Located in the upper northeast corner of Illinois, Lake County is home to over 700,000 residents. Originally a portion of McHenry County, Lake County is a part of the Chicago Metropolitan area. The affluent area is known for its lakefront communities including North Shore, Highland Park, Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. Waukegan is the county seat.
As personal injury attorneys who serve the area, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is proud to be the law firm people call when they need an attorney to represent them in a serious accident or wrongful death case. All of our Lake County injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis where there is only a legal fee charged when there is a recovery for you. Contact our office today for a free case review.
Adjacent areas to Lake County include Kenosha (North) Cook (South) and McHenry (West) counties.The native Potawatomi tribe originally inhabited Lake County until the Illinois state legislature settled the area.
Independence Growth, now known as Libertyville, served as the first county seat until it was moved to Little Fort, now known as Waukegan.With just over 400 square miles of land mass in the 1300+ square-mile area, Lake County is densely populated. It is home to North Point Marina, Illinois Beach State Park, Chain O’Lakes State Park and the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Other than Lake Michigan, there are nearly 100 other lakes in the county. In addition, Lake County is known for its natural areas and forest preserves maintained by the local Lake County Forest Reserves district.
Area Transportation and Travel
Even with its dense population, Lake County has only one major interstate, I-94 running north toward Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and south toward downtown Chicago. State Highway 12 borders the western portion of the county with access to Chain O’Lakes to the north and Forest Preserves of Cook County to the south. In addition, State Highway 41 parallels I-94 to its east, while State Highway 45 parallels it to the west. Illinois Routes 22, 60, 83, 120, 132, 173 and 176 offer travelers access to east and west locations.
Residents and visitors can travel in and out of the public Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN), situated just 35 miles north of downtown Chicago. In addition, the county is home to the private Campbell Airport, southwest of Grayslake and private Air Estates Airport between Mundelein and Wauconda. O’Hare International Airport is 33 miles away from downtown Waukegan, and Midway International Airport is 60 miles away.
Lake County is part of the Pace transit bus service offering paratransit and 21 fixed routes throughout the entire county. In addition, residents and visitors can use Call-n-Ride in the Vernon Hills-Mundelein and Round Lake area. This shared-ride, reservation only transportation option is available to the public, with door-to-door service within a designated area.
The Metra Metropolitan Rail is also available throughout Lake County on four commuter rail lines and 32 stations. Commuters can take the Union Pacific / Northline, the North Central Service Line, Milwaukee District Northline, and the Union Pacific / Northwest line. The Metra operates seven days a week throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area.
Lake County Court
The Lake County courthouse is part of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, situated at 18 North County St. in Waukegan. The courthouse handles a variety of services and procedures including felonies, misdemeanors, domestic violence, family services, arbitration, adult probation, juvenile detention and civil cases.
The court offers self-help and self-representation opportunities with public resources and information for individuals providing their own representation in court. Their online site offers court forms, assistance and resources for a variety of legal actions including small claims, simplified divorce, name changes, mortgage foreclosures, landlord/tenant, minor guardianship, domestic abuse, probate and others.
Local Area Hospitals
Lake County offers the latest advancements in medical care to citizens and residents alike. The area is home to some of the best hospitals and medical centers in Chicagoland. These include:
- Lake Forest Hospital Grayslake Outpatient Facility (Grayslake)
- Vista Medical Center (Waukegan)
- Advocate Condell Medical Center (Libertyville)
- Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (Barrington)
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Zion)
- Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (Lake Forest)
- Downey Veterans Administration Hospital (Waukegan)
- Evanston Northwest Health Care Highland Park Hospital (Highland Part)
- Vista Surgery Center (Lindenhurst)
Lake County is home to Rosalind Franklin University at 3333 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago. In addition, students can attend the University Center of Lake County at 1200 University Center Dr. in Grayslake, College of Lake County at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake and Lake Forest College at 555 North Sheridan Rd. in Lake Forest.
Private educational opportunities in the county include Mundelein Seminary (University of St. Mary of the Lake) at 1000 East Maple Ave. in Mundelein, along with Trinity international University and Evangelical Divinity School at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield.
Fun Things to Do
Even with the cross proximity to Chicagoland, Lake County has many rich amenities of its own. Some of these include:
- Adler Park (Libertyville)
- Antioch Bowl (Antioch)
- Bowen Park (Waukegan)
- Chain O’Lakes State Park Riding Stable (Spring Grove)
- Didier Farms (Prairie View)
- Grayslake Heritage Center (Grayslake)
- Great Lakes Naval Museum (Great Lakes)
- Greenbelt Cultural Center (North Chicago)
- Gurnee Mills (Gurnee)
- Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
- Independence Grove Forest Preserve (Libertyville)
- Jones Island Community Park (Grayslake)
- Key Lime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort (Gurnee)
- Lake County Fairgrounds (Grayslake)
- Ryerson Conservation Area (Rivers would)
- Six Flags Great America (Gurnee)
- Wildlife Discovery Center (Lake Forest)
Other enjoyable places to visit close to Lake County include the Bristol Renaissance Faire (Kenosha, Wisconsin), Jelly Belly Center (Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin), Chicago Botanical Garden (Glencoe) and the Harley-Davidson Museum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
From the warmer months from late spring to early autumn, golfers can enjoy a variety of Lake County’s notable golf clubs including Thunder Hawk (Beach Park), Brae Loch (Grayslake) and Countryside Prairie (Mundelein).
The county is home to great schools, diverse communities, a full range of housing and renowned entertainment venues. From high-end dining experiences, pristine forests, fashionable shopping opportunities and challenging golf courses, Lake Forest offers the comfort of the suburb with quick access to Chicago and Milwaukee.
Entrepreneurs, businesses and agencies are relocating to Lake County to gain a competitive advantage. As a result, the county is offering a variety of economic incentives for new and existing businesses.
With its close proximity to downtown Chicago, Lake County offers a plethora of working and living opportunities. Many families move to the area because of its highly educated workforce, connectivity to national and global destinations along with its diverse and beautiful forest preserves and recreational areas.
Lake County Medical Malpractice & Accident Attorneys for You
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is deeply committed to securing the most favorable recovery for each client based on their unique circumstance. All of our Lake County cases are handled on a contingency fee basis where there is a legal fee charged only when there is a financial recovery for you. We invite you to contact our Lake County personal injury law firm today for a free case review.
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