General Offices

WHERE IS THIS?
1899 West Winchester Rd
Libertyville,IL 60048
Acerage:
7 acres
Hours:
8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays. See below for holiday closures.

General Offices

Centrally located in Libertyville, our General Offices is where you'll find our administration, planning, natural resources, land acquisition, public affairs, development, and education departments. Our General Offices is also the home to the Dunn Museum.

The building is located on Winchester Road between Butterfield Road and Route 45. Enter on Technology Way and make first left to parking area.

Holiday Closures

The General Offices is closed for New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Public Services

Although many transactions can be handled on our website, such as picnic shelter reservations, Dog Park, equestrian and other permits—if you'd like to handle these things in person, our customer service staff will be happy to help. You'll find them here and at our Operations and Public Safety Facility located at Fourth Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa. Our Operations and Public Safety Facility houses our preserve maintenance, construction operations, natural resources and public safety departments.

Staff Directory

Use the staff directory to contact our department directors and facility managers, or use this form to send us a general message.

Preserve Hours

Most forest preserves are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. If a preserve gate is open before 6:30 am, the preserve is considered open for use. Special hours apply at the golf courses, Dog Parks, Ryerson Woods, Dunn Museum, Greenbelt Cultural Center, Independence Grove and the Fox River Marina.

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More About This Facility

Purchase

In February 2010, the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners approved the purchase
of 6.59 acres and an existing vacant office building off of Winchester Road just east of
Route 45 in Libertyville, for $4.1 million to consolidate staff offices under one roof and
for relocation of the Dunn Museum. Staff had previously been housed in eight inefficient, old buildings, mostly former houses and farm buildings, scattered miles apart around the county.

The building was purchased with capital funds saved over a 10-year period specifically
for buying or renovating buildings to solve infrastructure needs. A buyer's market granted a very low price of $40 per square foot, when it would typically cost two to three times as much to buy an existing
building, and five to six times as much for a new building. Voter-approved referendum
bonds were not used, as they are restricted for land acquisition, habitat restoration, trails
and other preserve improvements.

 

History

On Friday, October 14, 2011, the Lake County Forest Preserves former General Offices at 2000 North Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville officially closed. On Monday, October 17, 2011, the General Offices reopened at its new location at 1899 West Winchester Road between Butterfield Road and Route 45, also in Libertyville. The move helped us consolidate eight of our offices that were scattered throughout the county and move staff to a new central location in a shared office space.

Location

On Winchester Road between Butterfield Road and Route 45. Enter on Technology Way and make first left to parking area.