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Antioch, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°28′45″N 88°5′27″W / 42.47917°N 88.09083°W / 42.47917; -88.09083
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Antioch, Illinois
Antioch Metra station
Official seal of Antioch, Illinois
"Gateway to the Chain O'Lakes"[1]
"Authentic by Nature"
Location of Antioch in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Antioch in Lake County, Illinois.
Coordinates: 42°28′45″N 88°5′27″W / 42.47917°N 88.09083°W / 42.47917; -88.09083
CountryUnited States
 • MayorScott J. Gartner[2]
 • Total8.63 sq mi (22.35 km2)
 • Land8.24 sq mi (21.34 km2)
 • Water0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Total14,622
 • Density1,774.30/sq mi (685.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code847
FIPS code17-01595
Per capita income:$36,353 (2014)[4]
Home value:$218,800 (2014)[4]

Antioch is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,622.[5] The village is nestled into the Chain O'Lakes waterway system and borders the state of Wisconsin. Part of the Chicago metropolitan area, Antioch is located approximately halfway between the major cities of Chicago (60 miles south) and Milwaukee (50 miles north).


Native American history[edit]

The Pottawatomi Tribe historically inhabited in the area of present-day Antioch prior to European settlement.[6] The tribe was pushed to the west by European/American encroachment in the 1830s although remnants can still be found today.[7]

European settlement[edit]

The first permanent European settlements in the region were along the creek, named as "Sequoit" which means "winding".[citation needed] Darius and Thomas Gage brothers built the first cabin. After building a sawmill by Hiram Buttrick on Sequoit Creek, a tributary of the Fox River, the region became a center of commerce.[8] In 1843, new settlers gave a biblical name "Antioch" to the region and started a school. The town grew as new settlers, primarily of English and German descent, established farms and businesses.[9] In 1976, a replica of Buttrick's mill was built a few hundred feet downstream from where it once stood. Today, many local businesses and organizations as well as Antioch Community High School use the name "Sequoit".

Partly due to being a regional center of the abolitionist movement, Antioch is noted as having sent a disproportionately high number of its young men to the Union Army.[citation needed] By the late 1800s, Antioch became a popular vacation spot for Chicagoans and tourism grew quickly once the rail line to Chicago was laid in 1886. Fire destroyed much of downtown in 1891, 1903, and 1904.[10] During Prohibition, Al Capone owned a summer home on nearby Bluff Lake.[6] Following World War II, Antioch continued to see a steady population and economic increase, and an industrial park was created in the 1970s.

Today, Antioch serves as a bedroom community within the Chicago metropolitan and Milwaukee metropolitan area.


Antioch is approximately halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee at 42°28′45″N 88°5′27″W / 42.47917°N 88.09083°W / 42.47917; -88.09083 (42.479069, -88.090878).[11]

According to the 2010 census, Antioch has an area of 8.595 square miles (22.26 km2), of which 8.21 square miles (21.26 km2) (or 95.52%) is land and 0.385 square miles (1.00 km2) (or 4.48%) water.[12][13]

The village lies in a gently rolling moraine landscape, dominated by lakes of glacial origin. Among these are the Antioch Lake, south of the village center, Lake Marie, west of the village center and the Redwing Slough Lake, east of the village center. There are several smaller lakes and ponds, and a complement of wetlands.


Like Chicago, Antioch lies in a humid continental climate zone and experiences four distinct seasons. Antioch receives an average of 36.74 inches (933 mm) of precipitation each year.[14]

Climate data for Antioch, IL (1981-2010; extremes 1901–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 29.0
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 13.9
Record low °F (°C) −29
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.60
Source: NOAA [15]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[16]
2010[17] 2020[18]

2020 census[edit]

Antioch village, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2010[17] Pop 2020[18] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 11,972 11,328 82.97% 77.47%
Black or African American alone (NH) 418 426 2.90% 2.91%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 20 31 0.14% 0.21%
Asian alone (NH) 525 485 3.64% 3.32%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 13 4 0.09% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 33 38 0.23% 0.26%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 218 689 1.51% 4.71%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,231 1,621 8.53% 11.09%
Total 14,430 14,622 100.00% 100.00%

2010 Census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[19] there were 14,430 people living in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 88.79% White, 3.08% Black or African American, 3.73% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.04% of some other race and 2.09% of two or more races. 8.53% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[20] of 2000, there were 8,788 people, 3,235 households, and 2,351 families living in the village. The population density was 1,190.4 inhabitants per square mile (459.6/km2). There were 3,346 housing units at an average density of 453.2 per square mile (175.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.19% White, 1.07% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.42% of the population.

There were 3,235 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $56,481, and the median income for a family was $66,589. Males had a median income of $51,503 versus $31,389 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,711. About 2.3% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


Since 1996, Metra's North Central Service has played an increasingly important role in Antioch's development. Weekday train service to and from Chicago has given rise to new commercial development near the train depot. The village continues to undergo commercial and residential growth, mostly along the Illinois Route 173 corridor.[21]

Antioch is home to the Pickard China factory which makes fine china for Air Force One, Camp David, and others.[22][23]

Downtown Antioch is home to locally owned clothing boutiques, eateries, bars, gift and décor shops, and specialty shops. It also hosts concerts in a bandshell, craft fairs, parades, festivals, art walks, and gardening tours.[24]

Arts and culture[edit]

Antioch has been home to the Palette, Masque and Lyre, Inc. (PM&L) Performing Arts theatre since 1960.[25] In addition, the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation (AFAF) has operated in the area since 2001.[26]


The Antioch Public Library contains 135,716 volumes and circulates 371,105 items per year.[27]

