Lake In The Hills, IL
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As one of the more distantly located northwestern suburbs, Lake in the Hills is popular with city commuters and suburbanites looking for access to Chicago but interested in a comfortable suburban living. Like most Chicago suburbs, Lake in the Hills was historically a tight-knit farming community that quickly turned into a major suburban attraction due to a series of annexations along Randall Road and subsequent expansion of Chicago urban sprawl. Given its beneficial location a short distance away from I-90, Lake in the Hills has wide access to the Chicagoland area. This serves as a major attraction, as the village can directly plug in economically into the greater Chicagoland region.

Cost of Living

Like many newly-developed suburbs, Lake in the Hills has experienced high population growth in the past two decades, but this has largely stabilized. Similarly to Hoffman Estates, Lake in the Hills was able to maintain its attraction to high income earners, but maintain an affordable cost of living driven by affordable housing and rental costs. Lake in the Hills is generally average priced to its neighbors, and cheaper than other northern Chicago suburbs. Rent and home prices are below average for the state and the area. Likewise, Lake in the Hills property taxes are seen as average for the Chicago suburbs.


Lake in the Hills is home to a few transportation options that enable quick movement around town and the local region. I-90 runs south of the village and gives to direct access to Chicago; furthermore, the village has nearby access to Route 31 and 72, which serve as conduits for access to the rest of the suburban region.

Unfortunately, the village does not have direct rail transport into Chicago. Lake in the Hills is largely auto dominated and residents will need an automobile in order to enjoy the area. Lake in the Hills is roughly 35-50 minutes from O’Hare and 60-90 from Midway Airport.


Lake in the Hills is served by four separate school districts, which includes five elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high school. Although public schools dominate, residents have access to a number of parochial grade and high schools in the area that serve as the main private education options. GreatSchool ratings range from excellent to above average meaning that residents will receive a quality education while living in town but should be strategic about where they live.


The city hosts a number of attractions such as Scorched Earth Brewing, Raue Center for the Arts and numerous local restaurants, shops, and other establishments. Lake in the Hills has an annual rib festival, a food truck festival, and hosts the annual Summer Sunset Fest fair on top of numerous regular events like their community cookouts. Furthermore, Lake in the Hills offers access to natural attractions such as the Fen and the Exner Marsh. The city also features Sunset Skate park, and major sports complex at Sunset Park.


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