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Lake Villa is a small town located northwest of Chicago and approximately 5 miles south of the Wisconsin border. While it was incorporated in 1913, the history of Lake Villa actually dates back to 1883 when Chicago Merchant E.J. Lehmann, owner of Fair Department Store on State Street, bought 300 acres of land and changed the name from Stanwood to Lake Villa. Lehmann had the Lake Villa Hotel built, which featured 150 rooms. Lehmann’s home, which was built in the early 1900s is still standing today and referred as the Lehmann Mansion. At the turn of the century, Lake Villa was primarily a resort area visited by many from Chicago. The business district in Lake Villa is located on Cedar Avenue, which still has many of the original buildings standing. A good source for more history of Lake Villa as well as other areas in Lake County can be found at the Lake County Discovery Museum. www.illinoisadventure.org
While Lindenhurst has a history that goes back many years (more detailed history can be found at:History of Lindenhurst (villageoflindenhurstny.gov) Lindenhurst was basically farm land until 1956, when the land was purchased by Nathan Hale Engle, who subdivided the property and built many of the early homes. The first homes built in Lindenhurst were platted as Venetian Village and were located north of what is now the Linden Plaza. The neighborhood most think of when they hear the name “Venetian Village” is actually in unincorporated Lake Villa, south of Grand Avenue. NH Engle ran his construction company and real estate office from his home on Nathan Hale Dr. in the Venetian Village neighborhood. Many of the streets in that neighborhood are named for members of the Engle family.
Venetian Village is a neighborhood located in unincorporated Lake Villa. With almost 1000 homes, it’s one of the largest neighborhoods in unincorporated Lake County. There are four lakes in the neighborhood – Lake Miltmore, 4th Lake, Sand Lake and Slough Lake. The oldest homes date back to the 1920s and there are homes built as recently as 2023. Many of the homes here are on multiple parcels of land as opposed to many of the newer neighborhoods that are more densely populated. While the neighborhood hasn’t changed that much since the ’70s, the adjacent areas have, with many new subdivisions as well as numerous businesses, which is evident as you turn onto Route 83 to the west or Grand Ave. to the north. From a housing perspective, there is a broad mix of homes from small homes originally built as summer cottages to much larger homes, including waterfront homes with values well above $500,000. The neighborhood is rich with history and many of the residents have been here for decades.
Venetian Village, Illinois
|2.38 sq mi (6.17 km2)
|1.77 sq mi (4.59 km2)
|0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2)
|1,556.37/sq mi (601.00/km2)
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