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Located approximately 47 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, the Village of Algonquin sits in both Kane and McHenry Counties. Pottowatomi Indians originally inhabited the Algonquin area. In 1834, the first settler, Samuel Gillilan, arrived in this area from Virginia. Algonquin information and links
Arlington Heights is an established community of small-town charm and big city amenities. The appeal of this established community lies in the combination of friendly neighborhoods and an abundance of cultural, educational, entertainment and recreational opportunities. Arlington Heights information and links
Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, the Village of Barrington is a popular place to live for those who seek a suburban, yet country-like atmosphere with large areas of natural habitat and green space. Residents enjoy a high standard of living with an outstanding school system, numerous forest preserves and parks, and easy access to all the amenities and opportunities of the larger metropolitan area. Barrington information and links
Incorporated in 1957, the Village of Barrington Hills is home to approximately 4,000 people and a myriad of wildlife, straddling about 30 square miles in Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry counties. Housing is single-family only, on predominantly 5-acre lots. Residents are served by one of three park districts - Barrington, Barrington/Countryside or Dundee - and two school districts. Barrington Hills information and links
The Village of Buffalo Grove is located 35 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and overlaps Cook and Lake Counties. Buffalo Grove's adjacent Cook County neighbors include the Villages of Arlington Heights and Wheeling. In Lake County, adjacent communities include Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Riverwoods. Buffalo Grove information and links
"The Village of Cary is a quaint community that prides itself in having beautiful neighborhoods. Residents are attracted to the Village because of its excellent schools, diversity of housing stock, low crime rate, outstanding municipal services, significant protected open space, accessible transportation and the community's friendly, small-town atmosphere." Cary information and links
Crystal Lake, Illinois, located 50 miles northwest of Chicago, is a short drive from O'Hare International Airport, near several major highways and interstates. The Union Pacific rail line provides easy access to Chicago. As a result, Crystal Lake residents enjoy the many employment, cultural and recreational opportunities of a major metro city, yet live in a pleasant, friendly, small-town atmosphere. Crystal Lake information and links
Located 22 miles form Chicago and only minutes from O'Hare and a half dozen interstate highways, Elk Grove Village is a great place to live and work. The village was originally planned by a land development group and has grown and prospered into a hard-working community with an outstanding tax base, low property taxes, and award-winning park district programs. Elk Grove Village information and links
"The well-rounded community of Fox River Grove offers the ideal blend of business opportunity and hometown flavor. The village offers an array of single and multifamily housing opportunities, and is supported by a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and professional services. Good Shepherd Hospital is only minutes away...A key objective of the village's comprehensive plan is to preserve existing neighborhood quality through larger-lot and quality single-family housing development." Fox River Grove information and links
Incorporated in 1958, the Village of Hawthorn Woods is a residential community boasting more than 2,300 homes, all situated on one-acre parcels of land spread over 3.7 square miles. Hawthorn Woods information and links
"During the 1970's and 80's, the Village continued to grow at a pace that exceeded earlier predictions. Homes became larger and styles were more varied. It was also during this period that the Village annexed large areas of existing homes in unincorporated Cook County, which laid the foundation for further annexations to the west, which continued to expand the village limits to what they are today. Williamsburg Village, the only business development in the Village, was started in 1981. While the Village has grown considerably from its origins, it still maintains the rural character and natural beauty that attracted Mr. [Arthur T.] McIntosh over 70 years ago. Today it is a quiet, stable residential community of attractive homes with a population of almost 6800." Inverness information and links
Nestled in a natural setting with spacious lots and custom homes, the Village of Kildeer is ranked as one of the top suburbs in which to live based on factors such as schools, amenities, services, transportation and crime. The Village is located in the southwest corner of Lake County, in Ela Township, 29 miles northwest of Chicago and neighbor to Lake Zurich, Deer Park, Long Grove, Hawthorn Woods, and Barrington. Lakes, ponds, streams, woods, wetlands and natural habitats prevail throughout the Village's 2,625 acres. There are many golf courses in the surrounding areas, as well as riding stables. Lakewood Forest Preserve is located at Rt. 176 and Wauconda Road with picnic areas, Lake County Museum, lakes for fishing, physical fitness trails, and facilities for hiking, ice skating, and tobogganing. The Village’s growth has been carefully and thoughtfully guided since its incorporation in 1958. There are numerous shopping and dining options within the village, and many more in the surrounding communities of Long Grove, Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove and beyond. Kildeer is served by three highly accredited public school districts, including Adlai E Stevenson High School, and several parochial schools. Kildeer information and links
"Lake Barrington is a unique countryside community that values its natural environmental features and develops its land predominantly for residential uses." Lake Barrington information and links
The Village of Lake in the Hills offers a high quality of life, exceptional services and numerous amenities. Once a small residential community with farms dotting the surrounding landscape, the history of Lake in the Hills dates back to 1923, when Federal Judge J. La Buy began purchasing property around what is now Woods Creek Lake. Early houses in the community were used as summer homes. During the 1940's, Raymond Platt along with his wife and brother-in-law purchased property from Judge La Buy and formed the Lake in the Hills Development Corporation. Many of the summer homes soon became year-round residences, and in 1952 the village was incorporated. Lake in the Hills information and links
The Village of Lake Zurich is an established residential community with above-average wealth and housing values. Lake Zurich grew slowly after its incorporation in 1896. With its rural setting and 250-acre lake, the village was a popular summer resort community during the early 20th century. The population has more than quadrupled since 1960, to about 18,000, as the village has shared in the economic growth that has come from an expanding Chicago metropolitan area. Lake Zurich information and links
