On March 10, 1958, the formation of the Village of Hawthorn Woods was approved by a unanimous vote of the 71 residents who formed the original residents of our community. Hawthorn Woods became Lake County’s 31st municipality and quickly distinguished itself as an upscale, friendly community that placed a high value on the protection of our natural resources as we designed an estate lifestyle within the suburban region. With approximately 8,000 residents, Hawthorn Woods remains a highly desirable place to live, work, and shop in a natural setting among trees, lakes, and parks. Hawthorn Woods is recognized for its beautiful open spaces and park amenities as well as great schools, friendly business districts, and professional services. A full service Police Department, Public Works Department, Finance Department, Building Department, and Parks and Recreation Department all work together to provide excellence in service to the citizens, visitors, and business community of Hawthorn Woods.
A Distinctive Lifestyle
With the addition of the Hawthorn Woods Country Club, the Village has continued along a controlled population growth trend with many estates on one acre or larger. Most recently, the Village of Hawthorn Woods built a state-of-the-art aquatic center that has become the central gathering place for residents each summer. Future plans include bike trails designed to connect the neighborhoods to the parks, and a downtown sustainable community to create a hometown appeal.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods provides many recreation and leisure activities, including a senior’s group, wonderful preschool programs, recreation classes, a summer camp, and fun field trips for the entire family. The Village also coordinates free concerts in the park each week on summer evenings, hosts a popular Farmer’s Market on Fridays, and offers free special events to the residents including an annual Family Fun Fest each fall, a police bike rodeo for safety checks, and an old fashioned holiday tree lighting ceremony complete with carolers and hot chocolate.
A Hometown Welcome
Hawthorn Woods welcomes you to learn more about our special oasis approximately 40 miles from downtown Chicago, but a world away from typical suburbs. Preserving the rural atmosphere while maintaining quality workmanship and design in new developments creates a lifestyle full of amenities in Hawthorn Woods. Our community logo features our historic barn, displaying our desire to embrace the rural heritage of our past while welcoming the opportunities that will define our future.