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Community Information- History
Historically Lake Geneva has been a summer resort town for the wealthy. Railroad access from Chicago made the area a popular summer retreat for the barons of wealth in lumber, cattle, oil, steel, cement, manufacturing, and durable goods, with mansions and large homes such as Stone Manor and Black Point built on the lake from the 1850s, through the heyday of the Roaring 20s, and up to the present day. The city was then known as “The Newport of the West.” In the early automobile era, the city hosted the first modern drive-in motel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and later during Prohibition smaller lake towns around the area became a haven.

Surrounded by mansions, Lake Geneva is now a four season recreational designation for the average family. The spring-fed “Geneva” lake, offers a range of activities year-round, from boating to zip-lining, from skiing to snow-shoeing, golfing to a day at the spa, from walking the shore path to shopping at the downtown shopping district. Local farms supply the restaurants with the freshest in local ingredients and a range of cuisines

Geneva National


  • Badger High School
  • Central/Denison Elementary School
  • Eastview Elementary School
  • Lake Geneva Middle School
  • Star Center Elementary School
  • Feeder Schools



Area: 5500 square acres (8.6 square miles)
Length: 9 miles
Greatest width: 3 miles
Narrowest width: ½ mile
Deepest point: 152 feet (off black point)

Island Lake

Community Information- History
Island Lake, is close to sports centers, golf clubs & near the Chain O’ Lakes District. and also boasts its own park surrounded by natural beauty. Located just west of Rt 12 in Wauconda, It is served by Rt 176.
Enjoy a variety of fine dining, retail outlets and shopping centers nearby. With the Village Square Shopping Center and The Shops at Fox River at your fingertips, all your shopping needs will be conveniently met.

Enjoy living in this gorgeous community surrounded by Lake County’s Black Crown Forest Preserve, Millennium Trail Walking Path, and only 2 miles to Moraine Hills State Park.

Prairie Woods Subdivision

School Information

  • School District #15
    • Edgebrook Elementary
    • McHenry Middle School
  • School District #156
    • McHenry East High School
  • Lake County District #118
    • Robert Crown Elementary
    • Matthews Middle School
    • Wauconda High School


  • Village of Island Lake Park Dist
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Bangs Lake
  • Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
  • Chalet Hills Golf Club
  • Foxford Hills Golf Club
  • Morraine Hills Golf Club
  • Volo Bog
  • Chain O Lakes State Park
  • Lakewood Forest Preserve

Community Information- History
Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Elgin is one of the fastest-growing communities in Kane County.

The community of Elgin, spanning both Kane and Cook counties, has flourished greatly since its establishment in 1836 by brothers James and Hezekiah Gifford. The thriving area, encompassing a populace of more than 100,000 residents, enjoys easily accessible amenities right within the Elgin borders.

Elgin includes portions of Hanover Township in Cook County and Elgin Township, Plato Township, Rutland Township, Dundee Township, and Campton Township in Kane County.

Burlington School District 301 with Elgin Community College providing a site for higher education. Several healthcare facilities serve residents of Elgin and its neighboring communities, each promoting health and wellness within the region.

Parks & Recreation
With more than 1,200 acres of parkland extending throughout the landscape of Elgin. Sites include the newly-built Centre of Elgin, offering a 200,000 square foot family recreation facility, two municipal golf courses and the 36-mile Fox River Bike Trail.

Festival Park’s opened on Memorial Day of 2007. The sprawling, $11.5 million park that incorporates beauty with entertaining fun is adjacent to the Fox River, with its entrance at the corner of Prairie St. and Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin. Festival Park boasts myriad features and provides a gateway to a great time in the heart of Elgin.

Festival Park’s opened on Memorial Day of 2007. The sprawling, $11.5 million park that incorporates beauty with entertaining fun is adjacent to the Fox River, with its entrance at the corner of Prairie St. and Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin. Festival Park boasts myriad features and provides a gateway to a great time in the heart of Elgin.

Dining, shopping, museums, arts and theater
The Hemmens Cultural Center, home to the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Public Museum, the State Street Market, Prairie Rock Brewing Company and much more spread throughout the ever-growing city.

Elgin is undergoing a massive downtown and riverfront renovation and preservation project, adding luxury condominiums and apartment complexes, new shops and restaurants and more offerings in the arts. Through this renovation process, downtown Elgin has become an urban area, attracting more people and business to the expanding district.

