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Preserve Picnic Shelters


Fox River: Large Pavilion


This pavilion at the Fox River Forest Preserve is adjacent to trails and parking, and offers a beautiful view of the river. A large stone fireplace adds to the shelter's ambience.

This pavilion features flush toilets, running water, and drinking fountains. Note: water and toilets are not available from mid-October to May 1. 

Live bands are allowed, but must be set up to face the river to minimize disturbance to other preserve guests and neighbors.

Maximum Capacity

350: Shelter and surrounding area
288: Under the shelter roof

Permit Fees

Weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day):
1-100 people Resident Nonresident
  $100 $160
For each additional group of 10 people add $8
Weekday and off-season reservations (after Labor Day through Friday before Memorial Day):
1-100 people Resident Nonresident
  $85 $135
For each additional group of 10 people add $7


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Rules and Regulations

  • Leash and pick up litter from pets.
  • Decorations permitted for events – use only tape and/or thumbtacks. You may put up signs directing people to your shelter. All decorations and signs must be removed when event is finished. Do not attach anything to Forest Preserve signs.
  • Please clean up shelter area before leaving.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; must be 21 years of age. You may not consume any alcoholic beverage upon or within 100 feet of any parking area. Host liquor liability insurance is available but not mandatory.
  • Park only in lots.
  • Service roads are for unloading and loading only. Do not leave vehicles parked on service road. If you need use of the service road, please place a request for the gate to be dropped at the time you reserve the shelter.

Shelter Features:

Capacity: 350
Grills: 1
Picnic Tables: 46

Special Activities

Any vendors hired by the permit holder to provide special activities, including catering, must be licensed with the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the current year. Approved vendors for each special activity permitted at this shelter are listed in document below.

Licensed Vendors

Special activities allowed at this shelter are:
  • Band/DJ
  • Catering
  • Moonwalk
  • Tent (Large)
  • Tent (Small)