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Libertyville Holiday Guide

We're riding in the winter wonderland of Libertyville

Giddy-up, Giddy-up Giddy-up let's go. Let's go to the Village of Libertyville.

The Village of Libertyville has exceptional shopping options along picture-perfect Milwaukee Avenue and throughout town, nearly 100 dining options, including formal restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors and taverns, a ton of festive season greetings events and more.

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Stroll along the festive sidewalks of MainStreet Libertyville and discover the mom and pop stores that provide terrific gift ideas, dine on the finest cuisines Lake County has to offer like Main Street Social and Chrissoulas Restaurant (to name a few) or feel the holiday spirit by watching talented artists and carolers entertain you in the downtown area and on center stage at Improv Playhouse.

All your holiday needs from fashion apparel and jewelery to hostess gifts, candy and craft beer and a slew of other ideas can be found in Libertyville.

What ever it is that puts you into the season's spirit, Holiday Your Way to the Village of Libertyville.

 

Village of Libertyville Holiday Events

First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville

Mason Chic in Downtown Libertyville

Invest your fest feels on a festive festival-infested Friday through Sunday in Libertyville. The weekend kicks off with its holiday-themed First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville highlighted by various delectable drinks, mouth-watering eats, live entertainment, sweet deals and more as visitors peruse through local mom and pop shops offering promotional sales. Shop Lake County local in Libertyville.

Friday, December 3; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Libertyville.
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Victorian Tea in Libertyville

As a part of the Dickens of a Holiday, the British vibe travels across town as you keep calm and have a spot of tea. This experience is cated by High Tea with Gerri of Long Grove complemented by finger sandwiches and pastries on fine China at Libertyville Civic Center. Unfortunately this event is currently sold out, but you can still put your name on the waiting list. So hopefully, as the Mad Hatter would say, we hope that someone "Change places!"

Saturdays, December 4 and 11; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Libertyville Civic Center Foundation, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. 
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Santa's Parade

Whenever the man in the big red suit arrives, there is a fanfare. Jolly Old St. Nick will start his auspicious route at the corner St. Mary's Road and Oak Trail Drive. Claus will take turns all through the downtown Libertyville area ultimately ending his parade at Milwaukee Avenue and East Winchester Road. More details will be available soon. 

Saturday, December 4; 3:30-8 p.m. Various locations around Libertyville.
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Dickens of a Holiday in Libertyville

"There is nothing in the world so irresistbly contagious as laughter and good humor." - Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Experience the holiday festivities as MainStreet Libertyville hosts a Dickens of a Holiday in Cook Park. This event features a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Victorian tea time at the St. Lawrence Episcopal Church (which is sold out, but you can put your name on the waiting list) at the Libertyville Civic Center and the Children’s Shoppe at Petranek’s Pharmacy which only youngsters are allowed inside. Donations of non-perishable food items for Libertyville Township Food Pantry are encouraged.

Saturdays, December 4 and 11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville
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Victorian Tea in Libertyville

As a part of the Dickens of a Holiday, the British vibe travels across town as you keep calm and have a spot of tea. This experience is cated by High Tea with Gerri of Long Grove complemented by finger sandwiches and pastries on fine China at Libertyville Civic Center. Unfortunately this event is currently sold out, but you can still put your name on the waiting list. So hopefully, as the Mad Hatter would say, we hope that someone "Change places!"

Saturdays, December 4 and 11; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Libertyville Civic Center Foundation, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. 
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"It's a Wonderful Life A Radio Play" Presented by Improv Playhouse

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” The Improv Playhouse Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” this weekend. The Libertyville performance center’s holiday tradition stages their rendition of the Frank Capra holiday classic. The play, performed in the fashion of a 1940s radio show, features the tale of George Bailey. The show’s protagonist puts his big dreams on hold to take over his father’s business who abruptly passes away. Bailey faces many adversities during his endeavor that essentially saves the town of Bedford Falls during the Great Depression. With Bailey down on his luck, frustrated with life and questioning his own existence a guardian angel named Clarence tries to steer him away from suicide. This event is a BYOB event with a $5 corking fee. The Improv Playhouse will also serve mulled wine for purchase as well as milk and cookies free of charge.

