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Shelter rental postponed until after Tuesday, March 31.

Anyone who has a shelter booked during this time frame will be issued a refund. To communicate with our staff regarding customer service questions, call 847-367-6640 or contact us online.

Half Day Shelter A

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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Shelter Features:

Maximum Capacity

200: Shelter and surrounding area
  90: Under the shelter roof

Total Picnic Tables and Grills

26 Tables
  1 Grill


  • Water may not be available mid-October–May.
  • In order to have band or DJ, you must rent both shelters A and B to minimize disturbance to other preserve guests.
  • When booking two shelters, use A and B.
  • Open area permits are not available at this preserve.


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