We are the Perfect Place for All Your Events

Gurnee Park District is a great choice for your rental facilities needs. We offer many different rental areas and can accommodate up to 160 for a formal dinner or as small as 5 people for a small meeting. Our facilities are always clean, in excellent care and ready for your event. 

Frequently held events:

  • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Showers
  • Anniversaries
  • Baptism Parties
  • Communion Parties
  • Confirmation Parties
  • Quinceaneras
  • Reunions

Room Rentals

Room rentals are available at both park district community centers:

Hunt Club Park Community Center
920 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee

Download the Hunt Club Park Community Center Facility Rental Application

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This space includes a private restroom, enclosed playground, spacious countertop with two sinks plus tables and chairs for up to 60 making entertaining easy. Assorted toys, puzzles, games and WiFi are also available.

Monday-Friday from 6:30-8:45pm
Saturday-Sunday from 8:00am-4:45pm

Ideal for meetings, seminars or small gatherings; our 31’x 19’ Meeting Room includes a projector screen, dry erase board, Wi-Fi, 4’ countertop, 6’ rectangle tables & chairs.

Monday-Friday from 6:30-8:45pm
Saturday from 2:00-4:45pm
Sunday from 10:00am-4:45pm

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Perfect for showers or birthdays this 41’ x 23’ room has hardwood floors, projector screen, Wi-Fi, 12’ countertop, sink, mini fridge, 6’ rectangle tables and chairs.

Monday-Friday from 6:30-8:45pm
Saturday from 2:00-4:45pm
Sunday from 10:00am-4:45pm

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Viking Park Community Center
4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee

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The Dance Hall located in Viking Park, built by the Independent Order of Vikings early in the 1900's and later renovated for year-round use, offers a simple yet elegant setting for wedding receptions, company banquets and formal family gatherings.  Much like what the hall was originally built for, the Dance Hall is ideal for large events and dancing.  The 50' x 60' hall has hard wood flooring, paneled walls and coach lights.  Renters are invited to create their own DIY event.  The Dance Hall has central air conditioning & heating and is furnished with white padded chairs and round tables that allow for seating for 160 guests.  In addition to guest seating, rectangular tables can be used for the dinner buffet, sweet table, head table, DJ table and place card table.  Bartenders and servers alike will find a functional bar area with refrigerator, freezer, sink, ice machine and beverage cooler.  Caterers will feel at home in the full-service kitchen with sinks, professional stove and oven, double refrigerator, microwave and warming cabinet.  With proper permits and insurance you may purchase your own alcoholic beverages for a significant cost savings.  

Hold your cocktail hour or wedding ceremony at our Summer Kitchen in our beautiful tree-lined park.      


  • Monday – Friday (limited; call for hours)
  • Saturday - (9am-1am)
  • Sunday - (10am-10pm) 
  • Dance Hall is not available on January 1, Easter Sunday, July 4, Gurnee Days Weekend, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, December 24, December 25 and December 31

Items included with the Venue: 

  • On-site Attendant 
  • Full service kitchen
  • Warming cabinet
  • Microwave
  • Bar area
  • Beverage cooler
  • Ice machine
  • Up to 20 round tables (60" in diameter).  Tables seat 8 guests. 
  • Up to 160 comfortable white padded folding chairs
  • Limited number of high chairs
  • Up to 7 rectangle banquet tables (8 ft.)
  • Up to 6 round high-top tables (32" in diameter) 
  • Up to 6 high tops (32" in diameter)
  • Ladder for decorating 
  • Free Wi-Fi access on the day of your event
  • For weddings with an on-site ceremony, free rehearsal time is provided on available Thursday & Friday evenings from 6-7pm  

View the Dance Hall:

  • Call 847-599-3760 to set up an appointment
  • Stop in between 9am and 5pm on weekdays

You may hold 1 date for up to 7 days to allow you to schedule a showing, sign a contract, and provide your deposit.  Dates that have been held but not reserved within those 7 days will be released. 

  • To reserve the Dance Hall. Submit:
    - Completed Dance Hall application 
    - Security deposit  
    - Proof of residency
  • Accepted one year in advance
  • Approved on a first-come, first-served basis

Download the Dance Hall Application     
Floor Plan


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The Viking Park Conference Room is 16' x 22' and can accommodate a max attendance of 18 seated, 30 theater style. Rental includes free Wi-Fi, use of tables, chairs, 10 cup coffee maker, water pitchers, sink, flip chart stand, podium, conference phone, and projector screen. Office supplies must be provided by the renter. Our Conference Room is an ideal location for small meetings or small group activities.

