Fox Lake

The Town Of Fox Lake, Illinois is your source for information on Fox Lake. If your moving to Fox Lake or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!Village of Fox Lake is centrally located in the “heart of the Chain O’ Lakes”. Incorporated in 1907, the Village has a long history as a resort and recreation community, nestled in the middle of one of the most popular waterways in the Midwest. Through the years, it has been one of the Chicago area’s favorite destinations for fishing, hunting, boating and vacationing.

In recent years, the summer cottages and small resorts have been replaced by year-round residences, with people taking advantage of the miles of shoreline and recognizing that it is a good place to live and raise a family. Fox Lake’s population now exceeds 9,000 – representing a dramatic increase in just the past few years. The influx of new permanent residents is driving a new era of change in the community. A downtown revitalization project is in progress. The transition from resort to residential continues. The schools are building additions and new stores are opening. Fox Lake is experiencing an exciting period of growth and family living.


School Address Phone Grade
Fox Lake Elementary School 17 Forest Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020 847-587-8275 Elementary Schools
Fox Lake Elementary School 17 Forest Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020 (847) 587-8275 Elementary Schools
Glen School 25 Forest Avenue, Fox Lake, IL 60020 847-587-3560 Elementary Schools
Glen School 25 Forest Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020 (847) 587-3560 Elementary Schools
Stanton School 101 Hawthorne Ln Fox Lake, IL 60020 (847) 587-2535 Elementary Schools
Grant Community High School 285 East Grand Avenue, Fox Lake, IL 60020 847-587-2561 High Schools
Stanton School 101 Hawthorne Lane, Fox Lake, IL 60020 847-973-4200 Middle Schools
Fox Lake History

“When the Wisconsin glacier melted, it left a chain of lakes in the Fox River Valley-Pistakee, Fox, Grass, Nippersink, Petite and others. Because the wet areas made it hard to travel during most of the year, the area remained sparsely settled into the 1880’s. A number of hunting and fishing lodges that were built along the eastern shores of the lakes in the 1880’s were reached by steam launches. In the 1890’s Fox Lake’s “Egyptian Lotus” beds ended up being a popular excursion for vacationing Chicagoans. You had to use a boat to get to there.

In 1901, the Railroad came to the area and crossed through the narrowest point of the chain of lakes. It went right between Pistakee and Nippersink on its way to Janesville, Wisconsin. Nippersink Point, a station built near the east side of the crossing, became the center of the Fox Lake Community. The vacation trade exploded due to the rail access. Resorts were extremely successful along with taverns. There was so much money from tavern licenses that the farmers did not have to pay property tax.

After the county leaders continued to order raids on unlicensed drinking and gambling resorts, Fox Lake’s resort leaders united their community to maintain local control through incorporation in 1907. The new government placed very few restraints on its resorts. Chicagoans came here to enjoy the summer water amenities, drinking and gambling.

The population of Fox Lake grew slowly from 1930-1950. As soldiers returned from WWII, they were able to find affordable housing in a resort setting. Turing summer cabins into permanent housing were a Depression-era trend. As the permanent population grew, Rand Road (now U.S.12) was paved, making it still a popular place for Chicagoans to vacation even though the population was growing. Today, Fox Lake is a very popular place for water sports enthusiasts and it is one of the busiest aquatic vacation sites in the U.S.”

Fox Lake Trivia & Fun Facts

“Ancestries: German (29.9%), Irish (17.7%), Polish (12.6%), Italian (10.1%), English (6.0%), French (3.8%)

Median house value is above state average.
Unemployed percentage is below state average.”

Important Information For Fox Lake:

Pet Licenses

Dogs need to have a Village tag, which can be purchased at the Village Hall / Public Safety Building for $5.00 per tag. There is a limit of two dogs per household. To purchase a tag, the owner will need the rabies certificate number and date of current inoculation.

Dog Licenses

McHenry and Lake Counties require dog owners to register and obtain valid licenses for all dogs. Proof that your pet has current rabies vaccination must be obtained from your veterinarian and be presented when applying for a license. The license must be purchased within 30 days after receiving the vaccination, and can be purchased at the Fox River Grove Village Hall or through McHenry County Animal Control in Woodstock at 815-338-7040 or Lake County Animal Control at 847-360-6424. There is a three dog limit per household.