The Village of Long Grove is unique among suburban communities - an oasis from suburban sprawl where residents can enjoy a relaxed and rural lifestyle. The village covers about 18 square miles, which translates into many acres of open space. Named for the groves of oak and hickory trees that covered a vast area that now includes the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, the village of Long Grove is a Lake County treasure. Long Grove may be best known for its Historic Business District which attracts visitors with specialty shops, fine galleries, boutiques and special dining along the cobblestone sidewalks. Sensible planning and carefully styled merchandise have produced a unique retail business community. Home sites are often multi-acre in size. Historic farmhouses, country mansions, Cape Cods, and stunning custom-built Tudors are among the housing choices. Transportation is convenient and easily accessible on Metra rail and major highways including the Edens Expressway (I-94), the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), and the Northwest Tollway (I-90. Long Grove information and links
The Village of Mount Prospect is a vibrant northwest suburb of Chicago with a diverse population of over 56,000, an extensive school system and a strong base of retail and professional businesses. Mount Prospect's town center is a popular place for pedestrians, shoppers and businesses. Four area park districts maintain almost 400 acres of parks and recreational facilities including the RecPlex and Marvin Weiss recreation centers, outdoor wave pool, two golf courses, mini golf course, sled hill, skating rinks, tennis courts and more. Housing stock in the village is diverse with single family homes, condominiums, town homes and larger estate homes nestled on many tree-lined streets or along the fairways of one of the local golf courses. Quality of life and a financially sound economic base give Mount Prospect "village charm". Mount Prospect information and links
Located in Lake County, Illinois, approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago, the Village of North Barrington offers a low-density residential environment highlighted by lakes, ravines, woodlands and rolling topography. North Barrington information and links
Located 28 miles from Chicago's Loop, the Village of Palatine provides a hometown feeling for its residents and easy access to metropolitan cultural and business advantages. The village is a pleasant mix of residential, commercial, light industrial and office space, surrounded by parks and open space. Palatine's long history and deep roots can be seen, touched and understood at the Clayton House Museum which holds more than one thousand treasures from the village's earliest days. The George Clayson House, built in 1873, has been meticulously renovated and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Palatine information and links
The Village of Port Barrington is a small town nestled in the Fox River Valley. Established in 1927 and Incorporated in 1969, the Village of Port Barrington changed its name from Fox River Valley Gardens in 2003. This recreational community, located in both Lake and McHenry Counties, has walking, biking and snowmobile trails, boating, fishing, and several parks and marinas within its boundaries. The Fox River Preserve of the Lake County Forest Preserve is also within the boundaries of Port Barrington, offering its own marina, pavilions, and connecting trails for more outdoor enjoyment. Port Barrington information and links
The City of Prospect Heights is strategically located close to interstate highways, O'Hare Airport, commuters trains, large shopping centers, theaters and world renowned restaurants. Approximately 17,000 residents enjoy convenient access to the best Chicago has to offer! Recreational opportunities abound in Prospect Heights. there are several parks along the river with trails for biking and jogging. Old Orchard Country Club is a four-star 18-hole golf course and banquet facility with a clubhouse catered by Midori Restaurant. The Gary Morava Recreation Center features a fitness center, whirlpool, dance room, meeting rooms, racquetball, tennis, softball and swimming. A key building block and powerful economic engine for the community is the thriving Chicago Executive Airport. Covering 411 acres, approximately 300 aircraft are based on the field and about 200,000 take-offs and landings occur each year. Prospect Heights information and links
The City of Rolling Meadows is located approximately 30 miles from Downtown Chicago in the center of the booming northwest "Golden Corridor". While its strategic location encourages economic growth and development, residents still enjoy a small-town atmosphere with brick-lined sidewalks, beautiful shade trees, numerous shops and restaurants and nearby cultural attractions. Rolling Meadows information and links
The Village of Schaumburg is the largest center of economic development in the state, outside the City of Chicago. But it is still very much a community of neighbors and neighborhoods, many of which border parks or nature preserves and are convenient to shopping, transportation and other amenities. The village boasts more than 80 miles of bike paths, excellent schools, a superb park district, and superior village services. The Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts features a 442-seat theater, gallery and outdoor stage. Additional recreational opportunities include Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary, Woodfield Mall and many restaurants and shops. Schaumburg information and links
"Today, South Barrington has 34 subdivisions, the Millrose restaurant, the AMC 30 Theater complex, the Brass Restaurant, Allstate Insurance Company, South Barrington Executive Center, South Barrington Office Center and several other small offices located within the Village boundaries." South Barrington information and links
Located 33 miles from Downtown Chicago, the Village of Streamwood is one of the fastest growing communities within the metropolitan area. Enhanced by its rolling, tree-populated terrain, one of the Village's principal assets is the strong appeal of its pleasant living environment. Streamwood information and links
A true Midwestern City, Woodstock boasts culture, entertainment, countryside, business opportunities and plenty of Victorian charm. Historic Woodstock Square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic late-19th century atmosphere. Throughout the year, Woodstock is host to many events, festivals and fairs. The beautiful Gothic-revival Opera House serves as the cultural entertainment center featuring plays, performances and the nationally renowned Woodstock Mozart Festival each summer. The recreation department provides a wide variety of programs for all ages and maintains playing fields, courts and pavilions in the city parks. Residents also enjoy the Woodstock Water Works Family Aquatic Center. Woodstock information and links
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