Waukegan is situated 34 miles north of Chicago and 60 miles south of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is home to the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, The Bowen Park Opera Company and the Community Players. Art galleries and studios have sprung up along historic Genesee Street, attracting art enthusiasts to the community. The Waukegan Public Library is one of the largest in Lake County and has been nationally recognized. Students attend school in District 60, which offers a number of elementary and middle schools. High school students attend school at Waukegan High School. The Waukegan Park District controls 735 acres of land that include a bird sanctuary, nature preserve, wetlands area, four recreation centers, a fitness and aquatics center, a number of playing fields, a skate park, BMX track, dog park, and jogging/hiking trails.
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