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  • Waukegan, Illinois

    Finding Apartments for Rent in Waukegan, IL

    Waukegan life is quieter and more affordable than anything you'll find in Chicago, but you still get the benefits of Lake Michigan and good public transportation. If you don't mind an up-and-coming downtown district with lakefront views and plenty of potential, you can even start building a life or a business in this well-kept state secret.

    If you've seen The Blues BrothersGroundhog DaySave the Last DanceBatman Begins, or The Dark Knight, then you've already seen the streets and homes of Waukegan, Illinois. This town isn't a suburb; city planners work hard to maintain the history and identity of their lakefront community, and from public parks to commercial renovations, improvements bring Waukegan closer to its potential every month. New developments will increase your housing options, unless you jump now and take advantage of low rent prices.

    Top Neighborhoods in Waukegan, IL

    While Waukegan is just north of Chicago and nestled right on the shore of Lake Michigan, rental opportunities are very affordable in comparison with the town's suburban surroundings. If you love the city but also enjoy Lake County's outdoorsy spirit and plethora of recreation options, Waukegan is a great middle ground with easy access to everything.

    Every month, Waukegan's artists and art lovers gather downtown for an "ArtWauk", which includes pedicab transport and free admission to the neighborhood's many art galleries and studios. Current residents also enjoy a hookah lounge, independent theater, and loft space for artists' families, but the downtown arts scene will get even better after a lakefront development project is completed. This creative district will gain a minor league baseball stadium, more rental opportunities, and a completely renovated Genesee Theatre, which the city hopes will revive some of the lakefront area's history.

    Waukegan's North Lakefront is part of the city's commitment to ecological and environmental preservation. While there aren't many residential structures in the area, South Lakefront residents can take advantage of the beach access, biking trails, and proximity to a natural landscape that's actually very rare.

    The South Lakefront is an increasingly popular option for renters and homeowners alike; waterfront neighborhoods are under construction, and new ecological efforts ensure that the expansions will only benefit Waukegan in the long term. Both Lakefront neighborhoods can support the state park to their north by working hard to protect and restore their own rare freshwater ecosystem of dunes and bluffs.

    Cultural Attractions in Waukegan, IL

    Waukegan is situated right on Lake Michigan, so water sports are the most popular local recreation all year long, and you're never very far from a body of water. In fact, this town is the host of the famous Polar Bear Plunge, an annual event that has been making headlines for more than a decade as swimmers brave the ice cold waters of Lake Michigan.

    The town is also just south of Illinois Beach State Park, a rare and expansive park that stretches more than six miles up the undisturbed shore of Lake Michigan. This is as close to a real beach as you'll get in the Great Lakes, and the dunes make way for some very scenic jogging and biking trails. Whether you're exercising there every week or camping out once a year, Waukegan is so close to Illinois Beach that you can't waste the opportunity to take in the lake and all its animal and plant life.

    Waukegan is Gurnee's next-door neighbor, so Six Flags Great America is just five miles from downtown Waukegan. The theme park is a local institution, especially for middle and high schoolers, and its record-setting roller coasters and concerts bring guests from across the whole Midwest and beyond to Waukegan's hotels and businesses.

    The Great Lakes Naval Training Center is just south of the city limits, in North Chicago, and this base also has a big influence on the town's demographics. It's the Navy's largest training center and the state's largest military facility, and there's a military presence in many of Waukegan's rental units.

    Waukegan Harbor is also a popular draw for the high-profile officials who spend time in northern Illinois because of the naval base. Chicago boaters also pick the harbor for its proximity to the Metra station, full-service marina, and security accommodations.

    Shopping in Waukegan, IL

    Gurnee Mills backs up to Waukegan's eastern border, but plenty of shoppers travel much, much farther to access this giant, single-level mall. A brand new wing includes Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and other high-end department stores, while young fashionistas can take advantage of H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Victoria's Secret, and other affordable style stops.

    Downtown Waukegan offers a more unique shopping experience, with local vendors such as Maguy Import Boutique, an African fashion and home decor store; Horsefeathers, a shop with eclectic clothes and accessories; and Your This and That Shop, an antique boutique packed with a well-curated collection of one-of-a-kind furniture and decor. Even boaters and military members can get their essentials downtown.

    Transportation Options from Waukegan, IL

    Waukegan has its own Metra station, which is the fourth stop on the Union Pacific-North line to Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago. There are also eleven Pace Bus routes in Waukegan, serving areas that include Gurnee Mills; Six Flags; North Chicago; the Great Lakes Naval Training Center; local hospitals, schools, and supermarkets; and the North Chicago and Great Lakes Metra Stations (the next two stops on the southbound UP-N line).

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    2801 Grandville Ct. Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 693-7863

    $699 - $840

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    1 Bedrooms from $699 and 2 Bedrooms/2 full-bathrooms from $840. CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR.

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    500 Lakehurst Rd Waukegan, IL 60085 (866) 665-8060

    $748 - $3038

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 1.5 Baths

    The Lakes at Fountain Square..More Than a Place to Call Home..

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    2805 Glen Flora Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 693-7130

    $733 - $1241

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 1.5 Baths

    At Fox Crest, the seasonal charm of our natural setting beckons you into our unique community, designed to fit the way you live.

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    2701 Glen Flora Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 693-7139

    $575 - $780

    • Studio - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 1.5 Baths

    Minutes from major businesses, Great Lakes Training Center and Gurnee Mills.

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    2330 Samson Way Waukegan, IL 60087 (847) 393-4746

    $850 - $1510

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Move in by 12/31 and receive 1/2 off January rent. Leave your deposit the day you tour receive waived your application fee! Special pricing on 2/2's.

