Introduction to Lake Villa, Illinois
Lake Villa History
Lake Villa was first settled in the early 1800’s. It was a resort town and attracted many affluent tourists from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. E. J. Lehmann, commonly known as the "Merchant Prince of State Street," was instrumental in the development of the town by bringing railroads to the area. He also established the first resort hotel in the town. Lake Villa was officially incorporated in 1901. It was known as the Lake Geneva of America during the 19th century.
Lake Villa and nearby Attractions
- Six Flags Great America Amusement Park
- Friendship Park Conservatory
- Antioch Fine Arts Gallery
- Art Works Children Museum
- Shagbark Park
Things To Do In Lake Villa
The Six Flags Great America Amusement Park and Hurricane Harbor are each accessible from Lake Villa and offer various recreational opportunities. More local parks include the Moraine Hills State Park, the Illinois Beach State Park, Chain O'Lakes State Park and the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Renwood Golf Course or at the Hickory Knoll Golf Course.
Lake Villa Transportation
Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.
Lake Villa Higher Education
Colleges and universities nearby include the College of Lake County, Gateway Technical College, McHenry County College and Trinity International University.