|Motto: Fortitudine Vincimus
"By endurance we conquer"
|• Mayor||Terry Weppler|
|• Total||9.15 sq mi (23.7 km2)|
|• Land||8.81 sq mi (22.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.34 sq mi (0.9 km2) 3.72%|
|• Density||2,200/sq mi (860/km2)|
Libertyville is an affluent northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Lake Michigan on the Des Plaines River. The 2010 census population was 20,315. (There is also a township of the same name, which includes the village and some surrounding areas.) Located in northeastern Illinois, southwest of Waukegan and west of Lake Forest, its immediate neighbors are Mundelein to the west, Green Oaks, Mettawa, and Rondout to the east, Gurnee to the north, Grayslake to the northwest, and Vernon Hills to the south.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Library
- 7 Media
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Drinking water supply
- 10 Recreation
- 11 Clubs and organizations
- 12 Sports
- 13 Honors
- 14 Notable people
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 9.15 square miles (23.7 km2), of which 8.81 square miles (22.8 km2) (or 96.28%) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) (or 3.72%) is water.
The Des Plaines River forms much of the eastern boundary of the village. Other bodies of water include Butler Lake and Minear Lake.
Libertyville's main street is Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21). The main automobile route to Chicago is via Interstate 94 (the Tri-State Tollway and the Edens Expressway); Chicago's Loop is approximately 45 minutes away. The main Metra rail station sits at the northern edge of downtown off Milwaukee Avenue, and serves the Milwaukee District/North Line running from Union Station in Chicago to Fox Lake. The same line is served by another Metra station at Prairie Crossing, near the boundary of Libertyville and Grayslake. The Prairie Crossing station also serves Metra's North Central Line, with service from Union Station to Antioch.
- Tri-State Tollway
- Milwaukee Avenue
- Lake Street
- Buckley Road/Peterson Road
- Park Avenue
- Midlothian Road
- Winchester Road
- Butterfield Road
- St. Mary's Road
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,742 people, 7,298 households, and 5,451 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,364.5 people per square mile (913.2/km²). There were 7,458 housing units at an average density of 850.2 per square mile (328.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92% White, 5% Asian and 1% African American. 0.1% is Native American. About 1% each are classified as belonging to other races or to two or more races. 3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. While still largely homogeneous, ethnic diversity has increased slightly since the 1960 census, when the population was indicated as being 99.9% white.
As of the 2000 census, there were 7,298 households, out of which 40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25% were non-families. 22% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.2.
28% of the village's population is under the age of 18, 5% from 18 to 24, 27% from 25 to 44, 28% from 45 to 64, and 12% 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median household income was $106,337, and the median income for a family was $127,474. Males had a median income of $72,320 versus $39,455 for females. The per capita income for the village was $40,426. About 1.9% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
The land that is now Libertyville was the property of the Illinois River Potawatomi Indians until August 1829, when economic and resource pressures forced the tribe to sell much of their land in northern Illinois to the U.S. government for $12,000 cash, an additional $12,000 in goods, plus an annual delivery of 50 barrels of salt.
Pursuant to the treaty, the Potawatomi left their lands by the mid-1830s, and by 1835 the future Libertyville had its first recorded non-indigenous resident, George Vardin. Said to be a "well-educated" English immigrant with a wife and a young daughter, Vardin lived in a cabin located where the Cook Park branch of the Cook Memorial Public Library District stands today. Though he apparently moved on to the west that same year, the settlement that grew up around his cabin was initially known as Vardin's Grove.
In 1836, during the celebrations that marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the community voted to name itself Independence Grove. 1837 brought the town's first practicing physician, Jesse Foster, followed quickly by its first lawyer, Horace Butler, for whom Butler Lake is named. The professionals needed services, so a post office opened, necessitating a third name change, because another Independence Grove existed elsewhere in the state. On April 16, 1837, the new post office was registered under the name Libertyville.
The town's name changed again two years later to Burlington when it became the county seat of Lake County. When the county seat moved to Little Fort (now Waukegan, which is the Potawatomi word for "Little Fort") in 1841, the name reverted to Libertyville, without further changes.
