Indoor Events

flowers in a vase during an event at Thatcher Woods Pavilion

Nestled in serene forests in Chicago and the suburbs, the Forest Preserves of Cook County indoor event venues offer scenic views and beautiful spaces for your next event.

Open House on January 23, 2022

Come see our facilities and get your 2022 event booked! Call 773-558-2003 for more information.

Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion (South Side of Chicago)
10 am – 3 pm

Rolling Knolls Pavilion (Elgin)
10 am – 2 pm

Thatcher Woods Pavilion (River Forest)
10 am – 3 pm

Volunteer Resource Center (The VRC) (North Side of Chicago)
2 pm – 5 pm

Vaccination Requirements for Indoor Events

Following public health guidance impacting Cook County and the City of Chicago, all people 5 years of age or older are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at all permitted indoor events serving food or beverages. People 16 years of age or older must also provide a valid ID that matches their proof of vaccination.

All permit holders must provide a person to check IDs against vaccination cards at the entrance of their event. Any permit holder who does not ensure vaccination status is checked at their event may lose their security deposit, have their event shut down, and/or receive citation from the Forest Preserve Police. All visitors are still required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.


inside the Dan Ryan Pavilion

Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion

S Western Ave & W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620

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.

the indoor event space at Rolling Knolls Pavilion

Rolling Knolls Pavilion

11N260 Rohrssen Rd, Elgin, IL 60120

The LEED-Platinum certified building includes a large meeting/event space that accommodates up to 80 guests and a smaller room for meetings that seats 20. Both rooms have easy access to the outdoor patio area on the ground level and a deck that overlooks a scenic lake offering a beautiful view. This facility is an enjoyable meeting location and can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, baptismal and organizational meetings.

Swallow Cliff Pavilion building

Swallow Cliff Pavilion

Rte 83, west of La Grange Rd/96th Ave, Cook County, IL 60464 (near Palos Park)

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

In addition to the wood-burning brick fireplace, the 40-person 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.

inside Thatcher Woods Pavilion during a private event

Thatcher Woods Pavilion

Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305

This event venue 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.

the Community Room at Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center
The Community Room at Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center.

Volunteer Resource Center

6100 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

The Forest Preserves’ Volunteer Resource Center (The VRC) 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.