Fox Lake, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W / 42.40333°N 88.18278°W / 42.40333; -88.18278
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Fox Lake, Illinois
"Anchoring Tradition, Linking the Future"
Location of Fox Lake in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Fox Lake in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W / 42.40333°N 88.18278°W / 42.40333; -88.18278
CountryUnited States
CountiesLake, McHenry
TownshipsGrant, Antioch, Burton
IncorporatedApril 13, 1907 (1907-04-13)
 • Village presidentDonny Schmit
 • Total9.44 sq mi (24.44 km2)
 • Land7.83 sq mi (20.29 km2)
 • Water1.60 sq mi (4.15 km2)
735 ft (224 m)
 • Total10,978
 • Density1,401.51/sq mi (541.13/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes847 & 224
FIPS code17-27442
Wikimedia CommonsFox Lake, Illinois

Fox Lake is a village in Grant and Antioch townships in Lake County, Illinois and Burton Township, McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,978 at the 2020 census.[3] It is located approximately 57 miles north of Chicago.


The original Mineola Hotel

The village was incorporated on December 15, 1906, and certified by the state on April 13, 1907.[4] The area was first explored during the 17th century by the French. In the late 19th century, it was known as Nippersink Point.[5] Early in the 20th century, there were but a few hundred residents. During the summer season, however, the population would reach an estimated 20,000 people, and at its peak, the area had 50 hotels and 2,000 cottages.[6] Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone is reported to have utilized an establishment now known as the Mineola Hotel and Restaurant as a hideout, although this has never been documented. In 1979, the Mineola was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and may be the largest wooden frame structure in the state.[7]

Many Chicagoans have established summer homes in Fox Lake. The village is situated among the Chain O'Lakes, where swimming, boating, jet skiing, tubing and boarding are popular activities. In 2006, there were an estimated 28,000 boats registered on the lake system.[8]

Boating accidents are prevalent in today's society, however, number of accidents on Fox Lake have decreased in part to stricter regulations on boating under the influence of alcohol and other factors. Fiscal year 2010 had only one accident and death by boat. That number rose in 2015 to 3 accidents, 1 injury and 1 death. The two fatalities in 2015 were caused by drowning due to alcohol use.

In 2010, the new library opened next to the old library building. The new facility included expanded Adult and Youth Departments, a large public computer area, quiet study and reading rooms, and a Young Adult area.[9]

Fox Lake came under the national spotlight in September 2015 when Lt. Joe Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake Police Department was found shot to death in a marsh after radioing that he was pursuing three subjects. The subsequent manhunt for the alleged shooters employed over 400 law enforcement personnel, impacted the entire local community, and sparked a debate in the media regarding the "War on Cops" and the Black Lives Matter movement. Thousands of people, including Governor Bruce Rauner, gathered for a funeral and memorial procession to show their support. After a two-month investigation, authorities concluded that Gliniewicz committed "a carefully staged suicide". It was learned that he had been involved in financial malfeasance related to his job as the head of the local Police Explorers program and had even attempted to hire a gang member to kill the village administrator who he was concerned would discover his crimes during her financial audit of the program.[10]

Village government[edit]

"Fox Lake incorporated under a Village form of government, with an elected village president, six trustees, and a village clerk. The village president is also recognized as the mayor."[11] The table below is a list of mayors from the village's inception in 1907 to present.

Mayor's name Date(s) Mayor's name Date(s)
John Brown 1907–1913 C.H. Ostrander 1913–1914
Harry A. Maypole 1915–1917 William C. Nagle 1917–1921
Ernest Hummel 1921–1923 Louis Deproft 1923–1929
George Hollister 1929–1931 Arthur J. Amundsen 1935–1949
Carl E. Erickson 1949–1953 Albert E. Hoffmeyer 1953–1957
Joseph Armondo 1957–1961 Marius "Bossie" Olsen 1961–1965
Joseph Armondo 1965–1975 John Hodge 1976–1978
Richard "Butch" Hamm 1978–1985 William Dam 1985–1989
Frank Meier 1989–1993 Ken Hamsher 1993–1997
Jim Pappas 1997–2001 Nancy Koske 2001–2005
Cindy Irwin 2005–2009 Ed Bender 2009–2013
Donny Schmit 2013–present


Fox Lake is located at 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W / 42.40333°N 88.18278°W / 42.40333; -88.18278 (42.4032677, -88.1828850),[2] 55 miles (89 km) northwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles (32 km) west of Waukegan, Illinois. The village center is located on the east shore of Pistakee Lake, and south shore of Nippersink Lake and Fox Lake, three connected water bodies that form part of the Chain O'Lakes system, flowing southwest via the Fox River to the Illinois River. The village limits extend north in a sinuous manner all the way to the Wisconsin border.

According to the 2010 census, Fox Lake has a total area of 9.942 square miles (25.75 km2), of which 8.12 square miles (21.03 km2) (or 81.67%) is land and 1.822 square miles (4.72 km2) (or 18.33%) is water.[12]

Major streets[edit]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2010[14] 2020[15]

2020 census[edit]

Fox Lake 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[14] Pop 2020[15] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 9,289 8,748 87.81% 79.69%
Black or African American alone (NH) 96 219 0.91% 1.99%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 26 15 0.25% 0.14%
Asian alone (NH) 97 134 0.92% 1.22%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 4 0.01% 0.04%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 3 16 0.03% 0.15%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 127 456 1.20% 4.15%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 940 1,386 8.89% 12.63%
Total 10,579 10,978 100.00% 100.00%

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 9,178 people, 4,046 households, and 2,330 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,249.1 inhabitants per square mile (482.3/km2). There were 4,652 housing units at an average density of 633.1 per square mile (244.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.

There were 4,046 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $46,548, and the median income for a family was $58,843. Males had a median income of $42,009 versus $29,063 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,350. 6.4% of the population and 4.1% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Notable people[edit]


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  5. ^ Paul J. Jaxtas, Postcard History Series: Fox Lake (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing Co., 2006), p. 9
  6. ^ Paul J. Jaxtas, Postcard History Series: Fox Lake, p. 7
  7. ^ Jaxtas, Postcard History, 2006, p. 37
  8. ^ Jaxtas, 2006
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  12. ^ "G001 – Geographic Identifiers – 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
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