Welcome to Libertyville
A cozy and idyllic town with a remarkable Main Street at the heart of the neighborhood
A mecca for small businesses, a historical neighborhood, and a lively nightlife scene sums up the Libertyville neighborhood perfectly. With so many entertainment options in one small community, Libertyville is one of Chicago’s most active and popular suburbs. While busy, the area still keeps its small-town charm and quaint character. Buildings in this area range from architectural masterpieces to new luxury homes and renovated businesses. Located one hour north of Chicago, Libertyville is a highly sought-after destination for commuters and families.
Originally home to the Potawatomi tribe until 1829, the land was later established as a service center. Over the years, the population grew and more businesses began to take shape. Historic buildings are still prominent fixtures of the 1800s through 1900s in Libertyville and its citizens take great pride in its history, aiming to keep these buildings permanently. Today, the Libertyville community is a bustling area, but with many historic buildings, it feels like something out of an old-school movie. With over 22,000 residents, Libertyville continues to grow and develop, making this neighborhood one of Chicago’s most coveted places to live.
What to Love
- The excellent, high-achieving school system
- Proximity to downtown Chicago
- The lively Main Street with over 150 different shops and restaurants to explore in one location
With its vibrant Main Street downtown and an abundance of community-wide festivals throughout the year, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Libertyville. The walkable downtown district is great for those who like to window shop or indulge in award-winning restaurants and the neighborhood is lively, yet quiet — a perfect balance for families and those seeking an ideal retreat from bustling city life. Enjoy downtown amenities while living in a quiet community and, with its proximity to Chicago, entertainment opportunities are endless. Residents enjoy diverse housing options in this alluring neighborhood and many homes are along shaded tree-lined streets. Curb appeal is a major draw, and the market features a mix of affordable, single-family homes and luxury mansions.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for — you guessed it — the most amazing pancakes! Using only fresh, local ingredients, each dish is made with care and creativity, bringing the traditional standard breakfast foods and innovative dishes to Libertyville. Try the peanut butter French Toast or indulge in the banana coconut cream pancakes for a truly unique (and flavorful) culinary experience.
Explore over 100 shops and restaurants along Main Street in Libertyville. Recognized as a 501(c) organization, Main Street hosts over 50 various events throughout the summer and is home to a multitude of shopping opportunities. Shops include everything from boutique bakeries and fashion couture destinations to upscale spas and juice bars. If you’re looking for something specific, it’s almost a guarantee you can find it along Main Street!
Things to Do
Spanning over 1,100 acres, the Independence Grove Forest Preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities for the whole family. Hike or bike through 7.5 miles of trail space, fish in the 115-acre lake, and grab a drink at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove while the sun sets. The visitor’s center is also a gorgeous indoor space that can be rented for private parties or weddings.
Clear your Friday schedule and join the community on Main Street for First Fridays! Dine, shop, and show your support to Libertyville’s local businesses along the main drag downtown each month from March through December and enjoy local discounts, special events, and live music. As one of the best ways for the community to get together, First Fridays are a hit every month and offer dozens of family-friendly things to do.