About the Area
Village of Huntley, IL
Huntley is a rapidly growing village in McHenry and Kane Counties, Illinois. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the village’s population to be 22,923. As of the 2000 Census, the village had a mere 5,730 people, meaning the village’s population has more than tripled in eight years. Huntley has adopted a very aggressive development strategy that would fit more into place in the Sunbelt rather than in an outer suburb of Chicago. Currently, the village has 14.10 sq mi (36.5 km2), 14.07 of which is land.
Huntley is best known for its Prime Outlets mall and Sun City retirement community, the largest in the Midwest. The old part of Huntley is also known for its public square which features a gazebo, as well as a full brick-paved street (Woodstock St.) and 50s-style diner, The Huntley Dairy Mart. The village’s slogan is “The Friendly Village with Country Charm.”
Consolidated School District 158
The village used to be entirely served by an elementary school and a high school located in town, but the growing district has since discontinued use of those buildings, and has since built five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school on three different campuses districtwide.
Only one campus is within village limits. The Harmony Road Campus in the western part of the village contains Huntley High School and Leggee Elementary School. The other two campuses, which serve parts of Huntley are located in nearby Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.
Huntley Area Public Library
The Huntley Area Public Library District includes all of Huntley, parts of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin, and portions of Grafton, Rutland and Coral Townships.
The Huntley Area Public Library district serves all of Huntley as well as portions of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin. The library used to be housed in a very small 1,000 or 2,000 sqft (190 m2) building at Algonquin Road and Church Street. As the area’s population exploded in the 1990s and 2000s, new facilities were needed.
In 1999, the former building was closed and a new 15,000 sqft (1,400 m2) building constructed on Ruth Road, just north of East Main Street. The building was architecturally designed with both the rural character and fast-paced growth of the community in mind, as it features country-style architecture, yet is designed so that additions to the building can be made. Since then, the library has doubled the amount of its materials and services several times over, to serve the needs of the growing community.
Over 23,000 patrons within the Huntley Area Public Library District have library cards. Circulation figures for the district are currently over 468,000+ per year and the library’s collection exceeds 100,000 pieces. This rapid growth rate and the need for more materials and space for programs has forced the district to start looking at plans to expand the current building. The library district has tried once unsuccessfully to get a referendum passed in 2005 to expand the building and its services. In September 2006, the library underwent a remodeling project to reorganize the collection, which resulted in the loss of the library’s public meeting and program room. The library is currently holding programs outside of the library. The library board voted not to try for a referendum in 2007. The Friends of the Huntley Area Public Library have set up a fund through the McHenry County Foundation to help raise money for the library expansion. In February 2008 the board announced that it would add a Referendum question to the November 2008 ballot. The 2008 Referendum also failed and the library is currently looking for other ways to expand.
Huntley Park District
Most village recreational services are under authority of the Huntley Park District, which serves Huntley and portions of neighboring communities.
- The heart of the Park District is Deicke Park located just southwest of downtown Huntley, on the west side of Route 47, and south of Main St. This is the village’s largest park and one of the larger parks in the local region. Various community events are held here. It features multiple ballfields, picnic shelters, a large slide, playground equipment, basketball and tennis courts, park district offices, and the following major additions adjacent to it:Ol’ Timer’s Park, a medium-sized park featuring ballfields and playground equipment, located just off Church St. and near Douglas Ave. in downtown Huntley
- Community Recreational Center housed in the renovated former high school building. It features a large gymnasium, a fitness center, a mess hall, classrooms for workshops and programming, and the Cosman Cultural Arts Center, an auditorium/theater attached to the building.
- Betsey Warrington Park, an extension of the park area when the park district acquired a narrow piece of farmland off of W. Main St. Much of the original farmstead remains intact and remains for historical and recreational use.
- Stingray Bay Aquatic Center, the park district’s pool which features a zero depth entrance, water slides, water features, a snack bar, a patio, and locker rooms.
- Jim Dhamer Square, the village’s town square which features a small gazebo and garden in the heart of the community, renamed for the late Village President.
- Pinecrest Golf Course, a golf course and country club off Algonquin Rd. acquired by the park district in the early 00s.
- Marvin A. Weiss Park, a medium-sized park located in the Southwind neighborhood, featuring ballfields, playground equipment, and picnic shelters.
