Lake In The Hills Illinois Real Estate and Community Information

Lake In The Hills Illinois Real Estate and Community Information

Lake in the Hills village, a northwestern suburb of Chicago, has transitioned in the past twenty years from a quiet lakeside town featuring real estate with cottages and small ranches into a rapidly growing locale. It experienced significant growth in the 1990’s with a current population of around 29,000. Currently, the town is busily expanding both its resources and community services.

Shopping and Dining

Those exploring Lake in the Hills may want to survey the Algonquin Commons, which includes over 80 retailers and restaurants. As the largest outdoor mall in Illinois, it provides shoppers with a grocery store, numerous apparel stores, and home furnishing stores, among others. Just across the street is the Algonquin Galleria, which is partially open but still under construction. It is an even larger outdoor lifestyle center that will be almost double the space of the Commons when complete. For other shopping venues, Alpine Accessories offers ski, snowboard and paddleboard equipment. Runners can find their goods at The Running Depot, which sells running and walking items. The store also has certified running coaches on staff to provide additional support. Twice Told Tales is a used bookstore that sells used books and runs a book exchange program. Your Best Friend’s Closet is a consignment shop for clothing and furniture. Laura Loyd Jewelers is a popular boutique jewelry store in the area.

Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria offers an extensive menu with sandwiches and burgers in addition to their more traditional Italian fare, and they also have gluten free options. At Chen Chinese Cuisine, diners will find a variety of items including many spicy dishes as well as vegetarian choices. Taqueria Las Cumbres was voted one of the best Mexican Restaurants of McHenry County. For breakfast, brunch and lunch, locals enjoy Benedict’s La Strata where they offer espresso drinks to accompany beignets, along with traditional omelets and other morning-time egg dishes. A popular choice for American food is Tracks, which was voted best burgers, fish fry and tavern in McHenry County. A local favorite for sushi in Lake in the Hills is Bistro Wasabi.

Parks and Recreation

For people looking for homes for sale in Lake in the Hills, parks may be an important consideration. The village has 34 parks, including a dog park. Activities at the local parks include courts for basketball and disc golf, fishing, horseshoes, tennis and volleyball courts, as well as picnic areas and shelters. Woods Creek Lake, the largest of the four lakes from the village’s name, has two swimming areas with sandy beaches, boat launches and additional recreation areas.

Other recreational opportunities include the Boulder Ridge Country Club, a golf, tennis and swimming club for members. The Lake in the Hills Fen is a natural prairie and recreational area featuring a large tallgrass prairie and numerous species of wildlife.


People considering buying real estate in Lake in the Hills should know that the median household income in Lake in the Hills is $77,529, which stands well above the state’s average of around $54,000. The median house value in Lake in the Hills is nearly $240,000, compared to just over $200,000 for the state.

Community members enjoy a number of events, especially during the summer months. The Lake in the Hills Air Expo is an annual event that highlights a variety of aircraft, using the local Lake in the Hills Airport, offering residents a glimpse into aviation history. The Rockin’ Ribfest is another annual summertime event that showcases barbeque. Finally, the main village annual event is the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival. This long weekend event offers a number of classic American summer pastimes, such as an arts and crafts show, music, a carnival, fireworks, a horseshoes tournament and parade.  

Other community events include activities for seniors such as spaghetti dinners, a bowling league, lectures and day trips. Other happenings involve parties at the dog park and local running races.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Lake in the Hills features four school districts that serve public school students in the village. There are a number of elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools for the village’s students. Two nearby community colleges are McHenry County College and Elgin Community College

For healthcare issues, the Children’s Medical Group provides pediatric care, the Algonquin Road Surgery Center is an outpatient surgical facility, and the greater Chicago area has numerous additional medical treatment centers.

The major interstate close by is I-90, which leads directly into Chicago. The Lake in the Hills Airport, run by the village, serves the greater McHenry County area. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the major airport nearby.

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