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Picnic Shelters

Independence Grove North Bay Pavilion

Situated on the scenic North Bay at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, this striking outdoor event pavilion and adjacent open area are perfect for a corporate picnic, outdoor wedding, family reunion or other lakeside events.

The North Bay Pavilion can accommodate 50 to 500 guests, and offers reserved parking, water and electric services, restroom facilities, picnic tables, 2’ x 4’ charcoal grill, sand volleyball court, fishing pier, stone fireplace, plus accessibility to all of Independence Grove’s open spaces and hiking trails.

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North Bay Pavilion Reservations

Event Type Event Date Applications Accepted
Catered Events Any Date Contact Relish Events at Independence Grove directly for reservations.
Relish is able to book the North Bay Pavilion at any time.
Non-Catered Events:
May 25-September 2, 2024 Within 60 days prior to the event.
Non-Catered Events:
January 1-May 24, 2024
September 3-December 31, 2024
Within the same year.

The booking process for North Bay Pavilion is unique to other shelters located throughout the Lake County Forest Preserves. The Pavilion is available to reserve for catered functions through the Lake County Forest Preserves' exclusive licensee, Relish Events at Independence Grove at 847-665-9211 or

Reservations of non-catered functions at the North Bay Pavilion may be secured through our special event coordinator no more than 60 days in advance of your event and no outside catering services may be utilized by your group. Within 60 days of your function date, please request your reservation for a non-catered event by returning the Reservation Form. Reservation forms requesting dates outside of the 60-day period will be voided.

Registered non-profit groups are eligible for a discount of site reservation fees at Independence Grove, Monday–Thursday, excluding holidays, at the following rates: 20% discount for Lake County groups, 15% discount for non-Lake County groups.

Weekday rates—Monday–Friday, excluding holidays:

Guest Size Resident Non-Resident
Up to 150 $250 $500
151 to 300 $500 $750
301-450 $750 $1,000
451 or more $1,000 $1,200

Weekend rates—Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays:

Guest Size Resident Non-Resident
Up to 150 $400 $650
151 to 300 $650 $900
301-450 $900 $1,200
451 or more $1,200 $1,600

If your event is between May 25–September 2 and the Reservation Form is submitted more than 60 days before your event date, the application will be voided.

Reservation Form

The reservation form is not compatible with mobile devices; forms must be completed via computer. If you need accommodations, view contact information below.

Contact Information

Julia Kreis | Special Event Coordinator

Other Venues at Independence Grove

For Audubon Hall rental and catering arrangements, call caterer Relish Events at Independence Grove at 847-665-9211 or

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No dogs, horses or other pets are allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.

Service Animals

Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.

Rules and Regulations

For your safety and enjoyment, please...

  • Dogs and other pets are not allowed at this preserve.
  • Leave nature as you find it for others to enjoy.
  • 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 Forest Preserves signs. Use only twine or thumbtacks to attach decorations to the shelter. Do not use any forms of tape, staple guns, nails, screws or fishing line to attach decorations. All decorations, signs, twine and thumbtacks 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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Shelter Features:

Maximum Capacity

600: Shelter and surrounding area

Special Amenities

Picnic Tables
Flush Toilets
Service Road Access
Sand Volleyball Court
Fishing Pier
Drinking Water
Public Parking
Running Water
Lake Views
Picnic Table Seating

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.

Special activities allowed at this shelter are:

Ice Fishing
Picnic Shelter Rental

Licensed Vendors:

Vendor List