams, and I could not ask for anything more than what I got.
I would highly recommend to get married here. I had the wedding of my dreams, and I could not ask for anything more than Read more...
I would highly recommend to get married here. I had the wedding of my dreams, and I could not ask for anything more than what I got. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
Independence Grove is absolutely beautiful. If you use the Native Garden for your ceremony, try to get a canopy so the sun isn't in your face. Also, make sure IG staff in the back ground is hidden. They were in several of my professional pictures and a photographer isn't always responsible for that. My favorite photo is ruined because the golf cart is in the background of my veil. Thank goodness my photographer could blur it out.
The time given to me as a bride wasn't enough to set-up the reception yourself. With a summer wedding they cram as many weddings in as possible so if you want to be able to control how the room looks you may want to figure your timing out so you can do it. I would also think about how close together they make the weddings. You don't have the bridal suite for as long as you may want it. I also had to let the venue take care of decor and I wasn't entirely happy with how things were placed (my guest book wasn't out for cocktail hour, my decor was in places I didn't want, etc).
The FOOD IS INCREDIBLE! I want to go back and see if they can make us our food for our anniversary. That alone was worth the venue.
Overall, I would recommend this venue but make sure you talk through every detail specifically so you get exactly what you want.
Independence Grove is absolutely beautiful. If you use the Native Garden for your ceremony, try to get a canopy so the sun Read more...
Independence Grove is absolutely beautiful. If you use the Native Garden for your ceremony, try to get a canopy so the sun isn't in your face. Also, make sure IG staff in the back ground is hidden. They were in several of my professional pictures and a photographer isn't always responsible for that. My favorite photo is ruined because the golf cart is in the background of my veil. Thank goodness my photographer could blur it out.
The time given to me as a bride wasn't enough to set-up the reception yourself. With a summer wedding they cram as many weddings in as possible so if you want to be able to control how the room looks you may want to figure your timing out so you can do it. I would also think about how close together they make the weddings. You don't have the bridal suite for as long as you may want it. I also had to let the venue take care of decor and I wasn't entirely happy with how things were placed (my guest book wasn't out for cocktail hour, my decor was in places I didn't want, etc).
The FOOD IS INCREDIBLE! I want to go back and see if they can make us our food for our anniversary. That alone was worth the venue.
Overall, I would recommend this venue but make sure you talk through every detail specifically so you get exactly what you want. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
The wedding was absolutely beautiful and went off without a hitch! We received great feedback about how wonderful Independence Grove was. The location was beautiful, the service was great, and if there were any issues, I never saw them because they were dealt with wonderfully.

However, the planning up to the event was more stressful than necessary. Alyson was great to work with in person, though flustered at times, but trying to get things done through email or phone call was very difficult. I understand there were some issues in the office regarding other things at the time, but the deadlines they set for themselves were not fulfilled. For example, I was supposed to receive all sorts of paperwork by a certain date, but I didn't receive any of it until an entire month later. Over the period of time we were planning the wedding, I probably had to send an email about once a week to check in on the progress of things. We also had to read through our contract very carefully because some of the numbers would be inserted incorrectly and needed to be adjusted. It was an honest mistake. As a person who appreciates organization and meeting deadlines, I was frustrated by the lack of promptness and following through.

Other than that, Independence Grove was great! I had a lot of fun with my sister-in-law taste testing, and it was a joy to spend time with Alyson in person. She was always excited to see us and wanted to make sure we had what we wanted and not push extra expenses on us. The location had a homey feel to it and was a perfect fit for us!
The wedding was absolutely beautiful and went off without a hitch! We received great feedback about how wonderful Read more...
The wedding was absolutely beautiful and went off without a hitch! We received great feedback about how wonderful Independence Grove was. The location was beautiful, the service was great, and if there were any issues, I never saw them because they were dealt with wonderfully.

However, the planning up to the event was more stressful than necessary. Alyson was great to work with in person, though flustered at times, but trying to get things done through email or phone call was very difficult. I understand there were some issues in the office regarding other things at the time, but the deadlines they set for themselves were not fulfilled. For example, I was supposed to receive all sorts of paperwork by a certain date, but I didn't receive any of it until an entire month later. Over the period of time we were planning the wedding, I probably had to send an email about once a week to check in on the progress of things. We also had to read through our contract very carefully because some of the numbers would be inserted incorrectly and needed to be adjusted. It was an honest mistake. As a person who appreciates organization and meeting deadlines, I was frustrated by the lack of promptness and following through.