Libertyville's most prominent building, the Cook Mansion, was built in 1879 by Ansel Brainerd Cook, very close to the spot where Vardin's cabin was built in the 1830s. Cook, a teacher and stonemason, became a prominent Chicago builder and politician, providing flagstones for the city's sidewalks and taking part in rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The two-story Victorian mansion served as Cook's summer home as well as the center of his horse farm, which provided animals for Chicago's horsecar lines. The building was remodeled in 1921, when it became the town library, gaining a Colonial-style facade with a pillared portico.
The community expanded rapidly with a spur of the Milwaukee Road train line (now a Metra commuter line) reaching Libertyville in 1881, resulting in the incorporation of the Village of Libertyville in 1882, with John Locke its first village president.
Libertyville's downtown area was largely destroyed by fire in 1895, and the village board mandated brick to be used for reconstruction, resulting in a village center whose architecture is substantially unified by both period and building material. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which gave Libertyville a Great American Main Street Award, called the downtown "a place with its own sense of self, where people still stroll the streets on a Saturday night, and where the tailor, the hometown bakery, and the vacuum cleaner repair shop are shoulder to shoulder with gourmet coffee vendors and a microbrewery."
Samuel Insull, founder of Commonwealth Edison, began purchasing land south of Libertyville in 1906. He eventually acquired 4,445 acres (17.988 km2), a holding that he named Hawthorn-Mellody Farms. He also bought the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric line (later the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee), which built a spur from Lake Bluff to Libertyville in 1903. When Insull was ruined by the Great Depression, parts of his estate were bought by prominent Chicagoans Adlai Stevenson and John F. Cuneo.
From 1970 until 2013, Libertyville was the site of the only European monarch buried on American soil, Peter II of Yugoslavia. On 22 January 2013, Peter II's remains were repatriated back to Serbia in a ceremony attended by the Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, Peter's son Alexander with his family, and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. Peter II will lay in state in the Royal Chapel in Dedinje before his burial in the Royal Family Mausoleum at Oplenac on May 26, 2013.
Terry Weppler is the mayor of Libertyville.
Libertyville is represented by Carol Calabresa on the Lake County Board.
Libertyville District 70
Libertyville proper has four public elementary schools and one public middle school, all comprising Libertyville District 70:
- Adler Park Elementary School
- Butterfield Elementary School
- Copeland Manor Elementary School
- Rockland Elementary School
- Highland Middle School
Hawthorn District 73
Oak Grove District 68
Libertyville High School
Libertyville is one of six communities comprising the Cook Memorial Public Library District. The Cook Park library, located on Cook and Brainerd streets in Libertyville, is one of the District's two library facilities. The library was originally housed in the Cook Mansion, after resident Ansel B. Cook's wife, Emily, deeded the property to the Village of Libertyville in 1920 for use as a library. In 1968, a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) addition was added, adjacent to the Cook home. By 1984, the library's collection, as well as the population, had doubled in size. The Evergreen Interim Library opened in 2003 as a temporary facility at the south end of the district, in Vernon Hills. In 2007, the Library Board adopted plans to add an approximately 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) addition to the Cook Park facility, which was completed in January 2011.
The Libertyville Review, published by Pioneer Press, covers Libertyville. Regional newspapers that occasionally contain coverage of Libertyville include the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Lake County News-Sun.
Libertyville has a station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago (at Union Station). It also has two stations along Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line which provides service between Fox Lake and Union Station, one of which shares a driveway with the station for the North Central Service.
Drinking water supply
- Pools: Adler Pool, Riverside Pool
- Golf courses: Riverside, The Merit Club
- Lakes: Lake Minear, Butler Lake, Independence Grove
- Parks: Charles Brown, Cook, Riverside, Butler Lake, Nicholas Dowden, Independence Grove, Sunrise Rotary, Bolander, Adler, Blueberry Hill, Paul Neal, Greentree
Clubs and organizations
- Liberty Town Productions, not-for-profit entertainment company
- Libertyville Sunrise Rotary
- Libertyville Junior Woman's Club
- Libertyville Boys Club
Libertyville has a youth football organization called the Libertyville Boys Club. This includes weight-based football travel teams. The teams play at Butler Lake Park.
