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Kickapoo Creek Winery

Edwards , IL
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6605 N. Smith Road
Edwards, IL 61528 US (map)

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309-495-9463
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Make your wedding an event of a lifetime with us at Kickapoo Creek Winery

Let us make your wedding the most extraordinary and memorable day of your life. The picturesque views... Read more
Make your wedding an event of a lifetime with us at Kickapoo Creek Winery

Let us make your wedding the most extraordinary and memorable day of your life. The picturesque views of the property are ideal for the perfect outdoor ceremony. The elegant ballroom has a beautiful custom built Oak Bar, built-in dance floor, and beautifully updated finishes. The ballroom can hold up to 300 guests. If you are looking for an outdoor reception, the Prairie Star Pavilion is picture perfect! The pavilion can hold up to 150 guests. Let us know you found us on WeddingWire! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Farm, Winery
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Classic
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?
300
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
11/5/2016
5.0/5.0
The staff was great to work with. Any questions I had were answered timely and professionally. It was a joy to work with Cindy and Emily!
The staff was great to work with. Any questions I had were answered timely and professionally. It was a joy to work with Read more...
The staff was great to work with. Any questions I had were answered timely and professionally. It was a joy to work with Cindy and Emily! Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much. We loved working with the two of you from the time you got engaged to you celebrating your big day. Best of Wishes to you both!
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Amy
Wedding:
9/30/2016
4.5/5.0
We enjoyed working with Kickapoo Creek Winery. Cindy was very responsive, accommodating, and helpful the entire time! She even helped when we had issues with other vendors and gave suggestions with planning. Our wedding was almost 2 months ago and guests are still commenting on how delicious the food was. I would suggest this venue to anyone looking for great communication, convenience of hosting ceremony and reception in the same place, and catering.

We had a great time celebrating our wedding here. We really liked how we could have photos, ceremony, and reception all in once place. Our guests liked this as well, since majority were from out of town/out of country.

The only things, and these are minor that we were a bit bothered by were:

1. Bugs - they were absolutely awful and had painful bites. They seemed to like flowers and white, which on a wedding is all over the place. We were completely swarmed by them and the wedding party looked like we were covered in chicken pox for the next week. Myself and the bridesmaids ended up having to take our dresses off to shake them out and wipe our bodies down to get rid of them and then redress for the reception. I know that bugs are a common occurrence with outdoor weddings, and this seemed to be a bad luck mix of heavy rain the night before and high humidity the day of. I would be prepared to bring more than enough bug spray with you. It would have been nice if they had had some on sight as well for what seemed to be an extreme/rare circumstance.

2. Our ceremony was moved to the pavilion due to the ground being too soft from rain the night before. Still a pretty location, but we felt a bit awkward due to winery patrons peeking in and roaming about as guests were arriving. We understand the patio is still open, but it would have been nice to a little more privacy.
We enjoyed working with Kickapoo Creek Winery. Cindy was very responsive, accommodating, and helpful the entire time! She Read more...
We enjoyed working with Kickapoo Creek Winery. Cindy was very responsive, accommodating, and helpful the entire time! She even helped when we had issues with other vendors and gave suggestions with planning. Our wedding was almost 2 months ago and guests are still commenting on how delicious the food was. I would suggest this venue to anyone looking for great communication, convenience of hosting ceremony and reception in the same place, and catering.

We had a great time celebrating our wedding here. We really liked how we could have photos, ceremony, and reception all in once place. Our guests liked this as well, since majority were from out of town/out of country.

The only things, and these are minor that we were a bit bothered by were:

1. Bugs - they were absolutely awful and had painful bites. They seemed to like flowers and white, which on a wedding is all over the place. We were completely swarmed by them and the wedding party looked like we were covered in chicken pox for the next week. Myself and the bridesmaids ended up having to take our dresses off to shake them out and wipe our bodies down to get rid of them and then redress for the reception. I know that bugs are a common occurrence with outdoor weddings, and this seemed to be a bad luck mix of heavy rain the night before and high humidity the day of. I would be prepared to bring more than enough bug spray with you. It would have been nice if they had had some on sight as well for what seemed to be an extreme/rare circumstance.

