Lake Villa, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°25′3″N 88°4′56″W / 42.41750°N 88.08222°W / 42.41750; -88.08222
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Lake Villa, Illinois
"Gateway to the Lake Region"[1]
Location of Lake Villa in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Lake Villa in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°25′3″N 88°4′56″W / 42.41750°N 88.08222°W / 42.41750; -88.08222
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJames McDonald
 • Total7.30 sq mi (18.91 km2)
 • Land6.52 sq mi (16.88 km2)
 • Water0.78 sq mi (2.03 km2)
 • Total8,741
 • Density1,341.47/sq mi (517.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes847 and 224
FIPS code17-41586
Wikimedia CommonsLake Villa, Illinois

Lake Villa is a village in Lake County, Illinois United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 8,741.[3] Lake Villa lies within Lake Villa Township and about 50 miles north of Chicago and is part of the United States Census Bureau's Chicago combined statistical area (CSA).


Lake Villa is located at 42°25′3″N 88°4′56″W / 42.41750°N 88.08222°W / 42.41750; -88.08222 (42.417546, -88.082360).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Lake Villa has a total area of 6.994 square miles (18.11 km2), of which 6.19 square miles (16.03 km2) (or 88.5%) is land and 0.804 square miles (2.08 km2) (or 11.5%) is water.[5]

The village lies in a gently rolling moraine landscape, dominated by lakes of glacial origin known as the Chain O'Lakes. Among these are Cedar Lake, north of the village center, and Deep Lake, to the east. There are several smaller lakes and ponds, along with a complement of wetlands. The lakes and ponds have been important in Lake Villa's historic tourist industry, and over the years led to a small ice industry.

Drainage is ultimate to the Des Plaines and Fox rivers, both of which flow to the Illinois River and ultimately the Mississippi.

The Wisconsin Central Railway runs through the village center. This is a heavily used freight line which also carries Metra commuter rail traffic from Antioch, Illinois to the Chicago Loop.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2010[7] 2020[8]

2020 census[edit]

Lake Villa village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
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 Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 7,109 6,404 81.33% 73.26%
Black or African American alone (NH) 335 408 3.83% 4.67%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 8 4 0.09% 0.05%
Asian alone (NH) 437 534 5.00% 6.11%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 3 0.00% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 6 37 0.07% 0.42%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 132 362 1.51% 4.14%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 714 989 8.17% 11.31%
Total 8,741 8,741 100.00% 100.00%

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 5,864 people, 2,052 households, and 1,594 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,024.4 inhabitants per square mile (395.5/km2). There were 2,135 housing units at an average density of 373.0 per square mile (144.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.94% White, 2.47% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.

There were 2,052 households, out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 32.1% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 37.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $65,078, and the median income for a family was $75,078. Males had a median income of $51,806 versus $36,961 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,238. About 1.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those ages 65 or over.

Lake Villa has a significant Polish community, and the community has become considerably more diverse in recent years.[citation needed]


Elected officials[edit]

  • James McDonald
  • Mary Konrad
  • Scott Bartlett
  • Tom O'Reilly
  • Karen Harms
  • Kevin Kruckeberg
  • Allena Barbato
  • Jeff Nielsen


School districts that serve Lake Villa include but are not limited to:[10]

Elementary school districts
High school districts

High school[edit]

Middle school(s)[edit]

  • Peter J. Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa (Grades 6–8)

Elementary school(s)[edit]

  • Olive C. Martin Elementary in Lake Villa (Grades PK-5)
  • William L. Thompson Elementary in Lake Villa (Grades PK-5)
  • Oakland Elementary in Lake Villa (Grades K-5)




Lake Villa has a station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch and Chicago's Union Station.

Major streets[edit]

  • Milwaukee Avenue
  • Grand Avenue
  • Grass lake Road
  • Petite Lake Road
  • Deep Lake Road
  • Fairfield Road
  • Cedar Lake Road
  • Monaville Road
  • Old Grand Avenue


  1. ^ "Village of Lake Villa, Illinois". Village of Lake Villa, Illinois. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "Lake Villa village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Lake Villa village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Lake Villa village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Lake County, IL" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 27, 2022.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brysiewicz, Joseph W. Chicago's metropolitan fringe: Lake Villa, Illinois: the construction of multiple historical narratives. Lake Forest, Illinois: Lake Forest College, 2001.
  • Brysiewicz, Joseph W. Lake Villa Township, Illinois. Chicago: Arcadia Publications, 2001.
  • Article by Douglas Knox in Encyclopedia of Chicago History
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago. Edited by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating & Janice L. Reiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004
  • Lake Villa then and now: a centennial history of Lake Villa, Illinois, 1901 - 2001. Compiled and edited by Candace M. Saunders and Julianne Kloc Trychta. Lake Villa, Illinois: Village of Lake Villa, Illinois, 2001.

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