Fridays-Sundays, December 10-19; Improv Playhouse, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Donuts with Santa

What can we say, Kringle likes to eat. Kris Kringle will be posted up at the Crawford House where they will be serving Lee's Famous Donuts. The festive confection event is also highlighted by visits with the man with the naughty or nice list, arts and crafts and a special gift from Father Christmas. Space is limited.

Saturday, December 11; 10-11 a.m. Crawford  House, 817 W. Lake St., Libertyville.
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Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm

Lambs Farm

"There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food," - Ron Swanson from hit show "Parks & Recreation." Papa Noel is ready for all the breakfast eats he can get his hands on. He'll make a trip down to the Libertyville farmgrounds breakfast nook to have a bite with you at the Magnolia Café & Bakery. After devouring a breakfast for champions, head to the visitors center at Lambs Farm to Santa's makeshift workshop where you can get a socially-distanced photo with the man in the suit.

Saturdays and Sundays, December 11-19; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville. 
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Virtual Visits with Santa

Not everyone has the COVID-19 vaccine yet. Santa understands that and offers a virtual chat with youngsters of Libertyville as he Zooms in from the North Pole. Once registered, an email will be sent to mom and dad to set up your designated virutal time followed by a questionnaire. A link will be sent to all the nice girls' and boys' parents the day before the chat. 

Tuesday, December 16; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Virtual.
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Polar Express Storytime in Libertyville

Polar Express in Libertyville

"Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train." The holiday season is here and if you've been working on the railroad, just to pass the time away, you can provide a wonderful experience for your youngsters at the Plar Express Storytime in Libertyville. All aboard to the Libertyville Metra Station that takes youngsters to the North Pole (a.k.a Fox Lake). Youngsters will get to hear the story of the award-winning "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. The event is also highlighted by goody bags, Christmas caroling, an appearance by the man in the red suit himself and a comfy ride with you donning your holiday pajamas. The trip takes 90 minutes, and the Polar Express always leaves on time (so be prompt). The rides are sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District. 

Saturday, December 18; 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Libertyville Metra Train Station, 200 West Lake St., Libertyville.
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GLMV WOW! / MOB Holiday Party at White Deer Run

Celebrate the holidays with your peers as the GLMV Chamber of Commerce hosts a Holiday Party at White Deer Run. 

Tuesday, December 21; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. White Deer Run, 250 W. Gregg's Pkwy., Vernon Hills.
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"Geez I Hope That Hangover Goes Away Before Christmas" at Mickey Finn's Brewery

"Make the holidays weird again" is the mantra of the Lake County Libation Trail's first land of lakes brewery. The drinkery/eatery is throwing its annual pre-Christmas Eve event highlighted by local cover band Winnie Cooper. Mickey Finn's Brewery will be serving an delectable eats and an array of eclectic adult beverages including their beloved seasonal adult beverage, Santa's Magic.

Thursday, December 23; 9 p.m. Mickey Finn's Brewery 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Village of Libertyville Shopping Spree

MainStreet Libertyville

Downtown Libertyville Photo Credit: @Wheretonextana

Historic architecture graces this lively downtown scene. Milwaukee Avenue is full of great local eateries, boutiques, theaters and more. Some of the stores on this storied street include Rolland's Jewelers, Forest Bootery, Full DisClosthesure, Kitch'n Spice Shop, Oh, Olive!, The Runner's Edge, The Serendipity Shop and more. 

Reclaimed Artisans, INC

Reclaimed Artisans in Libertyville

If home decor is on that special someone's holiday wishlist, Reclaimed Artisans is a place to stop off at. The MainStreet Libertyville business specializes in unique repurposed furnishings, qntiques, vintage items, reclaimed and/or painted furniture and more supplied by over 130 local artisans makers. 

