Lake Zurich, Illinois

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
Lake Zurich
View of Lake Zurich from the downtown promenade
View of Lake Zurich from the downtown promenade
Location of Lake Zurich in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Lake Zurich in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°11′32″N 88°5′17″W / 42.19222°N 88.08806°W / 42.19222; -88.08806Coordinates: 42°11′32″N 88°5′17″W / 42.19222°N 88.08806°W / 42.19222; -88.08806
CountryUnited States
FoundedSeptember 29, 1896
 • Village PresidentTom Poynton
 • Total7.24 sq mi (18.76 km2)
 • Land6.83 sq mi (17.70 km2)
 • Water0.41 sq mi (1.05 km2)
850 ft (260 m)
 • Total19,631
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,908.55/sq mi (1,122.96/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)847 and 224
FIPS code17-41742
Wikimedia CommonsCommons:Lake Zurich, Illinois

Lake Zurich is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, a northwest suburb of Chicago. The population was 19,877 at the 2019 census. [4]

The village is named after a body of water named "Lake Zurich," which is completely located inside the village.

In 2015, personal finance website,, rated Lake Zurich number one in Illinois for young families.[5] In 2006, Lake Zurich was named by Frommer's as one of the top hundred "Best Places to Raise Your Family" and by U.S. News as one of the "Top Twenty-five Affordable Places to Live in the Country". In 2013, Lake Zurich achieved national recognition when Sandra Bullock's character in Gravity named the village as her character's hometown.[6]


Lake Zurich is located at 42°11′32″N 88°5′17″W / 42.19222°N 88.08806°W / 42.19222; -88.08806 (42.192324, -88.088098),[7] with an elevation of 850 feet (260 m) above sea level.

According to the 2010 census, Lake Zurich has a total area of 7.187 square miles (18.61 km2), of which 6.77 square miles (17.53 km2) (or 94.2%) is land and 0.417 square miles (1.08 km2) (or 5.8%) is water.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)19,877[3]1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,104 people, 5,746 households, and 4,866 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,792.3 people per square mile (1,078.7/km2). There were 5,828 housing units at an average density of 898.9 per square mile (347.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.31% White, 0.81% African American, 0.17% Native American, 3.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.55% of the population.

There were 5,746 households, out of which 54.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.12 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 34.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the village was $101,872, and the median income for a family was $108,108.[11] Males had a median income of $63,909 versus $43,047 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,287. About 2.0% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


The area of Lake Zurich was first settled by European descendants in the 1830s. Two early pioneers were George Ela, after whom the Ela township is named, and Seth Paine, who established a number of commercial ventures in the town. New England farmers moved to the area in the 1830s and 1840s, and German immigrants began to move to the area later in the middle of the 19th century. The lake now known as Lake Zurich was named Cedar Lake at the time.[12] The village of Lake Zurich was incorporated on September 29, 1896. It remained primarily a farming community; although the village was connected to the railroad in 1910, the line was closed ten years later. However, the arrival of the highway system with Rand Road (U.S. Route 12) in 1922 and Half Day Road (Illinois Route 22) in 1927 established Lake Zurich as a convenient summer resort. The now-defunct Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Railroad also served the community. Housing development began in the 1950s, with the population increasing throughout the latter part of the 20th century.

In 1988, a historic, landmark legal case in Illinois took place settling a dispute on Lake Zurich, thereby clarifying throughout Illinois property owners' rights on private lakes. In 1988, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Beacham v. Lake Zurich Property Owners Association (123 Ill. 2d 227; 526 N.E.2d 154; 1988 Ill. LEXIS 91; 122 Ill. Dec 14, filed June 20, 1988) that each individual owner of the private (aka non-public) lake's bottom has the legal right to recreate over the surface waters of the entire private lake. The High Court ruled that by ownership of a lake bottom land, each partial-lake-bottom owner of a private lake can not be prohibited from recreating on the surface waters that may be located above other owners' lake bottom properties. Riparian land rights were defined in Illinois.

Eminent domain controversy[edit]

The village government has used eminent domain to obtain properties in an attempt to increase downtown revenue via new businesses. As of 2004 Lake Zurich had acquired all the property intended to fulfill its downtown redevelopment project. While many protests occurred regularly throughout 2005 near the promenade, the protests failed to garner much attention and ended up failing.[13] A 2007 court defeat brought the issue back into the public eye, as a village-owned rental parcel was denied eminent domain. The renters were granted the ability to stay through the end of their lease due to clerical errors made by the village's legal and administrative employees regarding this parcel in particular.