2. Our ceremony was moved to the pavilion due to the ground being too soft from rain the night before. Still a pretty location, but we felt a bit awkward due to winery patrons peeking in and roaming about as guests were arriving. We understand the patio is still open, but it would have been nice to a little more privacy. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Alexandra
Wedding:
9/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Kickapoo Creek Winery is a beautiful venue with so many options!! Cindy, the wedding coordinator, was always more than happy to answer questions and assist in planning your big day. From the time we went out to see the winery to our wedding day we were in constant communication with Cindy and every single detail was exactly as discussed, our day could not have been more perfect. If you want a beautiful venue with a very helpful wedding coordinator Kickapoo Creek Winery should be your number 1 choice!!
Kickapoo Creek Winery is a beautiful venue with so many options!! Cindy, the wedding coordinator, was always more than Read more...
Kickapoo Creek Winery is a beautiful venue with so many options!! Cindy, the wedding coordinator, was always more than happy to answer questions and assist in planning your big day. From the time we went out to see the winery to our wedding day we were in constant communication with Cindy and every single detail was exactly as discussed, our day could not have been more perfect. If you want a beautiful venue with a very helpful wedding coordinator Kickapoo Creek Winery should be your number 1 choice!! Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

Thank You So Much! You and your mother were so easy to work with, which makes my job easy and fun. You were a very beautiful bride. Your dress was a perfect choice for you. Also, I got a chance to see your wedding photos and they were AMAZING! They really captured how much you two are in love with each other. Best Wishes to you and Jason on your future together as Mr. & Mrs.
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Kerri
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
The venue was absolutely beautiful. The coordinators did an amazing job working with us. The food was the best we ever had at any wedding event. The whole day went as planned, and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. Thank you so much!
The venue was absolutely beautiful. The coordinators did an amazing job working with us. The food was the best we ever had Read more...
The venue was absolutely beautiful. The coordinators did an amazing job working with us. The food was the best we ever had at any wedding event. The whole day went as planned, and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. Thank you so much! Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

Thank You! We really enjoyed working with the two of you as well. A beautiful day for beautiful brides. We wish you the very best in your life together!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.9/5.0
My complaint with the food was when the head table was served our food, it was cold. By the time we sat down after doing some pictures in between the ceremony and reception our food was barely warm. Could have been the 10-15 minutes we took to get back to the table once it was served. However, if it WAS hot, which we would have expected it to be, it shouldn't have been cold like it was. We did not get any complaints from our guests though, so we assume theirs was warm.
My only other complaint would about the time allotment for the reception. Cindy and the other staff were very accommodating in light of our situation. They took us on last minute due to an issue with our initial venue choice. However, when we first signed the contract with them, we do not recall being told anything about the time for the reception having to be done by 10 pm due to city ordinance. We were only made aware of this the night before the wedding and were not too pleased about it. We had a lot of family and friends coming from out of town (other states) and did not like that they would only be able to stay until 10 pm. We understand that there are homes nearby and want to be mindful of their peace, however, many people particularly did not think the music was that audible from outside the pavilion. On that note, we felt our evening was cut shorter than we cared for.
My complaint with the food was when the head table was served our food, it was cold. By the time we sat down after doing Read more...
My complaint with the food was when the head table was served our food, it was cold. By the time we sat down after doing some pictures in between the ceremony and reception our food was barely warm. Could have been the 10-15 minutes we took to get back to the table once it was served. However, if it WAS hot, which we would have expected it to be, it shouldn't have been cold like it was. We did not get any complaints from our guests though, so we assume theirs was warm.
My only other complaint would about the time allotment for the reception. Cindy and the other staff were very accommodating in light of our situation. They took us on last minute due to an issue with our initial venue choice. However, when we first signed the contract with them, we do not recall being told anything about the time for the reception having to be done by 10 pm due to city ordinance. We were only made aware of this the night before the wedding and were not too pleased about it. We had a lot of family and friends coming from out of town (other states) and did not like that they would only be able to stay until 10 pm. We understand that there are homes nearby and want to be mindful of their peace, however, many people particularly did not think the music was that audible from outside the pavilion. On that note, we felt our evening was cut shorter than we cared for. Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

We always try to provide the best for each and every wedding. I am sorry your food was not as hot as expected or should have been. We were able to accommodate your menu that you had chose from the other venue, but were challenged a little when the photography fell behind. We should have made adjustments with the Chef at that time.

We try to be a friendly neighbor, so that is why we require receptions to end by 10pm since we are in a neighborhood due to noise level. We have previously had complaints from neighbors when we allowed them to go later. That is why we put in our contract that is signed by the B/G, that all events must end by 10pm.

