Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich offers 23 neighborhood parks and three lakefront parks. Resident beaches are located in Paulus Park and Breezewald Park. Most of the community-wide events, such as Fourth of July Family Day and Ela Festival of Arts, are staged at Paulus Park, located north of the intersection of Route 22 and Rand Road (Route 12) on the west side of the Village. Breezewald Park is located in the downtown district, just north of Route 22 and Old Rand Road.

Many national retailers are located along Rand Road near Route 22. This area includes large supermarkets, convenient shopping, items for the home, various services and restaurants. Several Lake Zurich restaurants are recognized in the Chicago area for excellence in their categories of dining.

The downtown area along Route 22 (Main Street) and Old Rand Road is home to several popular restaurants as well as many professional services. Downtown Lake Zurich is also in the midst of a revitalization effort. A new promenade and streetscape is proposed for the area where the current seawall is located on Route 22. The Village Hall, 70 East Main Street, is located in the downtown area. The affairs of government are overseen by a mayor and six village trustees. If you have any questions about Village laws or government, feel free to call us at (847) 438-5141. The Village Board has meetings on most Monday evenings throughout the year. Agendas as well as tapes of the meetings may be viewed on Cable Channel 4 at various times during the week.

The Village covers 6.9 square miles. In emergencies, residents of Lake Zurich dial 911 for help. A new police facility is currently being constructed at South Old Rand and Surryse Roads with completion date set for Fall of 2001. Ongoing training assures that sworn officers and staff are skilled in all aspects of law enforcement. The department concentrates on crime prevention and community involvement.

The firefighters of the Lake Zurich Fire and Rescue Department serve the Village and contract out to the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District to cover a wide swath of the rural area encompassing parts of several neighboring communities. Firefighters and paramedics undergo continuing training, assuring skilled fire suppression and rescue in all possible conditions, including hazardous materials response, underground and confined space rescue, and diving into ice covered or open waters for rescue purposes. The Village’s Public Works Department maintains over 120 miles of streets. It is also responsible for providing water and wastewater services to the community. Six deep wells provide the Village with water. Wastewater treatment is handled by the Lake County Des Plaines River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Village pumps about 1,800,000 gallons of wastewater to the plant daily, but has a capacity to pump 18,000,000 gallons.

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
May Whitney Elementary School 120 Church St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 438-2351 Elementary Schools
Sarah Adams Elementary School 555 Old Mill Grove Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 438-5986 Elementary Schools
Lake Zurich High School 300 Church St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 438-5155 High Schools
Lakeview High School 4015 N Ashland Ave # 1 Chicago IL 60613 (773) 534-5440 High Schools
Lake Zurich Middle School Nrth 100 Church St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 438-2361 Middle Schools
Lake Zurich Middle School S 435 W Cuba Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 540-7070 Middle Schools
Lake Zurich History

“Seth Paine settled land east of Cedar Lake in 1836. This lake was actually created by beavers in the early 1830’s when they dammed an outflow stream from a lowland area. Mr. Paine had dreamed of organizing a community like the one described by the French philosopher Charles Fourier. Because some Swiss cantons were practicing Mr. Fourier’s system, Paine named his settlement and adjoining lake Lake Zurich.

Paine built a community store on his property in 1841 and invited people from Chicago to come to his village and live by Fourier’s principles. Stable of Humanity was also created by Paine. It was a shelter for homeless Chicagoans. He also welcomed escaped slaves and supported the Underground Railroad. By 1850, the population was around 100. People were skeptical of Paine’s commune, so he returned to Chicago in 1852 to spread his belief that people would have to change their ideas about what they considered wealth before they could accept Fourier’s vision. He decided to open the Bank of Chicago, which based its loan policy on humanitarian rather than profit principals. Unfortunately, Civil War economics ended Paine’s experiment. He died in Chicago on June 6, 1872.

Even though Rand Road, an important mail and stagecoach trail from Chicago to southern Wisconsin, ran right through the village, that didn’t help the population. Lake Zurich hardly grew in the late 1800’s. The Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad, built in 1889, placed its bypass line right through the village. Because of this, community leaders believed that it would bring development to the area, so they decided to incorporate in 1896. The community population grew to only just over 200 by 1900.

Justin K. Orvis convinced the residents in 1910 to support the construction of a railroad linking Lake Zurich to the Chicago & North Western Railway at Palatine. In 1912 service began on the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda Railroad when it bridged with Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad. This opened up Lake Zurich to summer traffic and it grew to a resort area. As the automobile became more popular, Rand Road was so busy that in 1922 it became a paved highway. In the 1920’s, the increase of people driving to Lake Zurich for a stay at one of the cottages increased dramatically. Word was spreading that this was a beautiful place to live. This drew many WWII veterans here to raise their children. The population in the community grew from 350 in 1936 to 3,800 to 1966. By the year 2000, the population reached 18,104. This area had now gained the status of a suburban bedroom community.”

Lake Zurich Trivia & Fun Facts

“The area historical tornado activity is 57% greater than the overall U.S. average.

The elevation in this area is 880 feet.

Ancestries: German (31.1%), Irish (16.6%), Polish (16.6%), Italian (10.6%), English (7.3%), Swedish (4.9%)

On April 21, 1967 northern Illinois was struck by 17 tornadoes, including several in the Chicago metropolitan area. One of the violent tornadoes touched down in Elgin and moved northeast to Lake Zurich, causing $10 million damage.”