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Events at Independence Grove

Libertyville , IL
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

847-247-1111

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ABOUT US

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

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

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Waterfront, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Drapery, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events, Reh. Dinner Specific

REVIEWS

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Deborah
Wedding:
6/9/2016
5.0/5.0
It's a wonderful venue - the food and service are always 5 stars! This was an all day business event with breakfast. lunch and cocktail hour.
It's a wonderful venue - the food and service are always 5 stars! This was an all day business event with breakfast. lunch Read more...
It's a wonderful venue - the food and service are always 5 stars! This was an all day business event with breakfast. lunch and cocktail hour. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If we could do it over again, we would not change one thing! Independence Grove was such an idyllic location for a wedding. The gardens made a beautiful backdrop for pictures, and the patio overlooking the lake was such a wonderful place for cocktails. I cannot say enough about the amazing food and wonderful service. Alyson, the events coordinator, was phenomenal. She helped us every step of the way as we were planning. The day of the wedding Alyson and her staff were so attentive and made sure we did not have to worry about details. They thought of everything! It was a seamless event - no issues whatsoever. My husband and I, as well as my daughter and son-in-law, were able to truly enjoy every part of the evening. It has been a month since the wedding, and we are still getting compliments about the beautiful venue, delicious food, and the incredible service. The entire evening was perfect!
If we could do it over again, we would not change one thing! Independence Grove was such an idyllic location for a Read more...
If we could do it over again, we would not change one thing! Independence Grove was such an idyllic location for a wedding. The gardens made a beautiful backdrop for pictures, and the patio overlooking the lake was such a wonderful place for cocktails. I cannot say enough about the amazing food and wonderful service. Alyson, the events coordinator, was phenomenal. She helped us every step of the way as we were planning. The day of the wedding Alyson and her staff were so attentive and made sure we did not have to worry about details. They thought of everything! It was a seamless event - no issues whatsoever. My husband and I, as well as my daughter and son-in-law, were able to truly enjoy every part of the evening. It has been a month since the wedding, and we are still getting compliments about the beautiful venue, delicious food, and the incredible service. The entire evening was perfect! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Allyson was the reason why my daughter and husband chose IG. She was, from the beginning to the end. a joy to work with. She was very responsive, professional and full of brilliant ideas. We did not employ a wedding planner and we never felt that we needed one because Allyson had suggestions for the florist, the DJ and other vendors. The night of the event she was made sure that everything went smoothly . We did not have to worry about a thing. She took care of it all.
The food by Michael's Catering was amazing and all of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was, from the appetizers to the late night snack. I have been to many weddings where the bride and groom were so lovely but the food was so bad. Not at Independence Grove. Excellent food and service throughout the night.
I would not hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone for any event, but especially a wedding. It is a venue where the couple can make the event their own. It allows you to show your unique personality and Allyson will make sure that your dream event will come true.
Allyson was the reason why my daughter and husband chose IG. She was, from the beginning to the end. a joy to work with. Read more...
Allyson was the reason why my daughter and husband chose IG. She was, from the beginning to the end. a joy to work with. She was very responsive, professional and full of brilliant ideas. We did not employ a wedding planner and we never felt that we needed one because Allyson had suggestions for the florist, the DJ and other vendors. The night of the event she was made sure that everything went smoothly . We did not have to worry about a thing. She took care of it all.
The food by Michael's Catering was amazing and all of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was, from the appetizers to the late night snack. I have been to many weddings where the bride and groom were so lovely but the food was so bad. Not at Independence Grove. Excellent food and service throughout the night.
I would not hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone for any event, but especially a wedding. It is a venue where the couple can make the event their own. It allows you to show your unique personality and Allyson will make sure that your dream event will come true. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely beautiful ! The Native Garden looked spectacular and was a perfect spot for an outdoor fall wedding. Our initial coordinator was Steven but when he left a few months before our event Alyson took it over. The transition was seamless and Alyson did an amazing job taking care of every detail and responding to all of our questions or concerns. Her attention to detail enabled us to relax and truly enjoy the day ! The food was best described by one of our guests as " the best wedding food they had ever had" and the staff was very efficient and courteous ! Independence Grove has it all - a beautiful setting, amazing food and very talented and competent staff !!!
My daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely beautiful ! The Native Garden looked spectacular and was a Read more...
My daughter's wedding at Independence Grove was absolutely beautiful ! The Native Garden looked spectacular and was a perfect spot for an outdoor fall wedding. Our initial coordinator was Steven but when he left a few months before our event Alyson took it over. The transition was seamless and Alyson did an amazing job taking care of every detail and responding to all of our questions or concerns. Her attention to detail enabled us to relax and truly enjoy the day ! The food was best described by one of our guests as " the best wedding food they had ever had" and the staff was very efficient and courteous ! Independence Grove has it all - a beautiful setting, amazing food and very talented and competent staff !!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Karen
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Alyson was great to work with!! Venue was beautiful and the food was phenomenal!!
Alyson was great to work with!! Venue was beautiful and the food was phenomenal!!
Alyson was great to work with!! Venue was beautiful and the food was phenomenal!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The spaces available at Independence Grove are absolutely beautiful. The quality of food, drink, service and attention to details truly exceeded our expectations. Independence Grove made our event a total success. We received so many compliments from family and friends at what an outstanding venue we selected.
The spaces available at Independence Grove are absolutely beautiful. The quality of food, drink, service and attention to Read more...
The spaces available at Independence Grove are absolutely beautiful. The quality of food, drink, service and attention to details truly exceeded our expectations. Independence Grove made our event a total success. We received so many compliments from family and friends at what an outstanding venue we selected. Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Unique Services
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Carley
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot thank Independence Grove, Catering by Michaels, and Alyson Vondruska enough for everything that they did for us during the planning of one of the most important days in our lives. Alyson is a PRO at her career. She walked us through every single step of the way because we seriously had no idea what we were getting into. She kept us on track and was very responsible to our questions. We probably asked the same thing 3 times over.

