"Originally settled in the early 1800's, Lake Villa was once a resort town where the affluent and many other tourists came to relax. Several of the early mansions built here at that time, still stand and are a rich part of our history."
"The village lies in a gently rolling moraine landscape, dominated by lakes of glacial origin. Among these are Cedar Lake, north of the village center, and Deep Lake, to the east. There are several smaller lakes and ponds, along with a complement of wetlands. The lakes and ponds have been important in Lake Villa's historic tourist industry, and over the years led to a small ice industry."
Lake Villa is located 41 miles northwest of Chicago's Loop, in Lake County.
Lake Villa has a station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago.
Lake Villa residents enjoy convenient access to shopping, dining and entertainment in town and in the many neighboring communities. The village borders the Grant Woods Forest Preserve, and there are four more preserves nearby. Three parks are open to village residents: Lehmann Park provides swimming in Cedar Lake, boat launching, volleyball, a picnic shelter with tables and grills, and playground equipment; Steven Sherwood Memorial Park has a tot playground, tennis courts, horseshoe pit, and a shelter; Glacier Park has swimming and a boat launch.
Annual events include the Memorial Day Parade; Celebration of Summer with carnival games and rides, live music, cardboat races, fireworks and more; Lake Villa Days with water fights, rides, games, music and food; the Crosstown Classic softball tournament with raffles, food and beverages; Civil War Days with artillery and horseback military maneuvers, live battles, refreshments and tours of the Lehmann Mansion.
Elementary school children attend District 41 (Lake Villa) schools - B. J. Hooper, Olive C. Martin, Joseph Pleviak and Thompson; or District 34 (Antioch) schools - Oakland and W.C. Petty.
Grades 7 and 8 are served by District 41 (Lake Villa) Palombi School or District 34 (Antioch) Upper Grade School.
Four area high schools serve Lake Villa residents: Antioch, Grant, Grayslake and Lake Villa.