Fast Facts About Mettawa

Population: 550

Average Home Lot: 5 or more acres

Incorporated: 1960

Our Name: Mettawa is named after a famous Potawatomi Native Indian Chief that befriended the very first white settler in Lake County.

School Districts


Elementary School Districts:

  • Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District #73
  • Libertyville School District #70
  • Rondout Elementary School #72
  • Lincolnshire-Prairie Elementary District #103

High School Districts:

  • Adlai E. Stevenson High School District#125
  • Libertyville High School District #128

"I was raised in this area, and there is definitely a sense of 'home' about Mettawa for me. It is such a unique village in that you are close to everything, yet away from it all at the same time. Our kids are still in suburbia with access to Chicago and all it has to offer, but they get to be raised in a setting that is so rural where they have space to run, explore and discover nature."

– Julie & Jeff, parents of Audrey (9), Sarah (7), Ryan (4)

Why Mettawa?

Our Location

The Village of Mettawa is unique in Southeast Lake County, with wide expanses of natural lands and development planned to nurture the flora and fauna native to the area.

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Zoning for Spaciousness

The primary goal of the first Village residents was to incorporate Mettawa to preserve the woodlands and open fields as an oasis from high-density development. To accomplish this, they planned zoning for low (five acre) density development. Now, the Village collaborates with the Lake County Forest Preserve to preserve this original mission.


Mettawa is a community that holds the land very dear.

  • The Village has installed trails that connect to five forest preserves in and around Mettawa -many of these forest preserves have been donated by our own residents.
  • Adlai Stevenson lived in Mettawa where he served as a founder of the Village, and later was a presidential candidate. Eventually, he became a leading Ambassador to the United Nations. His former home is now owned by the Forest Preserve and is open to the public. The home showcases artifacts/gifts from various dignitaries who visited and who would ride through the open lands of Mettawa as many needed a break from the rigors of public service.

Sustainability is a concept broadly defined. It can apply to plans, programs, and designs and should be a goal at all scales of planning. It is a concept that relates to the social, economic, natural and man-made environments.

The United Nations Bruntland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Another term, sometimes used interchangeably with sustainability is “green.” However, green programs and plans focus not on the three-pronged approach.

Green infrastructure looks to influence and support communities like Mettawa. Elements of this concept focus on integrating and preserving wetlands, surface and ground water, woods and native landscapes, streetscapes, parks and open space. Two examples where the Village is using this model include:

  • Managing soil that becomes compacted during construction to avoid long-term expenses caused by damaged vegetation and increased runoff which can lead to flooding problems and water pollution.
  • Using green pesticides to avoid contaminating ground, surface water, and shallow wells…and encouraging residents to apply such to their lawns and gardens to keep their land as healthy as possible.

Incorporating an element of green infrastructure into our comprehensive planning process for land use, and land preservation, can produce benefits related to: stormwater management and flood reduction.sustainability Put another way, green planning is good planning with a greater consideration of natural environmental elements during every phase of plan development. Green planning sees the big picture and should strive for each planning decision to contribute to more environmentally sensitive and sustainable projects.

Equestrian Life

At one time, there were more horses than people living in Mettawa! Today...

  • We have nationally acclaimed and titled riders and horse breeders.
  • We are a location for high-end stables using the latest techniques to maintain healthy stables for horses of various riding styles.

For more information on Horse Stables click here.

"I loved that we owned a barn on 11 ½ acres and that I could ride my horses on trails on my own property as well as venture further through my neighbors' woods and then connect to the forest preserves. I really have come to appreciate the closeness of nature and enjoy the feeling that I am truly living in the 'country'."

– Mary


At one time, there were more horses than people living in Mettawa! Today, the Village is home to nationally acclaimed and titled riders and horse breeders. In addition, Mettawa is proud to be the prime location for high-end stables that use the latest technology to maintain healthy stables for horses of various riding styles.

Following is a list of links to horse stables in our area:

Celebration Farms The Equestrian Connection
Sapphire Riding Academy Always Faithful Stables
  TownLine Stables
25910 St. Marys Road, Mettawa
(847) 219-4951

"When we first moved to Mettawa, we used to ride our horses up and down the dirt roads and go down to the forest preserves and back. Now, we have to watch more for traffic, but the same freedom to ride prevails! It is a wonderful place to have horses, participate in 4-H and show horses."

– Diane

LEED Certified Office Buildings

Mettawa is home to two GOLD-LEVEL LEED certified office Buildings: Grainger and HSBC. We were also honored with an IEAP award.

Residential Life

Our residents enjoy a rural-like lifestyle in the middle of a mecca of shopping and regional transportation only minutes away.

Click here to learn more

Forest Preserves

“In the old days, Adlai Stevenson used to come over and ride on that cinder path [now Whippoorwill Farm Preserve]. I remember coming to Deerpath Farm through the woods and ponds that led to a large, open field.” – Lee

Mettawa is dedicated to preserving open lands and low-density residential development. The village maintains trails for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian usage.

Five forest preserves within the Lake County Forest Preserve District are located within village boundaries.

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Animal Friendly

At the start, residents with horses and dogs were encouraged to stay and establish a homestead. Today, Mettawa has maintained its animal friendly atmosphere.

"What sets Mettawa apart is the almost universal love of animals and nature. Be it horses, dogs, cats, birds or whatever! People here seem to place a greater value on these relationships than almost anywhere else I have lived. I have a neighbor heavily involved with the Audobon Society, the head of our Zoning appeals commission breeds Leonburger dogs; and, my wife and I are involved in dog rescue.


"In fact, when I asked if it was okay to run dogsleds on the horse trails, everyone thought it was a great idea!" – Mark

Mettawa is a natural place for animals; with wide-open spaces for running free as well as multiple trails for walking and exploring. While many residents have dogs, cats and horses, they also value and respect animals and make a concerted effort to save hurt or abandoned animals.

Journey Home Mettawa Couple Help Abandoned Dogs

Alaskan Malamute Pup Residents Mark and Vicki Meluso have been helping animals for many years. Last year, they were instrumental in saving an abandoned Alaskan Malamute pup who was found running scared in Kentucky fields.

Rescuers found what should have been a plush, healthy dog severely malnourished, his fur matted and infected with sores, lice and two types of mange. The pup—now called Journey likely had been alone for an extended period of time and was so frightened of leashes that shelter workers had to tranquilize him to catch him. After his capture, Journey was transported to IAMRA's vet for extensive treatment, and is now living with the Meluso’s for ongoing care.

Alaskan MalamuteMark helps Vicky rehab Malamutes. Vicky has gained National status as having one of the best homes for dogs in need of rehabilitation and love.

On the side, Mark keeps his business running smoothly and serves the Village as a Zoning Commissioner, so they both distinguish themselves with their volunteerism. Vicky and Mark were able to see what a change some love and attention made to Journey’s short life. Now, he is acting and looking more like a normal Malamute, thanks to the kindness of two special Mettawa residents. For more information visit:

Mark adds, “I am so pleased that if there is a problem or emergency with a loved animal, the community pulls together. For example, the village notifies residents via email if a pet is lost or an unknown animal is seen wandering. Everyone is then on the lookout. There is also follow up when the animal is found safe. That would never happen in any other community that I know of…we are lucky to live in such a special place.”

Commercial Development

Since 1994, some commercial development has occurred near the intersection of Illinois Route 60 and Interstate Tollway 94. Development at this intersection provides significant revenue to the Village, which enables the Village Board to better protect and preserve the rural character and quality of life or the residents who live here.