Algonquin is a village in Illinois located in both McHenry and Kane counties. It is a northwest suburb of Chicago, located approximately 40 miles from the Loop. The 2010 Census placed the Village's population at 30,046, growing considerably from the 2000 Census figure of 23,276.
The village is known as "The Gem of the Fox River Valley", since its downtown is nestled in the heart of Illinois' Fox River Valley. Established in 1890 and long known as a small river community, the village is currently making the transition into a major regional hub, as it has experienced considerable suburban growth over the past 20 years. Now stretching all the way west to the busy Randall Road corridor, Algonquin has become a major center of retail activity and a growing business center. Additionally, the village continues to see considerable residential growth. In wake of the growth, the village has had to deal with challenges such as traffic congestion and overburdened schools. In spite of this, the Village has managed to grow its commercial tax base, preserve its character and history, and substantially increase its recreational offerings.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 10.0 square miles (25.9 km²), of which, 9.8 square miles (25.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (1.60%) is water. The majority of Algonquin is located in McHenry County, with some overhang into neighboring Kane County. As of 2009 Algonquin is the 35th safest place to live in the United States. (source: http://www.mapquest.com/us/il/algonquin-282039127)
Things To Do In Algonquin
- Downtown Algonquin, a compact downtown featuring several shops and restaurants near the Fox River, as well as features like upscale lighting, planters, and well-kept sidewalks.
- The Fox River, a major tributary in Illinois which runs north-south through the heart of the village's downtown.
- Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, a snowboarding and ski terrain park located on Route 31 just south of village's limits.
- Fox River Trail/McHenry County Prairie Path, a sub-section of theGrand Illinois Trail
- A 26-mile (42 km) trail system consisting of a mixture of off-road neighborhood trail systems and on-street route designations
- Golf Club of Illinois, a public golf course on the village's southern end.
- Terrace Hill Golf Course, a private golf course on the village's western side.
- Lifetime Fitness, a chain fitness center with a sizable location in Algonquin. Other fitness centers include Cardinal Fitness and Fitness 19.
- Kelliher Park, a park on the village's far western side featuring several ballfields.
- Ted Spella Park, a large park under development on the village's west side.
- Snapper Field and Lions Pool, a recreational complex near Algonquin Middle School featuring ballfields and the municipal pool
- Towne Park, Cornish Park, and Riverfront Park, three parks located in the village's downtown, significant for the role they play in the popular Founders Days festival and several other downtown events throughout the year
- Presidential Park, an important recreational area for the village's eastside residents, it features several ballfields and open areas, as well as a few picnic shelters.
- Algonquin Lakes, a grouping of natural and man-made lakes, trails, and adjacent community park in a residential neighborhood by the same name on the village's eastern side.
- Manchester Lakes, a grouping of man-made lakes, recreational areas, and complex bike path system within a neighborhood by the same name on the village's far western side.
- Woods Creek, a scenic creek, nature preserve, and trail which runs south-north through the village's far western side
- Hill Climb Park, a relatively new park at the intersection of Circle and Huntington Drives
- ALITHSA, the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Soccer Association, which provides fall and spring season soccer experiences for children ages four through high school.
- AAYO, the Algonquin Area Youth Organization, which utilizes many of the ballfields in the area for tee-ball, softball, and baseball leagues for children from age five to high school. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin,_Illinois#Recreation)
Education in Algonquin
Community Unit School District 300, a large district based out of nearby Carpentersville, serves the village's eastern two-thirds, generally along and east of Randall Rd. The District 300 schools serving Algonquin include:
- Neubert Elementary School (K-5) serves students residing in areas immediately west of the Old Town District
- Lincoln Prairie Elementary School (K-5) in nearby Lake in the Hills serves students residing in sections of the village near Randall Road
- Eastview Elementary School (K-5) serves students residing in areas within Old Town Algonquin, as well as areas immediately north and east of there
- Algonquin Lakes Elementary School (K-5) serves students residing in far eastern sections of the village
- Liberty Elementary School (K-5) in nearby Carpentersville serves students residing in the Brittany Hills neighborhood
- Westfield Community School (K-8) is a combined elementary-middle school. The elementary school serves the Willoughby Farms area. In addition to Westfield Elementary, Neubert, Lincoln Prairie, and Lake in the Hills elementary schools feed into Westfield Middle School. Westfield Middle School feeds mostly into Jacobs High School.
- Dundee Middle School (6-8) in nearby Dundee serves students residing in the Brittany Hills neighborhood and feeds mostly into Jacobs High School
- Algonquin Middle School (6-8) serves Eastview and Algonquin Lakes, and feeds mostly into Dundee-Crown High School.
- Harry D. Jacobs High School (9-12) serves high-school aged students residing generally west of the Fox River to just a half mile west of Randall Road
- Dundee-Crown High School (9-12) in nearby Carpentersvilleserves high school-aged students residing in the east half of the village.
School District 15
Consolidated School District 158 is headquartered in Algonquin, and the schools on the Square Barn Road campus serve the village's far western side, as well as portions of neighboring communities Huntley and Lake in the Hills. School District 158 schools serving far western Algonquin include:
- Mackeben Elementary School (K-2)
- Marion Conley Elementary School (3-5)
- Bernice Heinemann Middle School (6-8)
- Huntley High School (9-12) in nearby Huntley serves high school-aged students residing in far western sections of the village.
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran School and St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, both located in the heart of Algonquin, offer private K-8 education. On the west side of town is Foundations Montessori School.
The nearest community colleges are McHenry County College and Elgin Community College. Generally speaking, McHenry County College serves residents residing in District 158 boundaries, while Elgin Community College serves residents residing in District 300 boundaries. (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin,_Illinois#Education)
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