Lake Zurich was originally settled in the 1830s and incorporated in September of 1896. In the 1830s, Seth Paine from Chicago built several commercial establishments in the area now considered downtown Lake Zurich. Paine was followed by German immigrants and New England farmers. In the early 20th century, railroads and highways were built in and around the village, contributing greatly to its growth.
The Village of Lake Zurich today encompasses 6.75 square miles. The village is at the center of what is considered the Lake Zurich area, a 32-square mile area encompassing six small communities, including Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer. The village is located on the east side of the 250-acre Lake Zurich, which is one of the cleanest lakes in Illinois. The village is also less than 10 miles from the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Residents and visitors enjoy proximity to activities such as golf, tennis, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and cross-county skiing.
Annual Lake Zurich events include the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Lake Zurich Oktoberfest and the Lake Zurich Triathlon. The triathlon, held in August, demonstrates the residentsí enthusiasm for health and exercise. Some of the residentsí favorite events in Lake Zurich are Rock the Block and Taste of Lake Zurich. Rock the Block is an annual block party in the downtown area that features live music. Taste of Lake Zurich is all about sampling many kinds of delicious food and having family fun.