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Independence Grove Visitors Center



Address

16400 West Buckley Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
847-968-3499

Hours

9 am–4:30 pm daily, unless otherwise posted. Preserve hours: 6:30 am–sunset, daily. With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in this preserve.

Maps

Facility Map
Directions

Activities

Banquets/Weddings/Meetings
Exhibits
Summer Camps

Amenities

Fireplace
Flush Toilets
Heated Restrooms
Drinking Water
Public Parking

Related Sites

Independence Grove

Related Documents

Countywide Map and Guide

Walls of windows in this beautifully designed 19,000-square-foot facility offer panoramic views of the lake and preserve. The open interior features banquet and meeting space, a classroom, nature and history exhibits, and rotating photo exhibitions that display the work of local artists. A large pavilion and a variety of other scenic outdoor spaces can be reserved for your special event.

Indoor and Outdoor Venues

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.

Audubon Hall :: Capacity 350

Located within the Visitors Center, the Audubon Hall features elevated ceilings and a spacious design, making it the perfect setting for your next celebration or corporate meeting. More intimate settings are available by reserving one of the smaller partitioned spaces. For warm weather events, the indoor space flows easily outdoors onto a covered veranda. For Audubon Hall reservations and catering arrangements, contact our caterer Events at Independence Grove at 847-247-1111.

Millennia Plaza

The picturesque Millennia Plaza and surrounding amphitheater, fountain and native garden make an ideal outdoor setting for a variety of special programs, events and celebrations. The native garden boasts lush flowers and foliage, a sculptured fountain, wooden pergola and gazebo, wood and wrought iron benches and winding red brick walkways. For Millennia Plaza reservations and catering arrangements, contact our caterer Events at Independence Grove at 847-247-1111.

North Bay Pavilion :: Capacity 500

Situated on the preserve's scenic North Bay, this striking lakeside pavilion and adjacent open area are perfect for an outdoor company picnic, wedding, family reunion or other event. The pavilion offers a stone fireplace, picnic tables, drinking water, electricity, parking, toilets, trail access, fishing pier, playfield and sand volleyball court. For North Bay Pavilion reservations and catering arrangements, contact Catering by Michaels at 847-966-6555.

Café

Located on the north side of the Visitors Center, the café is open seasonally and sells snacks, light entrees, beverages and ice cream from a convenient walk-up window. Season schedule, hours and menu »

With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in this preserve.

Parking


Free for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$5 per car for nonresidents, Mon–Thu, $10 Fri–Sun and holidays
During Events in the Plaza summer music series, June–August:
$6 per car after 5 pm on concert days (Tuesdays, rain or shine) for concertgoers and all other preserve visitors. Cars are turned away when parking is full.
Vehicle window sticker available
$5 for Lake County residents only. Purchase at Visitors Center.
Sticker allows visitors to bypass showing the required proof of county residency on each visit. Just point out your sticker to the gate attendant to be waved through. Sticker is good for the life of the vehicle's window and is not transferable. It is not valid after 5 pm on Events in the Plaza concert nights.

Location

The entrance is on Buckley Road (Route 137) east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21). Follow signs to the Visitors Center.

 

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Buy a Gift Card

They never expire and can be used for beach admission, umbrella and chair rentals, boat and bike rentals, and parking fee for nonresidents.

Buy online or at the Visitors Center. Cannot be used for merchandise or permits.


Summer Concerts

Relax outdoors at our Events in the Plaza 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.


 

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