Libertyville owes much of its early growth to the railroad. A spur on the Milwaukee Road train line brought rapid growth to the area, which was incorporated in 1882.
Today the Metra commuter line makes for a convenient commute for residents of the community 37 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.
Libertyville’s bustling downtown district received a Great American Main Street Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The downtown was rebuilt after a fire in 1895 destroyed most of the buildings; they were rebuilt with mandated brick reconstruction giving them a singular style.
The downtown area includes bakeries, repair shops, gourmet coffee vendors and a microbrewery. In spring and summer months, residents enjoy a farmer’s market that has been operating for more than three decades.
In addition to a variety of restaurants, there are upscale boutiques, antique shops and gift stores along Milwaukee Avenue.
Residents have eight miles of bike paths and numerous parks to enjoy along with the annual Libertyville Days and an outdoor concert series and other family friendly events.
Students are served by Libertyville District 70 and Community High School District 128, which includes Libertyville High School.
Three Metra stations and the Tri-State Tollway nearby make for a convenient commute to downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport or suburban corporate headquarters.