Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 28,834 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 30,772 in 2005. The village borders the city of Waukegan and is considered a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The village is home to many Chicago Bears players, including NFL recordholder Devin Hester, and Warren Township High School graduate and Olympic track and field hopeful, Sarahbeth Jones. Gurnee has benefited from its location as the midway point between Milwaukee and Chicago.