Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL

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About this Vendor

Stylish Receptions on Chicago's North Shore

The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy provides a unique and timeless setting for your event. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this prestigious Italian Villa combines old world charm with modern needs, the elegance of art with the grandeur of nature.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity



Historic Venue, Mansion + Estate

Wedding Categories

Food + Catering, Planning

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Contact Info

1500 W. Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL (847) 615-3219

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Amanda B

I don't even know where to begin- I have so many good things to say about this venue and staff. Our wedding at the Armour House was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. Working with Dean and his team was incredible- if you have them as resources, you certainly don't... Read More need to hire an additional planner or coordinator. The team is extremely professional and takes pride in their venue and work. Dean took us through every single detail of the planning process and had our day-of timeline laid out by the minute. He and his team were responsive and answered all our questions and were accommodating of all our requests. They let us personalize our wedding as much as we wanted and we never felt like we were limited in options. There were a few things on the day of our wedding that didn't go quite as planned, and Dean and his team addressed them immediately. For example, we had a glass box for cards that got cracked at some point (could have happened during transport to the venue- not the fault of the venue). When I pointed this out, the team said they'd take care of it and, next time I saw it, there was a bow made of ribbon and some flowers taped to the side of the case blocking the crack from sight. There will ALWAYS be things that don't go quite as planned and it's important that the venue/staff is able to step up and handle any issues, which Dean and his team did flawlessly. The staff was SO friendly and helpful the night of our wedding. The venue itself is stunning- we barely had to do anything in terms of decor. Our guests are still raving about how beautiful the venue was and how wonderful the staff was. This was the wedding of our dreams and looked just like a fairytale. The food was also DELICIOUS.

Reviewed on 9/01/2016

Needless to say, the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy is an incredibly beautiful location for wedding celebrations. From the moment I saw this elegant venue, I knew I just had to make whatever dates they had available work! It wasn’t the gorgeous scenery the makes me... Read More inclined to write a review, however, it was the amazing staff. Right from our very first meeting together, I could tell Dean and his team were very experienced. And perhaps more importantly, even though Dean’s knowledge made it clear he had hosted countless weddings in the past, not once did I feel that my wedding was “just another event.” Dean and his team consistently answered my million-and-one questions thoroughly and with patience. Though I had a strong sense of what I wanted my reception to be, Dean was quickly able to fill in the gaps, and point out things I would never have thought about. From the number of highboys needed for the cocktail hour, to the timing of the first dance, to anticipating the needs of our guests. Another thing worth noting is that Dean and his team were so involved from start to finish (and especially the day of), that I didn’t need a “day of” wedding planner – which is a huge bonus when you’re budgeting for a wedding!

Reviewed on 8/14/2016 Alison G

This is hands-down the most beautiful venue in all of Chicagoland (and worth every single penny)! My guests are still talking about every aspect of the venue from the outdoor ceremony, to the indoor ambiance and exceptional food service. If you are considering this venue, you... Read More will end up with the most beautiful photographs! Not only is the venue gorgeous, the level of attentiveness from the staff is exceptional. Because of Dean's exceptional level of service we didn't need to spend extra money on a wedding coordinator or planner. He is so passionate about his job and does everything he can to make sure your wedding is everything you dreamed of! Thank you, Armour House, for a day we truly will never forget!

Reviewed on 9/22/2017 Maggie B

The Armour House made my entire wedding. It is obviously beautiful so I am going to focus on what really makes it stand out, which is the staff. From the moment I contacted Dean about being interested in the Armour House, I was given all the information I needed without asking... Read More for anything specific. The planning sheet with cost estimates they give you, is very accurate. Then, Dean gave us a tour and to be honest that is what sold me. I thought if this guy is in charge of my wedding, it is going to run smoothly. Dean and Alisa answered all of my million questions via email very promptly. There is an overwhelming amount of decisions to make when it comes to your wedding and they are there with advice every step of the way. Even the way they break up the meetings makes planning easy. I was pretty sure I was in great hands leading up to the weekend and then the rehearsal made all the nervousness disappear. Dean runs the rehearsal with the precision of a drill sergeant. Focusing on every little detail that will make the presentation absolutely perfect. The day of was absolutely the best showcase of service I have ever seen. From the moment we arrived it was like they were preparing for a grand ball! I saw the wait staff having a meeting in the marble room. and Dean was there directing every vendor. As I got ready in the bridal suite with my bridesmaids I looked out and Dean was even trimming the bushes in the gardens! The best part was the little details that you never think about. Exactly when to enter during the grand introductions, how to cut the cake, etc. Dean somehow magically appeared every time you thought to yourself "I'm not sure how to..."! Christine even put together a tray of appetizers so the wedding party could eat them after pictures. All the other important things to think about regarding a venue are positive as well. The Armour House is beautiful. It makes your guests feel like they traveled back in time to an Italian Villa. It is convenient to Chicago. It is classy & elegant & timeless. The food is amazing! My wedding was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. And many other people told me and my parents the same thing. It is not a budget wedding option but that is part of what makes it so special and unique. It is expensive but not at all overpriced. The easiest decision we made for our wedding.

