Lake Villa is situated along Route 83 in Lake County bordering the Grant Woods Forest Preserve. The village is conveniently located in the Chain of Lakes area in northeast Illinois, bringing year-round activities to its residents. The beautiful countryside, lakes, parks, forest preserves and mature woodlands offer numerous recreational opportunities. Six Flags Great America and the Gurnee Mall, the largest shopping mall in the Chicago area, are a short ride away.
Interstate 94 is a five-minute drive from Lake Villa. O’Hare International Airport is an easy, 37-mile drive. For those headed to Chicago by train, the Metra Wisconsin Central Line is located on Cedar Avenue. The Milwaukee District North Line station is located in nearby Grayslake. Pace bus service is available, servicing many of the surrounding communities.
Lake Villa is proud of its excellent public and private school system, along with its state-of-the-art district library. Outstanding new housing developments continue to draw families to this community-minded area that provides a top notch park system, including swimming, boating, family activities, and year-round special events. In addition, in 2005 CNNMoney.com named the village one of the Best Places to Retire. Lake Villa will always dedicate itself to providing an ideal environment for all its residents.
|Avon Center Elementary School||35275 N Il Route 83, Lake Villa, IL 60046||(847) 223-3530||Elementary Schools|
|Avon Center School||35275 Route 83, Lake Villa, IL 60046||847-223-3530||Elementary Schools|
|Joseph J Pleviak Elem School||304 E Grand Ave, Lake Villa, IL 60046||(847) 356-2381||Elementary Schools|
|Peter J Palombi Inter School||133 Mckinley Ave, Lake Villa, IL 60046||(847) 356-2118||Middle Schools|
Lake Villa History
Settled in the early 1800’s Lake Villa began as a resort town for the wealthy. Mansions built at that time still stand as monuments to its rich history. E.J. Lehmann, known as the Merchant Prince of State Street, brought the railroad and a resort hotel to Lake Villa in 1886, both greatly impacting the development of the area. Industrial and residential growth was greatly impacted in 1888 when the Knickerbocker Ice Company built a plant on the shores of Deep Lake.
Lake Villa Trivia & Fun Facts
“Median resident age: 32.6 years
Median household income: $65,078 (year 2000)
Median house value: $207,200 (year 2000)
Ancestries: German (33.8%), Irish (18.6%), Polish (11.8%), Italian (11.2%), English (9.3%), Norwegian (4.2%)
Lake Villa-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Illinois state average. It is 49% greater than the overall U.S. average. On 4/11/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.6 miles away from the Lake Villa city center killed 6 people and injured 75 people.”