The Libertyville Little League is a baseball league with a league for every age. Libertyville has a travel team for each age as well, but they are not run by LLL.
Libertyville has a youth basketball league run by the Libertyville Sports Complex, which hosts many Libertyville events.
The Greater Libertyville Soccer Association (GLSA) is a successful organization in Libertyville that includes house and travel teams.
The Lake Shore Lynx are Libertyville's first semi-pro sports team and play all their games at the Brainerd Campus. The Lake Shore Lynx are the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Gridiron Football League champions. Players from Libertyville High School have been a staple of this organization. Athletes such as Kevin Fontana, Shane Voigt, Dan Nikolich, Nick Nikolich, TJ Fehling and Kevin Dickson have all helped this organization become a powerhouse in the GFL. Founders of this organization are Mike Johnson and Bryan McDermott.
The Libertyville Ladycats (grades 5-8) is a girls' travel basketball team that feeds into LHS.
The Libertyville Warriors is a boy's travel lacrosse club based out of Libertyville and participates in competitions mostly in the Midwest.
In 2007, Libertyville was named the 52nd best place to live in the U.S. by CNN Money Magazine. In 2013, CNN Travel named Libertyville as one of America's best small town comebacks  and CNNMoney.com listed Libertyville as one of the best places to live for the rich and single.
- David Adler, architect
- Marlon Brando, Academy Award–winning actor
- Julia Cameron, writer and artist, most famous for her book The Artist's Way
- Marietta DePrima, actress (The Hughleys)
- Mary Morello, co-founder of the anti-censorship group Parents for Rock and Rap
- Jim Naureckas, editor of Extra!, FAIR's bimonthly journal of media criticism; co-author of "The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error"
- George F. Pond, Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient
- Adlai Stevenson, Illinois governor, presidential candidate, ambassador, known as "The man from Libertyville"
- Mark Suppelsa, co-anchor of WGN-TV's 9:00 news
- Peter II of Yugoslavia, the only monarch to be buried on U.S. soil, was buried in Libertyville up to the 2013 before return to Serbia.
- Jim Broustis, guitarist for the band X-tal
- mc chris, rapper, voice actor, and improvisational comedian
- Maureen Herman, bassist for the band Babes in Toyland
- Adam Jones, guitarist for the band Tool
- Tom Morello, guitarist for the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman
- Ike Reilly, indie rock musician
- Brett Butler, former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams and 1991 All-Star
- Roberto Garza, center for the Chicago Bears
- Mike Marshall, former right fielder for several Major League Baseball teams and 1984 All-Star
- Steve Novak, forward for the Toronto Raptors
- Frank Thomas, former first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, All-Star and two-time MLB American League MVP
- Kevin Walter, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans
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- Encyclopedia of Chicago: Libertyville, IL, chicagohistory.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder
- Potawatomi Treaties and Treaty Rights, mpm.edu. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- The Illinois Constitution of 1818, 19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- History of the Cook Property. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- Libertyville History, libertyville.com. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- Ansel B. Cook Victorian Museum. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- section=22 National Main Street Awards, mainstreet.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
- "Remains of last Yugoslav king Peter II Karadjordjevic returned from US to Serbia". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). Associated Press. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- "The remains of King Peter II in Belgrade (Посмртни остаци краља Петра II у Београду)". Radio Television of Serbia (in Serbian) (rtv.rs). Tanjug. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
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- "David Adler's Libertyville Home", David Adler Center for Music and Art
- Marlon Brando in Libertyville
- "Left-wing Radical, Anti-authoritarian Troublemaker, Free-speech Guerrilla: Rock Star Tom Morello Is a Real Chip Off the Old Block", by Greg Kot, The Chicago Tribune, July 2, 2000
- "Exiled Yugoslavian Monarch Is Buried at Libertyville Monastery", by Diana Dretske, Daily Herald, August 11, 2009
- IGN: An Interview with mc chris, movies.ign.com. Accessed 2010-05-28.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Libertyville, Illinois.|
- Village of Libertyville official website
- Libertyville History Book
- Encyclopedia of Chicago: Libertyville, IL
- Downtown Libertyville
- Libertyville High School
- Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club
- The Goose Is Loose festival website