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Huntley High School, located in the western part of Huntley, serves all high school aged students in Consolidated School District 158
|Name origin: Thomas Stillwell Huntley|
|Motto: The Friendly Village with Country Charm|
|Townships||Grafton (McHenry), Rutland (Kane)|
|Elevation||889 ft (271 m)|
|Area||14.10 sq mi (37 km²)|
|- land||14.07 sq mi (36 km²)|
|- water||0.03 sq mi (0 km²)|
|Density||489.1 /sq mi (189 /km²)|
|Village President||Charles Sass|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area codes||847, 224|
|Wikimedia Commons: Huntley, Illinois|
Huntley is a 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 5,730 people, meaning the village's population had quadrupled in eight years. At the 2010 census, the village's population was 24,291. Government officials in Huntley, an outer suburb of Chicago, have adopted an aggressive development strategy regarding this population growth.
Huntley is best known for its Premium 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 1950s-style diner, The Huntley Dairy Mart. The village's slogan is "The Friendly Village with Country Charm."
McHenry County was established in 1837, and in 1838 the first settlers, mostly from New England, came to Grafton Township. One of these families, Prescott and Lucy Geer Whittemore, of Grafton, New Hampshire, settled west of the future town. Thomas Stillwell and Eliza Fox Huntley and children, Charles, Harriet, and William arrived in 1846. The Huntleys acquired land north of the future village and later expanded their holdings to the south.
The Chicago and Galena Railroad constructed a railroad in 1851, which reached as far northwest as Huntley Grove (another town in Illinois was named "Huntley's Grove" around the same time, but the name was changed to DeKalb). The railroad owners hosted an excursion trip on September 5, 1851, which marked the maiden voyage, to Huntley Station, and that was the beginning of Huntley (the “Grove” and “Station” words were later dropped). The Chicago Tribune article that described the 1851 excursion trip stated that there were a few frame houses near the railroad and Mr. Huntley soon built a general store there as well.
Procurement of land was based on government grants. Louise Kreutzer, a Huntley native, tells of land regularly changing hands due to settlers’ inability to make mortgage payments and wealthy landowners being quick to foreclose. Despite early hardships, the village grew slowly and steadily. Stewart Cummings was the first postmaster in 1851 and when the village was incorporated in 1872, John S. Cummings, a Civil War veteran became the first mayor.
The Chicago and Galena Railroad became the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and later, Union Pacific Railroad, and served the community for over 150 years, though passenger service was eliminated in about 1950. The railroad was critical to the economic development of Huntley because it provided the means of sending agriculture products to the Chicago market and led to Huntley’s preeminence as a dairy center. In addition to shipping dairy products directly to Chicago, milk producers sold milk to local factories, which processed condensed milk, butter and cheese. There is a strong possibility that passenger train service will be reinstated in the future.
The town center was a thriving locale with a variety of retail and service businesses. In 1906, the Elgin and Belvidere Electric Railroad constructed a system linking the two larger cities with all the communities between and provided hourly passenger service in each direction. When more roads were paved and automobiles became prevalent, the use of the electric railroad diminished, and it closed in 1930.
When Huntley was platted in 1853, land was set aside in the center of town for a town park. Maps as early as 1872 show the area as open space. A wooden pump stood in the center of the park serving as a water supply for both horses and firefighting. With Huntley’s development as a dairy center, horses were tied to the hitching rail surrounding the park every morning while farmers visited stores after delivering their milk cans at the railroad or factory. On milk contract signing days, the four sides of the park were thickly clustered with horses and wagons. The park was and is an object of pride to the residents. A band shell stood near the center of the park where the brass band performed patriotic music before some of the members marched off to the Civil War. After World War I, Andrew Schmitt, a stonemason, was commissioned by the Huntley Women’s Club to set a stone as a memorial for those who served in the war. He also set a small cannon on a rock base as a memorial. A new gazebo replaced the band shell in the 1990s and is surrounded by trees and shrubs and beautiful flowerbeds. A memorial brick sidewalk marking Huntley’s Sesquicentennial surrounds the gazebo, where a time capsule marking the event is buried. The square was named James Dhamer Park in memory of the 14-year mayor after his death in 1999.
Huntley is located at(42.1615479, -88.4342740).
According to the 2010 census, Huntley has a total area of 14.102 square miles (36.52 km2), of which 14.07 square miles (36.44 km2) (or 99.77%) is land and 0.032 square miles (0.08 km2) (or 0.23%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,730 people, 2,324 households, and 1,756 families residing in the village. The population density was 489.1 inhabitants per square mile (188.8/km2). There were 2,501 housing units at an average density of 213.5 per square mile (82.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.94% White, 0.44% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.13% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 4.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,324 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the village, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $60,456, and the median income for a family was $65,433. Males had a median income of $44,524 versus $30,363 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,451. 2.8% of the population and 1.9% of families were below the poverty line. 2.2% of those under the age of 18 and 1.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
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:
- a 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.
- 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
- 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 2000s (decade).
- 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 two pools, a large lobby and gathering area, the Drendel Ballroom, workshop and programming rooms, exercise equipment, 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'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.
- There are also five neighborhoods west of Downtown Huntley. They are west of the high school, but east of Route 20. The neighborhoods are Botterman Farms, Pebble Creek, Hillsboro Cove, Parkside Crossings, and Knoll Top featuring many nice country-style homes.
- The village is located along the "Golden Corridor" of Interstate 90/The Northwest Tollway. It has direct access to I-90 via a full interchange at Illinois Route 47. Conversion of the interchange from an eastbound interchange to a full interchange was completed in November 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. Portions of Route 47 between Kreutzer Road and I-90 are six lanes. Route 47 connects to Woodstock to the north and Pingree Grove and Elburn to the south.
- Algonquin Road and Main Street/Huntley-Dundee Road act as the village's primary east-west routes. Algonquin Road is a four-lane divided highway that connects Route 47 to other suburbs to the east like Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. Main Street connects to Marengo and Harmony Roads on the west (leading to U.S. Route 20 and towns like Marengo, Hampshire, and Union), while Huntley-Dundee Road connects to the Carpentersville-Dundee area to the east.
- Other important streets in the village include Ruth Road, Reed Road, Kreutzer Road, Haligus Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Church Street. Reed and Kreutzer are local east-west roads, while Haligus, Ruth, and Church are local north-south streets. Del Webb Boulevard is the primary collector road in the Sun City neighborhood.
- 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.
- 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
- Rummage Sales: occurring all the time at the village's downtown churches, Trinity Lutheran and First Congregational
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