Introduction to Lake Zurich, Illinois

Lake Zurich, Illinois, in Lake county, is 6 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 32 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village.

Lake Zurich History

The area now known as Lake Zurich was first settled in the 1830s. George Ela and Seth Paine were the early settlers. Farmers from New England arrived in the 1830s and 1840s. Lake Zurich was incorporated as a village on September 19th, 1896, and was connected to the railroad during the year 1910. Lake Zurich was primarily a farming community; however, the highway system, built in the 1920s, established Lake Zurich as a popular summer resort.

Lake Zurich and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Hill Heritage Museum
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Moraine Hills State Park

Things To Do In Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich offers a number of recreational facilities. There are numerous local parks and playgrounds such as Buffalo Creek Park, Paulus Park, Breezewald Park, Betty Park, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, Heatherleigh Park, Kuechmann Park, and Old Mill Grove Park. You can also visit the Countryside West Soccer Park. The village offers a number of shopping centers including Lakeview Plaza Shopping Center, Lake Zurich Retail Center Shopping Center, Lake Zurich Square Shopping Center, Village Square Shopping Center, and Lake Zurich Shopping Center.

Lake Zurich Transportation

The nearest international airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Lake Zurich Higher Education

William Rainey Harper College and College of Lake County are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 19,923
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 10,812
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 65.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.2%
Median Earnings25+ $58,187
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,024
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,136


Median Family Income $121,700
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%


People Living Alone 16.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,170
Median House Value $319,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.4%
Irish 15%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Zurich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60047
Company Zip Codes 60049
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.196
Longitude -88.093

Lake Zurich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station ELGIN
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lake Zurich, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Echo Lake (60047)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deer Park 3,323 $162,105
Hawthorn Woods 7,634 $155,192

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Lake Zurich High Schools

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Serves 2,024 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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