Mundelein, IL


Mundelein is a village located in Lake County, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 30,935.


Mundelein is located at 42°15'54" North, 88°0'17" West (42.265073, -88.004725).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 23.2 km2 (8.9 mi2). 22.3 km2 (8.6 mi2) of it is land and 0.8 km2 (0.3 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 3.58% water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 30,935 people, 9,858 households, and 7,718 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,385.6/km2 (3,587.5/mi2). There were 10,167 housing units at an average density of 455.4/km2 (1,179.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the village was 78.68% White, 1.60% African American, 0.28% Native American, 6.60% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.66% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 24.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,858 households out of which 47.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.12 and the average family size was 3.52.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $69,651, and the median income for a family was $75,083. Males had a median income of $50,290 versus $34,087 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,280. 4.6% of the population and 3.0% of families were below the poverty line. 5.2% of those under the age of 18 and 3.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Mundelein has been inhabited since at least 1650, when the Potowatami Indians were known to have been trading with French fur traders. The first European inhabitants reached the area in the early 1800's. Peter Shaddle (for whom a street is named) was the first known settler, building a log cabin in the area now owned by St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1835.

The next settlers were tradesmen escaping from England's industrial depression, who became farmers in the Mundelein area. In honor of their former professions, they named the city "Mechanics Grove", and built schools, churches, and businesses.

The community grew and (while still unincorporated) changed its name to 'Holcomb' in honor of John Holcomb, a person who was active in the area's development. As Holcomb, the community added a railway station and a post office.

The Holcomb area incorporated in February 1909 under a new name, 'Rockefeller'. This was a reference and homage to John D. Rockefeller. An unconfirmed rumor states that Mr. Rockefeller visited and toured the town named in his honor.

The name Rockefeller was short lived, however. In July of 1909, Rockefeller became 'Area'. This name change was requested by a local educational entrepreneur named Arther Sheldon, who bought 600 arcres near town and built a school on it. The school taught sales techniques, including the philosophy of "AREA", which stood for "Ability, Reliability, Endurance, and Action." At one time boasted 10,000 students, many of them women (which was unusual for 1909). However, after several years the school closed.

In 1921, Archbishop George Mundelein (later George Cardinal Mundelein) of Chicago purchased the property formerly owned by Sheldon's school. On it, for about $10 million (1921 dollars), he had constructed St. Mary's of the Lake Seminary. This seminary is still in operation, hosting up to 400 students.

In 1924, 'Area' became the Village of Mundelein in honor of Cardinal Mundelein's sponsorship of the seminary.

In thanks, the Cardinal donated the Village its first new fire truck upon completion of the Village Hall in 1929. The current Village Hall, with a few additions, is the same structure today that was built in 1929.

The 1926 International Eucharist Conference held at the seminary hosted an estimated 500,000 people (the village population at the time was 500 people).


  • Diamond Lake
  • Loch Lomond
  • Sylvan Lake
  • West Shore Park
  • Countryside
  • Fairhaven (between Hawley and 176, Prospect and Carmel High School)
  • Tullamore
  • Ambria
  • Longmeadow
  • Holcomb
  • Wildwood
  • Cambridge
  • Hampton Reserve
  • Long Meadow

School Districts

Four public school districts serve Mundelein residents:

Mundelein Elementary School District 75:

  • Washington School - PK-K-1
  • Lincoln School - 2-5
  • Mechanics Grove School - 2-5
  • Carl Sandburg Middle School - 6-8

Diamond Lake School District 76:

  • Fairhaven School - K-4
  • Diamond Lake School - K-4
  • West Oak Middle School - 5-8

Fremont School District 79:

  • Fremont Elementary School - K-3
  • Fremont Middle School - 4-8

Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120:

  • Mundelein High School

Additionally, the following parochial schools are located in Mundelein:

  • Santa Maria del Popolo School (Catholic) - K-8
  • St. Mary's of the Annunciation (Catholic) - K-8
  • Carmel High School (Catholic)

School District Boundaries

School district boundaries changed significantly in 2003-2004 in response to studies indicating sharp disparities in ethnic makeup among various schools in the district. This rebalancing has placed some boundaries through the middle of some houses, and made drawing lines very difficult to describe.


  • Mundelein Review (Pioneer Press)
  • Mundelein News
  • Daily Herald

Internet Service Providers

  • DSL provided by Ameritech / SBC and others
  • Cable Modems provided by Comcast
  • Fixed Wireless offered by AirLogic Internet Services