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Living in Our Communities

Centrally located approximately halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, residents of the Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) communities enjoy many local resources, as well as convenient access to two metropolitan areas’ employment opportunities, attractions, transit, facilities and amenities.

These four Lake County, Illinois, municipalities each have their own unique histories, amenities, events, personalities, and a wonderful quality of life enjoyed by many. Area highlights include great parks, residential neighborhoods, family-friendly environments, cultural attractions and fabulous bike trails.

Living in Green Oaks

Green Oaks is a small community that offers quiet country living, excellent schools, single-family homes on large lots and access to major highways.

Green Oaks was founded in 1960 as a municipal barrier to intense urban and industrial expansion in neighboring areas, according to the Village website. From the beginning, Village ordinance has provided for a pattern of one-, two- and five-acre lot residential zoning and strict standards over environmentally sensitive lands. In fact, the community’s dedication to low growth and protecting “the opportunity to live in an open countryside environment” is even spelled out in its planning commission’s policies.

While it was not incorporated until 1960, the Green Oaks area had residents much earlier. Irish immigrants braved the dense forests, swamps, poor clay soil and wolves to move in during the 1840s. The first school in the area, Madden School, was built in 1850 and used until 1923 when the original Oak Grove School replaced it.

Today Green Oaks has 3,863 residents spread over 4.12 square miles along I-294. The areas of the Village on the west side of the tollway are almost exclusively residential while the much smaller percentage of the community located east of I-294 is largely reserved for office and industrial use as the Village strives to raise sufficient tax money to defray the cost of Village services.

The Village is excited to announce that two major assisted living projects are expected to break ground in 2015. The first, a Spectrum Retirement Community called Green Oaks Senior Living, will be located on the old Jamaican Gardens site. The second project will be constructed on the old Hilltop property, and will be called the Sheridan at Green Oaks Senior Living Facility.

In 2014, the Village created the Roundout Area Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The primary vision for the implementation of the TIF is to leverage private market investment that meet or exceed the public investments in the Roundout Redevelopment Project Area. This will in turn, increase the viability and sustainability of the area in terms of infrastructure, utilities, land use and tax base.

Green Oaks is policed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and fire services are provided by Libertyville. Scavenger services are provided and each homeowner may choose their preferred level of service.

Living in Libertyville

Libertyville’s history extends back to the 1830s, with incorporation in 1882. But you will find few buildings in town that date to those early years, thanks to the Great Libertyville Fire of 1895 which destroyed most of the town and caused the Village fathers to decree that everything be rebuilt in brick.

As a result, the community’s ambiance is picture perfect thanks to the fact that it was all built around the same time. One of the few exceptions to the brick architecture is the Cook House, a Victorian mansion which survived the fire. The structure now serves as Libertyville’s historical museum and is attached to the library.

Libertyville is so picturesque that the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the town a Great American Main Street Award, calling it “a place with its own sense of self, where people still stroll the spas, boutiques and a microbrewery.” In addition to the historic downtown, the Village’s main commercial corridors include Park Avenue (Route 176), Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Peterson Road (Route 137). Residents support local business through the Shop60048 program.

Community events draw residents and visitors together, including Libertyville Days, First Fridays, Let’s Wine About Winter, Car Fun on 21, Dog Days of Summer, Out to Lunch, Farmers Market, David Adler Festival of the Arts and Dickens of a Holiday.

Access to Chicago is easy for Libertyville’s 20,431 residents via the downtown and Prairie Crossing Metra stations, and Interstate 94. There are over 900 businesses in Libertyville, including major employers such as Advocate Condell Medical Center, Volkswagen Credit, Hollister, Fabrication Technologies and Brightstar.

Living in Mundelein

Welcome to Mundelein, Illinois – A Great Place to Start … And Star

The Village of Mundelein, a vibrant and progressive community of nearly 32,000 residents, is situated in the center of beautiful Lake County, Illinois – one of the strongest areas of commercial and industrial growth in the nation, with excellent housing, recreation, educational and business opportunities.

Mundelein is a full-service community with municipal services second to none. The Village provides fire and police protection, water delivery, wastewater treatment, building inspection, engineering design and inspection, street maintenance and economic development assistance for anyone interested in finding the ideal location for their business. Each department’s highest priority is providing exceptional customer service.

Retailers find that Mundelein is an excellent business location in terms of accessibility and population – 35,000 households (98,459 population) within a five-mile radius. The Village is home to both national chains and privately owned specialty stores. The comprehensive downtown plan is transforming the area into an exciting retail and residential environment.

Often referred to as, “the Heart of Lake County,” the Village of Mundelein is well-positioned for convenient access to and from the City of Chicago and the greater Chicago Region. Excellent location, modern business parks, reliable infrastructure, water resources, and a well-managed and progressive local government contribute to Mundelein’s success.

Mundelein – Start Here. Star Here.

Living in Vernon Hills

Vernon Hills is the shopping hub of the region, thanks to its many national stores and the recently expanded Westfield Hawthorn shopping mall. It also serves as home to numerous large employers, business parks, a Town Center, restaurants and retailers.

This community of 25,678 people was unincorporated farmland until 1958 when developers purchased some of that land and built a 125-home subdivision which they quickly incorporated and named “Vernon Hills.” The population of the community was so minuscule that until 1971, the Vernon Hills police and fire departments were run out of a local motel.

Much changed, however, in 1971 when plans were announced for the construction of a large shopping mall on the northwest corner of the intersection of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue. Town fathers immediately purchased two portable buildings to serve as their new village hall and both residential and commercial development in the area took off. In fact, nine years later, in 1980, Vernon Hills’ population had grown to almost 10,000 residents.

Today this full-service community covers 7.92 square miles, offering a Metra station, Arbortheatre, golf courses and a public library. Special events and concerts enjoyed by all include Summer Celebration, Ribfest, French Market, Octoberfest and several holiday events.

In addition, Westfield Mall offers a holiday tree decorating contest, the Santa Pajama Party, Westfield Family Fun Days, “Find the Ornaments” scavenger hunt and periodic entertainment by local school choirs, bands and dance groups.

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