Libertyville Travel Guide

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Libertyville Things to Do

  • Main Street Libertyville

    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...

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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,...

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  • Independence Grove Forest Preserve

    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...

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Libertyville Restaurants

  • A step above IHOP! :)

    Wildberry opened in 2004, and it is a much-needed addition to the restaurants in Libertyville. It is open daily for breakfast and lunch only, and right now, it is extremely popular on weekends, so be prepared for a short wait. The decor is casual but with excellent use of mustard yellow walls combined with a warm cherry wood. A fireplace in the...

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  • An example of Firkin's specials

    This was a special appetizer of warm chihuahua cheese with fried potato strips and an excellent tomato-based sauce. Delicious!Do be aware that Firkin has a predominantly bar-going clientele on weekend evenings. Therefore, if you go here to eat instead of drink, as I do, you are better off going for lunch or early afternoon on weekends, since it can...

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  • What a Terrific Addition to Libertyville

    Allan and I had dinner on July 20, 2007 to celebrate my birthday. I had Beef Tenderloin; Allan ordered Rack of Lamb but ended up receiving roast pork! The waiter gave us a free dessert for my birthday.My friend Mickey Scales had just retired from teaching English, and we decided to have a "girl's day out" to celebrate. We decided to spend the day...

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  • ITALIAN RESTAURANT

    After a busy day touring Milwaukee and then stopping by at Deecat and Allan's place for a little get-together, we all headed for the OLIVE GARDEN which was only a few minutes drive and located in the Gurnee Mills Shopping Complex. It was a beautiful and spacious restaurant and for a Tuesday evening, quite full of diners, probably treating...

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  • Family-Owned and Run With Pride

    On a beautiful night in May of 2005, my husband Allan and I, along with our neighbors, Sue and Ben, had dinner at the family-owned and operated Gilardi's Italian Trattoria in Vernon Hills. We had just been to the musical, "Brigadoon" at the Lincolnshire Marriott Theater.I had seen advertisements for the restaurant with the classic automobile always...

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  • Authentic Greek in Libertyville/Vernon...

    Within two weeks, I enjoyed Opa! Restaurant two times. My first visit was with my husband Allan and the best man at our wedding (43 years ago), Jim Nelson. Jim was visiting us, and the three of us went out to eat there. It was a beautiful August night (75 degrees and sunny) so we ate out on the patio overlooking small Bear Lake.The second time I...

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  • For a Quick Meal On The Run.....

    Be warned that at the noon hour, The Picnic Basket is one of the busiest places in all of downtown Libertyville. It's a small place, so if you wish to eat in, get there early. It offers a fantastic variety of homemade salads; four homemade soups; gigantic, original sandwiches, and tantalizing desserts.The menu is large and divided into:Regular...

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  • Great Place To Celebrate 43rd...

    Be sure to click on all photosOn a very special Friday evening, August 11, 2006, Allan and I enjoyed our 43rd wedding anniversary dinner at Portofino Italian Bistro in Vernon Hills, Illinois (just outside of Libertyville, Illinois). What a beautiful evening it was, indeed.Portofino Italian Bistro is a very popular restaurant among people all over...

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  • Part II of 43rd Wedding Anniversary...

    Even though Allan and I were married on August 10, 1963, we celebrated this year on August 11 because Allan had to work on the tenth!Since Portofino Italian Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in the area, we chose it for this 43rd anniversary dinner.As you can tell from the photographs (especially the sunset photo), this is a very special...

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  • My Favorite Restaurant in Another...

    On Tuesday, July 26, 2005, Allan and I celebrated my birthday belatedly [Allan worked on July 20]. My favorite place to eat is called Wildfire in Chicago. They also have a Wildfire in Lincolnshire, which is much closer to home.It was a rain-filled evening [which made us happy because we are in a drought], and the restaurant was jam-packed. It took...

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  • Great New Addition to Libertyville

    A really great addition to the restaurant scene here in Libertyville, Illinois, is a brand new, just built brick beauty of a building that houses a new breakfast/lunch restaurant called Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe.You only have to drive by to know that it is a success already. The huge parking lot is jam-packed with cars. Don't be frightened that...

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  • An example of Firkin's small dishes

    This is one of my favorites--a non-greasy fried-up version of tender asparagus, served with a flavorful chipotle mayonnaise. It's considered a small dish, but with an appetizer, it's a good-sized lunch (for $6.95).

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  • A great place with an eclectic, British...

