City of Waukegan Mayor’s Welcome


On behalf of the City of Waukegan, I proudly welcome you to explore the unique opportunities that our community offers. Whether starting a business, relocating your family, or just visiting, Waukegan offers a supportive approach to help you succeed. Waukegan’s neighborhoods, schools, scenic lakefront, entertainment, award-winning parks and golf courses are sure to enrich the lives of you and your family.

Waukegan is perfectly located on the North Shore of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee. The picturesque lakefront includes recreational activities such as kite surfing, sport fishing, natural dune trails and a beachfront concert bandshell. Our deep-water harbor serves the needs of both the commercial and boating communities.

Arts and culture are the heart of our downtown, anchored by the Waukegan Arts District, which includes the world-famous Genesee Theatre, the nationally awarded Waukegan Public Library, art galleries, unique shops, performing arts spaces, eateries and a monthly ArtWauk Festival that celebrates the creative wealth of our diverse community.

Waukegan is pro-development and open for business. Businesses looking to expand will find a competitive advantage with Waukegan’s welcoming approach to economic development, a skilled labor force and major transportation access to port, rail, interstates and the Waukegan National Airport with U.S. Customs.

As the Lake County Seat since the late 1800s, we offer the governmental services along with the commercial, industrial and retail opportunities that developers compete for and quality neighborhoods and family-friendly activities that homeowners wish for; making us one of the best values in Illinois.

The City of Waukegan proudly supports the Waukegan Chamber of Commerce as a Platinum Sponsor.

We welcome you to take a closer look at Waukegan and #ExploreWaukegan to discover what makes us special.

Sincerely yours,

Sam Cunningham
Mayor, City of Waukegan
Office: (847) 599-2510