At the half-way point between Chicago and Milwaukee, Gurnee has so much to offer! Best known for Six Flags Great America amusement park and Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall, they also have a world-class Park District , numerous forest preserves, some great well-kept restaurant secrets, and did I mention- shopping!
Covering what used to be acres and acres of farmland are some great subdivisions to choose from, most have their own playgrounds, parks, and trails just steps from your front door! And yes, there are still farms nearby!
Within Gurnee, you’ll find two Elementary through Middle School Districts: Spaulding, River Trail, Prairie Trail, Viking make up Dist 56 and Woodland comprises Dist 50. Between both districts, over 7,000 kids attend from K-8th grades, Warren Township High School adds another 4,000+, Gurnee has plenty of kids! There is also a very active Warren Township, providing services for Seniors, parenting workshops, mental health support, teen centers, and sports, including special recreation!
What else is there to do? Summer calls for beach trips to Lake Michigan, IL State Beach Park or Waukegan Harbor are about 20 minutes away, or a fun day in Lake Geneva, WI, a 45-minute trip. A favorite winter activity, besides sipping cocoa in front of the fire, is skiing or tubing at Wilmot Mountain, now part of the Epic ski resorts, a mere 30-minute jaunt which makes it easy to fit in on weeknight! Best kept local secrets? Lunch at Tina’s Italian Cafe & Bakeshop, $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Cinema, free climbing wall and splash pad at Hunt Club Community and Aquatic Centers.