Welcome to Waukegan National Airport

The Waukegan National Airport is situated on 535 acres of land located approximately 3.5 miles north and slightly west of the heart of the City of Waukegan, about 35 miles north of Chicago. The airport consists of two (2) runways which are asphalt surfaces overlaying concrete pavements. The NE-SW runway is 6,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, while the NW-SE runway is 3,750 feet long and 75 feet wide.

Reliever Airport

The Waukegan National Airport is a general aviation facility categorized by the FAA as a "Reliever Airport" for Chicago's O'Hare International. In this role we aim to provide efficient handling of private, corporate, business, executive and governmental aircraft that choose to operate in Northeast Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin. With the 6,000 foot runway, Instrument Landing System, Manned Air Traffic Control Tower, and even a US Customs office which provides clearances for direct international arrivals, Waukegan National Airport has reached prominence as a base of operations for "Chicagoland's Fortune 500 Flyers."


Welcome to Waukegan National Airport - Waukegan, Illinois
  • Welcome to Waukegan National Airport - Waukegan, Illinois
  • Waukegan National Airport Tower
  • Hangars and land are available to lease or buy at Waukegan National Airport
  • Home of the 2010 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference


Located in Lake County, Illinois, the Waukegan National Airport has 188 based aircraft and approximately 50,500 annual aircraft operations. With over 3 million gallons of aviation fuel dispensed annually, the airport is a significant economic generator for the area. While it's centralized location between Chicago and Milwaukee lends expediency to the business traveler as the North Shore's Corporate Aviation Headquarters, the Airport is also in close proximity to large retailers such as Gurnee Mills and Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, as well as family entertainment at the Waukegan Marina on Lake Michigan, Six Flags Great America, and Key Lime Cove Indoor Water Park.

Due to a well-trained maintenance staff, quality snow removal equipment, along with the Instrument Landing System, the main runway at the airport is seldom closed. The comment has often been made that if one can't get into Waukegan National Airport then you can't get in anywhere in northeast Illinois.

Waukegan National Airport has infrastructure in place to accommodate large corporate jet hangar sites through land lease or second party build-to-suit arrangements. Additional mid-size hangar development is currently on the drawing board. Please contact the Waukegan National Airport office at 847-244-0055 for further information.

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