Algonquin Illinois Real Estate and Community Information

Algonquin Illinois Real Estate and Community Information

Algonquin village, known as "The Gem of the Fox River Valley", is undergoing a transformation from a small river town to a major regional center of business and retail activity. Residential real estate growth in Algonquin, a northwest suburb of Chicago, has expanded significantly. In fact, the population has grown nearly 24 percent since 2000. This has also contributed to an increase in homes for sale in Algonquin.  The town was established in 1890 and long served as a kind of resort town. In the 1980's, however, residential growth exploded, and the current population stands at around 31,000.

Shopping and Dining

Algonquin Commons outdoors lifestyle center features over 80 retailers and restaurants. The Commons ranks as the largest outdoor mall in Illinois. Under construction across the street is the Algonquin Galleria, another outdoor lifestyle center that will house 150 stores and restaurants in over one million square feet of space when complete. The Spring Hill Mall contains some larger department stores as well as smaller stores and an arcade. Shelley's Bridal Couture specializes in providing a full service bridal salon to assist with all the gowns needed for a wedding party. Main Street Bicycles is a popular destination for bicycle sales and repairs, plus they also provide bike fittings and rentals. The Algonquin Flower Shop sells flowers and plants, as well as flowers for prom night.

Algonquin has a wide variety of restaurants to explore. A well-liked sushi destination, Rice Fusion Sushi, offers teriyaki, rice, and noodle dishes in addition to their sushi specialties. For lunch or dinner subs, locals enjoy the Algonquin Sub Shop, where the Al Capone sandwich is a particular favorite. Sal’s Pizza Company, known for their thin crust pizza, also offers pan and stuffed pizzas. Martini's on Main serves a classic American fare of steaks and chicken with an extensive martini menu. Montarra features a wide variety of signature small plates and steaks.

Parks and Recreation

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park and Ski Area offers skiing and snowboarding just outside of town. At Paintball Explosion and Laser Tag, visitors can discover the newest paintball park in the Chicago area. Cyclists may explore the 26 mile McHenry County's Prairie Trail for exercise. Through connections with other trails, riders can cycle on a continuous path of over 100 miles. For golfing and food, those exploring Algonquin real estate can find the Golf Club of Illinois, a public golf course on the southern end of Algonquin. Lifetime Fitness has a large facility in the village. At Snapper Fields and Lions Armstrong Memorial Pool, visitors may swim, play baseball, basketball, tennis or enjoy a picnic. Finally, Starved Rock State Park, about two hours from Algonquin, is known for its beauty and well-marked trails.


The village established the Algonquin Corporate Campus to create new employment and diversity in the tax base. The 1,000 acre business park lies adjacent to the Commons and Galleria. It houses a mixture of industrial, retail, office, corporate, residential spaces. Businesses that locate there and bring new jobs can receive incentives from the local government. The village particularly hopes to attract healthcare, technology, and research and development companies.

Algonquin's median household income of $90,254 is significantly higher than the state's average of around $54,000. The median value of homes for sale of $276,567 is also much higher than the state's average of about $200,000.

Some local events include the Hill Climb Race for classic cars, the summer concert series, and Farmers' Markets at Riverfront Park.

Schools, Health and Transportation

The area has a number of public elementary schools, three public middle schools and three public high schools. There are also several religious based schools and a Montessori school. McHenry County College and Elgin Community College are two local community college options.

There are a number of hospitals and health care facilities in the area such as the Children and Teens Medical Center and the Provena St. Joseph Hospital. Nearby Chicago has substantial medical care options.

The village lies just a bit north of I-90. Randall road is a main route on the western side of the town. Illinois state routes 25, 31 and 62 all provide major access to the Algonquin. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is about a forty minute drive away.

Contact Information

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The Rick O’Connor Group
Realty Executives Cornerstone
7115 Virginia Rd.
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Cell: 815-790-7200
Fax: 815-459-1112