Top 10 Stories of 2019

With the year almost officially at the end, the Village is continuing its tradition of holding a countdown of the top 10 Village news stories of the year. The countdown will begin at 9:00 a.m. on December 31st and continue every hour until 6:00 p.m., with stories updating on this page during that time. The countdown will continue on the Village’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Thank you for a great 2019, and we wish you a very happy New Year!

  • Dec 31, 2019, 10:00 AM

Top Stories of 2019: #9 Union Pacific "Big Boy" Train Visits Gurnee

On Friday, July 26th the Union Pacific Big Boy Train passed through Gurnee on its “Great Race Across the Midwest”. Hundreds of spectators lined the Union Pacific tracks in Gurnee to see one of the largest steam locomotives ever made. “Big Boy” No. 4014 is one of the largest steam locomotives ever made at over 1.2 million pounds and is one of only 25 of its kind. No. 4014 was built in the 1940s to haul heavy tonnage and travel steep terrain until it was retired in 1959.