- Kiley Park, a smaller park located in Wing Pointe, featuring ballfields, playground equipment, and picnic shelters
- Tures Park, a smaller park located in the Heritage neighborhood, featuring ballfields, playground equipment, and picnic shelters
- Tomaso Sports Park , a sports complex that was dedicated in 2009 to former Village manager Carl Tomaso. The complex features multiple sports fields. It is located on Huntley’s far north-side off Ackman Rd.
Other recreational areas
Non-park district related recreational facilities include:
- Whisper Creek Golf Course, a semi-private golf course located within Del Webb’s Sun City. There are also many recreational opportunities for residents of Sun City, including all the offerings of the Prairie Lodge, which features 2 pools, a large lobby and gathering area, the Drendel Ballroom, workshop and programming rooms, exercise equipment, graceful outdoor fountains and lush landscaping, and an on-site restaurant.
- Numerous public areas, marshes, ponds, and open grassy areas within the many subdivisions and neighborhoods of Huntley
Huntley used to be a small town, yet has sprawled out in recent years and gained many new subdivisions. However, there are also distinct neighborhoods built before then which form the core of the old part of Huntley. Both subdivisions and neighborhoods are listed below:
Del Webb developed Sun City Huntley in the village, the largest age-restricted community outside of the Sunbelt
- Del Webb’s Sun City, a master-planned community of 6,000 homes for active adults over age 55. Includes two community recreation centers, an 18 hole golf course, numerous recreational areas and facilities, and several neighborhoods and varying housing styles within. Located southwest of downtown Huntley, and having major frontage along I-90 and Route 47. The Kishwaukee River runs through here, and was actually rerouted in parts. A water tower is in the northern part of the development along Main St.
- Talamore, a master-planned community of 2,000 homes by multiple developers under construction on Huntley’s far northside, located in the isthmus west of Route 47 and east of Union Rd. Plans are for nearby retail and a large sports complex within.
- Lion’s Chase, a neighborhood of about 200 homes located on the western edge of town, south of W. Main St. and north of Del Webb’s Sun City.
- Covington Lakes, an upper-middle-class neighborhood of about 500 single-family and townhomes in the northern part of Huntley, northeast of the intersection of Route 47 and Reed Road. Features commercial properties along Route 47 and several lakes within.
- Northbridge, an upper-middle-class neighborhood of about 350 homes in the $250–410K range, located east of town, north of Algonquin Rd., south of Reed Rd., and east of Pinecrest golf course. Includes Faith Community Church.
- Southwind, a middle-class neighborhood of about 700 homes in the easternmost portions of Huntley along Reed and Haligus Roads, and constructed in various phases from about 1997-2003. This subdivision includes a large pond. Largely single family homes, but has an enclave of townhomes as well. Includes one of three Huntley fire stations and a water tower.
- Huntley Meadows, is a younger middle-class neighborhood of about 200 homes on Huntley’s northeast side, south of Algonquin Rd. and east of Haligus Rd. Surrounded by Tom’s Farm, a popular vegetable market and close to several new churches.
- Georgian Place, a middle-class neighborhood of about 350 homes due east of the old town of Huntley. Located south of Algonquin Rd., east of Ruth Rd., west of Haligus Rd., and north of E. Main St. Features a wetland preserve. Abuts the library and municipal center.
- Heritage/Cider Grove, a middle-class neighborhood of about 600 homes on Huntley’s southeast side famous for its colonial design and barn entrance. Located south of E. Main St., north of Huntley Rd., and east of Haligus Rd.
- Wing Pointe, a middle-class neighborhood of about 600 single family homes and townhomes on Huntley’s southeast side. Located south of Huntley Rd., and north of Kreutzer Rd. Abuts the massive St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a water tower.
- Oak Crest Estates, a very small and exclusive neighborhood of upper middle-class homes on Huntley’s far west side along the extension of Algonquin Rd. and along the railroad tracks.
- Huntley Highlands, a very small neighborhood east of Dean St. and abutting the southern edges of the downtown area near Dean Foods and the St. Mary’s Cemetery, featuring a mix of ranches and two-stories.
- WoodCreek: a neighborhood of a variety of home styles and including Huntley’s largest apartment complex, Woodcreek Apartments
- North Church Street, an older neighborhood located just north of town between Algonquin and Reed Roads, east of Route 47, featuring predominantly ranch homes and a couple apartment buildings. Abuts the Huntley Center shopping center and the village’s first water tower.
