Daytripper: Lively Libertyville

A jewel of Lake County, Libertyville is a great example of an all-American town.


With a bustling main street lined with independent retailers and terrific restaurants, you’ll fill the day with food and flair. Here are some of our favorites.


 Libertyville Sports Complex

Start by dropping off the kids. At nearly 170,000 square feet, this park district facility has basketball/volleyball courts, indoor soccer fields, a 28-foot climbing wall, and a schedule full of programs and open gym options. N Hwy 45, Grayslake, 847-367-1506


Eclectic Design Source

Named the best decorating resource in our Best of 2012 issue, mother and daughter Margaret and Mary Rosemeyer create a store full of beautiful furniture and accessories for the home, backed up by a full-service design firm. 518 North Milwaukee Ave., 224-513-5413 (pictured top right)

Someone’s In the Kitchen

If you love cooking or need a gift for someone who does, walk no further. This store offers a full lineup of cookware, gadgets, colorful kitchen accessories and creative cooking classes taught by local chefs. 522 North Milwaukee Ave., 847-816-9511

Artist @ Heart

A great spot to shop for American-made gifts and artwork, an even better spot to get creative or have a party. Owner and local artist Vicki Tucker shares her love of art with kids and adults, offering classes, parties, special needs programs and even a Friday night BYOB class. 344 N. Milwaukee Ave., 847-816-4865

Spring Valley Trading Co.

A relative newcomer, owner and designer Brooke Alder features barn wood and reclaimed wood—her furniture and accessories put elegance into rustic. Whether it’s off the floor or a customized, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece. 526 North Milwaukee Ave., 224-433-6219


The Picnic Basket

A neighborhood staple for over 30 years, this is the spot for homemade sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps and more. 501 North Milwaukee Ave., 847-367-8336


Taking suburban out of the bar, this joint features dozens of locally and internationally brewed draft beers, ales and a hefty menu to back it up—whether it’s pate or artisanal cheese to pair with your beer or a serious Waygu burger. 515 North Milwaukee Ave., 847-367-6168

The Tavern