Fox Lake, Illinois

For the lake, see Chain O'Lakes.
Fox Lake, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Lake, McHenry
Townships Grant, Antioch, Burton
Elevation 735 ft (224 m)
Coordinates 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W / 42.40333°N 88.18278°W / 42.40333; -88.18278Coordinates: 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W / 42.40333°N 88.18278°W / 42.40333; -88.18278
Area 9.94 sq mi (26 km2)
 - land 8.12 sq mi (21 km2)
 - water 1.82 sq mi (5 km2)
Population 10,579 (2010)
Density 1,064/sq mi (411/km2)
Incorporated April 13, 1907 (1907-04-13)
Village president Donny Schmit
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60020
Area codes 847 & 224
Location of Fox Lake within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Fox 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 10,579 at the 2010 census.[2]


The original Mineola Hotel

The village was incorporated on December 15, 1906, and certified by the state on April 13, 1907.[3] The area was first explored during the 17th century by the French. In the late 19th century, it was known as Nippersink Point.[4] 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.[5] Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone allegedly utilized an establishment now known as the Mineola Hotel and Restaurant as a hideout. In 1979, the Mineola was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and may be the largest wooden frame structure in the state.[6]

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.[7]

In September 2015, Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death, and the subsequent manhunt for the shooters impacted the entire community. After a two-month investigation, authorities released information to the effect that Gliniewicz committed "a carefully staged suicide", and that he had been involved in financial malfeasance related to his job.[8]

Village government

"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."[9] 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 "Boosie" 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),[1] 55 miles (89 km) northwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles (32 km) west of Waukegan, Illinois. The village center is located on the south shore of Pistakee Lake, 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.[10]

Major streets


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201510,518[11]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] 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 people per square mile (482.1/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 95.49% White, 0.76% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.80% 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 is $46,548, and the median income for a family is $58,843. Males have a median income of $42,009 versus $29,063 for females. The per capita income for the village is $24,350. 6.4% of the population and 4.1% of families are 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 are living below the poverty line.


Notable people


  1. 1 2 "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fox Lake village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. "Name Index to Illinois Local Governments". Illinois State Archives. Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. Paul J. Jaxtas, Postcard History Series: Fox Lake (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing Co., 2006), p.9
  5. Paul J. Jaxtas, Postcard History Series: Fox Lake, p.7
  6. Jaxtas, Postcard History, 2006, p.37
  7. Jaxtas, 2006
  8. Castillo, Mariano (November 4, 2015). "Death of Fox Lake, Illinois, officer a 'carefully staged suicide'". CNN. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  9. 1907-2007: Illinois: Fox Lake (Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society, 2007), 24
  10. "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  11. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  12. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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