Reclaimed Artisans, INC., 302 Peterson Rd., Libertyville.
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Rosella's Boutique

The Libertyville, veteran-owned company specializes in selling military apparel and accessories. Rosella’s Boutique’s merchandise is highlighted by military hats, patches, pins, shirts, dresses, ponchos, handbags, pieces of jewelry and more.

Rosella's Boutique, 1435 Peterson Rd., Libertyville. 
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Village of Libertyville Cuisine

Cafe Pomigliano

Cafe Pomigliano

Cafe Pomigliano is a breath of fresh air with a bright and modern take on authentic Italian dishes by Chef Eduardo Martinez in the family-owned eatery. This Italian-inspired restaurant serves the classics. The Pomigliano family, for a fourth of a century, has prided itself on making daily, mouth-watering homemade dishes. The eats are prepared by recipes that originate from the small community right outside Naples, Italy.

Cafe Pomigliano, 160 E. Cook Ave., Libertyville.
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Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Casa Bonita serves authentic homemade Mexican cuisine prepared daily and made with high-quality fresh ingredients from local markets. Casa Bonita offers a vacation-style atmosphere with indoor and heated outdoor seating and a spectacular Tequila Bar featuring several delicious fresh hand-squeezed Margaritas.

Cafe Pomigliano, 160 E. Cook Ave., Libertyville.
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Chrissoulas Restaurant

The MainStreet Libertyville eatery features Greek and Mediterranean cuisine highlighted by octopus, pastitsio, moussaka, souvlaki, salads and a selection of 30 Greek vinos. The chef brothers, Nick and Theo Dimitriou have a combined 20+ year career in the culinary industry. The brothers stay curious and prepare new innovative dishes constantly while being mindful of the changing seasons and utilizing local ingredients to put out an exceptional product.

Chrissoulas Restaurant, 602 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Dangela's Dumplings

Dangela's Dumplings in Libertyville

The Libertyville eatery specializes in Chinese cuisine. The traditional and authentic restaurant also features a variety of dumplings, including shrimp, pork and Chinese chives, beef and onion, pork and celery, zucchini and egg, as well as vegetable side options. The family-owned restaurant folds goodness and happiness in each dumpling. Don't forget to try out their bubble teas. The Libertyville hotspot also provides frozen dumplings with cooking instructions. 

Dangela's Dumplings, 133 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Jimmy's Charhouse

The Libertyville restaurant provides steaks and chops that are custum cut in-house, to ensure quality. Donned as the home of the most delicious steaks and chops prepared this side of the Mississippi, the Libertyville steakhouse is also a whiz with seafood, rotisserie chicken, salads and other mouthwatering eats.

Jimmy's Charhouse, 1413 Peterson Rd., Libertyville.
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Main Street Social

Independently-owned and operated Main Street Social opened in 2017. The restaurant, located in downtown Libertyville is a restaurant and bar that puts a twist on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features housemade portions of pasta, fresh seafood, bountiful salads, meat and cheese boards, delectable desserts and more. Besides the innovative dishes made from scratch, the MainStreet Libertyville eatery provides fine wines and craft libations.

Main Street Social, 608 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Mickey Finn's Brewery

Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville

The first craft brewery in the land of lakes is Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. Illinois’s oldest brewpub serves up a ton of house-made ales and lagers as well as eats. The 1994-established suds haven has served over six million pints in that period and sits in their industrial/renovated home on MainStreet Libertyville. Currently, Mickey Finn has 18 of their homemade brews on tap. The Libertyville business is known for its Santa’s Magic Belgian Strong Golden Ale, Can I Kick It IPA, Pineapple Express and an array of other rotating sips. Mickey Finn’s serves brunch (weekends only), lunch and dinner, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, tacos and thin crust pizza. 