Reviewed on 7/31/2017 Leah M

I cannot imagine a better place for our wedding. The beauty of the venue speaks for itself. We always had our eye on it but after one visit we knew it was the place we wanted. We loved that it wasn't your typical reception banquet hall or no empty ballroom. The only real... Read More decorating we did were the flowers. All the different rooms add such a fun and unique spin. The library was quieter for older guests, and the marble room was perfect for our photobooth! Everyone who worked there, especially were extremely Dean and Alisa were beyond helpful throughout the entire planning process. I work nights as a nurse and my husband is 9-5 and they were very accommodating of our crazy and differing schedules. They made sure my day was stress free and went smoothly. The food was incredible and every little detail was thoughtfully planned out.

Reviewed on 7/25/2017 Kathleen W

I had my wedding at the Armour House and it was amazing! Dean and the staff were incredible. The food was amazing, and all of my guests said it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. Everything was so well organized and so beautiful. It was the best day ever, and I... Read More will be forever grateful for all that they did to help.

Reviewed on 5/03/2017 Ashley W

We recently got married at the Armour House and I have never seen a more organized Wedding and I was the bride. The venue itself was just gorgeous and I had my fairytale wedding. One of the nice things about Armour House is that they have their own caterer so it helps with... Read More cutting things off your list to find. Also, we got married in doors (it was April but a gorgeous day, we lucked out) but I would recommend having ceremony and reception there. My husband and family members truly hate the 3-4 hour gaps from churches to reception. The only negative comment is how slow they are to getting back at you until you're a couple months out from your wedding date. I was persistent and they were very courteous and gave me a wonderful overall experience.

Reviewed on 1/21/2017 Andrea S

This venue is truly incredible. Dean was beyond helpful throughout the entire planning process. He made our day so much more manageable. If you are looking for an unforgettable wedding, the Armour House won't disappoint.

Reviewed on 11/11/2016 Katie L

I could not have more positive things to say about my wedding reception at the Armour House. This venue provided me with my dream wedding, and I give so much credit to Dean and his team. Throughout our 18 months of planning, Dean ensured we were timely with our decisions, and... Read More answered any questions we had. The food was incredible, and our guests cannot stop raving about their meals! The backyard of the Armour House provided the most beautiful pictures I could ever imagine. I would definitely recommend the Armour House to anyone in my network.

Reviewed on 10/30/2016 Taylor S

Such and Amazing Experience! We could not be happier with how our wedding reception turned out. This was the only venue we had looked at while planning our wedding. It was clear from the moment we met Dean and saw the Armour House that this had to be the location of our... Read More reception. Its absolutely stunning and we loved that it was a historic building and was modeled after an Italian Villa. While its beauty hooked us, its dedicated team really made this venue incredible. Dean is very knowledgeable and walked us through everything. By the time our wedding came around we were confident that it would go smoothly. He is very organized and has been in the business for a while. Its clear that he loves his job, and it was a joy working with him.

Reviewed on 10/26/2016 Nicolette I

We had our wedding at the Armour House in August and it was the best choice we could have made. Everything was as perfect as it possibly could have been. Dean and his staff are unbelievable. Dean was a joy to work with throughout the whole process and he made us feel confident... Read More that our wedding would go smoothly. He is very organized and you can tell that he truly loves his job. We will never forget how amazing our wedding was and how much everyone raved about the venue. You will not regret having your wedding here!

Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Kim D

We got married on June 11th, and it really was a dream day! Our wedding was a real life fairy tale at this beautiful location. This venue is more than stunning between the gardens and historic indoor spaces, and everything was set up perfectly. All of our guests commented at... Read More how amazing the venue looked, how good the food was and how much fun they had. Dean and Christine, thank you for helping to make our day so special, everything honestly seemed to go perfectly. I know you have so many brides and grooms but we always felt like you were there for our questions and replied so promptly. Thank you again!!

Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Maura W

The Armour House was an incredible venue for our October 2016 wedding. From the moment we walked inside on our initial tour with Dean, we knew we had found the perfect location to celebrate the beginning of our marriage. The grandiose beauty of the mansion and gardens give it... Read More the "wow" factor that absolutely dazzled our friends and family, but somehow there also exists a warmth and a welcoming atmosphere that puts you at ease, a rarity in venues of this caliber. For us, it was the perfect combination. Dean and his staff went above and beyond to ensure that our day ran smoothly. The food was excellent from start to finish as was the quality and expertise of the bar service. The AH team was also very helpful in ensuring that I was organized during the planning process, lending me lists and charts, answering questions I might have, etc. My husband and I are beyond happy with how our wedding day panned out at this Chicagoland treasure and would absolutely do it all over again (if only!). Thank you, Armour House Team! :)

Reviewed on 8/27/2016 Kelly B

We could not be happier with how our ceremony and reception looked, felt, and ran. We had the time of our lives and felt so secure in knowing that everything was being taken care of thoughtfully and discreetly. The Armour House is beyond beautiful and the grounds are the perfect... Read More backdrop for the ceremony of your dreams. Kelly and Kevin Arrogante

Reviewed on 8/17/2016 Caroline Z

Dean and Christine were amazing. Even though our wedding got rained out, it turned out perfectly! They literally took over everything!

Reviewed on 8/13/2016 April Y

Dean and his staff communicated very well and were so professional. It was obvious that they hosted many successful weddings because they just had everything planned out and thought of everything. The day of, everything went so smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a... Read More thing. The food was delicious too. The venue was beautiful and at the end, all of our stuff was packed up and placed together for us. I am so glad we chose the Armour House for our very special day.

Reviewed on 4/25/2016 Samantha R

AMAZING EXPERIENCE! I can not express the gratitude I have for The Armour House for hosting our wedding! We have nothing but amazing things to say about Dean and his team at The Armour House. This was the only venue I visited while wedding planning. I wanted somewhere unique... Read More with character, and that's what AH provided for our wedding. This venue feels like your in another world, with its elegance and beautiful character. The staff matches this beautiful place. You are in GREAT hands when you work with The Armour House, Dean and his team, go over the top for their brides. Dean, you truly make everyone feel at ease and made our experience so wonderful. Thank you so much for what you do! Even my father mentioned how great Dean was with making sure the wedding went perfectly, which is truly a compliment!

Reviewed on 11/14/2015

Wow. We cannot fully express how insanely beautiful, elegant, and intimate our wedding was at the Armour House. It surpassed our wildest dreams. Dean, first of all, is one of the most organized, wonderful, and professional humans I've ever met--it doesn't get highlighted... Read More enough that he truly acts like a wedding planner. He is just so enjoyable to work with and is so on top of every single detail and intently focused on executing your vision. We wanted to do long tables side by side and he made it happen; we wanted to add blackberries and rosemary to our signature drinks and sit on a cream loveseat from upstairs and put up a DIY photobooth, and he did it no questions asked. The venue speaks for itself. We wanted something timeless and elegant but intimate and unique. The Armour House was exactly that for us. We can't tell you how many compliments we got saying that it was the most beautiful venue people have ever seen. It is so ornate. The rooms flow so well into one another -- spacious but intimate at the same time. Elegant but not stuffy. The gardens and the veranda and the fountain and the stairs and the library and the leather couches -- all just too good to be true. This was THE best experience we could have had and we are so grateful.

Reviewed on 9/16/2015 Stephanie F

I am so very, very happy that I got married at the Armour House. From start to finish, Dean and his team were excellent communicators, and had every detail covered. Dean is a seasoned pro with a wonderful personality as well! People kept telling my husband and I that our wedding... Read More was "the best they've ever been to." The venue is beautiful- there's a great bridal suite upstairs with a large and well-lit bathroom attached to it. It was easy- we got married in the gardens, and it could not have been more picturesque.

