Waukegan 1Waukegan is a city in as well as the county seat of Lake County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. Home to a population of over 88,800 residents, Waukegan is the ninth-largest city by population in the state of Illinois and the fifth-largest on the shores of Lake Michigan. Waukegan was a small town until the Industrial Revolution began heating up, and by the end of the Civil War the city was a major manufacturing power in the region. Over time, its manufacturing base – like most in the northern U.S. – began to disintegrate, and today the city working hard on economic diversification and city revitalization, focusing on new, modern developments, a new lakefront project that will remove more industry and convert the land to recreational and residential space, and promotion of new businesses in industries such as government, education, healthcare, retail and more.

Basic Facts About Waukegan

  • Current population: 88,800
  • Current mayor: Wayne Motley
  • Total area: 23.88 sq mi
  • Official website: http://www.waukeganil.gov/
  • Located in: Lake County
  • Founded in: 1829
  • Zip codes: 60079, 60085, 60087
  • Area codes: 224, 847

Auto Transport Tips to Waukegan

Located about thirty miles or so north of Chicago, Waukegan is on the northern outskirts of the city’s metropolitan area, which may make it a bit more expensive to ship to or from than other areas around Chicago. Auto transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major metro areas along major interstate highways, and while Waukegan does sit within the Chicago metro area it’s location near the Illinois-Wisconsin border puts it a bit out of the way for carriers. Waukegan doesn’t see a lot of auto transport demand from customers, and this also increases prices to or from the city. A good way to save some cash would likely be to move your pickup or delivery out of Waukegan to somewhere closer to Chicago; even in some of the smaller bedroom cities and suburbs you may be able to find a better deal.

Of course, it depends on the route that your carrier is going to be taking to pickup or deliver your vehicle and how they’ll get into the Chicago area to meet you. Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S. and has historically been a major transportation and logistics hub in the Great Lakes area, so it’s not surprising that it is accessible via several major interstates. Waukegan, however, is only accessible via I-94, which runs north out of Chicago and up into cities like Kenosha and Milwaukee. Wisconsin is well off the beaten path for a lot of shipping companies, which means higher prices, and with Waukegan located on the northern outskirts of Chicagoland it’s not surprising to see prices get higher the further north you go, and fewer carriers willing to run the route for less than the right price.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Waukegan, though, don’t let its isolation get you down; it’s still close to Chicago so the prices won’t be too much higher and your pickup and delivery times shouldn’t be affected all that much. To find out more, fill out our free online auto transport quote request form; if you do, you’ll get multiple quotes emailed to you from top-rated shippers absolutely free, and from there you can compare prices, services and discuss your shipment with a live agent right over the phone. If you have questions about our process or the quotes you’ll receive, or just need some help getting your quotes to begin with, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live auto transport experts today.

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