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Venues and Catering in Libertyville, IL,
(847) 247-1111
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4.8 out of 5
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    Chaula

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  • It's a breath-taking venue! We have beautiful wedding pictures and my family loved the venue. If. you have a large wedding (>275, be mindful that the max capacity is 300, so only 275 guests are recommended for comfort). We started our planning with Allison (who was great, but left IG), and we did most of the planning with Marta. Both Marta and Allison are very well versed with Indian weddings and have so much experience under their belt. Marta was very patient and worked tirelessly to meet our needs. I'm sure we weren't the easiest clients since she was often mediating all of our conflicting wedding visions, but she really delivered a memorable, joyous wedding experience. She was so helpful on the day of our wedding and calmed my nerves throughout the day (I wish I had her for the ceremonies that took place at my parents home the day before). The cost of the wedding was fair. My husband and I are both graduate students so cost was a huge factor in our wedding. Marta and Allison w... Read more

    Steven T.

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    5 out of 5
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  • A good venue for a wedding is everything and that's what we got with them. From the initial walk through to the day of the wedding they took care of us so well. All the information was laid out easily for us to understand, there was no added pressure for doing anything related to our wedding we didn't want to, and they made our special day feel truly special. I also would like to mention Marta, who helped us through the entire process. She was absolutely amazing from day one. She helped us make all our tough decisions, made sure our day went as smooth as it possible could, and was just the most down to earth person we could have asked for. You want a venue that is there for you, not pushy, and a beautiful place to get married then this is that place. We will never forget our day there and its because of the wonderful staff there that made that happen. :)

    Adrianna M.

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you even come across Independence Grove as an option, chose it. This was the best decision my husband and I made during the entire wedding process. We worked with Marta (the most organized and on-it person I know) and Catering By Michael's, which is the exclusive catering company for this venue. The planning process was easy and laid out for us. Marta was so responsive, and she made the day-of the wedding so easy; she even brought me tums when my stomach was upset during the reception. She went above and beyond to make sure my wedding was personalized and ran smoothly. Catering by Michael's: AMAZING. I have 1 professional chef in the family and 15 foodie family members, everyone approved the food. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about moving forward with this venue and its exclusive catering company, but it couldn't have worked out better. The food was amazing; even if you don't pick this venue please look into Catering by Michaels. We had great (authentic) palomas and late night... Read more

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    Adrianna - Thank you for the amazing review. We are thrilled that Marta did such an awesome job for you and made your wedding planning experience and wedding day wonderful. Your detailed comments about the food are amazing. As we are a "food-forward" company, we love to receive positive comments about our completely "scratch/homemade" food and sauces, and even our drinks. We are very proud of the quality and taste of our food, as well as its presentation, and could not be happier that you appreciated it. Wishing you and Kyle a wonderful future! Stewart Glass, President Catering by Michaels

    Ivee S.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Stewart and Marta are truly professionals in every sense of the word! Marta was absolutely amazing she thought of details that we didn’t even think of! We knew that we didn’t have to worry about a thing because Marta had everything covered and our special day was going to be everything we wanted. As it turns out our wedding day was even more beautiful than we dreamed it was going to be because of Marta’s attention to detail. Thank you Marta for everything you did to make sure Frank and I didn’t have to worry about anything and we could just enjoy our day!

    Rosalee

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    5 out of 5
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  • We picked the venue because we wanted an indoor/outdoor experience and an on-site ceremony. EIG was the first place we looked at and we fell in love. It was perfect; from the moment we started working with them, they were incredibly helpful. They sent a timeline immediately so I knew where I needed to be with respect to the planning process. Our planner, Marta, reached out to us when it was time to start getting into the details of the day/night, and she did not forget even a moment! She would bring up ideas and questions in our planning meeting that I hadn’t even thought of before, and she kept me and my family focused on the things that not only mattered, but what we wanted as a bride and groom. She answered my emails and phone calls super promptly, even when she was sick or out of town. And on the week of, she was splendid. Her attention to detail is so exacting that she sat at the front of the processional and made sure every groomsman’s tie and boutonniere was straight. The ce... Read more

    Molly M.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wedding of my dreams. Guests are still talking about food and how gorgeous the venue was.

    Brittany

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    5 out of 5
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  • We absolutely loved our wedding at Independence Grove! It was so beautiful. Guests LOVED the cocktail hour with the lake in the background. Appetizers were awesome and food was excellent. If you are looking for an indoor/outdoor wedding option filled with nature- this is the place for you!

