A Gathering Place in Nature

Bring your event to Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, a gathering place nestled deep in the 565 acres of the tranquil wooded sanctuary of the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois. We invite you to discover this little known treasure. Just 25 miles from Chicago’s downtown, Brushwood Center is worlds away from the busyness of life.

Plan your event at Brushwood Center and experience the warmth and charm of the historic Ryerson estate with the benefits offered through the surrounding nature. Turn into Brushwood Center and leave the world behind. The beauty, peace, and quiet of a pristine oak woodland is the backdrop to your event. You’ll enjoy stunning tree or garden views from every window. We promise that your family gathering, life celebration, or business retreat will only gain clarity and inspiration when it takes place at Brushwood Center.

Family Celebrations
Bring your celebration to Brushwood Center where you have the freedom and space to customize any event: a tented wedding in the garden, a cocktail party in the gallery, a birthday party in the great room, or even a family reunion that offers trails to be explored. Family memories are beautiful here.

Brushwood Center is the perfect place for an intimate celebration in nature. The serene oak woodland is an idyllic backdrop to your special day. As a member of the Green Wedding Alliance, we can help you plan a wedding that is not only beautiful, but also as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Corporate Meetings
Let nature inspire your next company outing, off-site meeting, or teambuilding exercise. The Education Room serves as a focus room for brainstorming or a writing retreat. The Great Room offers space for presentations or a discussion group. Team break outs on the woodland trails are a source of inspiration.

Wellbeing Retreats
Research shows that time spent in nature reduces stress and increases creativity and focus. Imagine your board meeting or book club in such a positive venue. Any clubs or meetings benefit from the effects of nature. We can assist in developing a custom program with you.

Custom Classes
Brushwood is the perfect venue for nuturing creative thought and inspiring learning. Writing, exploring literature, nature journaling, painting, or one of many other artforms all gain inspiration here. Wellbeing classes are also welcome. Imagine your yoga or meditation class in an open air studio.

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