Seniors Stop By Libertyville

UnknownLibertyville is a village in Lake County, Illinois and an affluent northern suburb 20 miles from downtown Chicago. Senior travelers will find it located 5 miles west of Lake Michigan on the Des Plaines River with a population of around 21,000.

The Des Plaines River forms much of the eastern boundary of the village. Other bodies of water include Butler Lake and Lake Minear. Libertyville’s main street is Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21).


The Potawatomi Indians inhabited the village of Libertyville until 1829. George Vardin was the first white settler of the area. He built a cabin at the site of present day Cook Memorial Public Library District. The area at that time was known as Vardin’s Grove.

Dr. Jesse Foster was the first practicing physician of Libertyville, and Horace Butler was its first lawyer. The area was named Independence Grove in 1836. The name was changed to Libertyville because there was another place by the name of Independence Grove in Illinois.

The first post office was established on April 16, 1837. The Milwaukee Railroad entered the village in 1881 and the Village of Libertyville was incorporated in 1882.


 Seniors Enjoy Illinois Nature Preserves

The nearby Des Plaines River makes for fun fishing and great swimming. More than six miles of trails connect parks, neighborhoods, shopping areas and 1600 acres of open space. Two ecologically significant local open spaces – Oak Openings and Liberty Prairie – have received the state’s highest protection status as Illinois Nature Preserves. In addition, four lakes are located near the village limits, including Lake Michigan.

I discovered that Libertyville illinois was the home of Marlon Brando and Adlai Stevenson among a host of other celebrities. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville is the professional theological school in the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada. Well worth a visit is the monastery church of St. Sava.


Lambs Farm, a non-profit organization near Libertyville that provides vocational and residential services for over 250 adults with developmental disabilities. Located on a 72-acre campus, Lambs Farm includes several family attractions with a petting zoo, a pet shop, a miniature golf course, several small amusement rides, a restaurant, a thrift shop, a country store and a bakery.

 Seniors Find A City Of Parks and Lakes


Senior visitors will find a number of attractive parks in Libertyville and lakes for boating and fishing. Golf enthusiasts are invited to play a round of two at Riverside Golf Course.

Seniors can visit Ansel B. Cook Victorian Home Museum, David Adler Cultural Centre and Cuneo Museum & Gardens. MainStreet Libertyville invites senior visitors to enjoy Libertyville’s downtown Heritage Area offering a look back to the days of old with historical buildings and quaint shops. 

TripAdvisor offers suggestions for things to do and places to eat. Seniors, when you get done checking out Chicago, head north to Libertyville and enjoy the village. -jeb

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