    Firkin is my favorite place for lunch (or dinner) in Libertyville. Here are a few reasons:1. The ambience is casual, but extremely unique. The ceiling is even strung with lights according to whichever holiday is current!2. The menu is full of unique starters, small dishes, sandwiches, pastas, etc. A long list of daily specials adds to the...

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  • For Wonderful Northern Italian...

    Propietario, Tom Allegretti, talked to us personally the first time we visited Portofino when it first opened. He is from Rome, and we talked about our trips to Italy. He is a dedicated, hardworking man who loves what he does, and it shows in the finished product, the beautiful Portofino Italian Bistro.Vernon Hills is just a few miles from...

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  • Southern Italy Comes to Libertyville

    If you want the old world Italian meals, then eat at Trattoria Pomigliano in Libertyville.It's a real Italian Trattoria that brings old world Italian meals directly to you in downtown Libertyville! The atmosphere takes you back to Italy as you enjoy the Southern Italian cuisine at its very best. Besides the menu, be sure to check out Grandma's...

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Libertyville Nightlife

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    Outdoor-beer-garden at Mickey Finn's Brewery

    by deecat Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    The building at 412 N. Milwaukee Avenue is over 100 years old, and other than a short stint as a barbershop during Prohibition, Mickey Finn's has operated as a pub continuously since the 1920's. In 1994, the owners, Pat Elmquest and Bill Sugars, paid two million dollars to renovate the place and transformed Mickey Finn's into a 10,000 square foot, two level restaurant, bar, and microbrewery. They also added an outdoor beer garden for warm weather use and even added propane-heated lanterns which make it cozy well into the late autumn.
    The pub is located in historic downtown Libertyville, and it is Lake County's oldest brewpub. It serves pub-style food, brews award-winning beers and root beer, and, I must admit, it has become the place "to be" at night in Libertyville. Upstairs they have a big screen Tv for watching sports and a place to play darts. You can also rent the upstairs for meetings or parties.
    They are famous for their "Cheesy Artichoke Dip", their "killer Wings (hot super hot, or BBQ chicken wings with blue cheese dressing), a 9 oz. handmade hamburger called "Mickey Burger" and the Oven-Baked Subs. People rave about their fries, but since I don't like potatoes, I cannot vouch for them.

    Dress Code: CASUAL is the key to Mickey Finn's. It's a place to "let down your hair" and relax. It's a place to play dart with friends and drink one of the many homemade brews available. It's a place to have fun; no one cares whether you wear jeans or a jacket and tie.

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Libertyville Transportation

  • by krystenfey Written Mar 13, 2009

    American Taxi, driver named Terrance. Excellent, prompt service. Driver is very friendly and informative about the area. However, if you need to go to the RTC for any reason this is not the company to call. They do not have a pass to drop off inside the gates of the RTC. However, the friendliness of the driver had us calling him back for other rides during our stay.

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Libertyville Shopping

  • New Owner at...

    "Someone's in the Kitchen" in Libertyville, Illinois, has a new owner, Judy Potrzeba.With a new owner comes new products, new ideas, and new "hands-on" cooking classes and demonstrations.Someone's in the Kitchen is a specialty and gourmet cookware store. It is an absolutely beautiful store that is a delight to visit. It is bright, well organized,...

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  • UpScale, Indeed!

    Even though UpScale ReSale is not a new store, this was the first time that I had been inside it. The window announced a SALE, so Sue and I were eager to check it out.There were really two different sales going on. The summer merchandise was "Buy one item, Get another item FREE". Then, there was some racks that had items between $3.00-$5.00 that...

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  • What a Place This is...

    I visited Parkview Gourmet, Inc. for the first time with my friend, Sue. We were both impressed with the size of the store, with the attentive service we received, and with the quality and beauty of the merchandise.The emphasis of the store is comfort. You feel so comfortable once you are inside the store. The smells of delicious food items greet...

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Libertyville Favorites

  • Libertyville's Rich History

    The village of Libertyville is located in Lake County, Illinois north of Chicago. Lake County and Libertyville have rich pasts. Old mission records as early as 1650 confirm that French traders were already in the region doing a lucrative fur business with the Indians. There were tribal legends about the health-giving qualities of the many springs...

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  • A Landmark in Libertyville

    A variety of cultural opportunities are available for the Village of Libertyville residents. A landmark museum in the downtown village area is the Ansel B. Cook Victorian Home Museum. This Victorian treasure was built in 1878 ( at first it was used only as a summer home by Ansel Cook and his wife, but later it became their primary, year-round...

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