Ground Floor Use
Upper Floor Use
Curtis Frame (rear, 543), 545 North Bar & Grill (545)
Number of Stories
Property Index Number
1116305009 (543), 1116305008 (545)
Within Local District?
Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?
Local Landmark Eligible?
NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib
Two Part Commercial Block
Wall Material (Current)
Wall Material 2 (Current)
No of Stories
Window Material 2
Double hung & storefront
Recessed 2nd story window openings within brick surrounds; stone 2nd story window lintels; frieze or original storefront metal cornice intact
Replacement windows in original openings on 2nd story; replacement storefront windows and doors on front facade; replacement 2nd-story entry door; one-story rear addition with secondary storefront (1995)
Old Address (city dir.year
Ramsey Historic Consultants
Date of Construction
Moving Permit #
Building Permit #
Building Permit Description
Original Owner Occupied?
Exterior Alteration Permits
Appearance Review Commission Minutes (9/27/1995)--design of rear storefront for 543 N. Milwaukee; 95-978 (10/16/1995)--demo for rear portion of building
Other Permit Information
Information on Lester's Tavern on Illinois Digital Archives (provided by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--"The tavern pictured here at 545 N. Milwaukee Avenue was owned by John W. Lester, a respected member of the community who was also an early member of Libertyville's Volunteer Fire Department. His son-in-law Frank Walkington assisted him at the tavern and took it over upon Lester's death in 1941. John Lester had previously owned a variety store on Milwaukee Avenue. Lester was known as a big man with a big heart, generous to the children who came into his store. Next door to Lester's Tavern, Reinbach's Bakery and Delicatessen was located at 547 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their advertising claimed that they gave "special attention to wedding and party orders."
Historic photograph of building from the 1950s on Illinois Digital Archives (in collection of Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook Memorial Public Library)--
1970s Assessor's Photo on Illinois Digital Archives (provided by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and Cook-Memorial Public Library)--
Sanborn Maps--1897 (Sheet 1), 1907 (Sheet 2), 1912 (Sheet 2), 1924 (Sheet 2), 1933 (Sheet 2), 1948 (Sheet 2)
Historic Info Compiler