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Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It borders the city of Waukegan, and is a popular tourist attraction within the Chicago metropolitan area. Best known for being the location of Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago and Gurnee Mills, the village sees an average of over 23 million visitors annually.

Gurnee is home to multiple amusement parks, shopping centers and hotels. In total, the town brings around 23 million visitors annually. Six Flags Great America and its sister park Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago are both major theme parks in Gurnee, and as of 2021, Great America brought in a total of 2,675,000 guests, marking it as the 20th most visited amusement park in North America. Six Flags Great America has operated since 1976, originally as Marriott’s Great America, and during earlier years was expected to draw in 6 million to 7 million people within the Chicago, Rockford and Milwaukee areas.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago opened in 2005 and drew 1.3 million guests in its opening year. Gurnee Mills has attracted between 15 million to 20 million visitors per year since its opening in 1991. The mall was advertised as the “world’s largest outlet mall” upon its opening, and is the fourth largest mall in Illinois.

The majority of the eastern half of the village is served by Gurnee School District #56. 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.


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N/A Spaulding Elementary School Preschool - 2Nd Grade Public
3 Woodland Intermediate School 4th Grade - 5th Grade Public
2 Gurnee Grade School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Public
2 Viking School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
3 Woodland Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
4 Warren Township High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Gurnee Christian School Preschool - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Country Meadows Montessori School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Kindercare Learning Center - Hunt Club Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
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