Kenosha, Wisconsin is situated in and is the county seat of Kenosha County. It is conveniently located about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. Kenosha is also the fourth-largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, preceded by Chicago, Milwaukee, and Green Bay. Kenosha is home to three downtown museums: the Kenosha Public Museum, the Civil War Museum and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, all Smithsonian Institution affiliates. Kenosha is ringed by an emerald necklace of recreational city and county parks, and has eight miles of Lake Michigan shoreline frontage, nearly all of which is public. Kenosha has a number of golf courses.
Kenosha is serviced by the Kenosha Unified School District which operates 23 public elementary schools, five middle schools, seven charter schools, and six major high schools. There are also a number of parochial schools and independent academies. Kenosha is home to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Carthage College, and Gateway Technical College. Concordia University Wisconsin, Cardinal Stritch University, and National-Louis University all maintain Kenosha branch campuses. In 2009, Herzing University opened its new Kenosha campus.