Other than that, Independence Grove was great! I had a lot of fun with my sister-in-law taste testing, and it was a joy to spend time with Alyson in person. She was always excited to see us and wanted to make sure we had what we wanted and not push extra expenses on us. The location had a homey feel to it and was a perfect fit for us! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Annabella
Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.2/5.0
Independence Grove was a dream venue for our wedding. We were looking for a unique location that would not only offer a beautiful setting but a unique experience for us and our guests. We truly found everything we were looking for at IG.

During the planning process, Dan, Stuart and the entire Catering by Michaels team were wonderful to work with. They walked us through all of the choices, scheduling and desires of our wedding day and helped make the planning process move very smoothly and easily. From picking table settings to our food tasting, everyone treated us with warmth and professionalism and certainly made the process as fun and painless as possible.

On our wedding day, we really experienced the best from our IG team. We had originally planned our ceremony in the native garden, and instead had undesired rain on the day of our wedding. The team swiftly handled moving the ceremony indoors and then prepping for the reception, all with seamless results. Many of our guests were not aware of the last minute change and complimented us on how beautiful the ceremony was, which is a testament to how well coordinated this team really is. When the room was flipped for our reception, we were blown away by how beautifully everything came together. The space was downright gorgeous and completely surpassed our expectations. On top of that, the food was also spectacular. That is perhaps one of the other strong suits of this venue... not only do you get exceptional service, a beautiful setting, but a fabulous meal as well. We've received so many compliments from family and friends and were so happy to be able to introduce them to this special place. The day could not have been more fun a wonderful. Our experience with Independence Grove and their dedicated staff was really unparalleled - we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a truly unique and special place for their event.
Independence Grove was a dream venue for our wedding. We were looking for a unique location that would not only offer a Read more...
Independence Grove was a dream venue for our wedding. We were looking for a unique location that would not only offer a beautiful setting but a unique experience for us and our guests. We truly found everything we were looking for at IG.

During the planning process, Dan, Stuart and the entire Catering by Michaels team were wonderful to work with. They walked us through all of the choices, scheduling and desires of our wedding day and helped make the planning process move very smoothly and easily. From picking table settings to our food tasting, everyone treated us with warmth and professionalism and certainly made the process as fun and painless as possible.

On our wedding day, we really experienced the best from our IG team. We had originally planned our ceremony in the native garden, and instead had undesired rain on the day of our wedding. The team swiftly handled moving the ceremony indoors and then prepping for the reception, all with seamless results. Many of our guests were not aware of the last minute change and complimented us on how beautiful the ceremony was, which is a testament to how well coordinated this team really is. When the room was flipped for our reception, we were blown away by how beautifully everything came together. The space was downright gorgeous and completely surpassed our expectations. On top of that, the food was also spectacular. That is perhaps one of the other strong suits of this venue... not only do you get exceptional service, a beautiful setting, but a fabulous meal as well. We've received so many compliments from family and friends and were so happy to be able to introduce them to this special place. The day could not have been more fun a wonderful. Our experience with Independence Grove and their dedicated staff was really unparalleled - we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a truly unique and special place for their event. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
it was a beautiful place and great wedding with profesional people! Thank Allyson and team!
it was a beautiful place and great wedding with profesional people! Thank Allyson and team!
it was a beautiful place and great wedding with profesional people! Thank Allyson and team! Read less
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Elle
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.2/5.0
I would have given them all 5 stars if I had been working with my last coordinator Allison the whole time because she is so detail-oriented and works her butt off so you have the best day ever! Also the captain of the night was ridiculously amazing and so accommodating! Food catered by Michael's was delicious, everyone was raving about it. The cake they cater from is one of my favs...Oak Mill Bakery.

But the only reason I gave some lower ratings was because my coordinator changed about 3 times within 10 months of planning.
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I would have given them all 5 stars if I had been working with my last coordinator Allison the whole time because she is so detail-oriented and works her butt off so you have the best day ever! Also the captain of the night was ridiculously amazing and so accommodating! Food catered by Michael's was delicious, everyone was raving about it. The cake they cater from is one of my favs...Oak Mill Bakery.

But the only reason I gave some lower ratings was because my coordinator changed about 3 times within 10 months of planning. Read less
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Giselle
Wedding:
8/22/2008
4.2/5.0
Our Recpetion was beautiful.

