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St. Charles

New opening: Brewster Creek Forest Preserve and The Lodge

St. Charles, IL

With one era coming to an end as the Campbell House will soon be demolished, The Lodge at Brewster Creek is looking to pick up where Campbell House leaves off.

Laurie A. Metanchuk, director of community affairs for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, said they have big plans for Brewster Creek Forest Preserve, a 27-acre nature area that opened in January, and The Lodge, a four-room building for weddings, meetings and other uses.

“My assistant’s phone has been ringing quite a bit,” Metanchuk said of the demand for The Lodge. “We’re hoping it will be a revenue generator for the (Forest Preserve) District.”

The Lodge
With a stone walk-up and a scenic view of the woods through the main hall’s window, The Lodge offers a view unique from most other places in St. Charles. The modern cabin-like structure features four meeting rooms, with seating for more than 125 people on the main floor. “It’s a great spot,” Metanchuk said. “I know it will get (a lot) of use.” Weddings, first communion parties, and Elgin’s Parks and Recreation’s department meetings have already been scheduled at The Lodge, according to Metanchuk.

Other uses for the lodge
Although the Lodge mainly will be used for meetings, weddings and other gatherings, Metanchuk said they also will soon try to bring in the art shows for which the Campbell House became known. “That’s the hope,” she said. “We hope to have art shows here to bring around people from Geneva as well.” Metanchuk said the Lodge is bigger than Campbell House and less than 10 miles away, so the switch should be relatively easy.

Brewster Creek’s grounds
While the grounds are largely the same as they were when the YWCA Camp Tu-Endie-Wei took up the area, Metanchuk said they soon plan on adding new trails, building new bathrooms at the site of the old bathhouse and using the two cabins on Brewster Creek’s grounds for Boy and Girl Scout activities. She said the landscaping and fixing of the grounds should be completed within the next couple of years. “It still needs a little bit of (touching up),” Metanchuk said. “We’ll see (what we need) as we grow.”

Learn more about Brewster Creek’s Lodge
Address 6N921 Route 25, just north of Army Trail Road on the east side of Route 25
Phone (630) 444-3064 for rates, information and reservation on renting out The Lodge
Usual rates Per-hour rentals can range from $25 to $125, depending on which room and how long it will be used
Room size The biggest room is the Oak Room at 41 feet by 27 feet. The smallest room as the Katydid Room, coming it at 20 feet by 16 1/2 feet. Rooms can accommodate groups from eight to 125 people.
Hours Prime hours are from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, and 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Nonprime hours are from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 4:59 p.m. Fridays. All events must conclude by 11:30 p.m.
Cost to purchase land, including buildings $2,000,535 in fiscal year 2007-08
Upcoming event “It’s Easy to be Green,” part of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s “Learn From the Experts” program, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday

New forest preserve opens in Kane County
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