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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Channahon , IL
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Channahon, IL 60410 US

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815-722-9470

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Located within McKinley Woods-Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon, the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center rests within a picturesque... Read more
Located within McKinley Woods-Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon, the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center rests within a picturesque setting. Nestled among oak trees and positioned where the Des Plaines, Du Page, and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River, the Center offers a stunning view of the outdoors and peaceful surroundings for conferences, banquets, and weddings.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is dedicated to promoting and practicing environmental stewardship. Four Rivers was constructed using a number of green technologies and we promote green practices in the planning of all meetings and events held at this facility. Read less
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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?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall
Describe the style of your venue
Modern, Waterfront, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Four Rivers is a beautiful facility for a wedding. We held our ceremony at the shelter and our reception at the Grand Hall. So many compliments were received of the beauty of the facility. We also used Cutting Edge Catering - an approved vendor through Four Rivers and also received many of compliments on the wonderful taste of the food we selected - which was very important to us. The staff at Four Rivers is excellent, professional and have been working with bridal parties for quite a long time as they seem to know every question I came to them with. Some might think the cost is high for the rental but for us, knowing that the money we spent will go back into the county in which we live and be put back into this beautiful facility that was built environmentally friendly and is used for educational purposes, that was key for us. So not only did our money rent the facility it will now pay it forward for other activities within the facility. Renting the entire facility out was also key, it allowed us to decorate on our own time when we were ready and have more time to relax on the big day!
Four Rivers is a beautiful facility for a wedding. We held our ceremony at the shelter and our reception at the Grand Read more...
Four Rivers is a beautiful facility for a wedding. We held our ceremony at the shelter and our reception at the Grand Hall. So many compliments were received of the beauty of the facility. We also used Cutting Edge Catering - an approved vendor through Four Rivers and also received many of compliments on the wonderful taste of the food we selected - which was very important to us. The staff at Four Rivers is excellent, professional and have been working with bridal parties for quite a long time as they seem to know every question I came to them with. Some might think the cost is high for the rental but for us, knowing that the money we spent will go back into the county in which we live and be put back into this beautiful facility that was built environmentally friendly and is used for educational purposes, that was key for us. So not only did our money rent the facility it will now pay it forward for other activities within the facility. Renting the entire facility out was also key, it allowed us to decorate on our own time when we were ready and have more time to relax on the big day! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
6/12/2015
5.0/5.0
This venue is absolutely stunning!! I booked it as soon as I could since it fit our personalities perfectly. The guest services coordinator is very wonderful to work with. I attended an open house in January/February before I booked and again a year later which was incredibly helpful! The preferred caterers come to talk with visitors and the venue has many decorating ideas as well. There are many great places for pictures and very accessible for guests who are limited physically. It rained on our wedding day but I felt at peace knowing that there was a back up plan. Fortunately, we never had to use it! Would recommend this place in a heartbeat to others!!
This venue is absolutely stunning!! I booked it as soon as I could since it fit our personalities perfectly. The guest Read more...
This venue is absolutely stunning!! I booked it as soon as I could since it fit our personalities perfectly. The guest services coordinator is very wonderful to work with. I attended an open house in January/February before I booked and again a year later which was incredibly helpful! The preferred caterers come to talk with visitors and the venue has many decorating ideas as well. There are many great places for pictures and very accessible for guests who are limited physically. It rained on our wedding day but I felt at peace knowing that there was a back up plan. Fortunately, we never had to use it! Would recommend this place in a heartbeat to others!! Read less
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Jessica & Richard
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Four Rivers was a wonderful spot for our May wedding. We wanted something outdoorsy but handicap accessible for elderly relatives. We were able to have a lovely outdoor ceremony and then move right inside for our reception. We were blessed with some great weather, but I felt comfortable with a solid "plan B" to move inside if that hadn't been the case. When we were initially looking for venue spaces, Four Rivers was a little pricier than we anticipated given it was just for the space. However, Mary and the staff really provided top notch service, and I felt the cost was well worth it in the end. The bridal room was very nice to get ready in beforehand. The staff coordinated with our other vendors and were on site the whole day to ensure everything went as planned. Our wedding went perfectly, and I was really able to relax and enjoy our day.
Four Rivers was a wonderful spot for our May wedding. We wanted something outdoorsy but handicap accessible for elderly Read more...
Four Rivers was a wonderful spot for our May wedding. We wanted something outdoorsy but handicap accessible for elderly relatives. We were able to have a lovely outdoor ceremony and then move right inside for our reception. We were blessed with some great weather, but I felt comfortable with a solid "plan B" to move inside if that hadn't been the case. When we were initially looking for venue spaces, Four Rivers was a little pricier than we anticipated given it was just for the space. However, Mary and the staff really provided top notch service, and I felt the cost was well worth it in the end. The bridal room was very nice to get ready in beforehand. The staff coordinated with our other vendors and were on site the whole day to ensure everything went as planned. Our wedding went perfectly, and I was really able to relax and enjoy our day. Read less
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Cahryssa
Wedding:
11/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Everything about our experience was amazing! The staff are unbelievably nice and go above and beyond to make your day perfect! My guests were raving about the venue and how beautiful it was! If I could give 10 stars I would!
Everything about our experience was amazing! The staff are unbelievably nice and go above and beyond to make your day Read more...
Everything about our experience was amazing! The staff are unbelievably nice and go above and beyond to make your day perfect! My guests were raving about the venue and how beautiful it was! If I could give 10 stars I would! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/3/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue was absolutely perfect and everything I was looking for! I wanted an outdoor fall reception, but knew it was out of the question with our unpredictable Chicagoland weather. Then I found Four Rivers. The Grand Hall has gorgeous views of the river and forest preserve and we instantly knew this is where we wanted to have our wedding. Aside from the cold and windy outdoor ceremony (which I chose to keep outside instead of bringing it indoors), the day was everything I could have hoped for! The hall had a very cozy feel after sunset. A few of our recently married guests had said they wished they knew about this place when they were planning their wedding.