Mickey Finn's Brewery 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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O'Tooles Libertyville

O'Toole's Libertyville is a staple in the land of lakes and the Land of Lincoln. It's been in the "L-ville" for over three decades. This Irish-style pub is renowned for its award-winning wings, burgers, fish and chips and a slew of different brews, (local and out of state) on tap. 

O'Toole's Libertyville, 412 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. 
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Shakou Libertyville 

Shakou Libertyville

The chic Shakou decor complemented by sumptuous eats only scratches the surface of this delightful restaurant. Award-winning Shakou Executive Chef Sang Choi creates dishes with unparalleled flavor and flair. The downtown Libertyville facility is ranked in the top 100 restaurants in America, according to Forbes Magazine. The Japanese Inshoku-ten features signature items like Black Widow (battered eel, avocado and spicy mayo), Ocean Drive (Tuna, yellowtail, avocado cilantro and green pepper and tons of sushi tastes. The menu is also highlighted by sashimi, other seafood eats, wraps, salads and more. We can't put their fare into words, but we can definitely label it as a vibe called Shakou.

Shakou Libertyville, 625 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Townee Square Restaurant

This cozy, comfy Libertyville eatery serving classic American breakfast, lunch and of course, brunch. The menu is also highlighted by omelets, casseroles, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, homemade soup and more. Townee Square Restaurant is the "Home of the Double Egg Order."

Townee Square Restaurant, 508 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Wildberry Pancakes and Café

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe in Libertyville

So what do you pick to eat in that awkward time span between breakfast and lunch as your stomach stirs restlessly awaiting your decision? Do you go the route where your plate is doused in maple syrup and other sweet glorious treats? Do you pack on the protein complemented with salty delights? Our advice is all of the above. The Libertyville cafe was ranked in the Thrillist Top 21 Pancakes in America in 2015, and have taken home countless Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Brunch.” As you can see, Wildberry is kind of a big deal.

Wildberry Cafe, 1783 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Village of Libertyville Holiday Attractions

Adler Arts Center

"With a commitment to community, the Adler Arts Center serves to educate, promote and preserve the arts." This Libertyville venue is designed to foster critical thinking and interpretation, participation, entertainment and achievement in music and the arts for the people of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The facility hosts holiday concerts throughout the season.

Adler Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Ansel B. Cook House

Ansel B. Cook House

On the list as one of Lake County’s National Register of Historic Places, the Cook House is the centerpiece of downtown Libertyville since 1878. The Victorian home is now a museum open throughout the summer. On the home’s front yards, MainStreet Libertyville hosts a slew of annual events. The elegant home is dressed to impress during the holiday season.

Ansel B. Cook House, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Canlan Sports

Canlan Sports in Libertyville offers something for everyone in the family. A 360° Climbing Mountain for rock climbing, a 40-tee automated heated driving range for year-round practice and a fitness center offering group exercise classes, Life Fitness with cardio and hammer strength equipment, personal trainers, a free weight room, ¼-mile running/walking track and a kids' club.

Canlan Sports, 1950 N. U.S. Highway 45, Libertyville.
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Dunn Museum

Dunn Museum in Libertyville

The Lake County Forest Preserve museum is named afterthe land of lakes first historian (and geneologist) and Waukeganite, Bess Bower Dunn. Explore the LCFPD's special exhibits like “Ansel Adams: Early Works," "Prehistoric Lake County," "The First People" and more. One of the Libertyville museum’s most renowned exhibits, the dryptosaurus, is a part of the "Prehistoric Lake County" exhibit and showcases life-size dinosaur that roamed Lake County prior to human existence. Arrive Curious. Leave Inspired. 

Dunn Museum, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.
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Improv Playhouse

Improv Playhouse is a professional theatre and entertainment organization the scope of which includes a full-service acting school specializing in comprehensive improv - comedy and acting classes for adults and youth. During the holiday season, they will stage the beloved "It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play" running weekends December 10-19. By the way, it's BYOB and BYOW with a small corking fee.

