Beer Garden at Independence Grove

16400 West Buckley Road
Libertyville,IL 60048
Closed for the season

Beer Garden at Independence Grove

The Beer Garden at Independence Grove in Libertyville is open seasonally and is currently closed for the season.

Late spring through early summer, the Beer Garden features a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks and other beverages. Plenty of casual lakeside seating is available. Group rates and reservations are also available at the Beer Garden. Email for details and pricing.


No dogs, horses or other pets are allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.

Service Animals

Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.



More About This Facility


Preserve hours: 6:30 am to sunset, daily.

Visitors Center hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, unless otherwise posted.

Free for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$6 per car for nonresidents, Mon–Thu, $12 Fri–Sun and holidays
During Events in the Plaza summer music series, June–August:
$10 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.


Scenic Views

Independence Grove welcomes many different kinds of visitors. During the spring, birds stop here to rest and feed during their long journey to nesting grounds as far north as the Arctic. Watch the trees along the Des Plaines River Greenway corridor for many colorful species of warblers. 

The preserve's rolling prairies, open fields and woodlands offer the perfect environment for a variety of wildlife like owls, muskrats, beavers, minks, raccoons, possums and deer. Take a guided night hike with our naturalists and you might even spy an owl in the oak forest.

We also encourage wildlife by creating habitats for them. Special underwater shelves around the lakeshore are designed for aquatic plants. Above and below the water's surface, these plants provide nesting sites, cover and food for all types of wildlife.


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