Waukegan, IL
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Waukegan is largely known as a thriving industrial center, servicing companies like Fansteel, Anchor Glass, and National Gypsum. There is no shortage of job opportunities here. Downtown Waukegan prospers with many restaurants, bars, and shops, and is considered the urban center of Lake County. Aside from a booming downtown, Waukegan also has an established neighborhood known as Country Lane. This cozy community features beautiful medium-sized homes and is only eight miles from downtown.

Cost of Living

For a suburb of nearby Chicago, the cost of living stands only slightly above national average, and it is one of the cheapest options when compared to neighboring cities like Elgin and Naperville. Housing, services, and goods are all very affordable for its citizens and for those visiting. But with the revitalization of its lakefront by replacing most industrial activity with residential and recreational space, the cost of living is slowly on the rise.


Waukegan offers many different modes of transportation. The Metra line provides service to and from Chicago via the Union Pacific/North Line, while Pace provides public bus access throughout Waukegan and its surrounding areas. The Waukegan National Airport allows international flights, and the city also has three separate taxi companies: 303 Taxi, Metro Yellow & Checker Cabs, and Speedy Taxi. But most prominent is the city’s harbor, which offers services to recreational boaters and access to over 90+ large shipping vessels annually.


Waukegan Public School District 60 serves the city. There are approximately 17,000 students in preschool through grade 12. Waukegan has three schools for early childhood, fifteen elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high school campuses.
The Washington Campus serves as the Ninth Grade Center, while Brookside Campus houses grades 10-12. There is one Catholic private high school, St. Martin de Porres High School. Waukegan has three colleges: College of Lake County, State Career College, and Robert Morris University.


Waukegan holds several events that tourists and residents alike can enjoy. Most notably is the ArtWauk, an event that takes place every third Saturday of the month in Downtown Waukegan. This event has a vast array of attractive features like performance art, sculptures, paintings, theatre, comedy, dance, films, and food. Likewise, HolidayWAUK is Waukegan’s holiday festival. The Genesee Theatre is a popular highlight of Waukegan. This concert hall and movie palace seats 2,400 people and hosts a variety of musical artists and shows.


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