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Swimming Beach at Independence Grove

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Before heading out to Independence Grove, click below for current status updates. You can also call the Independence Grove Hotline at 847-968-3497, or follow us on Twitter @IndependenceGro.

Check Current Status (Open/Closed)

Season Schedule :: 2017

  • Weekends only, May 27–June 4 (including Memorial Day)
  • Daily, June 5–August 11
  • Weekends only, August 12–September 4 (including Labor Day)

Hours

  • Beach is open 10 am–6 pm, unless otherwise posted. Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions. 
  • Preserve is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily.

Family Fun Fridays

  • The beach gets even better on Fridays when we host games and contests with prizes around a different theme each week. See schedule »

The Beach at Independence Grove

Grab your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen, and head to the beach at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open. A walk-up cafe located at the Visitors Center sells snacks and beverages. Gift cards can be used for beach admission, boat and bike use, and more. Purchase any amount with cash or credit card at the Visitors Center

The beach offers 400 feet of sand along the lake's South Bay. An adjacent beach house offers washrooms, showers and lockers. Beach chairs and shade umbrellas are available to rent. For those with limited mobility, a beach wheelchair that rolls over the sand and into the water with the assistance of a caregiver is free and available upon request. For the safety of visitors and resident wildlife, inflatable items and glass containers are not permitted. Life jackets are available upon request. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open.

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

Beach Regulations

  • Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, unless otherwise posted
  • Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions. Call the Beach Hotline for updates: 847-968-3497
  • Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open
  • Wading and swimming are permitted in authorized areas only, during posted hours. Swimmers must remain within the designated swim area
  • Swimmers under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult, guardian or caregiver age 16 or over, and must be supervised at all times
  • Only approved U.S. Coast Guard life jackets and authorized devices are allowed
  • Life jackets are available upon request
  • No diving, or throwing rocks or sand
  • Inflatable items and glass containers are not permitted
  • Deposit litter in proper receptacles
  • While at the beach, guests may not possess or consume alcohol, or be under the influence of intoxicants
  • All swimmers who are not toilet trained must wear tight rubber or plastic pants or a swim diaper
  • Swimmers are not allowed to carry other patrons on their shoulders
  • Scuba Diving is not allowed anywhere in the facility unless previously approved by Facility Management
  • Beach patrons are required to control the volume of radios, and otherwise restrict noise that may impact other patrons
  • Swimmers with special needs or medical conditions (i.e. heart condition, epilepsy, infectious diseases, etc.) are strongly encouraged to notify a lifeguard prior to swimming, so that we may better provide special safety considerations. Management will reserve the right to refuse admittance to the swimming area, any patron who may compromise the public safety due to infectious disease or other condition
  • Fires are not allowed on the beach, except in approved grills or stoves
  • Patrons will be expected to don appropriate swimming attire, and are not allowed to swim in clothing, or underclothes. Furthermore, patrons must not make any indecent exposure of themselves
  • Swimming may be restricted or prohibited under the following conditions: poor water quality (swimmers must at all times avoid swallowing lake water), darkness, lightning (a sighting of lightning or presence of thunder will be followed by beach closure for a period of at least 30 minutes), overcrowding, participant behavior, staff shortages, weather non conducive for beach activities and other conditions based on the discretion of lifeguard and management staff
  • No breath holding games are allowed
  • Patrons are not allowed to climb on lifeguard equipment and towers
  • With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in this preserve
  • Rangers and other staff regularly patrol the area and can offer assistance

Beach Fees and Discounts –– Gift Cards Available


Beach Admission Fee
Free for ages under 2
$4 per person for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$7 per person for nonresidents
Discounted Twilight Admission Fee––begins at 3 pm
$2 per person for Lake County residents
$4 per person for nonresidents
Season Beach Pass––Lake County residents only. Purchase by May 1 and save 10 percent off below rates.
$49 for one person
$75 for two people
$105 for three people
$129 for four people
$150 for five or more people
Purchase at Visitors Center or use the Beach Season Pass form. Proof of Lake County residency is required each year. Copy of birth certificate for all children ages 1–15 is required first year only. If purchasing for two or more people, all pass holders must reside in the same household. Children who will be age 2 by the start of beach season will be included on the pass.
20-Punch Card––save 20 percent off beach admission
Purchase at beach house or Visitors Center. Valid for two seasons.
$64 for Lake County residents
$112 for nonresidents
Group Use––for groups of 15 or more, Monday–Friday
Receive savings and special features for your group visit. Reservations required and must be made 10 days or more in advance to ensure proper staffing. Email or call us at 847-968-3489, or use the Beach Group Use Reservation form.
$4 per participant (one free chaperone for every five participants)
Includes reserved use of a large covered picnic area with tables, which makes a great gathering place for your kids and supplies, and free bus or van parking without residency requirement.

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.

Contact

Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 West Buckley Road | Libertyville, IL 60048
847-968-3499 | 847-968-3259 fax

IndependenceGrove@LCFPD.org

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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.


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