Bordering Lake Michigan and peppered with 75 lakes, it’s no surprise that Lake County is a highly desirable location. It is an affluent county and contains the North Shore, home to many upscale suburban neighborhoods. Lake County is north of Chicago and was created in the northeastern section of Illinois in 1839.
Forests and lakes provide outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunities for recreation year round, from boating, water-skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming in warmer months to sledding, snowmobiling, downhill or cross-country skiing, and skating during the colder months. And with thousands of acres of forest to explore, residents will forget they are only a few miles from the busy metro area of Chicago.
Waukegan, the county seat, is the ninth-largest city in Illinois. It was made famous by former resident Jack Benny, who often joked on his radio and television shows about growing up in Waukegan. His family home was designated a landmark in 2006. Other cities in Lake County include North Chicago, Lake Forest, Park City, Zion, and Highland Park. Villages include Round Lake Beach, Antioch, and Buffalo Grove.
The Naval Station Great Lakes is located near North Chicago. It is the only boot camp for the navy. North Chicago also contains the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.