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Kenosha, WI (Population: 96,845)

Kenosha, located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan, has an estimated population of 96,845 and is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin. The city is considered to be Chicagoland's northernmost suburb at 60 miles distance from the Chicago epicenter. Since the discovery of pre-Clovis culture settlements, the greater Kenosha area has become a high-interest archaeological site. The Potawatomi, descendants of this culture, still call this area home and contribute to the local culture. Kenosha also has four districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kenosha is often lovingly referred to by residents as K-Town or Keno, and by teenagers citing the lack of exciting things to do, Kenowhere. Kenosha is home to Carthage College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and Gateway Technical College.

Kenosha was once a center of manufacturing and a thriving commercial center but today is largely what is known as a "bedroom community" due to the influx of people buying homes and commuting to and from Chicago and Milwaukee. However, in the last decade, the city has invested over 250 million dollars for new construction and historic revitalization to include installing reproductions of the Sheridan LeGrande streetlamps on Sixth Avenue between 54th and 59th Streets. Other historical locations of interest in the city include the Kenosha Civic Center and the art deco Southport Beach House. The Kenosha Public Museum has a very impressive collection of ancient American history, including a prehistoric Wooly Mammoth skeleton discovered in Western Kenosha in 1992 along with other Ice Age and fine-art exhibits. The area also boasts the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, designated as a federal repository that includes an on-site paleontology laboratory operated through the Carthage College Institute of Paleontology.

City residents and visitors can also enjoy several summer band concerts by the Kenosha Concert Band, formerly known as the Kenosha American Legion Band who performs every Wednesday from June through the first week in August. Other performances in the area are presented by the Kenosha Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, the Kenosha Vocal Arts program sponsored by the Opera a la Carte, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and the Peanut Butter and Jam Concerts Series. A number of outdoor jazz events also take place throughout the summer at the historic Kemper Center. For those wanting to enjoy outdoor recreation, Kenosha has eighteen miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, as well as 74 municipal parks totaling over 780 acres.