In the construction of the city’s seventh fire station, builders plan to use recycled steel and glass and an energy-efficient lighting system, along with a number of other recyclable materials. Both Sherman Hospital and the Gail Borden Public Library District’s first branch will use geothermal energy heating and cooling systems, while Judson College’s new library plans to use a natural ventilation system.

The Arts in Elgin
As the fastest growing orchestra in the country, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) proudly enters its 58th season with the brand-new Friday Matinee Series available to its patrons. This unique program welcomes music lovers to downtown Elgin on six different Friday afternoons throughout the year.

The past several years have seen a great deal of change in the landscape of downtown Elgin. Worn-down buildings have been replaced by new construction; the riverfront is being transformed with the development of Festival Park; and new housing opportunities, mainly condos and townhomes, are being built throughout the area.

Elgin Opera
Founded in 2001, Elgin OPERA (formerly O.P.E.R.A.) is located approximately one hour west of Chicago in the city of Elgin. What started out as a little company has grown quickly, and established itself as a polished performing group that is able to tackle large productions and attract sizeable audiences.

Transportation and Location
Several major roads provide north-south routes in and around Elgin including state Routes 25, 31 and 59, along with Randall Road, which is also a major shopping and commuting route for the Fox Valley region. For those looking to travel a bit farther, Interstate 90 provides easy access to O’Hare International Airport, Chicago and the west coast.

Elgin has three train stations served by the Metra Milwaukee District West Line, which serves over 1,500 commuters daily. These three stations are conveniently located, allowing residents from any part of the city the ease of travel. Stations are located at National Street, Big Timber Road and State Street (Route 31) across from the Pace bus station.

Community Information- History
Located about 45 miles west of Chicago and 10 miles northwest of Aurora, The Village comprises an area of approx. 3 square miles. Situated in central Kane County Elburn is primarily a residential community.

First settled in 834 by William Lance, originally Elburn was known as Blackberry Station, but was incorporated as Elburn on January 6th ,1885 The Lance property was located about four miles south of present-day Elburn and about one-and-a-half miles east of the Kaneville Township line.

 As the Village of Elburn continues to develop along with the surrounding communities, Village leaders are welcoming new residents and businesses into a vibrant and interconnected community. From the year 2000 to 2006 there was a population growth of 72%. Elburn is located on two major Illinois State routes. IL Route 47 & IL Route 38

Elburn continues to see rooftops rise at a steady rate. New subdivisions will be linked to the existing Village, rather than have gated communities that do establish identities separate from Elburn. Residents and Village officials alike are considering ideas that include preserving open space and establishing bike routes throughout the Village.

Agriculture became the backbone of the local economy at that time. To bring the fruits of their labor to the markets in Chicago and other large cities, the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad (C&NW) bought up land stretching from the big city to the town of DeKalb and west in the early 1850s

The year 1990 also marked the year that Elburn became a Tree City USA for its efforts at beautifying the Village and taking care of trees on public property. The Village installed tornado sirens that year to alert residents of an impending severe weather.

A new Village Hall was completed in 1993, only four years before the Village sought a special census to determine how many people lived within the corporate limits. That census showed that 2,233 people resided in Elburn.

Blackberry Creek Subdivision (Elburn)is on Keslinger Rd, just west of Rt 47.


  • Kaneland Middle School
  • Kaneland High School
  • Elementary School: Blackberry Creek Elementary School
  • Middle School: Harter Middle School
  • High School: Kaneland High School
  • Elem School District: 302
  • Jr High District: 302
  • High School District: 302

Places to Worship
Residents of the Village have a number of houses of worship to attend in the Elburn area, including Community Congregational Church of Christ, Evangelical Fellowship Church, Faith Assembly of God, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. Gall Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Valleybrook Community Church.

Festivals & Parades
Community events like Elburn Days continue to grow in popularity. The annual Village festival features a variety of events for every member of the family. Children and adults alike will enjoy the food, games and entertainment, as well as watching judging of animals for local 4-H clubs. One of the highlights of the festival is the annual Elburn Days Parade, featuring organizations from throughout the region.

  • Arbor Day
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Elburn Days
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Christmas Stroll

The Village of Elburn became the end of the Metra commuter-rail line in January 2006, when Metra officials began service to the village. The transportation link brings with it opportunities for more residential and commercial development.