We ended up working with a 3rd coordinator, since 2 of them quit during the time that we were planning our wedding. I must say that the 3rd coordinator was really responsive, and enthusastic, which really helped me relax before the wedding. She really pulled through with not a lot of time to work with. Overlooking this detail, everything looked like I imagined it to look!!

It is a beautiful place and their team pulled through for us!!!

Even though it rained before my wedding and out of luck it cleared up and it was sunny. Events did set up our cocktail hour outside onthe veranda- it was gorgeous!
Our Recpetion was beautiful.

We ended up working with a 3rd coordinator, since 2 of them quit during the time Read more...
Our Recpetion was beautiful.

We ended up working with a 3rd coordinator, since 2 of them quit during the time that we were planning our wedding. I must say that the 3rd coordinator was really responsive, and enthusastic, which really helped me relax before the wedding. She really pulled through with not a lot of time to work with. Overlooking this detail, everything looked like I imagined it to look!!

It is a beautiful place and their team pulled through for us!!!

Even though it rained before my wedding and out of luck it cleared up and it was sunny. Events did set up our cocktail hour outside onthe veranda- it was gorgeous! Read less
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Anthony
Wedding:
10/5/2013
4.1/5.0
My wife and I recently got married at Independence Grove in October and we couldn't have been happier with how the night went given the circumstances. We were supposed to be married in their Native Garden, which is a beautiful site to have a ceremony, however due to the weather we were forced to move the ceremony inside at the last second. Even with this last second switch Dan Straus,our coordinator from EIG, displayed a tremendous amount of professionalism in making the changes needed to ensure our wedding went off without a hitch. Everything throughout the night went amazing and we received countless compliments about the venue and the overall wedding. Also the food was unbelievably good from Michaels catering, everything we had from the appetizers to the entrees were just perfect. My only critique about our experience was that I feel the EIG has a lot on their plate all summer and we felt that any correspondence about our event prior to 2 weeks before the wedding was a little delayed. However once we hit that 2 week all e-mails and phone calls were answered or returned within hours of us asking. If you haven't had a chance to go see this venue I highly recommend it.
My wife and I recently got married at Independence Grove in October and we couldn't have been happier with how the night Read more...
My wife and I recently got married at Independence Grove in October and we couldn't have been happier with how the night went given the circumstances. We were supposed to be married in their Native Garden, which is a beautiful site to have a ceremony, however due to the weather we were forced to move the ceremony inside at the last second. Even with this last second switch Dan Straus,our coordinator from EIG, displayed a tremendous amount of professionalism in making the changes needed to ensure our wedding went off without a hitch. Everything throughout the night went amazing and we received countless compliments about the venue and the overall wedding. Also the food was unbelievably good from Michaels catering, everything we had from the appetizers to the entrees were just perfect. My only critique about our experience was that I feel the EIG has a lot on their plate all summer and we felt that any correspondence about our event prior to 2 weeks before the wedding was a little delayed. However once we hit that 2 week all e-mails and phone calls were answered or returned within hours of us asking. If you haven't had a chance to go see this venue I highly recommend it. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/11/2012
4.1/5.0
I loved the venue and the view. The inside was beautiful and the grounds were gorgeous but we had trouble getting in contact with people. We had to call several times and there were several mistakes in our contract that we had to note and make changes to before signing. The day of the wedding was definitely a success as far as food and the look of the venue however food delivery was a bit slow.
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I loved the venue and the view. The inside was beautiful and the grounds were gorgeous but we had trouble getting in contact with people. We had to call several times and there were several mistakes in our contract that we had to note and make changes to before signing. The day of the wedding was definitely a success as far as food and the look of the venue however food delivery was a bit slow. Read less
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Carly
Wedding:
10/10/2009
4.1/5.0
The venue is wonderful and the food is amazing. The event coordinator the night of the event was great. This place really pays attention to detail. We had a wedding that people talked about for weeks after the event.

The only challenge I experienced with this venue was the event coordinators working up to the day of the event. In the course of just over a year we worked with three different event coordinators (not including the one who was with us the day of the event). Two of them did not have good turnaround time in responding to phone calls or emails. However, I would not let this deter you from having a wedding here - just be up front that you want appropriate turn around time to emails and phone calls. This venue is a bit on the higher side when it comes to cost, so I felt they should have been more responsive during the planning phase.
The venue is wonderful and the food is amazing. The event coordinator the night of the event was great. This place really Read more...
The venue is wonderful and the food is amazing. The event coordinator the night of the event was great. This place really pays attention to detail. We had a wedding that people talked about for weeks after the event.

