Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 W. Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: 847.968.3499

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This scenic 1,151-acre forest preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 129-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors can enjoy 7.5 miles of trails, fishing and boating, a marina with boat and bike rentals, a native garden and the Beer Garden at Independence Grove. The spacious Visitors Center features exhibits and a café. It can be rented for weddings and other private functions. 

BEER GARDEN

The outdoor Beer Garden at Independence Grove features a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks and other beverages. Plenty of casual lakeside seating is available. Open seasonally. Check 
LCFPD.org/Beer for full details, hours, menu and prices.


SUMMER CONCERTS

Relax outdoors at our summer concert music series in the Millennia Plaza overlooking the lake. Pack a picnic or buy dinner and beverages at the café. Enjoy a variety of music by talented bands playing originals and classics.


INDOOR AND OUTDOOR RENTAL VENUES

Offering panoramic views of the lake and preserve, Audubon Hall, the Millennia Plaza, and the North Bay Pavilion can be reserved for weddings, banquets, reunions, picnics and other private celebrations, corporate meetings and retreats, and community functions. For catering arrangements and reservations, contact Relish Events.

The Visitors Center offers a café, open seasonally. Located on the north side of the building, the café sells snacks, light entrees, beverages and ice cream from a convenient walk-up window. 

 

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Fishing 2 at Independence Grove
7/1/24 - 7/3/24
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join in to learn about... View More
Fishing 1: 5 Day Event at Independence Grove
7/8/24 - 7/12/24
Explore the watery world that fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, tech... View More
Conservation Explorers
7/15/24 - 7/27/24
In this dynamic two-week outdoor program, culminating with an overnight cam... View More
Fishing 2 at Independence Grove
7/15/24 - 7/19/24
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join in to learn about... View More
Exploring Nature at Independence Grove
7/16/24 - 7/18/24
Allow your little one time to explore nature in several habitats. Allow the... View More
Fishing 1: 5 Day Event at Independence Grove
7/22/24 - 7/26/24
Explore the watery world that fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, tech... View More
Fishing 1: 5 Day Event at Independence Grove
7/29/24 - 8/2/24
Explore the watery world that fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, tech... View More
Pondering Plants at Independence Grove
7/29/24 - 8/2/24
Through interactive activities and crafts, your child will discover and lea... View More
Paddle in Nature at Independence Grove
8/5/24 - 8/7/24
Experience nature from the water. Participants will develop paddling skills... View More
Animal Attire Three Day at Independence Grove
8/6/24 - 8/8/24
Fur, feathers, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Partic... View More
Exploring Nature at Independence Grove
8/6/24 - 8/8/24
Allow your little one time to explore nature in several habitats. Allow the... View More

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