Waukegan, IL is one of the oldest communities in Illinois. The city started as a French trading post and as the Potawatomie Indian settlement known as "Little Fort". On March 31, 1849 the residents of "Little Fort" changed the name of their town to Waukegan, the Potawatomie word for "fort" or "trading post". Early settlers were initially attracted to Waukegan as a port city and shipped produce and grain from Lake County and McHenry County farms to Chicago. The creation of the Illinois Parallel Railroad (now the Chicago and North Western Railway) in 1855 stimulated interest in Waukegan as a manufacturing center. 

Attractions and Events

Waukegan has its own BMX racing track located in the town. The Genesee Theatre is a concert hall and movie palace located in Waukegan. It's both used as a theatre and cinema, and it also hosts musical artists and shows. You will also find the Great Lakes Naval station located in Waukegan as well. The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is home of the Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts programming which includes private music lessons, and classes in art, dance, and crafts. The Waukegan Municipal Beach is also a great place to visit. Having recreational activities including swimming, kiteboarding, soccer, and volleyball. 


Homes In Waukegan

Living in Waukegan, IL is a perfect blend of big-city amenities and small-town charm. The most populous city in Lake County is an industrial suburb of Chicago lying 26 miles north of its city limits. Waukegan is now in a transition mode and it is rapidly becoming a hot residential spot.Some of the best neighborhoods in or around Waukegan, Illinois are Marquette Highlands, Bonnie Brook and Lake Cogardens. Consider buying or renting a home in one of these popular neighborhoods.

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