Historic Wedding Venue Outside Chicago
About the Church
Pingree Grove has a long history, but few historical structures remain.
Established in 1910, this charming church still holds a soft spot in the hearts of the community. Formerly a functioning Lutheran church,
the structure was abandoned but not forgotten. We restored this building for memorable gatherings & celebrations for years to come!
The lumber and materials were purchased from a local resident, E.A. Franzen, who owned the local lumber business at the time. St. Peter's Lutheran Church was organized in 1890 but was originally named the German Lutheran Church of Pingree Grove. The congregation purchased the building in June of 1935 for $500.
The bell tower, which still stands, houses 2 separate bells with pulls extending into the foyer.
The gothic stained-glass windows come from Kokomo, Indiana, and were installed in 1948. The congregation occupied the space until 2014 when it was dissolved, and donated to the village.
The structure sat vacant until 2020 when we purchased it and started extensive renovations bringing you what we now call Gather.
With over 2600 square feet of beautifully lit and restored space, the interior features stunning details. The upper level offers a bright, open space with stained-glass windows & tall ceilings while the lower level has a speakeasy vibe lounge. Outside features a new courtyard & cocktail patio that is perfect for celebrating with loved ones.
If you are looking for a genuinely unique venue filled with history, then welcome.
Gather is the newest wedding & event venue operated by the Haight Family.
When we say family, this includes our amazing team that has experience hosting, planning, and coordinating over 1000 events.
With deep roots in the Elgin area, we decided to launch a new venue in the heart of Pingree Grove.
Celebrating family is what we do and we welcome you to ours.
We layer every celebration with our distinctive blend of sophistication, history, and local charm.