NORTH BAY PAVILION


The North Bay Pavilion is a rustic outdoor event space situated on the scenic North Bay. The striking covered cedar pavilion and adjacent open area can accommodate an outdoor wedding, corporate picnic, or any other lakeside special event. Available for daytime events until sunset and lighting packages available for evening events until 11pm.

  • WEDDING

    Stunning views of the North Bay set the scene for your picture perfect waterfront wedding — May through September. This rustic covered pavilion features high ceilings, black iron, cedar timbers, and can be enclosed or expanded with tenting. Choose from our flexible options for outdoor ceremonies, including bayside, under the pavilion, or at The Native Garden.

    SPACE DETAILS

    Space rental only available with food and beverage package from Catering by Michaels. No outside food or beverage is permitted.

    If you are within 60 days of your event and you would prefer to book the North Bay Pavilion without catering, you may contact the Independence Grove Forest Preserve office at (847) 968-3499. Food deliveries or other caterers are not permitted on the Independence Grove grounds.

    CAPACITY

    INDOOR/OUTDOOR

    AMENITIES

    OPTIONAL UPGRADES

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS

    • Picnic table seating with dance floor: up to 135
    • Banquet seating with dance floor: up to 175
    • Tenting to increase seating area: up to 300 with dance floor

    • Outdoor

    • Sand volleyball court
    • Fireplace
    • Fishing pier
    • 220 parking spaces
    • Preferred vendor list
    • 30 picnic tables for guest seating

    • Basic sound system
    • Tenting to enclose or expand the area
    • Lighting packages
    • Yard games and sports equipment
    • White garden chairs
    • Banquet tables and chairs
    • Pedal boat rental

    • Located just off I-294
    • 2 hotels with free shuttle service located in close proximity with discounted Independence Grove room block rates
    • Kosher, Indian, and ethnic catering available

  • SOCIAL EVENTS

    Stunning views of the North Bay set the scene for a picturesque bayside event — May through September. This rustic covered pavilion features high ceilings, black iron, cedar timbers, and can be enclosed or expanded with tenting. Perfect for family reunions, birthdays, graduation parties, and casual Bar Mitzvahs. Choose from BBQ buffets to elegant restaurant-style plated meals — provided by Catering By Michaels.

    SPACE DETAILS

    Space rental only available with food and beverage package from Catering by Michaels. No outside food or beverage is permitted.

    If you are within 60 days of your event and you would prefer to book the North Bay Pavilion without catering, you may contact the Independence Grove Forest Preserve office at (847) 968-3499. Food deliveries or other caterers are not permitted on the Independence Grove grounds.

    • Picnic table seating: up to 175
    • Banquet seating: up to 200
    • Tenting to increase seating area: up to 400

    • Outdoor

    • Sand volleyball court
    • Fireplace
    • Fishing pier
    • 220 parking spaces
    • 30 picnic tables for guest seating

    • Basic sound system
    • Tenting to enclose or expand the area
    • Lighting packages
    • Yard games and sports equipment
    • White garden chairs
    • Banquet tables and chairs
    • Pedal boat rental
    • Bike rental
    • Entertainment and activities (DJs, bands, bounce houses, obstacle courses, etc.)

    • Located just off I-294
    • 2 hotels with free shuttle service located in close proximity with discounted Independence Grove room block rates
    • Kosher, Indian, and ethnic catering available

  • CORPORATE EVENTS

    This rustic covered pavilion features high ceilings, black iron, cedar timbers, and can be enclosed or expanded with tenting. Available May through September and perfect for company picnics, employee appreciation events, and class reunions. Includes flexible menu options, from basic hamburger and hot dog picnics to gourmet BBQ with ribs and skirt steaks — provided by Catering by Michaels.

    SPACE DETAILS

    Space rental only available with food and beverage package from Catering by Michaels. No outside food or beverage is permitted.

    If you are within 60 days of your event and you would prefer to book the North Bay Pavilion without catering, you may contact the Independence Grove Forest Preserve office at (847) 968-3499. Food deliveries or other caterers are not permitted on the Independence Grove grounds.

    CAPACITY

    INDOOR/OUTDOOR

    AMENITIES

    OPTIONAL UPGRADES

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS

    • Picnic style events: up to 600
    • Please inquire about capacity for cocktail reception and plated meal events

    • Outdoor

    • Indoor restrooms
    • Sand volley ball court
    • Fishing pier
    • 220 parking spaces with additional overflow lot for up to 140 additional vehicles
    • 30 picnic tables for guest seating

    • Interactive DJ with sound system
    • Bounce houses, obstacle courses, and carnival rides
    • Face painting, clowns, and magicians
    • Full selection of picnic entertainment options
    • Tenting to enclose or expand the area
    • Yard games and sports equipment
    • Pedal boat rental
    • Bike rental
    • Bussing to off-site or overflow parking
    • Fishing lessons

    • Located just off I-294
    • 2 hotels with free shuttle service located in close proximity with discounted Independence Grove room block rates
    • Kosher, Indian, and ethnic catering available

TESTIMONIALS

Nor-3
The facility was great – everything set up perfectly, team was responsive to our last minute requests, and the food was stellar! One of the finer facilities I’ve worked in.
Sue L., Abbvie, North Chicago, IL

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