Mary Thomas is extremely helpful with any questions you may have. She offers a lot of suggestions for things if you get stuck on something in the planning process. She really knows what she's doing! When I stopped in to look at the flowers the day before the wedding, our florist said "You are the calmest bride I've ever seen!" A big part of that was because I felt very at ease after talking with Mary and our caterer earlier in the week to finalize all of the details.

I loved the privacy of the venue. A lot of places that we looked that had a comparable environment were overrun with people either visiting or part of multiple weddings taking place that day. The price to rent the hall, shelter, and bridal room (a classroom with a private bathroom) was very low compared to most venues in the area which was a huge plus! They also had very reasonably priced caterers on their approved caterer list.

If you are even slightly interested in this venue, go see it in person! I can't say enough how beautiful it is and how great the staff was!
This venue was absolutely perfect and everything I was looking for! I wanted an outdoor fall reception, but knew it was Read more...
This venue was absolutely perfect and everything I was looking for! I wanted an outdoor fall reception, but knew it was out of the question with our unpredictable Chicagoland weather. Then I found Four Rivers. The Grand Hall has gorgeous views of the river and forest preserve and we instantly knew this is where we wanted to have our wedding. Aside from the cold and windy outdoor ceremony (which I chose to keep outside instead of bringing it indoors), the day was everything I could have hoped for! The hall had a very cozy feel after sunset. A few of our recently married guests had said they wished they knew about this place when they were planning their wedding.

Mary Thomas is extremely helpful with any questions you may have. She offers a lot of suggestions for things if you get stuck on something in the planning process. She really knows what she's doing! When I stopped in to look at the flowers the day before the wedding, our florist said "You are the calmest bride I've ever seen!" A big part of that was because I felt very at ease after talking with Mary and our caterer earlier in the week to finalize all of the details.