- West Main Street, an older neighborhood with a mix of housing styles. Includes predominantly ranch homes on Janice, Bonnie Brae, Sunset, and Lincoln Streets, with old two-story Victorian homes on Main Street. This was in the vicinity of the former Huntley School Campus until the mid 2000s when the elementary school was torn down and the old high school turned into a recreation center.
- Douglas Avenue, a neighborhood just northeast of town with a mix of housing styles, including ranches, two-stories, townhomes, and a few apartments. Abuts Ol’ Timers Park.
- Town, the heart of Huntley and featuring the oldest of homes, mainly country and Victorian styles dating back 100 years. Includes Church, Woodstock, Grove, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Myrtle, Mill, and Dean Streets. Also includes shops, the square, the post office, the American Legion hall, the old fire department, and Trinity Lutheran and First Congregational Churches.
Shopping and dining
The village has a pretty sizable and growing retail base, offering primarily neighborhood convenience retailers, but is also becoming a significant regional retail area.
Huntley Outlet Mall area
The Huntley Outlet Mall is a regional outlet mall located north of I-90, at the southeast corner of Illinois Route 47 and Freeman Road. Built in 1994 under the original name “Huntley Factory Shops”, it contains primarily brand name clothing and home accessory stores. There are about 50 stores total. An outdoor mall, the mall features lush landscaping, brick walkways, and over-hangs that shield shoppers from the elements. There is also an indoor food court serving as the centerpiece, with a fountain in front and a children’s playground in the rear. In the early 2000s, the mall appeared to decline, but has resurrected since the mid 2000s, thanks to a rapidly growing residential base to serve, combined with a makeover, that included new additions to the tenant roster. Niko’s Restaurant is located across from the mall on Freeman Road. The Huntley Automall is located in front of Prime Outlets, fronting Route 47, and features Tom Peck Ford and a General RV dealership.
Route 47 Corridor
The Route 47 Corridor is also home to the power centers Huntley Grove, Huntley Village Green, and Regency Square, all located on the south end of the corridor in Kane County. All of the centers are planned to be expanded as the Huntley area continues to grow. Smaller neighborhood centers and stand-alone retail buildings are located further north, in addition to the larger community retail plaza Huntley Center, the village’s first shopping center. These retail areas are currently home to anchors Walmart Supercenter, Jewel-Osco, Walgreens (2 locations), Wisted’s Supermarket, and Ace Hardware. Sherwin-Williams.com has broken ground on a new retail location directly South of Culvers in Huntley. Restaurants along the Route 47 corridor include Jameson’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Culver’s, Subway (3 locations), Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts, Papa Saverio’s Pizza, Rosati’s Pizza, Honey Fluff Donuts, China Palace, Goodfella’s Beef, Alvaro’s Tacos & Pizza, Jimano’s Pizzeria, Dairy Mart, Papa G’s, and Famous Red Hots. BK.com (Burger King) is near completely it’s dine in and drive through restaurant in front of Wal Mart in Huntley. Banks along Route 47 include Harris Bank, Chase Bank, PNC Bank – “Life is too short to waste banking here”, Citizens Bank, Castle Bank, McHenry Savings Bank, American Community Bank & Trust, TCF Bank, Woodforest Bank, and Wells Fargo. Auto-related services include Auto Zone, Huntley Collision Center, JDM Automotive Services, Powell’s Car Wash, the Huntley Car Wash, Penske Truck Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Huntley-IL-60142/054357/, and service stations Mobil (2 locations) and 7-Eleven. In addition, Bowl-Hi Lanes is located at the intersection of Route 47 and Algonquin Roads.
Downtown Huntley and other retail areas
Huntley’s downtown area, along Main Street, just east of Route 47, includes several shops, restaurants, and bars, centered on Jim Dhamer Square and the village’s signature gazebo. Downtown restaurants and/or bars include Luigi’s Pizza, The Village Inn, Parkside Pub, and Offie’s Tap. Strode’s Colonial Furniture serves as an anchor for the area. There are also several churches in downtown, in addition to the Post Office, the original fire station, and the American Legion Hall. A small neighborhood center, located southeast of downtown Huntley at the intersection of Huntley-Dundee and Haligus Roads, includes small shops, Snap Fitness, and Higher Grounds coffee shop.
The village is a haven for industrial businesses, as it is located along the high truck-traffic corridors of Illinois Route 47 and I-90 and a branch of the Chicago & Northwest rail line, and also maintains comparably low taxes, wide open spaces, and equal proximity to Chicago, Rockford, and Wisconsin.
