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Ivanhoe / Mundelein



Mundelein and Ivanhoe communities nestled in the northern suburbs of Chicago and close to the Wisconsin border is great place to live or retire. The communities are surrounded by magnificent golf courses and beautiful lakes. Chicago Tribune name Mundelein as a “Great Deal” for homes and Money Magazine named the village as one of the best places to retire.

The area is a paradise for outdoor recreationists with seven public golf courses, 20 neighborhood parks, and home of the stately Ivanhoe Country Club. Plus, residents enjoy boating, fishing, ice-skating and swimming on Diamond Lake.   

The area features great real-estate opportunities for home buyers, everything from new construction to vintage properties, including luxurious condominiums and townhouses.


The communities of Mundelein and Ivanhoe, seated in Lake County, Illinois, are located 35 miles Northwest of Chicago, 20 miles north of O’Hare airport, and five miles west of Interstate 94.  Each neighborhood is served by four major highways: Route 60, Route 45, Route 176, and Route 83. A proposed extension of Route 53 Tollway will travel through Mundelein’s western portion with two interchanges to serve the community.


White    32.7%
Black      1.5%
Asian     6.5%
Latino  34.6%
Other    24.3%
Median Age:    33.2
Source: Muni Net

Mundelein 2005 Estimate:    33,489
Lake County 2005 Estimate:    704,048

Mundelein Median Value:    $230,199
Lake County Value:        $269,853

Mundelein Income:        $79,764
Lake County Value:        $76,743
Source: Village of Mundelein Website

Famous celebrities who have ties with Mundelein:

Father Andrew M. Greely – Catholic priest, journalist, sociologist and author of 50 best selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction. Father Greeley’s novels feature the Mundelein Seminary also known as the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Mundelein Seminary is the principle seminary and school of theology for the formation of priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.  

Marlon Brando – In 1949, Actor Marlon Brando purchased 40 acres of land in Mundelein to build a farm for his parents. The property was named The Penny Poke Farm after his mother. The farm was sold in 1995 to residential developers who built a subdivision now known as the Del Webb Grand Dominion.

Norman Van Aken, Celebrity Chef – Raised in the Diamond Lake area of unincorporated Mundelein known as West Shore Park.  Norman Van Aken has been recognized as the “Best Chef in the Southeast”. Van Aken has appeared on numerous television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Emeril Live, and the Food Network’s My Country Kitchen.


The early history of Mundelein dates back as far as 1650 with the Potowatami Indians, who once inhabited the area, and the French fur traders. The first European settler was Peter Shaddle who built a log cabin in the region around 1835.  

Soon after tradesmen from England settled in the region and named the village “Mechanics Grove” in honor of their former profession. The English settlers became farmers and built churches, schools, and businesses.

The community then changed its name to “Holcomb” in honor of a prominent citizen who was active in the area’s growing development. In 1909, the village of Holcomb went through to two name changes within a year. The first name they switch to was “Rockefeller” after the railroad tycoon John D. Rockefeller. Within months, the community replaced their short-lived Rockefeller name to “Area” which was an acronym for “Ability, Reliability, Endurance, and Action”.  The acronym name was actually a sales school philosophy managed by a local educational businessman named Arthur Sheldon.

By 1921, Sheldon’s sales school had failed and closed, and Archbishop George Mundelein of Chicago began building St. Mary’s of the Lake Seminary.  In honor of the Archbishop’s elevation to Cardinal, the village officially changed its name to Mundelein in April of 1925.  


Public transportation in Mundelein and Ivanhoe is served by Metra’s North Central Service which provides daily rail transportation from Mundelein to Chicago and O’Hare airport.  PACE bus service is available daily with bus Route 572 and Dial-A-Ride service for senior citizens and handicapped.


Mundelein and Ivanhoe neighborhoods are served by four public school districts and three Catholic schools.

