Introduction to Algonquin, Illinois
Algonquin, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 8 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 23,276 people live in Algonquin.
The Potawatomi Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the modern day village of Algonquin. Samuel Gillilan was the first white settler of the area. He visited Algonquin in 1834. The other early settlers were Dr. Plumleigh, William Jackson, Eli Henderson, Dr. Cornish, and Alex Dawson. The area was officially named Algonquin on December 23, 1847. Algonquin was incorporated as a village on February 25, 1890, and the original village hall was built on January 31, 1907. The new village hall was constructed in 1996.
Algonquin and nearby Attractions
- Buffalo Park
- Santa's Village - Illinois
- Racing Rapids Water Park
- Dundee Township Historical Society Museum
- Fox River Trolley Museum
Things To Do In Algonquin
There are several restaurants and shops in the downtown area of Algonquin near Fox River. Snowboarding and skiing can be enjoyed at the Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure hours at the Golf Club of Illinois and Terrace Hill Golf Course. The Riverfront Park, Hill Climb Park, Towne Park, Kelliher Park, Cornish Park, and Ted Spella Park are also worth visiting. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on the Manchester Lakes and Algonquin Lakes.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a few minutes driving distance away.
Algonquin Higher Education
McHenry County College, William Rainey Harper College, and Elgin Community College offer facilities for higher education.