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Libertyville, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°17′03″N 87°57′38″W / 42.284222°N 87.960673°W / 42.284222; -87.960673
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Libertyville, Illinois
The Proctor Building in Libertyville (1903), taken in March 2013
The Proctor Building in Libertyville (1903), taken in March 2013
Flag of Libertyville, Illinois
Fortitudine Vincimus
"By endurance we conquer"
Location of Libertyville in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Libertyville in Lake County, Illinois.
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lake
 • MayorDonna Johnson
 • Total9.16 sq mi (23.72 km2)
 • Land8.81 sq mi (22.81 km2)
 • Water0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)  3.83%
699 ft (213 m)
 • Total20,579
 • Density2,336.40/sq mi (902.10/km2)
Time zoneCentral
Zip Code
Area code847/224
FIPS code17-43250
GNIS feature ID412036[2]

Libertyville is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, and a northern suburb of Chicago. It is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Lake Michigan along the Des Plaines River. The 2020 census population was 20,579.[3] It is part of Libertyville Township, which includes the village, neighboring Green Oaks, and portions of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, unincorporated Waukegan and Lake Forest, and part of Knollwood CDP. Libertyville neighbors these communities as well as Gurnee to the north and Grayslake to the northwest. Libertyville is about 40 miles north of the Chicago Loop and is part of the United States Census Bureau's Chicago combined statistical area (CSA).


Libertyville is located at 42°17′03″N 87°57′38″W / 42.284222°N 87.960673°W / 42.284222; -87.960673.[4]

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.[5]

The Des Plaines River forms much of the eastern boundary of the village. Other bodies of water include Butler Lake, Liberty Lake, and Lake Minear.

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.

Major streets[edit]

Surrounding areas[edit]

  Gages Lake / Gurnee
  Grayslake Waukegan
  Mundelein   Green Oaks / Knollwood
  Mundelein Mettawa
  Vernon Hills


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2010[7] 2020[8]
Parade balloon promoting The Goose Is Loose Festival in Libertyville

2020 census[edit]

Libertyville village, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2000[9] Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2000 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 18,812 17,777 17,061 90.70% 87.51% 82.90%
Black or African American alone (NH) 209 232 262 1.01% 1.14% 1.27%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 18 14 14 0.09% 0.07% 0.07%
Asian alone (NH) 948 1,154 1,238 4.57% 5.68% 6.02%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 6 4 4 0.03% 0.02% 0.02%
Other race alone (NH) 13 16 55 0.06% 0.08% 0.27%
Mixed race or Multiracial (NH) 170 282 759 0.82% 1.39% 3.69%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 566 836 1,186 2.73% 4.12% 5.76%
Total 20,742 20,315 20,579 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 20,742 people, 7,298 households, and 5,451 families living in the village. The population density was 2,364.5 inhabitants per square mile (912.9/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% was Native American. About 1% each were 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 had increased slightly since the 1960 census, when the population was indicated as being 99.9% white.[11]

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 was 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 was 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.[12] 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.

As of the 2010 US Census, there were 20,315 people living in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 90.10% White, 1.23% African American, 0.16% Native American, 5.73% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.12% of the population.


Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery Church is the former burial site of Peter II of Yugoslavia, who until 2013 was the only European monarch buried on U.S. soil.

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.[13]

Pursuant to the treaty, the Potawatomi left their lands by the mid-1830s,[14] and by 1835 the future Libertyville had its first recorded non-indigenous resident, George Vardin. Said to be [citation needed] 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.[15]

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.[15] 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) in 1841, the name reverted to Libertyville, without further changes.[16]

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 building is now a museum with furnishings of the period and other relevant displays. It is operated by the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

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.[16]

Libertyville's downtown area was largely destroyed by fire in 1895,[11] 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.[11] 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. If it's Thursday between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., it's Farmer's Market time (June–October) on Church Street across from Cook Park -- a tradition for more than three decades."[17]

Adlai Stevenson II's home in Libertyville, IL (now Mettawa, IL)

Samuel Insull, founder of Commonwealth Edison, began purchasing land south of Libertyville in 1906. He eventually acquired 4,445 acres (17.99 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.[11] The home Cuneo built is now the Cuneo Museum.

From 1970 until 2013, Libertyville was the resting place of the only European monarch buried on American soil, Peter II of Yugoslavia, who died in exile in Denver. On 22 January 2013, Peter II's remains were removed from his tomb at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery and sent to Serbia in a ceremony attended by the Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, Peter's son Alexander with his family, and Serbian Patriarch Irinej.[18][19] Peter II lay in state in the Royal Chapel in Dedinje before his burial in the Royal Family Mausoleum at Oplenac on May 26, 2013.


