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Gurnee Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 66 photos

A Nice Kind of Old Fashioned Village

Gurnee, Illinois, is in a wonderful location tucked into the northeastern corner of Illinois between Chicago and Milwaukee with beautiful natural resources, many shopping centers in or nearby, a myriad of dining places, great recreational facilities, abundant educational opportunities, and diverse job availability. In addtion, there are several health care facilities within a few miles.

The village of Gurnee is located in Lake County, Illinois, which has often been called "a mecca for all that's great in Illinois."

Another advantage of this area is that it is home to some of the most fertile topsoil in the world,"a heavy black loam deposited 50,000 years ago by the receding Wisonsin glacier."

Gurnee, and the rest of Lake County, was once a "prairie, barely touched by the plow and the homestead, and still was the home of the Potawatomi Indians."

Today, Gurnee is no longer the agricultural area it was (just 15 years ago); instead, it consists of business and suburban homes, townhouse, and apartments.

Another positive about Gurnee's location is that it is so near to the Tri-State Tollway. Additionally, there is easy and close access to O'Hare International Airport of Chicago as well as General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.

Gurnee's neighbor, Waukegan, has the Waukegan Regional Airport that is an international facility complete with a U.S. Customs Office for the many corporations which "hangar" their corporate aircraft there. Also, Gurnee is part of the public bus route on Pace Bus Lines.Likewise, four Metra commuter railroad lines run through Lake County.

Gurnee has two golf courses, an Aquatic Center, an amusement park, a 200+ store shopping mall. the famed Tempel Farms (home of the world-famous Lipizzan horses), several parks, a Senior Center, numerous hotels, two high schools, and at least seven middle and grade schools.

It's worth noting that Gurnee, as part of Lake County, is served by a Forest Preserve District with sufficient funds to link a 100-mile countywide and regional trail system, create trails along Lake Michigan, and restore the marina, boat launch, and shoreline along the Fox River (which runs through Gurnee).

Within ten miles of Gurnee is the Lake County Area Vocational Center, the College of Lake County, Barat College, Lake Forest College, Shimer College, Trinity College, Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Coming soon to Lake County will be a University Center, where many colleges from outside the county will be conducting classes.

Gurnee is also within ten miles of the Great Lakes Naval Base and Hospital. All-in-all, Gurnee is a great place to live or to visit.

A Much-Needed New Postal Facility

New to the Gurnee Community is the brand new Gurnee Post Office.

It is built right beside the old, much smaller facility. It's one of the busiest places in town.

Corner of Washington Street and O'Plaine Road

Beautiful Brand New Police Headquarters

Click to see details of sculpture.

2003 saw the completion of the new Police Headquarters here in Gurnee. It more than doubles the size of the old station.

Two beautiful memorials were placed in front of the station. A war memorial (Introductory Photo) and the beautiful bronze statue of a policeman and two small children
(Top Photo).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of facilities and shopping areas, good transportation, friendly
  • Cons:Congested roadways
  • In a nutshell:A small village with a large population
  • Last visit to Gurnee: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    really nice page you have here - bravo

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Another great town where you have lived/worked. Lots to do and see in and nearby. Thanks for all the valuable information.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Me again, coming back to look for new tips since my last visit to this page in October 2005. I found some in the Restaurant category -- very detailed as always, with well-founded judgments. Too bad that one you liked so much has already closed down.

  • Feb 15, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Ate at Steven's 2/14/10. Brought $20 gift certificate that owner gave me. He declined because it was a "Holiday". Bought full price food/drink. I have dropped a lot of cash in this place. Will not be going back due to poor customer service by the owner.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    ~ Hello, Dee! Your description is very special and interesting! It's a great guide about the place!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    when i miss Illinois, i pay a visit to one of your pages :-) i used to go to Gurnee for Gurnee Mills and 6 Flags, but now Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the two state parks, and other shopping centres are additional attractions. thanks for sharing, DEE.

  • Aug 6, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    This certainly seems to be representative of small town Americana with a more urban edge to it. Excellent food tips.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 6:50 AM

    Looks like a good find at Risotto's. You make everything sound delicious. Maybe you are like me... love to eat.. always dieting.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Another great dining tip, Dee! It seems as if you are surrounded by just a bonanza of great places to eat!

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    Excellent information als always!


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