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Preserve Picnic Shelters


Half Day: Shelter A


This unique picnic shelter at Half Day Forest Preserve overhangs a picturesque pond, providing a beautiful backdrop for weddings, quinceaneras and other special events.

The shelter area features an adjacent playfield for your informal soccer, softball or volleyball game (bring your own equipment). A fun and safe playground is located near Shelters A and B and is shared with all preserve visitors. Picnickers also have access to the preserve's fishing pond and hiking trails, including the countywide Des Plaines River Trail.

Note: water is not available from mid-October to May 1. No open area permits are available at this preserve. In order to have live music or a DJ, you must rent both Shelters A and B (to avoid imposing upon a different party at the nearby shelter). When booking two shelters, use A and B.

To access this shelter, park in the second lot on your right. This parking area is shared with Shelter B.

Maximum Capacity

200: Shelter and surrounding area
  90: 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.

© Kim Karpeles

Shelter Features:

Capacity: 200
Grills: 1
Picnic Tables: 26
Service Road Access

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)