Replace stale ideas with fresh thinking in a setting that was named one of the 12 natural wonders of the Chicago area by Chicago Wilderness Magazine. Not just a place to have a meeting but an opportunity to get a fresh start, put your group in a new state of mind, a different vibe, another attitude, an opportunity to break boundaries and stretch. Make the choice to leave behind an environment loaded with ingrained policies and traditional ways of thinking and doing. Lead your group in a whole new direction.
As you enter the grounds of Ryerson Woods,
you’ll drive under a canopy of millions of green leaves, past
wild flowers and wildlife and lead your team into the timeless
spirit of Brushwood, a Greek revival home reconfigured to host
dynamic small-medium sized groups.
Located on land once owned by members of the Ryerson Steel family, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Brushwood is an architectural treasure. Inspired by a 1840s Greek Revival home in Morengo, Illinois, Brushwood was lovingly constructed in 1942 with salvaged materials and period details to closely mirror the historic original. The stately home with a columned portico was designed by Ambrose Cramer, a devotee of the great estate architect, David Adler. Cramer always described this project for the Ryerson family as his best.
Brushwood at Ryerson Woods has ample parking and is handicapped accessible. Brushwood is an intimate, elegant home in a spectacular natural setting and features a lovely back garden area with porches and native plantings. Corporate rental fees vary by time and date and are subject to change. Ideal capacity is under 50, but larger groups may be accomodated, depending upon type of event.
Brushwood Corporate Rental Rates*:
|Weekday, all day (8am-5pm)||$500|
|Weekday, half day (4 hours within 8am-5pm)||
|Weekday evening (5-9pm)||$750|
|Weekend all day (Sat 9am-5pm or Sun 11am-4pm)||$750|
|Extended hours available, per hour||$100|
*please note, different rates apply for private and non-profit rentals. Contact us for more information.
Additional fees apply for events serving alcohol or those taking place outside of normal Brushwood hours of operation. Information about weekend or evening rentals available upon request.
Amenities include tables and chairs (arranged as per your request), internet access, projection screen, dry erase boards and access to separate break out space. Unlimited “green” coffee service, continental breakfast, water, soft drinks and afternoon snacks offered for additional fee.
Ryerson Woods is a quiet respite from the region’s thriving suburban development and is nationally recognized for its ecological, historical and architectural significance. Some pathways through the surrounding woods follow favorite trails of the local Pottawatomie Indians, intersecting at the Des Plaines River where the gravel bottom provided a secure crossing.
Allow the diversity and natural beauty outside Brushwood to inspire and redirect your team’s focus and energy. We know your group has serious work to accomplish in a limited amount of time but when energy flags or plans hit a road block, it’s easy to take a quick walk along one of our well-marked trails to get the creative juices flowing again. Whether your team is the type to hike all the way to the Des Plaines River (trail loops range from .5 miles to several miles) or simply take a leisurely 5 minute stroll on a paved path to check out the abundant forms of green technology incorporated into our new Welcome Center, Brushwood is equipped maps to guide you along a variety of trails. Some fun, simple games to rev up your creative juices along with your energy levels are also included.
No matter what the season when your group meets at Brushwood, you will be enchanted by the setting. Whether its the dog-toothed violets and buttercups of spring, the abundant white-tailed deer of summer, the riot of fall color in the open fields or the splendor of soft snow outlining the branches of thousands of hardwood trees, there will always be something at Ryerson Woods to delight your senses and stimulate your creativity. Be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of some of Mother Nature's finest work.
The Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, known informally as Ryerson Woods, is a 556 acre preserve located near Deerfield, Illinois. One of the gems of the Illinois Nature Preserve system, Ryerson Woods is home to many rare species, including the stunning purple-fringed orchid, the striking blue-spotted salamander, the quick wood frog, the vocal red shouldered hawk, the secretive veery (bird) and the shy and non-aggressive eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
Friends of Ryerson Woods 21850 N.
Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield 847.968.3343|
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