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Lake Villa, IL

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Lake Villa's name is no misnomer. The town is covered in lakes, a sight hard to find elsewhere. Originally built as a resort town for the well off to come enjoy the lake country, Lake Villa has grown into a vibrant and diverse community. Lake Villa maintains a balance of small-town atmosphere with the convenience of light rail access and sophisticated shopping options. With some of the cleanest lakes in the Midwest, good schools, and excellent public services, Lake Villa is a sure bet.

Getting Around in Lake Villa, IL

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The average commuter time in Lake Villa is:
60 to 89 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 3.52%
  • 11.51%
  • 5.57%

Sun Lake Forest Prese

Sun Lake Forest Preserve is a pristine example of the woodland surrounding one of the state's glacial lakes, in this case Sun Lake. Oak woods and wetland cover the preserve, providing a home for many types of wildlife. The park has footbridges to cross the wetland and more than three miles of trails for hiking and biking. Cross-country skiing is also an option when the temperature drops. The preserve was once mostly agricultural land, which has since been reclaimed and planted with prairie foliage by dedicated volunteers and staff. Wetlands have been replanted, and water levels are being restored, providing a sanctuary for local wildlife.

Lake Villa Historical

Lake Villa's Gilded Age beginnings up to the present day are the purview of the Lake Villa Historical Society, a group dedicated to educating the public about their town. The society catalogs documents and items related to Lake Villa history so that they can be used for research and educational purposes. They also work to purchase and preserve historical buildings such as the old Lake Villa Rescue building. The society holds many events at the Lehmann Mansion, helping keep awareness of E.J. Lehmann's legacy alive. The society also puts out a newsletter with interesting bits of history, old recipes, and society news.