Monday-Friday from 5:00pm-9:00pm

Download the Viking Park Community Center Conference Room Application

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The Summer Kitchen may be rented April 15 - October 15 in conjunction with the Dance Hall to hold your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour.  Our tree-lined park provides a beautiful outdoor space for your special occasion with gorgeous photo opportunities. 

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Download the Viking Park Summer Kitchen Application

Summer Kitchen Floor Plan

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Summer Shelter Rentals
Available April 15—October 15
10am - Sunset

Our five outdoor shelters are the ideal location for picnics, family parties and company outings. Exclusive use of courts and fields are available for an additional fee. Rental includes picnic tables, grill, electricity and shared use of outdoor restrooms. All other days/times not listed are on a first come/first served basis for groups of 20 or under. We have 360 tours available for all of these shelters. Click on the shelter name for the rental application and click on the shelter address to learn more about that location.

     1. Betty Russell Shelter, 5300 Pinewood Road, Gurnee
     2. Esper Petersen Park Gazebo, Corner of Kilbourne & Grand Avenue, Gurnee
     3.Hunt Club Park Shelter, 900 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee
     4. Viking Park Game Shelter, 4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee
     5. O'Plaine Park ShelterO'Plaine Rd & Russell Avenue, Gurnee

FitNation—Indoor Pool Rental
1655 Nations Drive, Gurnee

Private rentals include exclusive use of our 86 degree indoor pool with supervision of lifeguards during the event. Viewing area can be set up to accommodate 25 guests seated with a max capacity of 50. Limited number of water noodles and lifejackets available. Liquor is prohibited.

Private rentals are available weekends from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Download the FitNation Indoor Pool Rental Application

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center Pool Rentals

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center offers a sand play area, waterfall, drop and water slides, activity pool, lap pool, kiddie pool, sand volleyball and spray ground!

Open Daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day:  12:00-7:00 pm
Children under 3 are free!

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Celebrate your birthday at Otter’s Cove by speeding down water slides, free falling from the drop slides, relaxing on the deck, enjoying a meal with friends and family from our Cattail Cafe and blowing out candles in our party tent! You bring the cake, we bring the fun! It’s a birthday wish come true.

A birthday party package at Otter’s Cove includes admission for up to 15 children and three adult chaperones, two hours of exclusive use of the Otter’s Cove party tent area, Birthday Party Attendant, printable invitations, candles, lighter, cake knife/server, tablecloths, table decorations, Cattail Cafe meal combo selection for 18, a T-shirt for the birthday child and all the fun the Aquatic Center has to offer! Additional guests are welcome for an additional fee along with package add-ons.

Download the Otter's Cove Birthday Party application 

Birthday parties are available Memorial Day thru Labor Day with weekend party times of 11:30 am-1:30 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm. and weekday hours of 12:30a-2:30p and 4:30-6:30p. Limited weekday hours after August.

A minimum of seven business days is required to book a party. At the time of reservation, a proof of residency must be provided, the application completed and full payment received. Reservations must be placed in person at either Community Center, via fax or e-mail. Please note: Reservations will not be taken over the phone. Reservations are approved on a first come, first served basis, as measured by the receipt of a completed application and all related fees. Submitting an application does not guarantee confirmation of a rental. Rentals will be confirmed within two business days. Applications are available online and at both community centers.

Visit our Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center for a tour during business hours of 11:00 am -7:00 pm on weekends and 12:00p-7:00p on weekdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Birthday Package Regular Rates

Party cost for 15 guests and 3 chaperones     $215 resident/ $269 non-resident
Additional guests $12 resident/ $18 non-resident
Otter's Cove T-shirts for 14 children $50 resident/ $75 non-resident

Groups of 15-40 may use the Aquatic Center daily from 12:00p-7:00p at a discounted rate.

Download the Aquatic Center Group Rate Rental Application

Summer Camps may use the Aquatic Center weekdays from 10:00a-12:00p at a discounted rate - your Camp Staff is free! 

Download the Aquatic Center Camp Rental Application

Athletic Field Rentals

Contact our Adult Program Supervisor at 847-599-3758 or via e-mail for use of baseball and soccer fields.

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Special Use Park Permits

Attention Home Owners Associations!
Did you know that Gurnee Park District offers several amenities free of charge for annual Homeowners Association events held at Park District owned parks? An Association representative can request the installation of a 20'x30' tent, 6 trash receptacles, 10 picnic tables and a portable charcoal grill. To learn more about this service call 847-623-7788 for more information, available dates and reservations.

Download the Special Use Permit Application