Private Event Facilities

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Choose between four indoor facilities with six unique event spaces for your special celebration or meeting.

 

The Forest Preserves of Cook County has three indoor rental locations, the Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center, Thatcher Woods Pavilion, Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion and Swallow Cliff Pavilion with a total of five event spaces. Event hours can be scheduled from 9 am to 10 pm, Monday through Sunday.

 

A four-hour minimum booking is required for all rentals including event set up/take down time within that time frame. Events running longer than two-hours may require a more extensive set up/take down time frame. All fees are due in full upon booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Non-profit organizations with proper documentation may qualify for a reduced rate of 50% on designated charges.

Bookings are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to review. For booking information, please call 773-792-0149 or email pavilion.rentals@cookcountyil.gov.

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Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center

6100 North Central, Chicago, IL 60646 (map)

 

This facility has long been an enjoyable meeting location and can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, baptismal, and organizational meetings. It features an amply spaced room with a stage and an outdoor stone patio separated by a row of classic French doors. This room can accommodate up to 100 guests and has a smaller class room (40 guests) nearby which can be configured for a variety of uses as well.

 

This space is accented by beautiful high-wooden ceilings, superb acoustics and wood burning fireplace and is hidden in the Forest Preserves of Cook County overlooking the Edgebrook golf course.

 

Community Room

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 100 $45/hour + $25 Application Fee $70/hour + $25 Application Fee $100
Friday-Sunday 100 $75/hour + $25 Application Fee $90/hour + $25 Application Fee $100

 

Classroom

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 40 $20/hour + $25 Application Fee $50/hour + $25 Application Fee $100
Friday-Sunday 40 $35/hour + $25 Application Fee $70/hour + $25 Application Fee $100

 


 

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Thatcher Woods Pavilion

8030 Chicago Ave, River Forest, IL 60305 (map)

 

This facility is anchored by a stone masonry traditional gas-lit fireplace which adds richness to the restoration of the entire facility. Two meeting rooms can be used either as a single space or two separate functions, which can accommodate approximately 120 or 80/40 guests accordingly. A convenient prep-type kitchen is on-site. Ask about availability.

 

East Room*

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 80 $75/hour + $25 Application Fee $100/hour + $25 Application Fee $100
Friday-Sunday 80 $100/hour + $25 Application Fee $125/hour + $25 Application Fee $100

 

West Room*

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 40 $60/hour + $25 Application Fee $90/hour + $25 Application Fee $100
Friday-Sunday 40 $90/hour + $25 Application Fee $115/hour + $25 Application Fee $100

 

*Please note that the picnic grove adjacent to the pavilion is available as an additional charge.

 


 

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Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion

8700 South Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620 (map)

 

Versatility is the key word for the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. The wide open design can be arranged to suit a variety of affairs, functions and occasions. This pavilion can accommodate approximately 120 guests and is perfect for your next banquet, meeting, seminar, luncheon or reception. Additionally, the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion has a smartly designed kitchen for light food preparation.

 

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 120 $75/hour + $25 Application Fee $100/hour + $25 Application Fee $100
Friday-Sunday 120 $100/hour + $25 Application Fee $125/hour + $25 Application Fee $100

 


 

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Swallow Cliff Pavilion*

IL Route 83 & US Route 45, Palos Township, IL 60646 (map)

 

Just north of the 100-foot bluff and popular fitness stairs, the Swallow Cliff Pavilion is perfect for any occasion. Built in 2016, this facility provides an intimate setting for birthday parties, showers, classes and meetings.

 

In addition to the wood-burning brick fireplace, the Pavilion features a kitchen prep area, refrigerator/freezer and restrooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the building open completely to allow a cool breeze or create an amazing indoor/outdoor experience.

 

*Shared patio is not part of rental space, the building does not feature air conditioning and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Availability Capacity Cook County Residents & Businesses NON-Cook County Residents & Businesses Security Deposit
Monday-Thursday 40 $45/hour + $25 application fee $70/hour + $25 application fee $100
Friday-Sunday 40 $65/hour + $25 application fee $90/hour + $25 application fee $100
Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County