Round Lake

Round Lake Situated approximately 50 miles northwest of Chicago in Lake County, the Village of Round Lake is conveniently located along Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line. It is surrounded by the villages of Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, and Round Lake Heights. It is 31 miles from O’Hare International Airport and 43 miles from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. A short drive from Round Lake is Interstate 94 which is about a 30-90 minute drive from such entertainment venues as Allstate Arena, United Center, Six Flags Amusement Park, Wrigley Field, and Cellular Field.

The Round Lake Park District offers many programs and facilities for the more than 15,000 residents, including the Aquatics Center, Fitness Center, Prairie Grass Nature Museum, Teen Center, Sports Center, Child Development Center, and the Renwood Golf Course. Its many parks and playgrounds provide hours of recreation for all Round Lake families.

The Village works hard to provide comfortable, affordable housing, from single-family homes to multi-family homes, and their continuous efforts to improve the lifestyle in Round Lake makes this city a desirable community for all those who want to enhance their quality of life.

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
Indian Hill Elementary School 1920 Lotus Dr, Round Lake, IL 847-546-5202 Elementary Schools
Indian Hill Elementary School 1920 Lotus Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 546-5202 Elementary Schools
Raymond Ellis Elementary Schl 720 Central Park Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-270-9900 Elementary Schools
Raymond Ellis Elementary Schl 720 Central Park Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 270-9900 Elementary Schools
Round Lake Beach Elem School 1420 Ardmore Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-270-9930 Elementary Schools
Round Lake Beach Elem School 1420 Ardmore Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 Elementary Schools
Round Lake Village Elementary 764 W Nippersink Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-270-9470 Elementary Schools
Round Lake Village Elementary 764 W Nippersink Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 270-9470 Elementary Schools
W J Murphy School 220 Greenwood Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-546-8243 Elementary Schools
W J Murphy School 220 Greenwood Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 546-8243 Elementary Schools
Round Lake Senior High School 800 High School Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-546-2128 High Schools
Round Lake Senior High School 800 High School Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 546-2128 High Schools
John T Magee School 500 N Cedar Lake Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 847-546-2115 Middle Schools
John T Magee School 500 N Cedar Lake Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 (847) 546-2115 Middle Schools
Round Lake History

There is little information about the history of Round Lake, other than it is known that men from the area fought in the Civil War in the mid 1800’s. One such man, George E. Hendee, fought in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. He returned home to Round Lake and operated a farm and resort on the north shore of the lake. Col. C.C. Morse of Round Lake also fought in the Civil War and came home to become a well-known Lake County attorney.

Through the years farming was the most important occupation in the area, although the Armour & Company ice plant employed many residents. The plant produced more than a hundred thousand tons of ice each winter in the early 1900’s. The company owned the lake. Another thriving industry was the resort business. Before World War I increasing numbers of Chicagoans traveled to Round Lake for summer activities. The automobile helped bring summer visitors from Chicago. Prior to that, they took the train when trackage was extended through Hainesville and Round Lake in 1900.

The Round Lake area continued to draw visitors to the area with its excellent hunting and fishing right into the 1920’s. As it grew the community built a church, a school, and stores to serve the residents. The village was eventually incorporated in 1908.

Round Lake Trivia & Fun Facts

On 4/11/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.5 miles away from the Round Lake city center killed 6 people and injured 75 people.

Median household income is above state average.
Median house value is above state average.

The village is one of the fastest growing in the state of Illinois, having grown to well over 16,000 by 2006.