Early history begins with the settler George Varden and his family. Coming from England in the early part of the 1830s, they arrived in the area that is presently Libertyville. Originally called, Varden's Grove, the name was changed to Independnce Grove in 1836, during a celebration of Independence Day. A few years later, after the first post office was established in Vardin's former cabin, the name was changed to Libertyville in order to give the postal office a unique address.
Rapid expansion of the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad in 1881 led to growth and prosperity, as the building of stores, lumber yards, schools, churches and homes resulted. More information as well as events and local history can be found at the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.
Residents of Libertyville enjoy a full range of activities and classes as well as parks. Included are dance and fitness classes, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, lacrosse, art and more. Basketball, Volleyball, baseball and sports camps are all part of the Recreation and Parks Department. Additionally, events entertain and educate, such as the Magic Classes, Glitzy Girlz Workshops, Guitar Class or Sabre Fencing.
A Climbing Mountain is part of the Libertyville Sports Complex; exercise and fun are part of the experience, and they even have a Family Day. Climbing clubs and adventure are part of the scene at the Complex.
With the arts and history as such an important part of Libertyville, one might want to visit the David Adler Cultural Center, where art and music come together in exhibits, folk music performances, ethnic concerts, and classes.
History comes alive with a visit to the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home at Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve.
The Forest Preserve is also the site of activities for residents of the Village. Biking, cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and more are experienced at this valuable resource. Enjoy a Forest Fitness outing, as a friendly group hikes the trails here.
For the golfers in the family, there are the Libertyville Golf Course and Aloha Hills Miniature Golf.
Historic downtown Libertyville offers shopping, a brewery, winery, movie theater and more in a historic restored setting; buildings date from the late 1800s.
The famous Ravinia Music Festival happens in nearby Highland Park, less than a half hour away from Libertyville. Classical, pop, jazz, and more take place in the open air.
October brings fun for the kids at the Richardson Corn Maze in Spring Grove, the World's Largest Corn Maze, where families can walk the trails together.
Homes in Libertyville IL give you and your family a wonderful thriving community with so much to do and see.