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Venues in Lake Forest, IL,
(847) 582-6400

About Us

The Forester Hotel is an elegant wedding venue situated in Lake Forest, Illinois. Combining timeless charm with contemporary comfort, this beautiful property has been welcoming soon-to-be newlyweds since 1929. Right beside I-94, many of Lake Forest’s most popular attractions are within driving distance. You and your loved ones will surely adore the hotel’s chic decor, versatile event spaces, and plush guest rooms. A perfect place to say “I do”, The Forester Hotel can provide the backdrop for your Prairie State wedding.

Facilities and Capacity

Capable of accommodating up to 150 of your friends and relatives, this delightful hotel is home to a variety of ballrooms. Intimate events can be held in the Blue Stem Room, a snug setting that can host up to 45 wedding-goers. The Aster Room is the property’s largest event room, featuring 2,232 square feet of available space. Here, you and up to 150 people can tuck into a delicious meal before dancing the night away. It is replete with sophisticated decor, and its floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flow in. Another option is the Lupine Room, suitable for a maximum of 186 attendees. Following the festivities, you and your beloved can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the luxurious rooms. Each room boasts an array of modern amenities designed to enhance your experience. These consist of complimentary WiFi, a Smart TV, an in-room safe, a mini-fridge, and blackout curtains. Details such as well-lit vanities, sofa-sleepers, and comfortable grand beds are sure to impress. In total, there are 156 rooms and 10 suites.

Services Offered

At The Forester Hotel, the staff is determined to bring every detail of your marital vision to life. Their on-site wedding coordinator will be on-hand throughout to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Planning assistance, set-up, clean-up, and access to get-ready rooms are just a few of the many services on offer. Eager to complement your event with a superlative dining experience, the venue’s in-house restaurant, Oaken Bistro + Bar, can provide you with a meal to remember. They are famed for their creative reinventions of traditional dishes and their stellar customer service. As an added touch, a farewell brunch can be prepared as a farewell gesture.

Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$ 10,000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$ 7,000.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$ 6,000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$ 4,500.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$ 20.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue

Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?


Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations, All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Pet Friendly, Preferred Vendors Only, Set Up, Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers, Aisle Runners, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Chair Covers, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking, Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January, February, March, November, December

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