Mettawa, Illinois

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Mettawa is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States 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: including Old School Forest Preserve, Grainger Woods Conservation Preserve, MacArthur Woods, Captain Daniel Wright Woods and the former home (and grounds) of Adlai E. Stevenson II.

Mettawa's population was 367 at the 2000 census, although population is estimated to have increased to approximately 485 residents since that time.

Adjacent communities include Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, and Green Oaks.

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History

Mettawa was founded by area residents in 1960 who worked together with a common goal of protecting their rural area from encroaching commercial development. The village was named for a nearby Potowatami settlement which is mentioned in an early history of Lake County[1]. Mettawa's first mayor was James Getz; subsequent mayors included Ed Fitzsimons, Julius Abler, and Barry McLean. Famous residents and property owners within the area now known as Mettawa have included two-time presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson, city planner Edward H. Bennett and more recently, news anchor and rancher Bill Kurtis. Stevenson's Mettawa estate on the Des Plaines River is a designated Illinois Historic Site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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