“The Gem of the Fox River Valley”
A village with a suburban feel, Algonquin is a beautiful and fun place to live along the Fox River. This village was established in 1890 after decades of being a major destination for vacationers from Chicago. Algonquin was known for it’s attractive scenery, mineral springs, and opportunities on the Fox River for boating and fishing.
It remains an attractive and burgeoning community, growing by nearly 30% from 2000 to 2010. Now this village boasts over 30,000 residents. It’s an easy 40-mile commute to downtown Chicago and even closer to other workplace communities such as Schaumberg and Barrington.
And Algonquin respects it’s roots—the village is undergoing a major project to transform Main Street into a pedestrian-friendly street while keeping the character of its history.
Algonquin is located in Kane and McHenry counties and is set in the beautiful foothills of the Fox River. The area has parks aplenty— such as the 12-acre Towne Park, where many of the town’s activities are held—making it an excellent family-friendly place.
This village is ideal for young families. Along with Towne Park, Algonquin features many other public parks within its boundaries, at least four major trail systems for hiking, including Algonquin Lakes on the east side and Manchester Lakes and Woods Creek in the west. There’s a public swimming pool and a public golf course to enjoy in the warmer months, and if you’re looking for something to do after the snow flies, enjoy Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park. All year, there’s plenty to do for the whole family in Algonquin!
Residents and visitors alike have an abundance of things to do in Algonquin. The village boasts four major shopping corridors that feature with places to recreate, restaurants, big-box stores, and chic small businesses.
Events in Algonquin
Notable Algonquin events last year included:
January: Sunday Matinee at the Library monthly through April
February: Free “Learn to Garden” classes through March at the Food Pantry
March: Baskets and Bunnies, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Algonquin Easter Egg Hunt
April: Annual Student Art Exhibit, Free outdoor gardening classes throughout April at the Food Pantry
May: Farmers Markets on Thursdays through August
June: Art on the Fox at Riverfront Park, Conservation Days, Summer Concerts Thursday or Friday night throughout the summer, Movie in The Park throughout the summer
July: Founders Days
August: Flick N Float movie at the pool, Polish & American Summerfest
September: It’s Our River Day
October: Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade, Old Time Country Harvest Festival
November: Pet Photos with Santa
December: Algonquin Express at the Golf Club of Illinois (magic trolley ride to the “North Pole”), Breakfast with Santa, Holiday Rock on the Fox
Many FREE classes are also offered in Algonquin! For a list of these and announcements of upcoming events, click on https://rec.algonquin.org
If you want an old community with new things to do, check out Algonquin for your home. It’s truly a gem.