Village government[edit]

The village of Lake Zurich is headed by Village President Thomas Poynton, who was reelected in 2017, and originally won a seat on the village board as Trustee in 2007.[14] The village has a six-member Board of Trustees. Mary Beth Euker was elected village trustee in 2017 to a 4-year term; Jim Beaudoin was re-elected in 2017 to 4-year terms; Jon Sprawka, Marc Spacone were elected in 2015 to 4-year terms and re-elected in 2019. Greg Weider was appointed in 2016 and elected in 2017 to a 4-year term. Janice Gannon was elected to a 4 year term in 2019.[15] Kathleen Johnson was re-elected Village Clerk in 2017.[16]

Popular culture[edit]

Lake Zurich is the hometown of Sandra Bullock's character Dr. Ryan Stone in the 2013 science fiction film Gravity.[17]

Lake Zurich is also the hometown of Sam Holtz, the sixth-grader sports-picking prodigy who won first place in the 2015 ESPN NCAA Bracket Challenge, beating 11.57 million other submitted brackets and earning national fame.[18]

Lake Zurich is also the name of a song from a Gorillaz album named “The Now Now”.

Notable people[edit]


Public schools[edit]

Public schools are managed by the Lake Zurich Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95. A small section of east Lake Zurich is served by Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 and Consolidated High School District 125.

Elementary schools (K-5):

  • Isaac Fox
  • Sarah Adams
  • Seth Paine
  • Spencer Loomis
  • May Whitney (also Pre-K)

Until 2009, Charles Quentin Elementary School was also a school in the district, located in nearby Kildeer, that served students in Kildeer, parts of Deer Park and a small part of Lake Zurich, but it closed due to the small total number of students attending it. The district was remapped and students attending Charles Quentin were assigned to various other schools. The site of the former Charles Quentin school became a large part of the retail shopping center known as Kildeer Village Square.

Middle schools (6-8):

  • Lake Zurich Middle School South (takes students from Fox and Adams and took students from the former Quentin School, also takes Whitney students)
  • Lake Zurich Middle School North (takes students from Paine, Loomis and Whitney)

High school (9-12):

Non-Lake Zurich schools:

  • Willow Grove Kindergarten Center (K) (in Buffalo Grove)
  • Kildeer Countryside Elementary School (1-5) (in Long Grove)
  • Woodlawn Middle School (6-8) (in Long Grove)
  • Adlai E. Stevenson High School (9-12) (in Lincolnshire)

Private schools[edit]

  • St. Francis de Sales (Catholic) (Preschool-8)
  • St. Matthew (Lutheran) (K-8)
  • Quentin Road Christian School (Baptist) (K-12)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lake Zurich village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates Tables". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Report: Lake Zurich is number one in Illinois for young families". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Illinois Town Name-Dropped in New Movie 'Gravity'". NBC. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ American FactFinder
  12. ^ [1] Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Kuczka, Barbara (4 April 2006). "Eminent domain battle squashed; Last owners accept Lake Zurich's offer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Office of the Mayor | Lake Zurich, IL - Official Website".
  15. ^ "Village Board | Lake Zurich, IL - Official Website".
  16. ^ "Clerk Kathleen Johnson | Lake Zurich, IL - Official Website".
  17. ^ Pavin, Laura. "Lake Zurich Courier". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  18. ^ Pavin, Laura. "Lake Zurich Courier". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  19. ^ Blanchard, Matt. "Matt Blanchard @Matt_Blanchard_". Twitter. Retrieved February 2, 2018. Born and raised in Lake Zurich, IL. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Graduate. Current NFL QB. Psalm 16:11.
  20. ^ Joan Kufrin (1995). Star Reacher. Chicago, IL: Leo Burnett Company, Inc. p. 243.
  21. ^ "CNBC Titans". Hulu. CNBC. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  22. ^ Martin, Douglas (December 2, 1999). "Phoebe Snetsinger, 68, Dies; Held Record for Bird Sightings". New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  23. ^ Swartz, Tracy (June 6, 2016). "Chicago-area native describes what it's like writing music for Bieber". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "Home - Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95". Retrieved 4 March 2021.

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