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October 10, 2015

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"... A quiet, unique, woodland setting for your next gathering..."
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The Katherine Legge Memorial Park and Lodge (Legge pronounced "leg") are located on 52 beautiful acres of woodland, a perfect setting for any occasion. The land and facilities were donated to the Village of Hinsdale in 1973.

Alexander Legge was President of International Harvester. He and his wife, Katherine, originally developed the property as a weekend escape. Their ultimate plan included the construction of a home on the site. Upon the death of Katherine in 1924, Alexander established KLM as a retreat devoted to rest, recreation and welfare for women employed at International Harvester.

The Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge was designed by architect, R. Harold Zook and built in 1927. The first floor of this English-style building provides a spacious living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, restrooms and office. The second floor is a large ballroom with fireplace which was used for recreational activities.

Today, the Lodge and grounds are available for rental to accommodate private and corporate events such as weddings and receptions, meetings, parties, banquets, picnics, etc.

On February 13, 2008, the Illinois Council of American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized Katherine Legge Memorial Park and Lodge as one of 150 "Great Places in Illinois", in commemoration with the 150th anniversary of the AIA in 2007.

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The Lodge
The Living room of the Lodge is decorated with beautifully restored furniture (sofas, chairs, tables, etc.), fireplace, portable bar (available for first floor and ballroom) and upright piano (available first floor only). The large dining room seats up to 140 people for a sit-down dinner (less seating for buffet style). The versatile ballroom with fireplace may be used for wedding ceremonies, meetings and also as seating for dinner and will allow an additional 100 person capacity.

Lodge rental includes use of 72 inch round dining tables, 8 foot and 6 foot banquet tables, 3 foot card tables, and chairs*. Dinnerware, flatware, water goblets, bar glassware and table linens are not provided. The full service kitchen is available for caterer use.

The grounds immediately surrounding the Lodge are designated for use by Lodge clients only and make a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony, reception or picnic. Tents may be rented and used as additional seating space.

*Note: All equipment provided at the KLM Lodge is for indoor use only.

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Jennifer Braun, Lodge Manager: (630) 789-7095
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