The Antioch Public Library began as an Antioch Women's Club project in 1921. Initially the Women's Club raised funds for the establishment of a village library and the residents donated books for the library. This first village library was located at 934 Main Street and was open only two days a week. In 1922 the library was moved to the Antioch Village Hall at 875 Main Street. In 1930 the library was moved again to the corner of Main Street and Depot Street. In 1941, the Library was moved again to 883 Main Street. In 1950 William Schroeder family donated the property located at 757 Main Street to the Village of Antioch for use as a library. The new library building was officially opened in 1970. In August 2001 construction began of an 18,000-square-foot addition to the Antioch Public Library facility. The construction was completed in January 2003.[28]


The Chain O'Lakes found along the Fox River, serves as an aquatic mecca for boating and summer leisure while skiing and snowmobiling abound during the winter months. Along with neighboring Fox Lake, Antioch has become host to numerous pro and amateur national fishing tournaments.[citation needed]

Kite flying is also a popular sporting event on Loon Lake during Labor Day Weekend. As of 2017, the Swiss Kiting Federation holds the record for the longest kite flight of 1 hour and 24 minutes.[29] The village is bordered by four holdings of the Lake County Forest Preserve District.[30]

  • Village of Antioch Pool
Golf courses
  • Antioch Golf Club
  • Antioch Lake
  • Cross Lake
  • Lake Marie
  • Redwing Slough Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Homer White Lake
  • North Park
  • Jensen Park
  • Gage Brothers Park
  • Woods of Antioch Park
  • Tiffany Farms Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Osmond Park
  • Sprenger Park
  • Village Park
  • Pedersen Park


Elected officials[edit]

The village of Antioch is a non-home rule municipality which functions under the council-manager form of government with a village President and a six-member Board of Trustees, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. The Village President and three of the Trustees are elected every four years. The other group of three Trustees are also elected for four-year terms, but this election is staggered and takes place two years after the first group.

Name Profession Term Notes
Scott J. Gartner Village mayor 2021-2025
Mary C. Dominiak Village trustee 2019-2023
Mary J. Pedersen Village trustee 2021-2023
Petrina Burman Village trustee 2021-2025
Ed Macek Village trustee 2019-2023
Scott A. Pierce Village trustee 2021-2025
Brent Bluthard Village trustee 2021-2025


Public schools
  • Note: this list comprises schools located in Antioch. Not all Antioch school students will attend the following schools.

Elementary Schools

  • W.C. Petty Elementary School (K-5)
  • Hillcrest Elementary School (PK-5)
  • Antioch Elementary School (K-5)
  • Emmons Grade School (K-8)
  • Grass Lake Elementary School (PK-8)

Middle Schools

  • Antioch Upper Grade School (6-8)

High School (9-12)

Private schools[edit]

Private middle schools:

  • Faith Evangelical Lutheran School (Grades PK-8) CLOSED
  • St. Peter Catholic School (Grades PK-8) CLOSED



Metra service is provided from Antioch to Chicago Union Station via the North Central Service. Bus service within Antioch and throughout Lake County is provided by Pace.

Western Kenosha County Transit Route 2 serves parts of Antioch Monday-Saturday, connecting riders to several towns, villages and unincorporated municipalities throughout Kenosha County. Riders can also transfer to Route 1 and Route 3 to travel to Kenosha and Lake Geneva, respectively.

Antioch is located approximately 43 miles north of Chicago O'Hare International Airport and 40 miles south of General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

Major streets[edit]

Several major highways and state routes cross over and travel around Antioch.

Sign Route number Local name Location description
Illinois Route 83 Main Street Runs N-S through the town center
Illinois Route 59 ends in Antioch at the junction with Illinois Route 173
Illinois Route 173 Runs E-W through the Township and Village of Antioch.
U.S. Route 45 Runs N-S along the eastern edge of town, from WI to Lindenhurst, IL.
North Avenue Runs E-W on the "North" side of town, from Wadsworth, IL, along the IL-WI Border, to the East Side of Lake Catherine in Unincorporated Antioch Township.
Depot Street Runs E-W, from Deep Lake Rd to Main St and becomes Orchard St West of Main St to the intersection with David St.
Deep Lake Road Runs N-S, from WI border to Grand Ave. Lindenhurst, IL.
Grass Lake Road Runs E-W from Milburn, IL through Lindenhurst, IL over the Southern end of Grass Lake into the Village of Fox Lake, IL.

Public safety[edit]

The Antioch Police Department (APD) is responsible for law enforcement in Antioch.

The Antioch Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services with contract service, part time and paid on call firefighters and Paramedics. The fire department currently uses 3 fire stations to house its different equipment, and all 3 are staffed with personnel. Antioch Fire Department has an array of equipment to use including several engines, 2 water tenders, 2 boats including an air boat, and a six-wheeled vehicle to access hard to reach areas. Antioch Fire Dept. also owns several pieces of special equipment including new state of the art extrication equipment used to extricate injured people from wrecked cars. The Antioch First Fire Protection District was the first organized fire protection district in the state. The Fire Department also has an Explorer post for youths ages 15 to 20 interested in making the fire service a career.[31]

Until 2014, EMS was provided by the volunteer Antioch Rescue Squad. The Antioch Rescue Squad was the first licensed paramedic unit in the State of Illinois.[citation needed]

The police department and the fire department are housed in separate buildings next to each other. The Antioch Village Board elected to close the communication center in 2012, electing to outsource all of its 911 emergency dispatch service (Police, Fire, and Rescue) to another center located in Round Lake Beach.[citation needed] In March 1993, the Antioch Police Department became a part of the Lake County Enhanced 911 system.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


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