Beer Garden at Independence Grove expands hours

Venue in Libertyville to have special hours Thursday evenings through Oct. 28

LIBERTYVILLE – The beer garden at Independence Grove, highlighting craft brews and scenic views, is expanding its hours in September and October.

The venue at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville will be open with special hours from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings through Oct. 28.

Nightly entertainment and games will vary every Thursday, weather permitting. Fire pits and free firewood – on a first-come, first-served basis – are available for use along the lakefront. S’mores kits will be available for purchase.

The beer garden also is open from 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays and noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The venue features local craft beers on tap from a dozen Lake County breweries. Wine, nonalcoholic beverages and packaged snacks are available.

Pack a picnic and bring your own blanket and lawn chairs.

Beer flights and tastings will be included in the lineup this fall.

“The beer garden has been very popular since it opened early this summer,” said Angelo Kyle, president of the Lake County Forest Preserves. “The venue provides a fantastic opportunity for family fun before the weather turns cooler.”

Entrance to Independence Grove is free for Lake County residents. Nonresidents are charged $12 a car on weekends. Park in designated lots only. Cars will be turned away when parking lots are full. The entrance to Independence Grove is located on Buckley Road (Route 137) just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and west of River Road in Libertyville.

With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted at Independence Grove.

For weather updates or to learn if entertainment has been canceled, call 847-968-3499.

Group rates and reservations are available at the beer garden. Email for details and pricing.

If you are interested in learning about future sponsorship opportunities, call the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3110.