Large businesses present in Huntley include a Weber Grill factory, a Dean Foods dairy processing and distribution center, Freund International trucking center, Allied Asphalt paving company, and Union Special, an industrial sewing equipment factory. Huntley used to be home to several agribusinesses, such as Marlowe Feed and FS, but as the area has grown and developed, these businesses are no longer in operation.
Huntley also has two industrial business parks, one at the intersection of East Main Street and Ruth Road, and another along Kreutzer Road at Smith Road. Several companies have facilities in these areas.
Illinois Route 47 runs north-south through the village for nearly seven miles
- The village is located along the “Golden Corridor” of Interstate 90/The Northwest Tollway. It has direct access to I-90 via an interchange at Illinois Route 47. Construction of a full interchange is scheduled to begin in May 2012 with completion in 2013.
- Illinois Route 47 serves as the chief north-south artery in Huntley. Handling over 20,000 vehicles a day, Route 47 was expanded from two to five lanes in 2011.
- Algonquin Rd. and Main St./Huntley Rd. act as the village’s primary east-west routes.
- Other important streets in the village include Ruth Rd., Reed Rd., Kreutzer Rd., Haligus Rd., Del Webb Blvd., and Church St.
- The village is also located along a branch of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and thus many of the village’s industries are near the railroad for convenient access to Elgin, Rockford, Chicago, and essentially the rest of the world.
- Metra has long-term plans to eventually establish a commuter rail station in Huntley, which would be a new terminus on the Milwaukee District/West Line, which currently terminates at Big Timber Road in Elgin. The station would likely be placed on Kreutzer Rd., on the village’s southern end. Plans also indicate that a 2nd station could be placed on Coyne Station Rd., just northwest of current village limits.
- Huntley Home & Business Expo, sponsored by the Huntley Chamber of Commerce and other organizations which showcases local businesses and services of all kinds and gives residents and businesses an opportunity for positive interaction. Held in late February.
- Huntley High School Fine Arts Festival, decade long tradition which showcases student artwork as well as musical and dramatic performances. Held in late April.
- Memorial Day: parade through downtown Huntley, where various groups come together and honor veterans who died in wars, and culminating with an honor at the Huntley Cemetery.
- Huntley Town Picnic: running for almost 15 years, held in Deicke Park in late June.
- Fourth of July: fireworks celebration, held at varying locations in recent years.
- Huntley High School Homecoming: parade, held in varying locations over the years, culminating with the Friday football game. Usually in September or October.
- Turkey Testicle Festival: held the day before Thanksgiving at Parkside Pub, usually spreading into the streets of downtown Huntley.
- Summerfest: originated in 2001 for village’s sesquicentennial celebration, but has been canceled in recent years. Held by Jaycees group.
- Fall Fest: originated in 2006 and held in September. The Fall Fest is hosted by a volunteer committee under the Huntley Park Foundation.
- Pancake Breakfasts: held in American Legion hall, hosted by the Boy Scouts
- Northwest Herald – daily newspaper based in Crystal Lake which serves the greater McHenry County area.
- Northwest Herald MyHometown – Northwest Herald’s Huntley MyHometown homepage.
- Daily Herald – daily newspaper based in Arlington Heights; serves cities in five counties incl. McHenry & Kane
- Huntley Farmside – weekly newspaper edited in St. Charles (Kane Co.), published in Downers Grove.
- Sun Day – Biweekly/Weekly newspaper published by White Silo Media, Inc.; serves the communities of Sun City and Edgewater in Elgin.
- The Voice – critically acclaimed student newspaper of Huntley High School, covering Huntley and surrounding areas, such as Lake in the Hills, Algonquin and Crystal Lake.
Springbrook Community Church
Faith Community Church
The village has been served for many years, by three churches all located in downtown:
- First Congregational Church, located at Main St. and Church St.
- Trinity Lutheran Church, located on Church St.
- St. Mary Catholic Church, originally located on Woodstock St. As the village has grown, St. Mary’s has since moved into a much larger church building built on Huntley-Dundee Rd. on the village’s southeast side. The old church building is still occasionally used for special occasions.
As the Village has grown in the 1990s and 2000s, additional churches have sprouted. They include:
- World Outreach Center, on Powers Road (near the Del Webb community) since 1994.
- Faith Community Church, at Algonquin Rd. and Haligus Rd.
- Springbrook Community Church, on Algonquin Rd. across from Tom’s Farm.
- Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, which meets at 10805 Main Street
Huntley, IL 60142