Reviewed on 8/01/2015 Lisa R

We recently hosted my wedding here (summer 2015) and I couldn't have asked for anything more! The venue itself is stunning, both inside and outside allowing for the visual beauty of an outdoor wedding with the amenities associated with an indoor event. In my case that was... Read More critical given we had to move the ceremony inside at the last minute due to a huge storm! The onsite team is a pleasure to work with and are truly experts in what they do. Everyone raved about the food and drinks as well as the venue overall. Additional Note to Consider: One of my goals in planning the wedding was to have a unique (ie non-hotel) venue that was full of style, class and ambiance, but that was also easy (I can't image transforming an entire space or needing to bring my own furniture in). The Armour House certainly delivered on all of that! Given the unique set up (ie it's a mansion vs a ballroom) it is important to keep in mind that it makes dancing between courses difficult/impossible given the use of different rooms, so the evening needs to be set up accordingly. The long and narrow room where dinner is hosted also makes it difficult to do table pictures. My husband and I were okay with both of those things, just something to keep in mind during the planning process. Feel free to check out a few of the photo highlights here:

Reviewed on 7/17/2015 sara h

We had our wedding at the armour house in Summer 2015. It was incredible, Dean the coordinator is incredibly detail orientated and made sure that everything ran smoothly. The venue is incredibly beautiful - with a grand staircase and a gorgeous outdoor area. We had rain on the... Read More day but luckily there was a great back up option. They also have an amazing in house chef - we had a vegetarian wedding and the food was really fantastic. You'll be in very safe hands here.

Gorgeous Venue and Amazing Staff

Reviewed on 10/14/2014 Kara W

The moment my husband and I stepped foot onto the grounds at The Armour House, we knew it was our wedding venue. The gardens, the mansion and the history behind the grounds made our fairly tale wedding come true. Dean and his staff saw our vision and every step of the planning... Read More process with them went off without a hitch. Chef made our mexican themed cocktail hour awesome with special drinks and appetizers. Even the smallest details were paid great detail. If you are as Type A as I am, you will enjoy the staff here. Don't look any further than the Armour House for your wedding.

Armour House - Absolutely Beatiful

Reviewed on 8/20/2014 Aubree H

My husband and I got married at the Armour House in early August 2014. The ceremony was held outside in the beautiful and extremely well-kept garden. We were lucky to have perfect weather without a cloud in the sky (there are indoor back-up option in case of rain that are very... Read More nice as well). The reception space in the great hall is gorgeous, with marble floors, stone walls, a marble fireplace and grand staircase. I was a bit concerned that guests would wonder too much leaving the dance floor empty (dancing takes place in front of the dinner tables in the garden room and there are also two sitting rooms right outside the dinner area), but it ended up being perfect – some guests danced while others hung out on the patio or in the library for coffee). The appetizers, drinks and dinner were excellent. It’s a great venue if you’re looking for something different than a traditional banquet hall - our guests were wowed!

The WOW Factor!

Reviewed on 7/08/2014

Aside from the beautiful Italianate architecture of the venue which is perfectly set among green lawns and colorful gardens, the staff did a fantastic job! The planning process was smooth and Dean and Christine were timely with responses to inquiries, setting expectations... Read More and working with us to make a picture perfect day well in advance of the event. The catering department is onsite and provided a great tasting and accommodated our requests. Dean truly understands the details of the wedding!

Couldn't ask for more!

Reviewed on 10/18/2012 Andrea K

We are not a couple who is religous and were looking for a venue where we could do both the ceremony and the reception. We looked at venues both in the city and suburbs and once we saw the Armour House we knew that THIS WAS IT! The house and the grounds are breathtaking! We had... Read More so many compliments from our guests, more than one saying "This place looks like it should be in the movies!" Grace and Julie were so organized and very prompt on responding to our questions. We had touch and go weather and ended up having to have the ceremony inside. This could have been a very stressful time, but Julie allowed us to wait as long as possible to make the call. The venue also has such a great variety of places to take photos! We took photos by the pond/lake in the back which turned out gorgeous! We also took photos in the house and outside at night. Overall I could not have been happier with our choice of venue!