Beer Garden at Independence Grove

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16400 West Buckley Road
Libertyville,IL 60048

Beer Garden at Independence Grove

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The Beer Garden at Independence Grove in Libertyville is open 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. 

View the Beer Garden Menu


Seasonal Hours

Tentative seasonal hours pending staffing levels and weather.

June–August 
Tuesdays during Concert in the Plaza 5–9 pm
Thursday 5–9 pm
Friday–Sunday, holidays 1–9 pm
September–October 
Thursday 5–9 pm
Friday–Sunday, holidays 1–9 pm

Recreation Opportunities

Concerts in the Plaza Trivia Nights Rentals

Join Our Team!

We are hiring Beverage Attendants and many other positions. Learn More »

Pets

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.

Host an Event

Please fill out an events inquiry form, and our team will be in touch soon.

Entire Patio: Private

$850 (Monday-Thursday) | $2,000 (Friday, Sunday) | $3,500 (Saturday)

  • Includes 3 hours private access to the entire Beer Garden with picnic and bar height tables
  • Private access to rear restrooms, beach and fire pits
  • 2 Bartenders for event ($50/hour for an additional bartender)
  • Pre-purchased beverage tokens available (1/guest) at $5/token
  • Not available during public operational hours

Back Patio: Semi-Private

$400

  • Includes 3 hours access to Beer Garden back patio with up to 10 bar height tables
  • Private access to rear restrooms
  • 1 bartender for event
  • Choice of up to 3 draft beers or 2 draft beers and a can selection from current inventory of beers
  • Canned beers, seltzers and non-alcoholic beverages available
  • Pre-purchased beverage tokens available (1/guest) at $5/token

Event Inquiry Form

Please fill out the request form below to inquire about hosting an event at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove. If you are unable to fill out the form or would prefer to inquire over the phone, please contact us at 847-968-3499 or by email at IndependenceGrove@LCFPD.org.

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Beer Garden at Independence Grove

Activities

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More About This Facility

Parking

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 Concerts 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 Concerts 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.

Location

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

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