Growing up in the Libertyville area has made this town a place very dear to me. That being said, it makes me happy to share my recommendations on what to do, eat, and drink when in Libertyville, Illinois.
What to Do:
- Walk downtown Libertyville and check out all of the boutiques. Once you have worked up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants on Milwaukee Ave.
- Visit the Farmer’s Market held on Thursdays from 7 am to 1 pm.
- Check for events happening downtown Libertyville – during the summer months you can expect to see people going to the town fair, Dog Days of Summer (which is an awesome event for dogs!), and any event happening at one of the many restaurants there (such as a DIY succulent planter night at O’Toole’s). There is always something going on downtown Libertyville.
- Lambs Farm – a great place to bring kids. They have a petting zoo, restaurant, thrift shop, store, and bakery.
- Libertyville Sports Complex – growing up I spent a lot of time here playing volleyball, but it’s not just used for sports team practices. You can get your sport on by rock climbing, playing basketball with friends, take a swing or two at the driving range, or workout in the fitness center.
Where to Eat:
- Grab breakfast or brunch at Egg Harbor Cafe – this was and always will be my favorite breakfast spot. I have been going here since I was in high school and always requested to stop here whenever I was home for breaks in college. To this day, I will not leave Libertyville without eating at least one breakfast here. Recommendation: try their cinnamon roll french toast (if you are into sweet breakfasts), it is out of this world.
- Grab a drink.. or two.. at Firkin – this place has an impressive listing of beverage options. Many of their beers and liquors are imported from all around the country as well as from abroad. Why I love this place? They go all out with their decorations. You can be sure to find this place decked out with upcoming holiday decorations and it is awesome. Definitely a fun place to hangout or celebrate a holiday such as Mardi Gras.
- O’Toole’s – great place to grab a beer or share appetizers with friends and family. During the summer months, be sure to sit out on their patio. I also highly recommend checking their event calendar for fun events to attend (such as the DIY succulent planter night that I mentioned above). Or head on over there to grab a beer and watch the Blackhawks 😉
- Casa Bonita – a fun Mexican restaurant decked out in decorations that will make you feel like you are on vacation.. and not in Illinois. They also serve a mean margarita, so I highly recommend trying one here!
- Main Street Social – one of the newer restaurants in Libertyville. Here you can expect to find a Italian-Mediterranean food and fine wines. As for the decor? It’s absolutely gorgeous inside with the casual brick walls and chandeliers hanging.
- Milwalky Taco – Looking for tacos and tequila? This just might be your place! Come here for a good time and leave with a happy belly. Tortillas are handmade here and all vegetables are served fresh and absolutely delicious. Come here on Tuesdays for half priced margaritas. Click here to view their specials during the week. As for dessert, I highly recommend ordering their churros and Mexican hot chocolate (obviously you should dip the churros in the hot chocolate).
- Shakou – looking for sushi and a party atmosphere to go with it? Look no further. At Shakou you can expect neon lights, EDM and dance music, and modern decor. As for the sushi, you won’t be disappointed. This restaurant has made its way onto Open Tables top recommendations for Asian food in Chicago as well as Forbes Top 100 Restaurants in America. Not bad, right? Read more about it here on the Chicago Tribune.
- Chili U – this restaurant is my sister’s favorite place to visit whenever she is in town and for good reason! Here, you can build your own chili creation from its base layer to the meat and veggies added in. Perfect time to eat here? On a cold day when you need comfort food and a cozy atmosphere to relax in.
Where to Sip on a cup o’Joe ☕️
- Hansa Coffee Roasters. This place is by far my favorite place to sip on a good cup of coffee and enjoy the company of my family and friends. There is a converted garage area where locals get work done on their laptops, sip on coffee, and chat with friends. Back when I was in college and on winter break I would sit in there and apply to internships and jobs in that cozy garage area. As for their drinks, you can’t go wrong with ordering their coffee or espresso drinks but I must say that there is nothing more refreshing than their honey lavender latte during the summer.