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Beer Garden to Open Weekends on May 14

May 2, 2022 10:59 AM

The Beer Garden at Independence Grove, featuring scenic views and craft brews, is scheduled to open Saturday, May 14. The venue at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville features a variety of local craft brews on tap, along with packaged snacks. Plenty of casual lakeside seating is available at the family-friendly picturesque setting. 

Fire pits and free firewood, first-come, first-served, are available for use along the lakefront. S'mores kits are on hand for purchase. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Beer flights, growlers and tastings will be included in the lineup this season. 

"The beer garden that opened last summer has been a very popular destination," said Angelo Kyle, president of the Lake County Forest Preserves. "The venue provides a fantastic opportunity for family fun as the weather begins to improve." 

Seasonal Hours

Tentative seasonal hours pending staffing levels and weather.


Saturday, Sunday, holidays

1–9 pm



5–9 pm

Friday–Sunday, holidays

1–9 pm



5–9 pm

  Friday–Sunday, holidays 1–9 pm


Independence Grove Entrance Fee and Beer Garden Details

  • Entrance is free for Lake County residents. Nonresidents are charged $12 on weekends and holidays and $6 during the week beginning the week after Memorial Day. After Labor Day, entrance fees are collected on weekends only. 
  • For weather updates or to learn if the beer garden is closed, view status map here.
  • Group rates and reservations are available at the beer garden. Email for details and pricing or fill out an event inquiry form on our website

Pets Not Permitted

With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted at Independence Grove.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3110.


The entrance to Independence Grove is located on Buckley Road (Route 137) just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and west of River Road in Libertyville. 


Media Contact: Dan Stearns, Superintendent of Recreational Facilities,, 847-968-3485