I loved the privacy of the venue. A lot of places that we looked that had a comparable environment were overrun with people either visiting or part of multiple weddings taking place that day. The price to rent the hall, shelter, and bridal room (a classroom with a private bathroom) was very low compared to most venues in the area which was a huge plus! They also had very reasonably priced caterers on their approved caterer list.

If you are even slightly interested in this venue, go see it in person! I can't say enough how beautiful it is and how great the staff was! Read less
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Brianne
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
I love everything about this venue! It helped that it was an absolutely beautiful fall day. 75 and Sunny! No humidity. But even if the weather was bad, it would still be a great facility. Everything was so easy. From the first point of contact, to the end of our wedding night, Mary was spectacular. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. We got married under the pavilion. It was perfect. The grounds are so well maintained. The building and hall are so clean and updated! I would HIGHLY recommend getting married here. It is so much better than having a wedding at a traditional banquet hall! Everything was perfect!!!!
I love everything about this venue! It helped that it was an absolutely beautiful fall day. 75 and Sunny! No humidity. But Read more...
I love everything about this venue! It helped that it was an absolutely beautiful fall day. 75 and Sunny! No humidity. But even if the weather was bad, it would still be a great facility. Everything was so easy. From the first point of contact, to the end of our wedding night, Mary was spectacular. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. We got married under the pavilion. It was perfect. The grounds are so well maintained. The building and hall are so clean and updated! I would HIGHLY recommend getting married here. It is so much better than having a wedding at a traditional banquet hall! Everything was perfect!!!! Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.9/5.0
Beautiful venue!!! Perfect place for my wedding :)
Beautiful venue!!! Perfect place for my wedding :)
Beautiful venue!!! Perfect place for my wedding :) Read less
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Sheina
Wedding:
6/20/2014
4.9/5.0
My husband and I got married outside at the outdoor pavilion. We had our ceremony in the grass area looking at the river and I used the fireplace as my aisle. Then we had our reception under the pavilion. It was everything I could have imagined. When my husband and I looked at it the previous summer, I instantly knew this was the place for us. The venue was gorgeous, the weather was gorgeous, the scenery was amazing, and the staff was very accommodating.

Mary Thomas was great to deal with. She answered all of our questions right away through email or telephone. She never left us hanging in the dark about anything. She allowed us to rent out the classroom for a few hours the night of our ceremony (which we ended up not needing), but the classroom was very nice. If you definitely think you would use it, I would highly recommend the room. Very large bathroom (great for a big dress), lots of room for a huge bridal party, especially a good room to use if you are waiting for dinner to start and your introductions.

The only down fall about having the whole wedding and reception outside was the outdoor bathrooms. Some of my guests said the women's bathroom was pretty dirty, everyone started using the men's bathroom. If you aren't a fan of outhouses then having the reception outside might not be for you.

In the end, my husband and I, and all of our guests, were so happy with this place. It was the most beautiful wedding (I might be a little bias) I have been to in a long time. I love the beauty of the nature. Oh yeah, it was great for children; they had an amazing time running up and down the hill next to the pavilion.
My husband and I got married outside at the outdoor pavilion. We had our ceremony in the grass area looking at the river Read more...
My husband and I got married outside at the outdoor pavilion. We had our ceremony in the grass area looking at the river and I used the fireplace as my aisle. Then we had our reception under the pavilion. It was everything I could have imagined. When my husband and I looked at it the previous summer, I instantly knew this was the place for us. The venue was gorgeous, the weather was gorgeous, the scenery was amazing, and the staff was very accommodating.

Mary Thomas was great to deal with. She answered all of our questions right away through email or telephone. She never left us hanging in the dark about anything. She allowed us to rent out the classroom for a few hours the night of our ceremony (which we ended up not needing), but the classroom was very nice. If you definitely think you would use it, I would highly recommend the room. Very large bathroom (great for a big dress), lots of room for a huge bridal party, especially a good room to use if you are waiting for dinner to start and your introductions.