I know that we were not your first choice, but hope that since we were able to help you at the last minute, you still had a beautiful wedding. A wedding that will bring you memories of a lifetime.
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/6/2016
4.8/5.0
I would book my reception venue here again if I had the choice! If you are looking for a classy, rustic wedding venue this is where you need to look. Cindy and Emily are very responsive and easy to work with. They allow you to create your reception space into the room of your dreams. The food was amazing and I had so many compliments on the facility, the food and the entire night in general. I actually did a lot of DIY work for the tables and centerpieces and they did ALL of the set up once I dropped everything off the week of! The only thing that I did not like was sharing the site with another bride's wedding which was booked within a month of my wedding due to an emergency however her day did not interfere with mine at all and the entire day went so smooth. I am thankful that there were no large issues that came up that night and that I was just able to have fun and dance on the dance floor all night!
I would book my reception venue here again if I had the choice! If you are looking for a classy, rustic wedding venue this Read more...
I would book my reception venue here again if I had the choice! If you are looking for a classy, rustic wedding venue this is where you need to look. Cindy and Emily are very responsive and easy to work with. They allow you to create your reception space into the room of your dreams. The food was amazing and I had so many compliments on the facility, the food and the entire night in general. I actually did a lot of DIY work for the tables and centerpieces and they did ALL of the set up once I dropped everything off the week of! The only thing that I did not like was sharing the site with another bride's wedding which was booked within a month of my wedding due to an emergency however her day did not interfere with mine at all and the entire day went so smooth. I am thankful that there were no large issues that came up that night and that I was just able to have fun and dance on the dance floor all night! Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Michelle. You were an amazing Bride to work with and glad you gave us the opportunity to be the venue for your special day. Wish you nothing but the best in your future as Mr. & Mrs.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.9/5.0
The winery is beautiful and everything looked great. The food was also delicious. However, there are some issues. First of all, if you use their grape train, make sure you use it in the allotted time scheduled. We were running about 20 minutes late and the unpleasant guy driving the grape train refused to go back and pick up the groom and groomsmen, so the wedding coordinator had to bring them on a golf cart. Ridiculous considering how expensive this venue is for every little thing. I also made a mistake in having dinner start at 7:30; they started the salads at 7:30 and it was after 8:15 by the time I got my actual dinner. This cut short the music performance which was disappointing. They also kept trying to take my full plate of food and my maid of honor was literally guarding it, since I kept getting up to talk to people. Eventually she got up, and my food was gone. Lastly, they didn't keep people out of the main reception area before the ceremony and several people saw me beforehand, which was odd. I'm not sure why they didn't just lock the doors right away. And we didn't end up doing introductions because we were already inside during the cocktails, and it didn't seem like it would make sense to have us leave and comeback. The wedding coordinator people aren't really helpful in facilitating the flow of anything.
The winery is beautiful and everything looked great. The food was also delicious. However, there are some issues. First of Read more...
The winery is beautiful and everything looked great. The food was also delicious. However, there are some issues. First of all, if you use their grape train, make sure you use it in the allotted time scheduled. We were running about 20 minutes late and the unpleasant guy driving the grape train refused to go back and pick up the groom and groomsmen, so the wedding coordinator had to bring them on a golf cart. Ridiculous considering how expensive this venue is for every little thing. I also made a mistake in having dinner start at 7:30; they started the salads at 7:30 and it was after 8:15 by the time I got my actual dinner. This cut short the music performance which was disappointing. They also kept trying to take my full plate of food and my maid of honor was literally guarding it, since I kept getting up to talk to people. Eventually she got up, and my food was gone. Lastly, they didn't keep people out of the main reception area before the ceremony and several people saw me beforehand, which was odd. I'm not sure why they didn't just lock the doors right away. And we didn't end up doing introductions because we were already inside during the cocktails, and it didn't seem like it would make sense to have us leave and comeback. The wedding coordinator people aren't really helpful in facilitating the flow of anything. Read less
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Kickapoo Creek Winery responded with the following comments:

I am sorry we did not give you everything you had expected on your wedding day. We always try to give 100% to every wedding from start to finish. The grape train is sometimes a challenge. When the guest arrive, we start taking them to the ceremony site. That can take extra time if the guest don't arrive until a short time prior to ceremony start time. In order to help keep things moving, we will take some out on the Polaris. Our policy is to lock the front door and we put a sign in the hallway. It is a huge challenge because the bridal party, family, and vendors will go in and out and not lock it behind them.

