On March 10, 1958, the formation of the Village of Hawthorn Woods was approved by a unanimous vote of the 71 residents who formed the original residents of our community. Hawthorn Woods became Lake County’s 31st municipality and quickly distinguished itself as an upscale, friendly community that placed a high value on the protection of our natural resources as we designed an estate lifestyle within the suburban region. With approximately 8,000 residents, Hawthorn Woods remains a highly desirable place to live, work, and shop in a natural setting among trees, lakes, and parks. Hawthorn Woods is recognized for its beautiful open spaces and park amenities as well as great schools, friendly business districts, and professional services. A full service Police Department, Public Works Department, Finance Department, Building Department, and Parks and Recreation Department all work together to provide excellence in service to the citizens, visitors, and business community of Hawthorn Woods.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods is governed by the Board of Trustees, which act as the legislative and policy-making body. It includes the village mayor and six trustees who are elected at large from the village. Day-to-day operations of the Hawthorn Woods government is in the hands of the full-time, salaried village staff. This professional staff of employees is joined by part-time seasonal employees as needed. The annual budget of the village is approximately $3.5 million. There are nine committees established by the Village Code. The members of these committees act in an advisory capacity to the board on various issues. Each committee has a trustee liaison and generally meets once a month.