This venue is absolutely magnificent and was the perfect setting. Once the visions of what we wanted our wedding to be started coming to light, Alyson and her team put everything together based on what we could tell them and I couldn't even imagine anything better than what we received.
We are very grateful and will fully recommend this venue to any of our friends getting married in the future.
I cannot thank Independence Grove, Catering by Michaels, and Alyson Vondruska enough for everything that they did for us Read more...
I cannot thank Independence Grove, Catering by Michaels, and Alyson Vondruska enough for everything that they did for us during the planning of one of the most important days in our lives. Alyson is a PRO at her career. She walked us through every single step of the way because we seriously had no idea what we were getting into. She kept us on track and was very responsible to our questions. We probably asked the same thing 3 times over.

This venue is absolutely magnificent and was the perfect setting. Once the visions of what we wanted our wedding to be started coming to light, Alyson and her team put everything together based on what we could tell them and I couldn't even imagine anything better than what we received.
We are very grateful and will fully recommend this venue to any of our friends getting married in the future. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding celebration at Independence Grove was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to.

The venue lends itself to natural elegance, which is what we were looking for. The structure is rich and solid, with spectacular views of the lake and gardens.

Alyson helped us every step of the way. She was very clear on what we could expect from them, and what would be expected of us. She helped us stay on schedule. In addition to her many valuable suggestions, her expertise and responsiveness kept us completely confident that we were in good hands and that our event would be everything we hoped it would be, as much more.
My daughter's wedding celebration at Independence Grove was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to.

The Read more...
My daughter's wedding celebration at Independence Grove was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to.

The venue lends itself to natural elegance, which is what we were looking for. The structure is rich and solid, with spectacular views of the lake and gardens.

