Lake Zurich Area Information

Safety and Disaster Preparedness

Be Informed, Get Involved

Disaster preparedness starts locally. Thanks to an Illinois state grant, the Ela Area Public Library will offer a range of safety and disaster preparedness information, activities and training for the Lake Zurich area community. Plan to attend the Library's free programs and visit this page for the latest information.

Visit our Safety and Disaster Preparedness page for more information. 

Visit a Forest Preserve

Most preserves are open from 6:30 a.m. to sunset.



Did you Know? The Story Behind "Old Maud" *

When Henry David Thoreau spoke of the railroad in 1854 he said, "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us." Never were these words more true than in the creation of the Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda railroad (PLZ&W). 

The PLZ&W officially rode into Lake Zurich on August 25, 1912, the result of a dream of Robert D. Wynn, and Justin K. Orvis. The original plan was for an electric rail line spanning 75 miles of Lake and McHenry counties and connecting other commuter lines. The result was an 11 mile stretch of steam-run railroad from Palatine at the Chicago Northwestern station to the resorts in Lake Zurich and Bangs Lake in Wauconda. The Lake Zurich connection would help deliver mail between the communities and transfer freight to the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E) freight line.


*One in a series of articles by Nancy Burgess originally printed in the no longer published HOMETOWN Lake Zurich magazine. 

Lake Zurich Government

Learn more about Lake Zurich's government and services at the official village website

Lake Zurich Area History

Browse our local history page containing links to information and images related to the history of Ela Township, including the Lake Zurich area.  Much of this information is courtesy of the Ela Historical Society, the Chicago Historical Society, and local residents Clayton W. Brown and Nancy Burgess.  

Surf the Web Safely

Internet Safety & Cybercrime

Visit our Internet Safety page to learn what you need to know to keep yourself, your family, and your computer safe while connected to the Internet. Also, learn what to do in case you become a victim of identity theft or any other form of cybercrime. 


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