Waukegan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Waukegan

With a population of 89,078, Waukegan is a must-see destination in Illinois, United States.

Where to Eat in Waukegan

If you’re looking for affordable options, Asia-Azteca at American Place Casino (4011 Fountain Square Pl) and Ikigai Sushi (550 N Green Bay Rd) are great picks.

When to visit Waukegan

Waukegan in April
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Waukegan in April
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Waukegan


Although Waukegan doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Chicago All airports (CHI), which is located 35 miles from Waukegan. The shortest flight to Waukegan from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 14h 45m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Waukegan. The train journey from Waukegan to Bloomington takes 2h 19m and costs around $24 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Champaign, expect to pay about $30 for a 2h 36m trip.


Another option to get to Waukegan is to pick up a car hire from Chicago, which is about 35 miles from Waukegan. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Dollar, among others, in Chicago.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Waukegan, including Greyhound, Bus and Amtrak. From Milwaukee, the bus ride to Waukegan takes 80 miles and will cost you around $64. From Milwaukee, the ticket costs about $30 for a journey of 85 miles.

Airports near Waukegan

Airlines serving Waukegan

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British Airways
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Air Canada
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Alaska Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Korean Air
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Japan Airlines
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Aer Lingus
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Where to stay in Waukegan

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Sonesta Simply Suites Chicago Waukegan and Red Roof Inn Gurnee - Waukegan.

Where to stay in popular areas of Waukegan

Hiring a car in Waukegan

Expect to pay $1.84 per litre in Waukegan (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $21.99 and $29.31. The most frequently booked car type in Waukegan is Full-size (Volkswagen Jetta or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar) is, on average, 46% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.