Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It borders the city of Waukegan and is considered a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is best known for being the location of Six Flags Great America and Gurnee Mills, together drawing over 26 million visitors annually. Gurnee is home to Gurnee Mills, Six Flags Great America, and Key Lime Cove Water Resort (sold to national chain Great Wolf Lodge and currently under remodeling to reopen spring break 2018).
The village is served by Warren Township High School, which is made up of the O’Plaine Road Campus (freshmen and sophomores) and the Almond Road Campus (juniors and seniors). According to the 2007 state report card, both Woodland District #50 and Gurnee School District #56 has full recognition. Warren Township High School District #121 is in the third year of Academic Watch Status, as of 2007, due to not meeting the minimum standards of No Child Left Behind for six years in a row.
The Gurnee Public Library is located at 224 N. O’Plaine Road. The Warren-Newport Public Library offers a collection of over 270,000 books, hundreds of magazines, and over 37,000 CDs and DVDs, as well as programming for all ages designed to provide personal enrichment, education and entertainment. The library serves a population of 60,000 residents. The Warren-Newport Public Library District began in 1971 when the Gurnee Women’s Club began to look for a meaningful service which their club could offer the area. Opening day for the library came on January 10, 1973. The library opened its doors for 45 hours per week with 3,000 volumes. The library moved into its current location in 1978. In 1997 the library opened a $5.6 million, 31,000-square-foot addition. In the fall of 2010, a $8.5 million construction project began, adding 4,500 square feet and renovating 28,000 square feet of the oldest parts of the building.
Lake County, Illinois communities that fall completely within the boundaries of the district are Gurnee, Illinois; Grandwood Park, Illinois; Park City, Illinois; and Wildwood, Illinois. Partially included in the district are the communities of Beach Park, Illinois; Grayslake, Illinois; Lake Villa, Illinois; Old Mill Creek, Illinois; Third Lake, Illinois; Wadsworth, Illinois; Waukegan, Illinois; and Milburn, Illinois. In 2004, the library was one of the early adopters of passive RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for the automation of item check-in (News Sun, September 28, 2004). According to statistics gathered by the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois, the Warren-Newport Public Library is the second busiest library in Lake County, after the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville. (News Sun, October 3, 2006). According to its mission statement, the Warren Newport Public Library “provides the community with access to information, kindles the imagination of children and adults, and supports lifelong learning.”