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Algonquin

The Gem of the Fox River


In the early 1800’s The Pottawatomie Indians were first to discover and live in Algonquin. The first sign of growth in Algonquin was in 1855 when the railroad was being developed. Once the railroad was developed, it enabled farmers to get their products to markets in Chicago, which really helped with the town’s economic growth. The town of Algonquin consists of shops, restaurants along the Fox River, old Victorian homes in the Old Town District, and housing developments, in which one of the areas of housing is referred to as High Hill Farms. The area referred to as High Hill Farms was named after the popular auto races that were held there in the early 1900’s. A couple of the larger employers in Algonquin include Duro-Life and Meyer Material Service.   

2010 population census 32,193

Fun Fact:
The town received its name from the first settler, Samuel Gillilan’s ship. 

Things to do/Events:

-Algonquin Commons
-Golf Club of Illinois
-Art on the Fox
-Riverfront Park- Summer Concert Series
-Lions Armstrong Memorial Pool
 
 

 

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