Again, I am sorry your day was not as you expected it to be. We always appreciate input so we can make it better.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.6/5.0
Used KCW for wedding reception for 300 people...food was delicious, wont complain about that, but wait staff was careless, dropping tray of food for 12 people, giving adult meals to obvious children, so we came up many meals short for adults, have no idea what they did with children's meals that were not served, did not refill special coffee bar urns that we paid an extra $300 for, one of wait staff was moving mini cupcakes, donuts around on serving stand with no glove & eating as he was doing so, replacement meals for adults were not of quality we ordered & very cold, we asked to have warmed up, this never happened...at end of evening, we were asked how everything was, we mentioned about this meal situation & were told " hope these people were your 4th cousins, ha-ha"...did not appreciate this comment! Spoke to Cindy after about these problems (who was very easy to work with btw up to this point) & really got no more than lame excuses for these problems! Most of our guests were very satisfied, unaware of these problems, but I would probably have a problem with recommending this venue because of this...also, later we were told bartenders were rude, & did not tell people we had an "open bar", which we had paid for in our dinner package, for wine, draft beer & house liquors, instead running tabs for our guests! Just wonder how much extra they may have made off of that!
Used KCW for wedding reception for 300 people...food was delicious, wont complain about that, but wait staff was careless, Read more...
Used KCW for wedding reception for 300 people...food was delicious, wont complain about that, but wait staff was careless, dropping tray of food for 12 people, giving adult meals to obvious children, so we came up many meals short for adults, have no idea what they did with children's meals that were not served, did not refill special coffee bar urns that we paid an extra $300 for, one of wait staff was moving mini cupcakes, donuts around on serving stand with no glove & eating as he was doing so, replacement meals for adults were not of quality we ordered & very cold, we asked to have warmed up, this never happened...at end of evening, we were asked how everything was, we mentioned about this meal situation & were told " hope these people were your 4th cousins, ha-ha"...did not appreciate this comment! Spoke to Cindy after about these problems (who was very easy to work with btw up to this point) & really got no more than lame excuses for these problems! Most of our guests were very satisfied, unaware of these problems, but I would probably have a problem with recommending this venue because of this...also, later we were told bartenders were rude, & did not tell people we had an "open bar", which we had paid for in our dinner package, for wine, draft beer & house liquors, instead running tabs for our guests! Just wonder how much extra they may have made off of that! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
The staff at Kickapoo Creek Winery was very professional and made our big day special. The bridal coordinator was friendly, creative and supportive and was there every step of the way.
The staff at Kickapoo Creek Winery was very professional and made our big day special. The bridal coordinator was Read more...
The staff at Kickapoo Creek Winery was very professional and made our big day special. The bridal coordinator was friendly, creative and supportive and was there every step of the way. Read less
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Kari
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.3/5.0
KCW is one of the nicest places in Central IL to have a wedding. There are so many options for the outdoor ceremony (lakes, vineyards, grasslands, etc.) and a beautiful banquet space. The fact that they make their own wine adds a nice little souvenir aspect to the whole place and a fun atmosphere before your wedding.

Quality of Service: Cindy (the coordinator) is really great about answering questions and being available to help you put things together. Their wait staff is very courteous and seemed happy to be there (always a plus)! Be careful, though - our vendors didn't get fed even though we paid for their meals and they were present!

Responsiveness: We got emails back from Cindy in less then 24 hours if we emailed her on a week day. Really great!

Professionalism: Everyone had a professional attitude, although when I spoke to a management figure about the vendors' meals, she gave me an excuse with no offer to try to fix it which bothered me. Even the tasting room staff is really great!

Value: They are a little more expensive than most (the food minimum is DEFINITELy higher than most Peoria venues), but you have to take into account that you get to have your ceremony/reception all in one place (no driving) and everything you could ever need is right there. It's about the ease of everything over the price.

Flexibility: We had started planning our wedding over a year in advance (March 2013, our wedding was August 2014), and were stuck with whatever date they had available since we really wanted this venue. That seems to be a theme everywhere, though, so no fault to KCW. Just know you have to plan over a year and a half in advance if you want a specific date.

Overall? This place was amazing and our guests had a great time there. Would definitely recommend.
KCW is one of the nicest places in Central IL to have a wedding. There are so many options for the outdoor ceremony Read more...
KCW is one of the nicest places in Central IL to have a wedding. There are so many options for the outdoor ceremony (lakes, vineyards, grasslands, etc.) and a beautiful banquet space. The fact that they make their own wine adds a nice little souvenir aspect to the whole place and a fun atmosphere before your wedding.

Quality of Service: Cindy (the coordinator) is really great about answering questions and being available to help you put things together. Their wait staff is very courteous and seemed happy to be there (always a plus)! Be careful, though - our vendors didn't get fed even though we paid for their meals and they were present!

Responsiveness: We got emails back from Cindy in less then 24 hours if we emailed her on a week day. Really great!

Professionalism: Everyone had a professional attitude, although when I spoke to a management figure about the vendors' meals, she gave me an excuse with no offer to try to fix it which bothered me. Even the tasting room staff is really great!

Value: They are a little more expensive than most (the food minimum is DEFINITELy higher than most Peoria venues), but you have to take into account that you get to have your ceremony/reception all in one place (no driving) and everything you could ever need is right there. It's about the ease of everything over the price.

Flexibility: We had started planning our wedding over a year in advance (March 2013, our wedding was August 2014), and were stuck with whatever date they had available since we really wanted this venue. That seems to be a theme everywhere, though, so no fault to KCW. Just know you have to plan over a year and a half in advance if you want a specific date.

Overall? This place was amazing and our guests had a great time there. Would definitely recommend. Read less
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