The only challenge I experienced with this venue was the event coordinators working up to the day of the event. In the course of just over a year we worked with three different event coordinators (not including the one who was with us the day of the event). Two of them did not have good turnaround time in responding to phone calls or emails. However, I would not let this deter you from having a wedding here - just be up front that you want appropriate turn around time to emails and phone calls. This venue is a bit on the higher side when it comes to cost, so I felt they should have been more responsive during the planning phase. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
The venue was great, the food was more then excellent, and the staff at the event were professional. Only one thing I would have changed, put the box for cards in a place so people can drop them off when they arrived, they had to carry the cards for over 2 hours before the room was open and they could then put them in the box.
The venue was great, the food was more then excellent, and the staff at the event were professional. Only one thing I Read more...
The venue was great, the food was more then excellent, and the staff at the event were professional. Only one thing I would have changed, put the box for cards in a place so people can drop them off when they arrived, they had to carry the cards for over 2 hours before the room was open and they could then put them in the box. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Hayley
Wedding:
8/5/2012
4.0/5.0
Great venue, great people and service. My only critique would be that we had an idea of final costs only about a week before the wedding, which can be very stressful. Otherwise a pleasure to work with, and day-of was stress-free.
Great venue, great people and service. My only critique would be that we had an idea of final costs only about a week Read more...
Great venue, great people and service. My only critique would be that we had an idea of final costs only about a week before the wedding, which can be very stressful. Otherwise a pleasure to work with, and day-of was stress-free. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
9/11/2011
3.9/5.0
Independence Grove is beautiful and very different from any other reception hall and that is the only reason I still went with them after the service I received at first. I was not receiving emails or phone calls back and had to ask several times for information. The coast is a little high but you are paying for everything you see and your guest are able to experience and it is worth it. The day of the wedding the staff was amazing and the head server truly helped make my wedding outstanding. He was on top of everything and made sure we were taken care of. We had an Ice Cream Bar instead of cake and it was put away and melted before my husband and I could get to any, he felt bad so he sent someone to the store to by ice cream for us (so sweet). He also made sure we had food to take back with us to the hotel. The ceremony was set up so beautiful but we had to walk through the kitchen to get to wear I walked out so he helped make sure my dress did not get dirty and made sure I did not fall. The Catering service they used was amazing and worked with all dietary issues some of my guests had. I loved our golf cart driver; we all had so much fun with him. I would recommend Independence Grove but because my day turned out so amazing but you just have to be willing to stay on top of them.
Independence Grove is beautiful and very different from any other reception hall and that is the only reason I still went Read more...
Independence Grove is beautiful and very different from any other reception hall and that is the only reason I still went with them after the service I received at first. I was not receiving emails or phone calls back and had to ask several times for information. The coast is a little high but you are paying for everything you see and your guest are able to experience and it is worth it. The day of the wedding the staff was amazing and the head server truly helped make my wedding outstanding. He was on top of everything and made sure we were taken care of. We had an Ice Cream Bar instead of cake and it was put away and melted before my husband and I could get to any, he felt bad so he sent someone to the store to by ice cream for us (so sweet). He also made sure we had food to take back with us to the hotel. The ceremony was set up so beautiful but we had to walk through the kitchen to get to wear I walked out so he helped make sure my dress did not get dirty and made sure I did not fall. The Catering service they used was amazing and worked with all dietary issues some of my guests had. I loved our golf cart driver; we all had so much fun with him. I would recommend Independence Grove but because my day turned out so amazing but you just have to be willing to stay on top of them. Read less
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Gabrielle
Wedding:
6/18/2011
3.9/5.0
Independence Grove is such a beautiful venue. My husband and I really wanted something different, not just ballroom C at a local hotel and Independence Grove really delivered in that respect. The room is beautiful and very comfortably fit our 200 guests. The captain the night of the wedding kept everything running smoothly and there were no glitches whatsoever; at least not that I was aware of. My biggest issue with Independence Grove was with the catering manager. For the most part she was quick to respond to questions and she did revise our event order nearly 8 times but she was completely unwilling to discuss cost with us. If you can't bend at all, fine, but to completely blow us and the discussion off is really unprofessional in my opinion. About 5-7 days before our event she sent me a vendor rules document that was three pages long and included some very strict guidelines for our vendors. Each and every one of them had said they never saw anything like it. There was a rule about what we could give for favors; I wasn't doing favors so it wasn't an issue but what if I had spent all sorts of money on something that wasn't allowed?! There was also a 3 day window where the vendors had to inform IG of their arrival time- ok fine, except I got the sheet 6 days or so before the wedding. Our vendors contacted her directly and worked things out but it was very stressful for me to have to distribute that a week before the event and get a flood of e-mails back saying WHAT?!? The timing was very poor. Like I said, the venue is gorgeous and the day went off without a hitch it just wasn't the smoothest part of planning by any means.
Independence Grove is such a beautiful venue. My husband and I really wanted something different, not just ballroom C at a Read more...
Independence Grove is such a beautiful venue. My husband and I really wanted something different, not just ballroom C at a local hotel and Independence Grove really delivered in that respect. The room is beautiful and very comfortably fit our 200 guests. The captain the night of the wedding kept everything running smoothly and there were no glitches whatsoever; at least not that I was aware of. My biggest issue with Independence Grove was with the catering manager. For the most part she was quick to respond to questions and she did revise our event order nearly 8 times but she was completely unwilling to discuss cost with us. If you can't bend at all, fine, but to completely blow us and the discussion off is really unprofessional in my opinion. About 5-7 days before our event she sent me a vendor rules document that was three pages long and included some very strict guidelines for our vendors. Each and every one of them had said they never saw anything like it. There was a rule about what we could give for favors; I wasn't doing favors so it wasn't an issue but what if I had spent all sorts of money on something that wasn't allowed?! There was also a 3 day window where the vendors had to inform IG of their arrival time- ok fine, except I got the sheet 6 days or so before the wedding. Our vendors contacted her directly and worked things out but it was very stressful for me to have to distribute that a week before the event and get a flood of e-mails back saying WHAT?!? The timing was very poor. Like I said, the venue is gorgeous and the day went off without a hitch it just wasn't the smoothest part of planning by any means. Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
10/15/2005
3.7/5.0
Absolutely beautiful location, fantastic food, ceremony in the garden was wonderful. Sometimes it was hard to get a hold of the event coordinator to make arrangements, but in the end the event left people talking about how great the wedding was. I had a morning wedding with a sumptuous brunch buffet.
Absolutely beautiful location, fantastic food, ceremony in the garden was wonderful. Sometimes it was hard to get a hold Read more...
Absolutely beautiful location, fantastic food, ceremony in the garden was wonderful. Sometimes it was hard to get a hold of the event coordinator to make arrangements, but in the end the event left people talking about how great the wedding was. I had a morning wedding with a sumptuous brunch buffet. Read less
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kmaxxx
Wedding:
6/28/2008
3.0/5.0
The best parts about Independence Grove are the venue (absolutely gorgeous), the food (delicious) and the day-of service. All of our caterers and bartender were wonderful and they went above and beyond for us and our guests.

