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A rendering on the proposed outdoor event space at the Pickerill estate house. Kendall County Forest Preserve District. 

After a long remodeling process, the Pickerill Estate House, is now open for reservations beginning in August. The home, which was donated to the Forest Preserve District, is on the grounds of the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve in Yorkville. The building is in the final stages of renovation to be used as an event venue.

Forest Preserve District President Brian DeBolt says that work on the building is nearly complete.

Forest Preserve Director David Gurtiz says there a few more projects on the outside of the building, including landscaping.

Gurtiz expects the first forest preserve events at the house will be in the fall or winter. An appreciation night for donors and supporters of the project will be in July.

DeBolt says the project is in the home stretch.

The district received about $928,000 in grant funding for the renovation and spent another $1.9 million. Reservation information for the venue can be found on the forest preserve district's website.