Alyson helped us every step of the way. She was very clear on what we could expect from them, and what would be expected of us. She helped us stay on schedule. In addition to her many valuable suggestions, her expertise and responsiveness kept us completely confident that we were in good hands and that our event would be everything we hoped it would be, as much more. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Katie
Wedding:
8/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Alyson was INCREDIBLE! We got married on a Friday so it was a little less expensive, but not at all in quality, service or fun. Alyson was always there for me when I needed her via email and phone, she was incredibly detail oriented and helped me with my timeline for the day of when I had no idea what I was doing. The night went without a hitch, it was the PERFECT night absolutely nothing went wrong. She has impeccable taste and was able to decorate our sweets table, cake table, fireplace area, place cards, basically anything that you can possibly decorate and it turned out fantastic. Everything went in sequence and just the way that we practiced at rehearsal - we paid for Alyson to help us with the rehearsal the night before. The food melted in your mouth - we ordered a combo platter or Parmesan encrusted white fish and Filet Mignon with sweet potatoes, garlic mashed, green beans and peppers (this was Alyson's suggestions for the tasting) we received so many comments about how delicious the food was we couldn't even get back to everyone. We also had the late night taco cart which was a huge success - they wheeled it out in the lobby around 11:15pm and as guests were leaving they were able to make tacos to go and chips, guac, salsa - this was also a big hit with everyone dancing into the late night to coat your stomachs from the amazing drinks that were served at the bar. I would HIGHLY recommend this naturally picturesque/gorgeous venue and working with Alyson to any bride.
Alyson was INCREDIBLE! We got married on a Friday so it was a little less expensive, but not at all in quality, service or Read more...
Alyson was INCREDIBLE! We got married on a Friday so it was a little less expensive, but not at all in quality, service or fun. Alyson was always there for me when I needed her via email and phone, she was incredibly detail oriented and helped me with my timeline for the day of when I had no idea what I was doing. The night went without a hitch, it was the PERFECT night absolutely nothing went wrong. She has impeccable taste and was able to decorate our sweets table, cake table, fireplace area, place cards, basically anything that you can possibly decorate and it turned out fantastic. Everything went in sequence and just the way that we practiced at rehearsal - we paid for Alyson to help us with the rehearsal the night before. The food melted in your mouth - we ordered a combo platter or Parmesan encrusted white fish and Filet Mignon with sweet potatoes, garlic mashed, green beans and peppers (this was Alyson's suggestions for the tasting) we received so many comments about how delicious the food was we couldn't even get back to everyone. We also had the late night taco cart which was a huge success - they wheeled it out in the lobby around 11:15pm and as guests were leaving they were able to make tacos to go and chips, guac, salsa - this was also a big hit with everyone dancing into the late night to coat your stomachs from the amazing drinks that were served at the bar. I would HIGHLY recommend this naturally picturesque/gorgeous venue and working with Alyson to any bride. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Erica
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Alyson Vondruska and the team with Events at Independence Grove made our wedding day experience with them unforgettable. She was always available to answer our questions and help with anything she could. When there was an unexpected conflict with our wedding rehearsal and another wedding at the venue, Alyson went out of her way to coordinate the event and our dinner reservations, while keeping our very large wedding party in line to make sure everything went smoothly!! She and her team went above and beyond to accommodate my guests when a member of my family was not feeling well during the reception - behind the scenes, she had Gatorade and water brought out to my very pregnant cousin, and even sent her and her family home with their full packaged dinner meals and cake to their hotel when they had to leave early. She took the personal decorations my family and I had made and decorated the hall to look more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. The food was so wonderful that we are still getting compliments on it. They even packed up all of our belongings into the car for us so that we could all enjoy the reception to the very end! The venue is stunning, the food is delicious, and the team worked like crazy to make the entire experience seamless and unforgettably wonderful! I could not have dreamed of a more perfect day, thanks to Alyson and her team. I would absolutely recommend Alyson and her team and the venue at Independence Grove!!
Alyson Vondruska and the team with Events at Independence Grove made our wedding day experience with them unforgettable. Read more...
Alyson Vondruska and the team with Events at Independence Grove made our wedding day experience with them unforgettable. She was always available to answer our questions and help with anything she could. When there was an unexpected conflict with our wedding rehearsal and another wedding at the venue, Alyson went out of her way to coordinate the event and our dinner reservations, while keeping our very large wedding party in line to make sure everything went smoothly!! She and her team went above and beyond to accommodate my guests when a member of my family was not feeling well during the reception - behind the scenes, she had Gatorade and water brought out to my very pregnant cousin, and even sent her and her family home with their full packaged dinner meals and cake to their hotel when they had to leave early. She took the personal decorations my family and I had made and decorated the hall to look more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. The food was so wonderful that we are still getting compliments on it. They even packed up all of our belongings into the car for us so that we could all enjoy the reception to the very end! The venue is stunning, the food is delicious, and the team worked like crazy to make the entire experience seamless and unforgettably wonderful! I could not have dreamed of a more perfect day, thanks to Alyson and her team. I would absolutely recommend Alyson and her team and the venue at Independence Grove!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue

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