The only down fall about having the whole wedding and reception outside was the outdoor bathrooms. Some of my guests said the women's bathroom was pretty dirty, everyone started using the men's bathroom. If you aren't a fan of outhouses then having the reception outside might not be for you.

In the end, my husband and I, and all of our guests, were so happy with this place. It was the most beautiful wedding (I might be a little bias) I have been to in a long time. I love the beauty of the nature. Oh yeah, it was great for children; they had an amazing time running up and down the hill next to the pavilion. Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.9/5.0
The moment we saw Four Rivers we knew it was the place for our wedding ceremony and reception (and we saw it in February in the dead of winter)! We had our ceremony under the Four Rivers Shelter overlooking the river. It was so beautiful it took my breathe away. The reception hall has the rustic, homey look that we wanted. The attached patio was perfect and everyone enjoyed the option to step outside for a few minutes to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Our friends and family are still raving about how amazing the location was.

Mary was so helpful. Sometimes she may not be in the office to respond that day, but she always would respond as soon as she was able. Mary and Melissa were so helpful and they both really stepped up and helped when a few things went wrong. We are so grateful!

The rental fee is reasonable and makes Four Rivers unmatched in terms of how great the location and service is along with value. Because Four Rivers is not a banquet hall be prepared to have to piece together things separately (caterer, flowers, etc), but in my opinion it was totally worth it because it allowed us to make our wedding completely our own. If you are looking for a unique, but classy space that incorporates nature, please consider Four RIvers for your wedding and plan a visit- you will not regret it!
The moment we saw Four Rivers we knew it was the place for our wedding ceremony and reception (and we saw it in February Read more...
The moment we saw Four Rivers we knew it was the place for our wedding ceremony and reception (and we saw it in February in the dead of winter)! We had our ceremony under the Four Rivers Shelter overlooking the river. It was so beautiful it took my breathe away. The reception hall has the rustic, homey look that we wanted. The attached patio was perfect and everyone enjoyed the option to step outside for a few minutes to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Our friends and family are still raving about how amazing the location was.

Mary was so helpful. Sometimes she may not be in the office to respond that day, but she always would respond as soon as she was able. Mary and Melissa were so helpful and they both really stepped up and helped when a few things went wrong. We are so grateful!

The rental fee is reasonable and makes Four Rivers unmatched in terms of how great the location and service is along with value. Because Four Rivers is not a banquet hall be prepared to have to piece together things separately (caterer, flowers, etc), but in my opinion it was totally worth it because it allowed us to make our wedding completely our own. If you are looking for a unique, but classy space that incorporates nature, please consider Four RIvers for your wedding and plan a visit- you will not regret it! Read less
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Deanna
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was everything we had hoped for and more. The venue is so beautiful and unique, our guests are still commenting on how nice it was. We loved how the building is full of recycled materials it inspired us to create beautiful recycled and environmentally friendly decor and favors, saved us a lot of money and looked great. The pictures are breathtaking. The water and trees in the background are perfect for nature loving couples like ourselves. Our caterer was Uncle Bub's and they took such great care of us throughout the planning process as well, they gave great recommendations and made everything a breeze. The whole experience from the first meeting with Mary to the actual wedding day was wonderful. We couldn't have asked for a better venue and better people to work with.
Our wedding reception was everything we had hoped for and more. The venue is so beautiful and unique, our guests are still Read more...
Our wedding reception was everything we had hoped for and more. The venue is so beautiful and unique, our guests are still commenting on how nice it was. We loved how the building is full of recycled materials it inspired us to create beautiful recycled and environmentally friendly decor and favors, saved us a lot of money and looked great. The pictures are breathtaking. The water and trees in the background are perfect for nature loving couples like ourselves. Our caterer was Uncle Bub's and they took such great care of us throughout the planning process as well, they gave great recommendations and made everything a breeze. The whole experience from the first meeting with Mary to the actual wedding day was wonderful. We couldn't have asked for a better venue and better people to work with. Read less
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