Introduction to Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 10 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 41 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Lake In The Hills History

The village of Lake in the Hills was founded by Federal Judge Walter J. La Buy in 1923. La Buy purchased 472 acres of the land in 1926 and built five stucco homes. Lake in the Hills, in its early days, was a popular vacation spot and attracted numerous visitors from the Chicago area. It was incorporated as a village on November 29, 1952. Raymond Platt became the first mayor of the village. The first shopping center of Lake in the Hills was constructed in 1987.

Lake In The Hills and nearby Attractions

  • Indian Trail Beach
  • Dundee Township Historical Society Museum
  • Butch Hagele Beach
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Fox River Trolley Museum

Things To Do In Lake In The Hills

Lake In The Hills offers a number of scenic parks and nature preserve where you can spend your leisure hours. The Lake In The Hills Fen Nature Preserve boasts of many scenic trails. You can also visit the Leroy Guy Park, Sunset Park, Ken Carpenter Park, Morningside Park, Bark Park, and Barbara Key Park. Golf facilities are available at the Boulder Ridge Golf Course and Country Club. You can also enjoy fishing and boating on Woods Creek Lake.

Lake In The Hills Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Lake In The Hills Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by McHenry County College, William Rainey Harper College, Waubonsee Community College, and Elgin Community College.

Lake Almanac

Nearest Medium City 10 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City41 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
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Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance8.3 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Barrington Hills3,370$134,310
Crystal Lake40,635$95,046
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Lake Public Schools

Chesak Elementary School
10910 Reed Rd
(847) 659-5700
Total Enrollment 1037
Lake In The Hills Elem School
519 Willow St
(847) 532-6900
Total Enrollment 486
Martin Elementary School
10920 Reed Rd
(847) 659-5300
Total Enrollment 1233
Marlowe Middle School
9625 Haligus Rd
(847) 659-4700
Total Enrollment 1313
Lincoln Prairie Elem School
500 Harvest Gate
(847) 532-6600
Total Enrollment 550
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