Half Day Shelter A


All weekdays, and weekends before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day Monday.
Number of People Resident Nonresident
1-100 $130.00 $210.00
For each additional group of 10 people add $10

Weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day).
Number of People Resident Nonresident
1-100 $140.00 $230.00
For each additional Group of 10 people add $10.00


This unique shelter at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills overhangs a picturesque pond, providing a scenic backdrop for weddings and other special celebrations and events.

The shelter area features an adjacent playfield. A 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 trails, including the countywide Des Plaines River Trail.

To access this shelter, park in the second lot on your right. This parking area is shared with Shelter B. Rental includes exclusive use of the covered deck next to the shelter.

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Rules and Regulations

For your safety and enjoyment, please...

  • Leave nature as you find it for others to enjoy.
  • Leash and pick up litter from pets.
  • Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of playgrounds.
  • Clean the shelter area before leaving your event.
  • Decorations and directional signs are permitted, but may not be attached to Lake County Forest Preserve signs. Use only tape or thumbtacks to attach decorations to the shelter. All decorations and signs must be removed when event is finished.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; must be 21 years or older. No alcohol consumption within 100 feet of parking lots. Host liquor liability insurance is available but not mandatory.
  • Park only in lots. Loitering in lots is prohibited. Vehicles left after closing will be towed at owner's expense.
  • Service roads may be used for unloading and loading only. Do not leave vehicles parked on service road. If you need use of the service road, place a request for the gate to be dropped at the time you reserve the shelter.
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