Introduction to North Chicago, Illinois

North Chicago, Illinois, in Lake county, is 2 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 33 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

North Chicago History

Industrial development in the present day city of North Chicago began around 1892 when a railroad depot was built in this area. In 1895, the area was incorporated as a village. In 1901, North Chicago was reincorporated as a city. The Great Lakes Naval Training Center was established in 1911. Apart from Eastern European immigrants, North Chicago is also inhabited by Latinos from Mexico and African American settlers from Arkansas and Alabama.

North Chicago and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Haines House Museum
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area
  • Fort Hill Heritage Museum
  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Things To Do In North Chicago

While staying in North Chicago, you can spend your leisure time at Constitution Park, Foss Park, Coles Park, and Boak Park. You can even plan a day trip to the Greenbelt County Forest Preserve. The North Chicago Public Library is also worth paying a visit to. In addition, the city offers a number of baseball fields, children's playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer fields, golf courses, and several shopping areas. The Six Flags Great America is also close to the city.

North Chicago Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kenosha Regional Airport.

North Chicago Higher Education

Finch University of Health Science - Chicago Med School lies within the city limits. Trinity International University, Oakton Community College, and College of Lake County are also nearby.


Total Population 29,925
Male Share of the Population 58.7%
Female Share of the Population 41.3%
Senior Citizens 5.2%
Employed Population 16+ 17,212
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 29.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $25,588
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,338
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,539


Median Family Income $46,680
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 14%
% Walking and Biking to Work 38.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 27.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,066
Median House Value $112,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.4%
Irish 7.2%

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

North Chicago Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60064, 60088
Company Zip Codes 60086
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.325
Longitude -87.841

North Chicago Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.7 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
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station RACINE
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Abbott Park (60064)

Downey (60064)

Great Lakes (60088)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Green Oaks 3,850 $170,357
Gurnee 31,136 $103,537

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

North Chicago Public Libraries

North Chicago P.l.
North Chicago, Illinois
(847) 689-0125

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North Chicago Hospitals

North Chicago VA Medical Center
3001 Green Bay Road
(847) 688-1900 or (800) 393-0865
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North Chicago High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 914 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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