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Waukegan is located in Lake County along the Lake Michigan shore, about 8 miles south of the Wisconsin border and 40 miles north of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 87,901 residents. Waukegan is the ninth largest city in Illinois. Home to a beautiful harbor, Waukegan offers a marina with promenade, slips to accommodate any kind of watercraft and a nearby beach. The marina's administrative building offers a gift shop, full laundry and shower facilities. Other conveniences around the harbor include snack shops, restaurants, bait and tackle shops, fish cleaning stations, full service boat repair, maintenance and storage. Fishing charter boats are also available at Waukegan. Coho Salmon, Chinook ( King ) Salmon, Rainbow ( Steelhead ) Trout, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout are all found off the western shores of Lake Michigan out of Waukegan. The Waukegan Municipal Beach features one mile of sand beach along with some of the only remaining natural sand dunes in the area. Recreational activities include swimming, sunning, picnicking and sand volleyball. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am - 6:00pm daily during the summer season.

Surrounding areas: Gurnee, Illinois (3.5 mi), Lake Forest, Illinois (9.3 mi), Highwood, Illinois (11.4 mi), Lake Villa, Illinois (11.4 mi), Port Barrington, Illinois (20.0 mi), McHenry, Illinois (21.7 mi), Oak Park, Illinois (23.3 mi)

Waukegan Vacation Rentals

Waukegan Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Inns Of America Waukegan31 N Green Bay RdWaukegan, IL (708) 366-9000
Best Western Of Waukegan411 S Greenbay RdWaukegan, IL (847) 244-6100
Candlewood Suites1151 S Waukegan RdWaukegan, IL (847) 578-5250
Comfort Inn Waukegan3031 BelvidereWaukegan, IL (847) 623-1400
Courtyard By Marriott Chicago Waukegan800 Lakehurst RdWaukegan, IL (847) 689-8000
Crossland1177 S Northpoint BlvdWaukegan, IL (847) 688-0402
Quality Inn Waukegan619 S Grn Bay RdWaukegan, IL (847) 662-3200
Ramada Inn Waukegan Gurnee200 N Greenbay RdWaukegan, IL (847) 244-2400
Residence Inn By Marriott / Waukegan1440 S White Oak DrWaukegan, IL (847) 689-9240
Adventure Inn & Suites3740 GrandGurnee, IL1.3 mi.(847) 623-7777
Hollywood Inn3803 GrandviewGurnee, IL1.5 mi.( ) -
Jail Inn3815 GrandviewGurnee, IL1.5 mi.(847) 623-7777
Baymont Inn & Suites-chicago N (gurnee)5688 N RDG RdGurnee, IL1.7 mi.(847) 662-7600
El Rancho Motel36355 N Us Hwy 41Gurnee, IL1.7 mi.(847) 623-5237
Stardust Motel3109 Belvidere RdMC Gaw Park, IL1.7 mi.(847) 336-3472
Comfort Suites5430 Grand AveGurnee, IL3.6 mi.(847) 782-0890
Country Inn & Suites Gurnee5420 Grand AveGurnee, IL3.6 mi.(847) 625-9700
Econo Lodge2315 Green Bay RdNorth Chicago, IL3.6 mi.(847) 689-4500
Ron Ric Motel1415 22ND StNorth Chicago, IL3.6 mi.(847) 689-3100
Hampton Inn-gurnee5550 Grand AveGurnee, IL3.7 mi.(847) 662-1100
Extended Stay America5724 Northridge DrGurnee, IL3.8 mi.(847) 662-3060
Red Carpet Inn N Chicago3207 Buckley RdNorth Chicago, IL4.2 mi.(847) 689-9400
Sweet Basil Hill Farm15937 W WashingtonGurnee, IL4.3 mi.(847) 244-3333
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites77 Buckley RdLibertyville, IL4.4 mi.(847) 549-7878
Sleep Inn3250 Bittersweet AveLake Bluff, IL4.6 mi.(847) 578-9900
Comfort Inn Gurnee6080 Gurnee Mills Blvd EGurnee, IL4.7 mi.(708) 855-8866
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Gurnee6090 Gurnee Mills Blvd EGurnee, IL4.7 mi.(708) 855-8868
Sheridan Motel Zion3412 N Sheridan RdZion, IL4.9 mi.(847) 872-8236
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1100 33rd StZion, IL5.0 mi.(847) 746-0101
Parkside Motel3070 Sheridan RdZion, IL5.3 mi.(847) 746-8133
Illinois Beach Resort & Conference CenterOne Lk Front DrZion, IL5.6 mi.(847) 625-7300
Motor Inn Motel41470 North Rt 41Zion, IL5.6 mi.(847) 395-7300
Rosecrans Motel41550 N Rt 41Zion, IL5.6 mi.(847) 395-1189
Emanuelson Inn1241 Shiloh BlvdZion, IL5.9 mi.(847) 872-8488
Sunset Motel511 Rockland RdLake Bluff, IL6.2 mi.(847) 234-4669
By The Way Motel123 Skokie BlvdLake Bluff, IL6.3 mi.(847) 234-1789
Great Lakes MotelHwy 41 At Rt 137Lake Bluff, IL6.5 mi.(847) 689-1520
Best Inns Of America Libertyville1809 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL6.5 mi.(847) 816-8006
Best Western Hitch-inn Post Motor Inn1765 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL6.5 mi.(847) 362-8700
American Inn Motel Of Beach PK39018 Sheridan RdZion, IL6.5 mi.(847) 746-2095
Bed & Breakfast
Round Robin Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn231 E Maple AveMundelein, IL9.0 mi.(847) 566-7664