Our account manager was not very customer-service oriented. I think if we hadn't called her we wouldn't have heard from her from when we signed the contract till the day of the wedding! Many times we felt we were asking her questions that she should have been answering for us more proactively. Perhaps because we were at the pavilion and not the big indoor building, we didn't get the best treatment. At one point she actually told my husband "the pavilion is not a VENUE." Really, because that's certainly what it said on our expensive contract!

We got lots of compliments on our food and the day-of service -- and we love Independence Grove. But the planning was stressful due to not feeling like we were getting good customer service.
The best parts about Independence Grove are the venue (absolutely gorgeous), the food (delicious) and the day-of service. Read more...
The best parts about Independence Grove are the venue (absolutely gorgeous), the food (delicious) and the day-of service. All of our caterers and bartender were wonderful and they went above and beyond for us and our guests.

Our account manager was not very customer-service oriented. I think if we hadn't called her we wouldn't have heard from her from when we signed the contract till the day of the wedding! Many times we felt we were asking her questions that she should have been answering for us more proactively. Perhaps because we were at the pavilion and not the big indoor building, we didn't get the best treatment. At one point she actually told my husband "the pavilion is not a VENUE." Really, because that's certainly what it said on our expensive contract!

We got lots of compliments on our food and the day-of service -- and we love Independence Grove. But the planning was stressful due to not feeling like we were getting good customer service. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
7/15/2007
3.0/5.0
Our first contact here disappeared right after we signed our contract, never to be heard from again. We spent a couple months trying to get a hold of him before an email we'd sent was finally answered by someone else. This caused us to be late on things such as taste testing. Because of this, we had to choose our meals without ever tasting them. This worked out okay because everything we tried from them was delicious.

