At Independence Grove, we are proud of our reputation as one of the premier wedding venues in the Chicagoland area. Set amidst 1,100-acre nature preserve featuring, our breathtaking views and serene event spaces create a desirable wedding destination which is unlike anything in the area. And because we are a Catering by Michaels company—the exclusive caterer and event management partner for Independence Grove Forest Preserve—we can blend contemporary menus with our stunning indoor and outdoor spaces to provide a feeling and experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Our dedicated, caring staff has the experience and understanding to bring a dream wedding to life.

These highlights have earned us praise—and awards—as a premier wedding venue.

And these highlights, amenities, and people also make Independence Grove an exquisite choice for other events as well!

Corporate: Impress Without the Stress

Events at Independence Grove offers flexible event spaces with panoramic views, personalized service, and award-winning gourmet catering—everything you need to enhance your next meeting, company picnic, or awards dinner.

Server tends to guests at social event at Independence Grove

When you host an event at Independence Grove, we handle everything! We’ll work with you to design, produce, and manage your entire event—from private meetings and luncheons to large-scale conferences, employee appreciation events, and holiday parties.

Luncheon outdoor event at Independence Grove

And, unlike a hotel, you get assigned one, single point-of-contact who will help you select the perfect event space, design a personalized menu, and coordinate any audio-visual requirements you may have.

With Events at Independence Grove, we make your life easier, so you can focus on your actual job.

Social: A Seamless Experience

Independence Grove provides some of the most splendid Chicagoland settings and social event backdrops—along with gourmet catering and event production.

Panoramic views at Independence GrovePlanning an event can overwhelm—from finding the perfect venue and caterer to all the décor and entertainment. When you host an event at Independence Grove, you get access to pristine settings, all the professional resources from Catering by Michaels, and a personal event coordinator who will guide you through every step of the process to ensure a memorable experience for you and your guests.

And to make things easier, we work with only the best designers, event planners, and florists to integrate every aspect of your event seamlessly AND spectacularly. Our dedicated team takes pride in ensuring that we attend to even the smallest details so you can focus solely on spending time with your guests!

Whether you are planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a family reunion, or a special birthday or anniversary celebration, we will help you craft the perfect experience which will make your event memorable!

Why We Are Unique

Opened in March 2001 as a new concept in forest preserves, Independence Grove was specifically designed to offer a premium visitor experience with the ability to host year-round events and celebrations.

Unique picturesque gardens offer the perfect backdrop  for any type of events in Chicago

Described as a Midwestern one-of-a-kind treasure, our natural tranquility, vast grasslands, and stunning lake views provide a unique and unforgettable backdrop for any wedding, social, or corporate event. Choose from, or combine, our unique indoor and outdoor spaces to create your ideal event experience.

Events at Independence Grove offers indoor spaces for Corporate and Social events

When it comes to your event, we are your partner every step of the way.