Back in the day, Antioch was a popular vacation destination for Chicagoans who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Among those enjoying a break from city life was gangster Al Capone who had a summer home here, a nice getaway during the busy Prohibition era.
Antioch is located just south of the Wisconsin border, within the Chicago metropolitan area. Tourism grew quickly once the rail line to Chicago and Milwaukee came through the quaint Village.
As more visitors came, farmers along the lake opened up their homes to boarders and added on rooms. Eventually, hotels and summer cottages were built to accommodate the growing number of visitors.
Residents and visitors enjoy nearby lakes for fishing and boating as well as the Village’s parks, golf club and community pool.
Antioch also has a vibrant downtown business district with eateries, boutiques and antique shops. The community hosts free weekly concerts during the summer and an annual Taste of Summer event with food tastings, sidewalk sales and live entertainment.
Antioch also has a thriving arts community. The Village has a theater and civic bandstand. The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation promotes area arts with a gallery, exhibits, art classes and workshops as well as special events.
Students in Antioch attend schools with the Antioch Community Consolidated School District 34, which includes seven elementary schools and Antioch Community High School.
The Village is situated along Metra’s North Central Service Line; and near a number of major state highways including Route 83 and Route 173.