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    1375 S. White Oak Dr. Waukegan, IL 60085 (888) 624-8547

    $1079 - $1619

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    The Landings at Amhurst Lake rental apartments is located in Waukegan IL, a northern suburb of Chicago and offers one and two bedroom homes.

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    1947 West Eagle Ridge Dr. Waukegan, IL 60087 (888) 721-4060

    $850 - $1275

    • Studio - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    A relaxing well reserved atmosphere fit for your everyday needs.

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    1610 Sunset Ave. Waukegan, IL 60087 (847) 693-7827

    $595 - $875

    • Studio - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    ***All our floor plans have an open layout with lots of closet space. Call today for a tour were open 7 days a week.***

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    2801 Grandville Ct. Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 693-7863

    $699 - $840

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    1 Bedrooms from $699 and 2 Bedrooms/2 full-bathrooms from $840. CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR.

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    805 Baldwin Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085 (888) 741-8011

    $657 - $1037

    • Studio - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Imperial Tower Apartments overlooks Hinkston Park, a beautiful wooded park with a walking trail, fitness center and Public Library extension.

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    805 Baldwin Ave Waukegan, IL 60085 (201) 845-7300

    $917

    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Sublet.com ID 2466324. Imperial Tower Apartments is a well respected rental community overlooking Hinkston Park, a beautiful wooded park with a walki

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    2020 Washington St Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 312-7360

    $495

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Great affordable living at its BEST! - Secure and Clean Building - 24/7 on-site Maintenance - Convenient location - transportation, shopping, res

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    3500 Green Bay Rd. North Chicago, IL 60064 (847) 693-7186

    $995 - $1340

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Beautifully landscaped community, excellent office staff, package pick-up, professional and prompt maintenance staff!

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    101 Woodlake Boulevard Gurnee, IL 60031 (866) 653-8821

    $1110 - $1770

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Woodlake Apartments is the perfect blend of luxury and location, as well as a team of professionals providing you with the highest level of service.

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    2025 Greystem Cir. Gurnee, IL 60031 (847) 693-4688

    $879 - $2469

    • Studio - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    UP TO ONE MONTH FREE Limited Time Offer! Furnished/Corporate Apartment Homes Available! Flexible Lease Options! New Diamond Upgrades Available Now!

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    4344 McClure Ave. Gurnee, IL 60031 (847) 693-7907

    $664 - $752

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Come home to Carriage House Apartments and enjoy the advantages of spacious apartments and ample parking.

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    5389 Lezlie Lane Gurnee, IL 60031 (888) 351-8254

    $959 - $1373

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Relax, get away from it all and still be seconds away from major highways and easy commutes, amazing shopping, dining, fun and sports actvities- Welcome Home to Pembrook Club Apartment Homes!

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    4110 Lake Ct. Zion, IL 60099 (847) 379-5442

    $660 - $925

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Horizon Village- A beautiful setting with a fantastic and convenient location- visit us today! Now Accepting Dogs!

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    30011 N. Waukegan Rd. Lake Bluff, IL 60044 (844) 206-1077

    $1062 - $1788

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Deer Valley Apartments features premiere North Shore living within your reach!

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    4100 Greenleaf Ct. Park City, IL 60085 (866) 799-7933

    $710 - $850

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Life is full of many changes and relocation is one of them. We are proud to offer you our personal attention to make this transition easier for you.

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    Mcalister North Chicago, IL 60064 (201) 845-7300

    $775

    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Sublet.com ID 2512529. Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2nd floor apartment available NOW in the CITY OF NORTH CHICAGO which is up on the north shore between Lak

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    ELM Winnetka, IL 60093 (773) 570-3139

    $1400

    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Winnetka - Location, convenience and price... you found the perfect combination waiting for you!This two bedroom apartment is one flight up over some

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    4414 Prairie Ave McHenry, IL 60050 (888) 340-3667

    $1275

    • 3 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    This Delightful Single Family Home Features Hardwood Floors and Newly Painted Walls, Kitchen w/ New Appliances including Refrigerator, Stove and Micro

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    S RIVER RD. Des Plaines, IL 60016 (224) 232-8347

    $2039

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Amazing NEWER condo quality units just steps from downtown Des Plaines! Walk to the train, restaurants, shopping, and just a minutes to the new Casino

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    1101 Holiday Lane Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 737-4800

    $950

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Wonderful 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with 700 square feet of living space. Large family/living room. Freshly painted, TV and internet cable ready. EXCELLE

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    9681 ELMS TER - Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 970-8211

    $6500

    • 6 Beds
    • 5 Baths

    When you first drive up to this house you can't help but notice its grand appearance. This home is truly amazing both inside and out! This estate is

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    S RIVER RD. Des Plaines, IL 60016 (224) 232-8347

    $1719

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Amazing NEWER condo quality units just steps from downtown Des Plaines! Walk to the train, restaurants, shopping, and just a minutes to the new Casino

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    CIRCLE HIIL DR Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (224) 232-8347

    $1200

    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    With good credit security deposit only $500. Large Two bedroom with a living room/dinning room and eat in kitchen.The bedroom's easily fit a king size

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    250 E. Court of Shorewood #6 Vernon Hills, IL 60061 (888) 463-1576

    $1000

    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Enjoy your seasons on your shaded and private balcony right off of living room. Glowing, Pergo floors run through room to room. Newer white appliances

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    1267101 Wyndham Ct Palatine, IL 60074 (201) 845-7300

    $895

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Sublet.com ID 2476732. NEWLY REMODELED 2-STORY 1 BED/1BATH TOWN/HOME UNIT WITH WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE IN LIVING RM. WALK-IN CLOSET IN BEDROOM, NEW PA

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    873 SAVOY CT Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (847) 970-8211

    $2495

    • 4 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Welcome home to Concord Village located in the heart of Lake Zurich! This beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom house is located in maintenance free commu

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