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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Waukegan.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Waukegan ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Chicago. It is located about 36 miles [57 km] to the south of Waukegan. Chicago has a population of 2,716,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Milwaukee (WI). It is located about 48 miles [77 km] to the north of Waukegan and has a population of 595,000 people.

For comparison, Waukegan has a population of 87,700 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Waukegan and not the distance if driven.<2>

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Arlington Heights   [Map]   75,634   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Aurora   [Map]   200,965   SW   47 miles [75.6 km]
Bolingbrook   [Map]   75,201   S   48 miles [77.2 km]
Cicero   [Map]   82,552   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Des Plaines   [Map]   58,193   S   23 miles [37 km]
Elgin   [Map]   112,456   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Evanston   [Map]   74,756   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Naperville   [Map]   147,682   S   43 miles [69.2 km]
Palatine   [Map]   68,644   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Schaumburg   [Map]   74,184   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Skokie   [Map]   63,978   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
Kenosha (WI)   [Map]   99,877   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Racine (WI)   [Map]   77,542   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Waukesha (WI)   [Map]   72,489   NW   48 miles [77.2 km]
West Allis (WI)   [Map]   59,934   N   44 miles [70.8 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Beach Park   [Map]   13,995   N   5 miles [8 km]
Gages Lake   [Map]   ---   W   5 miles [8 km]
Grandwood Park   [Map]   ---   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Great Lakes   [Map]   ---   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
Green Oaks   [Map]   3,862   S   5 miles [8 km]
Gurnee   [Map]   30,767   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
Lake Bluff   [Map]   5,662   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
Libertyville   [Map]   20,490   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
North Chicago   [Map]   29,842   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
Old Mill Creek   [Map]   181   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Park City   [Map]   7,513   SW   Less than 2 miles
Spaulding Corners   [Map]   ---   W   Less than 2 miles
Third Lake   [Map]   1,171   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Wadsworth   [Map]   3,707   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Zion   [Map]   23,952   N   6 miles [9.7 km]

For more communities neighboring Waukegan, please visit our County-by-County Page for Waukegan.

Lake County ...

Waukegan is located in Lake County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lake County: Cook, McHenry, Allegan (MI), Berrien (MI), Van Buren (MI) & Kenosha (WI). Lake Michigan lies to the east.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Waukegan ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Waukegan.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Waukegan ...

Looking for more information about Waukegan? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Waukegan, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Waukegan.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Waukegan.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Waukegan. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Waukegan. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Illinois

    Illinois Tourism
    Parks for Illinois

    Fishing in Illinois
    Hunting in Illinois

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Illinois Statewide Tourism
    Waukegan Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Page for Waukegan


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Illinois

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Illinois

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Illinois

Airports Near Waukegan ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Waukegan.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Waukegan Rgnl. (ICAO: KUGN)   [Map]   UGN   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
Campbell Airport    [Map]   C81   WSW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Kenosha Rgnl.(ICAO: KENW)   [Map]   ENW   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Chicago Exec. (PWK/KPWK)   [Map]   PWK   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Westosha Airport   [Map]   5K6   WNW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Sylvania Airport   [Map]   C89   N   23 miles [37 km]
Lake in the Hills Airport   [Map]   3CK   WSW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Galt Fld.   [Map]   10C   W   25 miles [40.2 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Waukegan.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Waukegan. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
O'Hare Intl. (ORD/KORD)   [Map]   ORD   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
Gen. Mitchell Intl. (MKE/KMKE)   [Map]   MKE   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Midway Intl. (MDW/KMDW)   [Map]   MDW   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Rockford Intl. (RFD/KRFD)   [Map]   RFD   W   63 miles [101.4 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Chicago Exec. (PWK/KPWK)   [Map]   PWK   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Gary / Chicago Intl. (GYY/KGYY)   [Map]   GYY   SSE   57 miles [91.7 km]
Southern Wisconsin Rgnl.(ICAO: KJVL)   [Map]   JVL   WNW   62 miles [99.8 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Waukegan Rgnl. (ICAO: KUGN)   [Map]   UGN   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
Campbell Airport    [Map]   C81   WSW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Kenosha Rgnl.(ICAO: KENW)   [Map]   ENW   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Westosha Airport   [Map]   5K6   WNW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Sylvania Airport   [Map]   C89   N   23 miles [37 km]
Lake in the Hills Airport   [Map]   3CK   WSW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Galt Fld.   [Map]   10C   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
John H. Batten Airport (RAC/KRAC)   [Map]   RAC   N   27 miles [43.5 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

O'Hare Intl.   (ORD/KORD)   [Map]
        Website for O'Hare International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Gen. Mitchell Intl.   (MKE/KMKE)   [Map]
        Website for General Mitchell International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Kenosha Rgnl.   (ICAO: KENW)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
John H. Batten Airport   (RAC/KRAC)   [Map]
        Website for John H. Batten Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Burlington Muni.   (ICAO: KBUU)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Midway Intl.   (MDW/KMDW)   [Map]
        Website for Midway International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Rockford Intl.   (RFD/KRFD)   [Map]
        Website for Rockford International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
South Bend Rgnl.   (SBN/KSBN)   [Map]
        Website for South Bend Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Dane County Rgnl.   (MSN/KMSN)   [Map]
        Website for Dane County Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Chicago Exec.   (PWK/KPWK)   [Map]
        Website for Chicago Executive Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Gary / Chicago Intl.   (GYY/KGYY)   [Map]
        Website for Gary / Chicago International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Southern Wisconsin Rgnl.   (ICAO: KJVL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Waukegan Rgnl.   (ICAO: KUGN)   [Map]
        Website for Waukegan Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Waukegan: www.waukeganweb.net/

The official website for Lake County: www.co.lake.il.us

The official website for State of Illinois: www.illinois.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Waukegan.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Waukegan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Waukegan) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Waukegan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Waukegan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waukegan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3704, Longitude: -87.8710     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waukegan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Waukegan), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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