On the shores of Lake Michigan is the city of Waukegan, Illinois, located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago. With a historic downtown district and multiple housing options including lofts, condos, and homes, this city has a vibrant and walkable setting with easy access to the lake and the harbor. It is the county seat and has multiple business opportunities with active recreational and residential redevelopment projects.
Waukegan has an arts community that is dynamic with galleries, live theater, and music. The Genesee Theatre is a grand historical cultural event space attracting national entertainment acts. Around the city you have access to a municipal beach, Waukegan Sports Park, and even a BMX track. You also have your choice of many restaurants and shopping options. With the Metra, the commuter railroad serving the area, you have a direct connect to Chicago from early in the morning to late in the evening. For your flying transportation needs, Waukegan National Airport is only 3.5 miles north and just west of the city.
When you are relocating, main employers of the area include Lake County, the school district, and Cardinal and Vista Health System. With the revitalization of the harbor and downtown, opportunities will continue to arise there for small businesses, retail, recreational areas, and more. According to the most recent census data, the median age of residents is 29, making it an active and youthful city for singles and families. You will find a mix of skilled and professional workers in the population of nearly 90,000 people. Waukegan is known as the "City of Progress" and offers a wealth of city services and business and development organizations for all its existing and potential residents. From downtown lofts to single-family homes and more, there are plenty of affordable housing options in this lakeshore community with easy access to a historic busy center and the metropolis of Chicago.