Improv Playhouse, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
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Independence Grove Forest Preserve

Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville

Centered around a 115-acre lake, this preserve offers a variety of natural scenery. Surrounding prairie and woodlands provide a picturesque backdrop for hiking and biking opportunities and is home to gravel, paved and combo paved-and-gravel trails. Roughly 6.25 miles of trails circle the lake and run through scenic natural areas. In the gravel department, Lakeside Trail runs 2.3 miles and there is a short section that connects to the Des Plaines River Trail. Overlook Trail is a paved trail stretching 2.5 miles, and North Bay Trail Loop is 0.75 miles, while South Bay Trail Loop runs 0.70 miles. If it snows, the LCFPD area offers snowshoeing and ice skating.

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville.
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Lambs Farm

Old Lake County had a farm E-I-E-I-O. The Libertyville/Green Oaks area farmyard is highlighted by a petting area with sheep, goats and a plethora of other livestock creatures to meet and greet, various attractions like miniature golf, an old-world carousel and more. Visit the homestead’s Dogwood Pet Shop, Magnolia Café & Bakery and the Sugar Maple Country Store for delectable treats, unique treasures, adorable puppies and kittens. The Libertyville grounds’ businesses benefit programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Lambs Farm just celebrated its 60th born day in September. During the holiday season, you have a few opportunities to dine with Kris Kringle over your most important meal of the day and take a socially distanced selfie with him.

Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.
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Lumberjaxe Axe Lounge

Lumberjaxe Axe Lounge in LIbertyville

Are you using your axion and throwing the axe on the proper axis while performing an axel. One of Libertyville's newest attractions Lumberjaxe Axe Lounge is where you try to bury the hatchet into a target. The unique experience is the perfect diversion after a long day of holiday shopping and planning.  The Libertyville lounge is also highlighted by 16 lanes for axe throwing, two big TVs, dart boards and Golden Tee Golf. Ready, aim, fire. BULLSEYE!

Lumberjaxe Axe Lounge, 216 Peterson Rd., Libertyville.
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Stay in the Village of Libertyville

Hampton Inn and Suites Libertyville

Hampton Inn and Suites Libertyville

Experience the undeniably lavish Libertyville hotel conveniently located on the border of the aforementioned village and Grayslake. Whether you're in town for the Santa's Rock n Lights in Grayslake at the Lake County Fair and Event Center, which is just a short car ride away or you're taking in the nightlife on MainStreet Libertyville, the possibilities are endless. The Hampton Inn is highlighted by 44 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a bar and restaurant onsite,  a gym, a conference hall, luggage storage, a business and fitness center and more. Room rates start at $99.

Hampton Inn and Suites Lilbertyville, 2061 Shell Dr., Libertyville.
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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Libertyville

The recently-renovated Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Libertyville is one of the best-kept secrets in town. The hotel is situated just one mile from the beautiful scenery at Independence Grove and seven miles away from shopping at Gurnee Mills. Your reservation gets you access to highspeed Wi-fi, delicious “grab to go” options with Express Start™ Breakfast, and a relaxing atmosphere that will have you feeling right at home during your stay. Room rates start at $99.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Libertyville, 77 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville.
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Sonesta Simply Suites Libertyville

The Sonesta in Libertyville offers 122 comfortable studio and one-bedroom suites that feature a full kitchen with a microwave, stove and a full-size refrigerator. Equipped for work and play, the Sonesta suites offer oversized desks with high-speed internet and access to free movies from the front desk. Grab some snacks from the conveniennce store, Sonesta Cupboard, and get ready for a movie night in the comfort of these Libertyville suites. The Sonesta also offers a fitness center, on-site laundry facilities and a grill right outside the main entrance for those warm and sunny days. 

Sonesta Simply Suites Libertyville, 1100 N. U.S. Route 45, Libertyville.
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