Summer really is the best time to enjoy all that Independence Grove Forest Preserve has to offer.  

Opening May 25: Independence Grove Cafe

Overlooking a 115-acre lake, it’s the perfect backdrop for family picnics, a romantic date, or a relaxing day out with friends. Grab some blankets and pack a picnic, or swing by the cafe for a light dinner, snacks, and beverages.

The afternoon can be spent splashing around: swimming, fishing, or boating on the lake. With over six miles of trails, you might also consider taking on the dry land: hiking, biking, or in-line skating. After you’ve worked up a good sweat, cool off with some cold, sweet ice-cream from the cafe.

Operated by award-winning Chicagoland catering company, Catering by Michaels, opening day for the cafe is May 25—just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. The menu include a delicious assortment of snacks, gourmet salads, thin crust pizzas, grilled & deli sandwiches, sweets, and beverages. The cafe is located on the north side of the visitors center and has a convenient walk-up window if you want to grab and go enjoy all that Independence Grove has to offer.

Cafe Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 10:30 am — 4:00 pm
Fri-Sun: 10:30 am — 6:00 pm
*Open Until 9:00 pm on concert evenings

Starting In June: Live Concerts 

Summer at Independence Grove will be especially entertaining on Tuesday nights, when the Plaza outdoor concert series kick-offs. From rock ’n’ roll oldies to funky reggae to cool bluegrass, you’re invited to come enjoy free outdoor concerts in the park. The concert series goes from mid-June to early August.

2018 Summer Lineup 

Tuesdays, June 12-August 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates & no concert on July 3.

If you’re coming to Independence Grove on the day of a concert, make sure to arrive early to secure a parking spot, as cars are turned away when parking is full!

Summertime is upon us and there’s plenty to do at Independence Grove. Plan your trip—we’re excited to see you soon!