Mention Gurnee and the first things that come to mind are shopping and rollercoasters. Six Flags Great America and Gurnee Mills, one of the largest shopping malls in the state, draw over 26 million visitors a year to the village located between Chicago and Milwaukee.
More than 1,000 businesses and corporations also make their home here from retail and recreation to hospitality companies and restaurants.
Gurnee residents enjoy access to Chicago and a wealth of local attractions. Still, the community retains its small-town atmosphere. Gurnee Days is a popular annual event featuring a farmers’ market, golf tournament, fireworks, parade and talent show.
Named after Walter S. Gurnee, who served as Mayor of Chicago in the early 1850s, the village dates back to the 1830s when settlers from New York arrived.
Students attend Gurnee School District 56 and Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50. The village is conveniently accessible via I-94.