Fox Lake, Illinois

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Fox Lake is a village in Grant Township, Lake County, Illinois and Richmond Township, McHenry County, Illinois. The population was 9,178 at the 2000 census.



The village was founded in 1907. The area was first explored during the 17th century by French settlers and in the 19th century it was known as Nippersink. Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone allegedly utilized an establishment now known as the Mineola Hotel and Restaurant as a hideout.

Many Chicagoans establish summer homes in Fox Lake. The village is situated among the Chain O'Lakes, a great place to swim, boat, jet ski, and go tubing and boarding.


Fox Lake is located at 42°24′03″N 88°10′37″W / 42.400750°N 88.176975°W / 42.400750; -88.176975 (42.400750, -88.176975).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km2), of which, 7.3 square miles (19.0 km2) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2) of it (18.15%) is water.

Major Streets

  • Wilmot Road
  • State Park Road
  • Grass Lake Road
  • US 12.svg
  • Illinois 59.svg Grand Avenue
  • Illinois 173.svg
  • Rollins Road
  • Big Hollow Road
  • Nippersink Road


As of the census[2] 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/sq mi (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.

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