Your summer Lake County tour: Libertyville

We are down to the last two suburbs in our Lake County tour and today we spend some time in lovely Libertyville: a very beautiful and well-to-do suburb that has a really cool downtown.

McLean Stevenson

McLean

Credit: Wikipedia

Also known as “The place where my bank used to be.”

I always used to joke that my money resided in Libertyville, but I couldn’t afford to.

I’LL BE HERE ALL WEEK.

ORDER THE FISH.

While doing some research on this town, I found out some fascinating Libertyville facts!

First, Marlon Brando lived here.

WHAT???

True story.

Also, Mark Suppelsa of WGN News fame lived here from 1972-1978.

By the way, Google “Mark Suppelsa Dancing.”

YOU ARE WELCOME.

Independence Grove

Another cool fact about Libertyville is that its original name was Independence Grove until it was changed in 1837.

I had no clue that was the meaning behind the name of this amazing forest preserve.

I just assumed that with LIBERTYville and INDEPENDENCE Grove they just kept the whole patriotic theme going.

See how reading a book or a website other than Facebook is good for you?

I need to do that more often.

This forest preserve is indeed amazing, though.

Acres of beautiful land, a beach with a lake for swimming, trails for walking, running or biking.

Beautiful wildflowers, lots of birding, horseback riding, picnicking and paddle boating. This place has it all.

There is a really great play area/park for children as well, right near the beach. There’s something for every age.

Hours are 6:30 a.m.- sunset, daily.

Pets are not permitted and you will be required to show proof of Lake County residency to park for free. Otherwise, parking is $5 per car for non-residents.

Independence Grove is located at 16400 Buckley Road.

Downtown Libertyville

So the official name is “MainStreet Libertyville” but Main Street also isn’t one word, so why be all “official?”

Whatever you want to call it, Libertyville has a really neat downtown.

When it isn’t a “MainStreet” … never gets old, does it?

There are tons of things packed in this town, from a cool artist studio for kids, to amazing restaurants, little shops and places to get a little ice cream, as well.

The Liberty Theater is a treasure and not to be missed if you want to see the latest movie on the cheap.

Our favorite restaurants in Libertyville are Casa Bonita and Egg Harbor Cafe.

The restaurants are all kid friendly and very relaxed, which we love.

Casa Bonita has an amazing open air porch that is open year round (they use heaters), however, we love it during the summer.

Another restaurant I love is an old school favorite that goes WAY back to my single days, Morgan’s.

Downtown Libertyville is located on Milwaukee Avenue.

Adlai E. Stevenson Home Tour

Yes, there is a man behind the name of the high school in Lincolnshire.

The 31st Governor of Illinois, Adlai Stevenson was born and raised on the West Coast, but spent the majority of his life in Illinois.

He spent the last thirty years of his life in Libertyville at the beautiful home on St. Mary’s Road where you can tour once a month on Sundays.

Mr. Stevenson led a really amazing and interesting past, including, BEING RELATED TO MCLEAN STEVENSON, none other than Henry Blake from “M*A*S*H!”

Fascinating.

I can hear history buff’s everywhere huffing in frustration.

HEY, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR THING AND I CAN HAVE MINE, OKAY?

Anyhoo, the next tour isn’t until Sunday Sept. 20 but you can do a drive by if you are antsy and cannot wait until then.

The tour is for ages 8 and up and costs $5 per person for residents of Lake County.

Non-residents only pay two dollars more per person.

The home is located at 25200 St. Mary’s Road.

So here is a fun idea: tell your friends you are going to Independence Grove this weekend and while you are there, you will be going to Independence Grove.

Watch them stare at you with their mouths wide open like, YOU SO CRAZY!

Then go to where MainStreet is one continuous word and get the best taco you will ever wrap your little mouth around.

Take the kids to see a movie, then go see where McLean Stevenson’s cousin lived.

OH, I KNOW HE IS IMPORTANT IN HIS OWN RIGHT BUT HE ALREADY HAS A HIGH SCHOOL NAMED AFTER HIM.

Henry Blake, sadly, does not.

Sigh.

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