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Gurnee is a charming village that resides in Lake County, Illinois. It borders Waukegan and is considered a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Over twenty-six million visitors come annually to visit the Six Flags Great America Park as well as the Gurnee Mills mall. Tourists and wanderers have plenty to look forward to, in short. Early settlers to the area emigrated from the town of Warren, New York via foot and horseback. In 1835-1836, a land company, also from New York, founded a Community House, which was the site of the old Gurnee Grade School, to accommodate families during the settlement process and while waiting for land grants from the government. A ford used by the Potowatomi Indians was nearby, that they used to cross the river, which would lead to a floating log bridge being constructed in 1842. As time progressed, the area that had been named under the Warren Township began its transition to its current name after the 14th mayor of Chicago, Walter S. Gurnee, agreed to develop a station in Wentworth that was named, appropriately, “Gurnee Station”. The name went on to be incorporated.
Gurnee experiences fairly consistent weather throughout the months, most often in the lower ranges, especially when it comes to the winter months. Residents and visitors can expect fog, occasional thunderstorms and generally cloudy weather due to the effects of chilling, Northern winds and the surrounding Great Lakes and other bodies of water.
As stated before, over twenty-six million visitors come for the aforementioned Six Flags Great America Park as well as for the Gurnee Mills mall. Of course, for those who aren’t into major tourist areas, Gurnee has plenty to offer in the way of fun things to do, both for the individual and for the whole family
Rinkside Sports & Family Entertainment Center – 6152 W Grand Ave – (847) 856-1064
Jump America – 880 Lakeside Dr – (224) 900-2996
Bristol Renaissance Faire – 12550 120th Ave – (847) 395-7773
Superman the Ultimate Flight – Parade Rt
Gurnee has a certain kind of charm to it when it comes to shopping. It boast an atmosphere for treasure hunters, fashionistas and the grown-ups among us who never really grew up. Whatever it is you are looking for, Gurnee’s blend of big scene shops, bigger chains and small mom-n-pop boutiques are sure to satisfy
Gurnee Mills – 6170 W Grand Ave – (847) 263-2414
Gurnee Antique Market – 5742 Northridge Dr – (847) 782-9094
Lego Store – 6170 W Grand Ave – (847) 855-2833
CigTechs – 1333 N Delany Rd – (855) 244-8324
You don’t have to rely on theme park food to get you through your adventures in Gurnee. In fact, the village features a fantastic blend of cultural delights from all over. Craving a spicy dish or some classic American cuisine? Gurnee has you covered
Tina’s Italian Bake Shop – 5101 Washington St – (847) 244-9001
Tacos El Durango Mexican Grill – 3900 Washington St – (847) 596-2580
Momcorn – 5101 Washington St – (224) 610-0407
Royal Thai – 5324 Grand Ave – (847) 224-2409
If you’ve spent the day at Six Flags or at work, but aren’t ready to head home, the night is still young. Gurnee has plenty of places to satiate wandering night owls and those who could use a good brew after work
The Chocolate Sanctuary – 5101 Washington St – (224) 944-0808
Timothy O’ Toole’s Pub Gurnee – 5572 Grand Ave – (847) 249-0800
The Crazy Toucan – 1700 Nations Dr – (877) 360-0403
Spice Restaurant – 6161 W Grand Ave – (224) 944-0705
The school systems around Gurnee are highly rated by residents, and there are more than enough options for any age group, tot to adult alike. You’ll find there are also options for some unconventional career paths – it’s always nice to have more options, of course
Equidream School of Horsemanship – 18272 W Washington St – (847) 231-5150
La Gabri-Elle – 223 N Rte 21 – (847) 219-3678
Gurnee Christian School – 2190 Fuller Rd – (847) 623-7773
Country Meadows Montessori School – 6151 Washington St – (847) 244-9352
Population Density: 2,315
Median age: 39.0
Male / Female ratio: 0.9:1
For those who are looking to make the move to Gurnee, the local job market is not in short supply. There are a feature of many big names and hubs, as well as smaller boutiques, shops and restaurants that can make use of all kinds of varying talent residents might have to offer
Uline – 2105 S Lakeside Dr – (800) 295-5510
Lake County, IL – 18 N County St – (847) 377-2000
Hines Supply – 939 S Illinois 83 – (847) 231-1500
Keylime Cove Waterpark Resort – 1700 Nations Dr – (224) 717-3311
Even outside of Chicago, Six Flags Great America theme park or the Gurnee Mills mall, there is plenty to see in the way of local treasures. Gurnee is just a stone’s throw away from some real natural beauties, great water views and other delights for the wandering sight-seer.
Waukegan Harbor Lighthouse – 5 E Madison St
Valley Forge Park – Lancer Lane N
Mill Creek Park – N Atkinson Rd
The Rondout Train Robbery – 13620 Rockland Rd
It is not hard to see why Gurnee has gotten so many visitors, and continues to get over twenty-six million per year. Theme parks and malls aside, the village has a lot to offer and presents a unique character from most other cities. When it comes down to it, Gurnee is a place that invites people to explore, adventure and just to generally enjoy being there in a multitude of ways. The employment market is strong, and not just due to tourism, so anyone looking to make the move can take their pick of career options, or school options for continuing education. Gurnee is a place for families, travelers, career-people and all those in between, and that fact certainly shines through in the local culture. If you are looking for all the modern conveniences mixed with natural beauty and an offbeat local vibe, Gurnee has it all. House hunters and visitors alike should keep this charming city on their list of places under “must-see”.
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