Your first stop is the Ansel B. Cook House, built in 1878. Cook, a local builder laid flagstones all over Chicago including the Cook Courthouse and had the masonry contract for the famous Water Tower. By the time of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, he had laid most of the flagstone walks in the city.
Selections from the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society's wedding dress collection are displayed in the museum, Illinois. The brides who wore these dresses represent a true slice of American society. The dresses are as varied as the women who wore them and each dress reflects the fashion and spirit of the times in which it was worn.
You may want to stroll down Main Street Libertyville and visit their charming shops before heading to lunch. Larger groups will enjoy O'Toole's of Libertyville, Mickey Finn's Brewery & Restaurant, Tacos El Norte or smaller groups at 545 North Bar & Grill, Cafe Pomigliano, Pizzeria DeVille, Wildberry and more! Watch for the Libertyville Theater where Brando had once worked as you leave town.
You'll head out of LIberyville to Mundelein's Bosacki's Home Brew/Microbrewery where a dozen of their trews are always on tap. Over a flight of their specialty crafted beers, a local historian will present "A Kid Named Bud: Marlon Brando in Liberytyville, 1938-1941". You'll hear of his family life, high school years, working at the local movie house and move to a military academy to "straighten him out." You can reminisce about all the movies Marlon Brando was in such as "Guys and Dolls" (the man can sing!), "A Streetcan Named Desire" all the way up to "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather". Raise a toast to a great American actor who provided us with much entertainment and hopefully a bit of his Midwest upbringing helped shape his life. Should you have time, watch one of his movies on the coach on the way to and from your day out learning about a kid named Bud.