Libertyville Things to Do

  • Cuneo Museum & Gardens
    Cuneo Museum & Gardens
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  • Independence Grove
    Independence Grove
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  • Lambs Farm, Libertyville
    Lambs Farm, Libertyville
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    Main Street Libertyville

    by londonlover Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Libertyville's historic main street (part of Route 21, or Milwaukee Avenue) is a wonderful place to stroll and shop for unusual gifts and foods. I took violin and piano lessons for years at the David Adler Cultural Center, which hosts frequent classical and folk concerts. An old Victorian home, the Ansel B Cook House, gives frequent tours, and you can top off your afternoon with a latte at the adorable Caribou Coffee shop or a gourmet chocolate at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

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    Cuneo Museum & Gardens

    by deecat Updated May 1, 2005

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    Cuneo Museum & Gardens

    Cuneo Museum (formerly Hawthorn-Mellody Farms) is really a mansion that was built in 1914 & then purchased by John Cuneo (prominent Chicago businessman, philanthropist, & gentleman farmer) in 1937.

    The mansion remained in the Cuneo family until 1990. It is of Venetian style architecture & features a 40-foot high great hall with arcaded balconies, sky lighted ceiling & grand staircase.

    Venetian motifs include the carved stone frieze which forms the balcony railing & the painted coffered ceiling of the second story. It has double formal dining rooms & a private chapel with stained glass windows & frescoed ceilings. Imagine this, the walls of the indoor swimming pool are in travertine marble!.

    The home is filled with fine old master paintings, 17th century tapestries, a collection of oriental rugs, much sculpture, & priceless silver.
    The Ballroom is one of the best rooms in the mansion. At night adults gathered to enjoy music & to dance; in the daytime, the Cuneo children used the Ballroom as their playroom. It is a glassed-in room & has inlaid marble floors.
    Frescoes are painted on the floor.

    Of course, the highlight of the ballroom is a Steinway grand piano with a giltwood case which features a series of painted rondels of great composers on its side.

    I enjoyed the grounds the most. They are comprised of 75 serene acres that have lakes, fountains, antique classical statues, formal gardens, and a private 9-hole golf course. there is also a conservatory that houses exotic plants
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    Museum tours are available:
    Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
    1 p.m.
    3:00 p.m.
    Sunday is a self guided tour
    11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Historical overviews are presented hourly.
    Closed on Mondays

    $5.00 per car for admission to the grounds attractions which include the gardens, conservatory, deer and goat pen, peacock house, and the Hawthorn-Mellody Exhibit but no mansion tour, which includes parking.
    Mansion Tour costs $10.00 adults
    9.00 senior citizens
    5.00 12 & under and
    studemts

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Architecture

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    Independence Grove Forest Preserve

    by londonlover Written Dec 12, 2004

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    One of the nicest new forest preserves in Lake County, Independence Grove has something for everyone. A former mining hole, it was filled in with a lake and is now a great place to go biking and walking (all gravel paths)--or rent one of their canoes, paddleboats. The trail around the lake is 2.3 miles long.

    There is a nice restaurant and take-away window in the convention center (also available for meetings and weddings) open during the summer for meals and snacks.

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    Outdoor Opportunities Abound in Independence Grove

    by deecat Written Jul 21, 2004

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    Independence Grove

    Independence Grove offers visitors lots of outdoor opportunities centered on the 115-acre lake that was reclaimed from a gravel quarry. When the Forest Preserve bought this land in 1978, it was an old gravel quary that was one mile across & 40 feet deep. With imagination, they realized it could be reclaimed. In the early 1990s, a master plan evolved:Create the 115-acre lake by mining the quarry of any remaining resources, & use royalties to reclaim the site for the public. Then, millions of cubic yards of clean fill were brought in to create 60 acres of land. Thousands of trees & shrubs were planted. To create a habitat for fish out of a sterile lake with no vegetation, trees, fish cribs, & concrete pipes were placed along the lake's bottom before the water was allowed to rise. Now a rippling lake,it is surrounded by acres of native prairie planted with 100 thousand wildflowers!
    The lake is designed for fishing, boating, & swimming. Rent from the Marina: fishing & pleasure boats, canoes, hydro-bikes, pedal boats, & kayaks.
    There's a picnic area, a nature observation area, a swimming beach with showers & restrooms, a canoe launch on the Des Plaines River, a sand volleyball court, & a fishing pier.
    You can enjoy about seven miles of trails that wind throughout the Preserve or you can fish from shore or cast your line from a rental boat. Musky, Northern Pike, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, & Yellow Perch have been caught. Independence Grove requires catch-and release.
    There is a huge Visitors Center situated along the east shore of the lake which features a gift shop, interactive exhibits, & food & beverage services.
    There is a parking fee for non-Lake County residents of $5 per car Monday-Thursday & $10 per car Friday-Sunday & holidays.
    Besides the Visitors Center & Gift Shop, there is a Cafe, a Marina, & the Swimming Beach.
    Besides hiking, boat, fishing, & swimming, you can enjoy all the wildlife such as birds, muskrats, beaver, mink, raccoon, possum, or deer.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Water Sports
    • Fishing

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    Unique Place to Visit: Lambs Farm

    by deecat Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    Lambs Farm, Libertyville

    Lambs Farm is a great place to visit, especially for children. Just what is Lambs Farm? It's a place where families gather to enjoy animals, shops, food, & entertainment. More importantly, it is a place where 250 people with developmental disabilities live & lead personally fulfilling lives.
    Lambs Farm, founded in 1961 serve adults with developmental disabilities, & has grown from a small pet shop located in Chicago to a 72-acre campus located in Libertyville. Most of all,they gain DIGNITY because these adults take pride in their accomplishments.
    Businesses & attractions at Lambs Farm.
    FARMYARD is fun for the entire family & features a petting area with goats & sheep, mini-golf, a mini-train, a cow bounce house, & an Old World Carousel. It is closed during winter months. Open 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.
    PET SHOPThe pet shop is housed in the turn-of-the-century barn & features a wide selection of pets, pet supplies & gifts. It is open 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Puppy & Kitten viewing happens between ten & four thirty daily.
    COUNTRY INN RESTAURANT You can relax & enjoy a hearty, country-style meal which is served by the attentive staff & in the charming setting of the updated restaurant. Hours are 7:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday through Friday; 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Closed Mondays.
    AUNT MARY'S COUNTRY STORE & BAKERY You may wish to stop by Aunt Mary's for products made fresh on the farm such as jams, sauces, chocolates, & baked goods, or treat yourself to hand-dipped ice cream creations. Ten to five daily. They also specialize in French Pastries, Decorated Cakes, Assorted Artisan Breads, Brioche, & Specialty Cookies.
    THRIFT SHOP If you like bargains, you'll love the Thrift Shop because you will never know what treasure is waiting for you. They have a wide variety of new & used merchandise which arrives daily. This store is newly remodeled & has clothing, household items, books, collectibles, electronics, toys, jewelry, & more.
    Closed Mondays

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    • Farm Stay
    • Family Travel

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