We had to schedule a time for our rehearsal, but when we showed up, there was a wedding going on! Oops! Our day of coordinator, Robert, was awesome though. He bought us lunch while we waited for the wedding to end. The next day he checked on us repeatedly, and he even gave us a bottle of champagne to take home with us!

The day turned out really beautiful, but most of the time leading up to the wedding we had no clue what might happen because we couldn't get a hold of anyone to ask our questions.
Our first contact here disappeared right after we signed our contract, never to be heard from again. We spent a couple Read more...
Our first contact here disappeared right after we signed our contract, never to be heard from again. We spent a couple months trying to get a hold of him before an email we'd sent was finally answered by someone else. This caused us to be late on things such as taste testing. Because of this, we had to choose our meals without ever tasting them. This worked out okay because everything we tried from them was delicious.

We had to schedule a time for our rehearsal, but when we showed up, there was a wedding going on! Oops! Our day of coordinator, Robert, was awesome though. He bought us lunch while we waited for the wedding to end. The next day he checked on us repeatedly, and he even gave us a bottle of champagne to take home with us!

The day turned out really beautiful, but most of the time leading up to the wedding we had no clue what might happen because we couldn't get a hold of anyone to ask our questions. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/12/2007
2.8/5.0
Many people have told me that they had a wonderful time at this place. I went to check it out and it was beautiful. I was in email contact with the coordinator there and I specifically asked how much it was all going to come to (or a very good ball park number) and she quoted me one number (it was very low and I couldn't say no!). I told her to draw up and a contract and to mail it to me. She mailed it to me and in the contract was quoted a completely different number (that was WAY higher than the number she quoted me last time). Of course I emailed her and asked for an explanation and instead of getting a friendly email back, she emailed back and was really defensive and rude. And to top it off, she didn't actually answer any of my questions. She was completely rude and unprofessional.

If you have money to burn and don't mind round about answers, go to her! But if you want a pleasant experience, I'd steer clear of this place!
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Many people have told me that they had a wonderful time at this place. I went to check it out and it was beautiful. I was in email contact with the coordinator there and I specifically asked how much it was all going to come to (or a very good ball park number) and she quoted me one number (it was very low and I couldn't say no!). I told her to draw up and a contract and to mail it to me. She mailed it to me and in the contract was quoted a completely different number (that was WAY higher than the number she quoted me last time). Of course I emailed her and asked for an explanation and instead of getting a friendly email back, she emailed back and was really defensive and rude. And to top it off, she didn't actually answer any of my questions. She was completely rude and unprofessional.

If you have money to burn and don't mind round about answers, go to her! But if you want a pleasant experience, I'd steer clear of this place! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/11/2009
2.5/5.0
There was 45 minutes between the salad and main entree...unacceptable! Wedding coordinator quit the week of the wedding and new coordinator obviously felt dumped on, did not follow plan even after review with her. Overall, for the money we were disappointed in the service...our guests noticed as well.
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There was 45 minutes between the salad and main entree...unacceptable! Wedding coordinator quit the week of the wedding and new coordinator obviously felt dumped on, did not follow plan even after review with her. Overall, for the money we were disappointed in the service...our guests noticed as well. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
8/11/2012
1.3/5.0
We were not happy at all with the timing and service during the dinner. The staff was beyond slow serving courses, and we ran almost 45 minutes late with dancing not starting until 10pm I had asked to open the doors during the cocktail hour into the seating area a 1/2 hour earlier and was told they did not do that, and I believe that is a big problem here. You can not get 180+ people in one door, pick up their place cards, sit down and then cut the cake, do announcements of the bridal party, and speeches and be ready to serve the salad in just 30 minutes. This is IMPOSSIBLE as it proved to be.
We were not happy at all with the timing and service during the dinner. The staff was beyond slow serving courses, and we Read more...
We were not happy at all with the timing and service during the dinner. The staff was beyond slow serving courses, and we ran almost 45 minutes late with dancing not starting until 10pm I had asked to open the doors during the cocktail hour into the seating area a 1/2 hour earlier and was told they did not do that, and I believe that is a big problem here. You can not get 180+ people in one door, pick up their place cards, sit down and then cut the cake, do announcements of the bridal party, and speeches and be ready to serve the salad in just 30 minutes. This is IMPOSSIBLE as it proved to be. Read less
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