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Picnic Shelters

Independence Grove North Bay Pavilion


Permits for the North Bay Pavilion are booked through Picnics, Inc., a Catering by Michael's Company (a licensee of the Lake County Forest Preserves). For rates and availability, call 847-966-6555, or visit their website at


Situated on the scenic North Bay at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, this striking cedar pavilion is perfect for a corporate picnic, outdoor wedding, family reunion or other lakeside event.

This pavilion features a stone fireplace and adjacent playfield, sand volleyball court and fishing pier. Picnickers also have access to preserve trails and to the countywide Des Plaines River Trail. For an additional charge, your guests may also access the use of the pedal boats on the lake.

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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.

North Bay Pavilion Reservations

For reservations and catering arrangements, contact Catering by Michaels at 847-966-6555.

The special activities and approved vendors cannot be contracted for functions at Independence Grove that are booked through Catering by Michaels. A separate caterer-approved vendor list applies to rentals at Independence Grove. 

Other Venues at Independence Grove

For Audubon Hall and Millennia Plaza rental and catering arrangements, call our caterer Events at Independence Grove at 847-247-1111.

Find Sunset Time

Preserves are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. Find a sunset time for your desired date »

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

500: Shelter and surrounding area

Special Amenities

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

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:


Licensed Vendors:

Vendor List