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    Thank you for an awesome review. We think the view is amazing also and are thrilled that you were so pleased!

    Loren M.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Marta was our event coordinator and really our selling point! She was so personable and made me truly believe that we would have the wedding of my dreams there, and we did. My husband brews his own craft beer and we were able to serve it to our guests, which many other venues would not. We were able to bring both sets of our parents to the food tasting, and we had so much fun. All the food was outstanding, best wedding food I’ve never had and the bar never had a line. The service all night was amazing. Such a beautiful venue, with so many different places to take wedding photos- especially in the summer. The scenery, food, service, and price for a Friday wedding here can’t be beat!!

    Jackie S.

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    5 out of 5
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  • HUGE Kudos to Marta and the entire staff and IG! They seriously go above and behind for their couples to make sure that EVERYTHING goes off without a hitch! They are very responsive and helpful. They will work behind the scenes with your other vendors so you do not have to be a middleman. They are AMAZING! I honestly wish they could help me throw a party every year! Book with them and you will not be disappointed! I wish I could give them 100 stars in all categories!

    Amanda W.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were absolutely blown away by our wedding at Independence Grove. The food was fantastic and we keep hearing from family and friends that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. Everything was beautiful and everything went smoothly. This is largely in part to Marta, who coordinated the event. She is ON TOP of things and very detailed oriented. We always felt like we had Marta "in our corner" when making decisions, working with other vendors, etc. It would not have been the same without her! Thank you to all of the staff at Independence Grove for helping us have the most perfect day!

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    Thank you for the awesome review. It makes us all happy that our hard work pleased you! Good luck to you and Cam in your marriage!

    Sarah L.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had an incredible experience with Marta at Independence Grove for our wedding reception. Their experience shines through from the initial tour and throughout all stages of the planning process. Marta was SO responsive and goes above and beyond to make sure the day goes exactly as planned. We also had a fantastic experience with Catering By Michaels, the appetizers were our favorite and we had a great time at our tasting! I so appreciate the attention to detail, personalization and enthusiasm shown to us leading up to our big day! Thank you!!!

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    Sarah - Thank you very much for all of the compliments. We are very happy that you enjoyed every part of the Events at Independence Grove/Catering by Michaels experience. Best wishes to you and Eric for an awesome lifetime together.

    Mark

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    5 out of 5
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  • Marta is the best coordinator to work with. She was always there whenever we needed help or if we had questions. Planning a wedding isn't easy but Marta made sure we covered every single detail needed to make the best day of our lives live up to its full potential. On wedding day, she made sure everyone on the staff worked together. We couldn't have asked for anyone better. We would and will recommend Marta to anyone who look to get married in the future! A++

    Paul H.

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • We would highly recommend anyone to hold their wedding at Independence Grove! Both my wife and I had the pleasure of working with Marta. She was very responsive and accommodating throughout the whole process and we are still getting compliments on the food that was provided by Catering by Michaels.

    Katie

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • I cannot say more positive things about Independence Grove. My husband and I got married at IG last month (August 2019) and we were absolutely thrilled with the experience. We chose the Native Gardens for our outdoor ceremony and were lucky enough to have our cocktail hour out on the patio and our reception to follow in Audubon Hall. We did a first look on site and our photographer and videographer loved the settings for photos and video. Having everything take place in one spot made the day simple and easy. About half of our guests were coming from out of state so the availability of hotels in the area was important to us and IG is close enough to Chicago that many of our guests spent the remainder of the weekend in the city for a visit. Besides the beautiful setting, the food is what our guests rave about the most. The passed appetizers were amazing, however, the donut bar for dessert and the taco bar for the late night snack are what people will be talking about for years to... Read more

    Mickey U.

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We had a Summer Wedding at Independence Grove and it was fantastic. We chose to have the indoor ceremony, and our guests couldn't stop raving about the views over the lake from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The cocktail hour, which takes place on the veranda has beautiful views of the forest preserve and lake. And the food was absolutely delicious. I'm 100% sure they are the best appetizers I have ever had at a wedding. Overall, the coordinator is easy to work with during the planning process and is extremely responsive for all of your questions. And the day-of staff was very respectful and professional. We had a great experience at Independence Grove and would absolutely recommend this venue if it's in your budget.

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