Lane Harrison

Lane Harrison


Welcome to the City of Zion, Illinois!

Nestled along Lake Michigan about half way between Chicago and Milwaukee, Zion is easily accessible by highway, air and rail. Because Zion offers both a small-town feel and many modern amenities, it is a wonderful place to live, visit and work.

The city boasts more park space per capita than any city in the region, including two public golf courses: the nine-hole Shiloh Golf Course  and the championship-caliber Shepherd’s Crook. On the city’s southwest boundary, is the unique Thunderhawk Golf Course, which is considered one of the most challenging courses in the Midwest.

Being located on Lake Michigan offers many benefits not found in most other communities, such as miles of beaches, biking and hiking trails and North Point Marina in neighboring Winthrop Harbor. Illinois Beach State Park, the most visited of Illinois’ state parks, and the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, are in Zion.

In addition, Zion is home to the corporate headquarters for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Midwest Regional Medical Center, which provides medical and surgical services through more than 150 physicians in more than 30 specialties.

Zion has a rich 100-year history. Founded as a utopian society by world-renowned evangelist and orator, Dr. John Alexander Dowie, Zion was one of the first planned cities in the United States and was platted to imitate the layout of the British Union Jack flag.

Today Zion is aggressively heralding its own future with eagerness and optimism. The city’s economy is growing as millions of dollars in non-tax economic development funds are used to bring new business into the city as well as help existing businesses remodel. More than 100 new homes are being built here each year. However, Zion is still a place where residents recognize each other and enjoy a quality of life not available in other cities.

This site contains plentiful information about our city. I welcome you to view these pages and learn why Zion is a great place to be. If you have any questions, please contact us so we can provide the information you need.

Thank you so much for your interest in Zion!

Mayor Lane Harrison

City of Zion, Illinois