Waukegan Weather & Climate

Northeast Illinois , near Lake Michigan, lies midway between the Continental Divide and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness and wind direction. Lake Michigan greatly influences the climate of northeastern Illinois. The large thermal mass of the lake tends to moderate temperatures, causing cooler summers and warmer winters. Cool lake breezes provide relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 12°F 1.60 in. -
February 32°F 16°F 1.40 in. -
March 43°F 26°F 2.15 in. -
April 54°F 35°F 3.73 in. -
May 66°F 45°F 3.44 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 3.62 in. -
July 81°F 61°F 3.49 in. -
August 80°F 60°F 4.22 in. -
September 73°F 52°F 3.40 in. -
October 61°F 40°F 2.42 in. -
November 47°F 29°F 2.57 in. -
December 33°F 18°F 2.05 in. -

Waukegan Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located about 27 miles south of Waukegan in Chicago, Illinois, the Du Page airport (DPA) located approximately 37 miles southwest of Waukegan in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the General Mitchell International airport (MKE) located roughly 39 miles north of Waukegan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located around 63 miles west of Waukegan in Rockford, Illinois.

Waukegan Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL1.7 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL20.3 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL24.6 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL28.0 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL28.6 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL30.9 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL32.4 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL33.8 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL34.6 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL37.6 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL44.2 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN65.1 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI80.8 mi.
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI82.1 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL27.9 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL56.0 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI101.5 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI119.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Bonnie Brook Golf CourseWaukeganIL 
Orchard Hills Golf CourseWaukeganIL 
Bittersweet Golf ClubGurneeIL1.6 mi.
Heather Ridge Golf CourseGurneeIL1.6 mi.
Greenshire Golf CourseBeach ParkIL3.6 mi.
ThunderHawk Golf ClubBeach ParkIL3.6 mi.
Foss Park Golf CourseNorth ChicagoIL3.7 mi.
Midlane Country ClubWadsworthIL4.4 mi.
Shepherds Crook Golf CourseZionIL5.2 mi.
Shiloh Park Golf CourseZionIL5.2 mi.
Lake Bluff Golf ClubLake BluffIL7.2 mi.
Libertyville Golf CourseLibertyvilleIL7.5 mi.
Deer Path Golf CourseLake ForestIL8.4 mi.
Brae Loch Golf CourseGrayslakeIL9.0 mi.
Stonewall Orchard Golf ClubGrays LakeIL9.4 mi.
Countryside Golf CourseMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Four Winds Golf CourseMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Pine Meadow Golf ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Steeple Chase Golf ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Village Green Country ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Hickory Knoll Golf CourseLake VillaIL10.7 mi.
Renwood Golf CourseRound LakeIL11.4 mi.
Vernon Hills Golf CourseVernon HillsIL11.8 mi.
White Deer Run Golf CourseVernon HillsIL12.2 mi.
Highland Park Country ClubHighland ParkIL12.4 mi.
Antioch Golf ClubAntiochIL13.3 mi.
Sunset Valley Golf CourseHighland ParkIL13.6 mi.
Deerfield Golf ClubRiverwoodsIL14.5 mi.
Big Oaks Golf ClubKenoshaWI14.7 mi.
Petrifying Springs Golf CourseKenoshaWI14.7 mi.
Ski Areas
SunburstKewaskumWI81.6 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI101.5 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI110.8 mi.
State Parks
Illinois Beach State ParkIL4.1 mi. 
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIL16.1 mi. 
Moraine Hills State ParkIL19.4 mi. 
Big Foot Beach State ParkWI31.1 mi. 
Kohl Children's MuseumWilmetteIL21.9 mi.(Children's)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL33.8 mi.(History)
PullmanChicagoIL37.6 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL37.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI25.0 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL37.6 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL37.6 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL37.7 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI46.3 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI91.7 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN95.7 mi.

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