Mundelein Elementary School District 75:
•    Washington School grades PK-K-1
•    Lincoln School grades 2-5
•    Mechanics Grove School grades 2-5
•    Carl Sandburg Middle School grades 6-8

Diamond Lake School District 76:
•    Fairhaven School grades K-4                         
•    Diamond Lake School grades K-4
•    West Oak Middle School grades 5-8       

Fremont School District 79:    
•    Fremont Elementary School grades K-2
•    Fremont Middle School grades 6-8
•    Fremont Intermediate School grades 3-5

Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120

Private Schools:
Santa Maria Del Popolo School (Catholic) grades K-8
St. Mary's of the Annunciation (Catholic) grades K-8
Carmel High School (Catholic)


Bill's Pizza & Pub (624 S Lake St., 847-566-5380).  Open since 1957, Bill’s Pizza & Pub is known for their thin crust and double-decker pizzas. The family-friendly restaurant has a full service bar with televisions to watch your favorite Chicago sports team. Enjoy a nice frosty mug of beer and delicious appetizers in a comfortable and friendly northwoods-lodge environment. Restaurant hours are Sun-Thu from 11 am to 11pm, and Fri–Sat 11 am to 12 am.

Irish Mill (26592 N IL Route 83, 847-566-7044). For more than 75 years, the Irish Mill has been a local favorite neighborhood tap. Don’t the let windmill above the entrance and rough exterior turn you away. Once you walk in you’ll feel at home and relaxed. Belly up to the bar and enjoy some Irish beer specialties like a Black & Tan or a Half & Half with shot of good Irish whisky or scotch. Check out their Fish Fry every Wednesday and Friday. The pub has live music four nights per week starting at 9pm. No cover.  Open all year round, Sun-Thu from 11 am to 1 am and Fri-Sat from 11 am to 2 am.


Fair Haven Lanes (711 E Hawley St Mundelein, IL 847-566-4110).  Bowl the night away at Fair Haven Lanes! The bowling alley offers 24 high quality lanes with automatic scoring, bowling leagues for all ages and levels, and tournaments. Fair Haven Lanes is great place to host your private, birthday, or corporate party! Call for more information. The bowling center is open Sun-Thu 9 am to 11 pm, and Fri-Sat 9 am to 12 am.

Hot Wheels Roller Rink (139 N Seymour Ave 847-566-2120).  Let’s go roller skating! Hot Wheels is great family entertainment and exercise at an affordable price. Skate rentals are available for a dollar! And roller blade rentals for two dollars! Open Skate is available Wed & Thu 6:30 pm – 9pm for $5, Fri & Sat 7:00 pm – 10pm for $6, Sat & Sun 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Hot Wheel is great place to host private parties, birthday parties, and other occasions.


Franks for the Memories (645 E Hawley St., 847-949-WING). Owners Jim and Carol Schultz having been serving the best Buffalo wings in the Midwest since 1984! The family restaurant is known for introducing the original “Buffalo Wings” created in 1964 at Anchor’s Bar in Buffalo, New York.  Their menu includes delicious appetizers, hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, and desserts! Check out their website for upcoming Buffalo Wing eating contests. Open Mon-Sat from 10:30 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6pm.  

Karma (510 E Route 83, 847-970-6900). Karma is a sophisticated Pan Asian ultra chic restaurant located inside the Doubletree Hotel. Their menu offers a unique combination of Midwest cuisine with Japanese flavors.  Try their distinctive appetizers like Hawaiian Panko Crab Cakes with pineapple almond salsa and Ginger Tobiko butter, and Shrimp and Lobster rolls with Yuzu sauce.  Dinner specialties included Grilled Teriyaki Angus Burgers, Sweet Corn and Coconut Soup, Asian Pepper Short ribs basted in a spiced Tamari Glaze with Yaki Soba Noodles and Swiss chard. Karma is opened daily for breakfast from 6 am to 10:30 am, lunch 11:30 am to 2 pm, dinner Sun-Thu 5pm – 10pm, and Fri-Sat 5 pm – 11 pm.


Mundelein and Ivanhoe neighborhoods offer many outdoor recreational activities like golfing, swimming, and horseback riding. There’s never a dull moment in the community, check out their 99 Things to Do in Mundelein list and Mundelein’s Park on Park Cruise Night