The opening of the Six Flags Great America amusement park in 1976 brought new development to Gurnee, and the addition of Gurnee Mills super-mall in 1980 nearly doubled the population. New housing and industrial developments promise even greater expansion for the future. Elementary students attend either District 50 or 56 schools. High school students attend Warren Township High School in District 121. The Gurnee Park District offers a number of parks, facilities, and venues for recreation such as an aquatic center and ice rinks.
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