Donna Johnson was elected mayor of Libertyville in April 2021. She is the first African-American, and the second woman, to hold the position.[20][21]

Libertyville is represented by Jennifer Clark on the Lake County Board.[22]


Libertyville District 70[edit]

Libertyville has four public elementary schools and one public middle school within village lines, 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[edit]

Students residing south of Golf Road attend Hawthorn District 73 schools in Vernon Hills.

Oak Grove District 68[edit]

Students residing in communities along Buckley Road attend Oak Grove Grade School in neighboring Green Oaks.

Libertyville High School[edit]

Libertyville High School, part of Community High School District 128, serves students in Libertyville and other communities in Libertyville Township.


The Roman Catholic St. Joseph Elementary School and St. John's Lutheran School [23] of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod both provide Pre-K-8 education to residents of Libertyville and the surrounding area. St Sava Monastery is also home to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology.


Top employers[edit]

According to the Village's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[24] as of April 30, 2020 the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Advocate Condell Medical Center 2,102
2 Hollister Incorporated 527
3 Volkswagen Credit 446
4 Avexis 407
5 Medline Industries 343
6 Libertyville District 70 326
7 Fabrication Technologies 307
8 Commonwealth Edison 278
9 Snap-on Credit 242
10 Community High School District 128 239


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.[25] 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 (at Prairie Crossing) and also 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.

Pace provides bus service on Route 574 connecting Libertyville to Grayslake and other destinations.[26]

Drinking water supply[edit]

The Libertyville water supply comes from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) located in Lake Bluff. CLCJAWA purifies water from Lake Michigan.


  • Pools: Adler Pool, Riverside Pool
  • Golf courses: Merit Club
  • Lakes: Lake Minear, Butler Lake, Independence Grove, Liberty Lake
  • Parks: Adler, Cook, Sunrise Rotary, Charles Brown, Riverside, Butler Lake, Nicholas-Dowden, Independence Grove, Blueberry Hill, Paul Neal, Greentree, Jo Ann Eckmann, Gilbert Stiles.

Notable people[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Libertyville, Illinois
  3. ^ "Libertyville village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Archived from the original on 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  6. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". United States Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Libertyville village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  8. ^ a b "P2: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Libertyville village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  9. ^ "P004: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2000: DEC Summary File 1 – Libertyville village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ a b c d Encyclopedia of Chicago: Libertyville, IL, chicagohistory.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  13. ^ Potawatomi Treaties and Treaty Rights Archived 2006-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, mpm.edu. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  14. ^ The Illinois Constitution of 1818 Archived 2006-02-07 at the Wayback Machine, 19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  15. ^ a b History of the Cook Property Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  16. ^ a b Libertyville History, libertyville.com. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  17. ^ section=22 National Main Street Awards[permanent dead link], mainstreet.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  18. ^ "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.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "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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  22. ^ "Lake - Election Results".
  23. ^ "St. John Lutheran School in Libertyville, IL".
  24. ^ "Village of Libertyville CAFR" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  25. ^ Ansel B. Cook Victorian Museum Archived 2005-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  26. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  27. ^ "David Adler's Libertyville Home", David Adler Center for Music and Art
  28. ^ Marlon Brando in Libertyville
  29. ^ "Newcomer Collins, incumbent Stack on way to Harper College board". April 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "Orphans Star Bill Heck Finds a Home in Horton Foote's Masterpiece". Broadway.com.
  31. ^ "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
  32. ^ Hennigan, W.J. (June 7, 2013). "How I Made It: SpaceX exec Gwynne Shotwell". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  33. ^ St. Clair, Stacy (April 14, 2014). "Adlai Stevenson Farm in Lake County gets national landmark status". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  34. ^ Steinberg, Alan (January 22, 2012). "Adlai Stevenson, 1952; Chris Christie, 2012?". New York Observer. New York City. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  35. ^ "Exiled Yugoslavian Monarch Is Buried at Libertyville Monastery", by Diana Dretske, Daily Herald, August 11, 2009
  36. ^ IGN: An Interview with mc chris Archived October 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, movies.ign.com. Accessed 2010-05-28.
  37. ^ Kerr, Jon (January 26, 2016). "Marshall Hollingsworth goes from Libertyville to Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  38. ^ "Libertyville grad Evan Skoug still in hot pursuit of MLB dream - Libertyville Review". Chicago Tribune. June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
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