Devil’s Gate

Download this issue!Devil’s Gate – Libertyville, IL
By Michael Kleen

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

The truth behind the mysteries of Devil’s Gate, located near the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Lake County, is elusive.  What may or may not have happened there has been lost in the minds of the older generation, who have so far not come forward with the real story.

According to legend, sometime in the distant past a school stood behind the set of iron gates off of a sharp bend in River Road, about a mile north of Libertyville.  One day, a maniac broke into the school and abducted several of the girls.  He killed each one and mounted their severed heads on the spikes of the gate.  Every full moon, the heads reappear on the rusted spikes.

Like most legends, there are very few facts to back up the story.  However, there is no doubt that an institution once stood on those grounds.  According to the Chicago Daily Tribune, construction on what was known as the Katherine Kreigh Budd Memorial Home for Children began in the early spring of 1926…

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  1. Sus F. says:

    There is a foundation in the woods and scars of old driveways around the property; I was only there once but didn’t go very far down the gravel road that leads from the gate – it was cold and I only had a disposable camera handy.

    I do plan to make a return trip this spring/summer to take some more photos.


  2. alonzo says:

    i was wondering how to get their i live in mundelein i look at maps but really didnt c anything please help out


  3. Can you please give me directions on how to at least get to the gate once you get on river road reply as soon as possible please


  4. Alane says:

    River Rd. heads north off of 137 (just east of Milwaukee (rte 21). then it makes a sharp right turn, right at that turn there are horse stables and a trail entrance, the trail entrance is the gate


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