Welcome to Carpentersville
Carpentersville, IL, remains one of the most affordable Chicago land communities to live in, providing all the benefits of a Chicago suburb. Affordable homes and many fine schools make it a great community to raise families.
Many various family activities are available, including the Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center, Randall Oaks Park, and Barnyard Zoo. Carpentersville businesses also pride themselves on their ability to cater to the needs of families.
Fast Facts about the city
Total population 37,691 people as per US census of 2010
Incorporated: 1887 as village
Location from Chicago: 36 miles Northwest
Average Home Value: $184,559 (it was $116,300 in 2000)
Median household income: $54,526
Median Family Income: $55,921
Crime statistics: Carpentersville crime Index in 2010 was 109.4, substantially lower than the national average of 319.1 (a higher figure meaning more crime).
History of Carpentersville
The first settlers include the likes of Charles Valentine Carpenter and his brother Daniel. The bothers were travelling west when the Fox River flooded and altered their travelling plans in 1837. They chose to remain in the area and from there founded the settlement of Carpenter’s Grove. They then built an iron bridge with their own funds in order to persuade the Chicago and North Western Rail Roads to bring their services to the area.
By 1912 Carpenter ran two companies, which employed 2,000 individuals. The Star Manufacturing Company remained until 1977.
The region began to see slow expansion shortly thereafter, not returning to growth once more until 1956 when 700 additional homes were built and sold in nearby Meadowdale. After some attempts to develop Meadowdale as an independent township, it became part of Carpentersville after being annexed into the community.
In 1928, about 6,000 Carpentersville residences called the area home along with nearly 1,000 rental properties. The village retained a population of around 23,000 between 1970 and 1990, but eventually grew to 30,586 in the year 2000.
Carpentersville provides both the sedentary lifestyle, and the excitement of a quiet, but convenient Chicago suburb. With a great location outside of Chicago and some of the most affordable homes in the Chicago area, the city council dedicates itself on bringing citizens the best in healthcare, safety, and public services. All these factors make life in Carpentersville a very attractive option for all.
Carpentersville is easy access to the I-90. The village is a town where residents are primarily dependent on cars to get around. 94% of workers either drive or carpool, while 3% walk or bike, and a mere 1% utilize the public transit system.
Best Places to Eat
The quaint and welcoming Benedict’s Eggs & More (8 South River St, East Dundee, 847-836-2222) can be found in nearby East Dundee. The friendly restaurant is found in a small and lovely house with a majestic tree growing through the roof and found inside. Patrons enjoy unique breakfast options like pecan waffles, stratas, and stuffed French toast, as well as their amazing egg dishes. There are plenty of tradition menu items, making the spot a great stop for lunch or breakfast.
Nightlife in city
Locals enjoy calm seclusion in Carpentersville, and when looking for a fun night out often venture beyond the town’s borders by visiting the many great surrounding communities.
The Randall Road House Tavern (2267 Randall Road, 847-836-3300) remains a local favourite for casual time with friends or family. The local tavern offers a friendly community option for many nights out along with relaxing weekends and evenings.
Fun, entertainment and recreation
Many choose to visit the Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center (300 N Kennedy Dr, 847-836-7946) for a fun day filled with sunshine and plenty of outdoor and summer activities. Children will love to play on the Sandcastle Beach while adults can take precious moments relaxing by the local pool in the vicinity or on the sun hill. Dolphin Cove comes complete with two fun waterslides, the Rip Tide, and the Typhoon. Tasty rewards can also be found at the Sand Bar Café or one may enjoy snacks and souvenirs from the Hide Away gift shop.
Located near the proximity of the Raceway Woods County Forest Preserve, residents may enjoy beautiful scenery with wide open space, and many wooded trails. Where an actual raceway once resided from 1958 to 1969 has now become a spot for people to enjoy nature through hiking, picnicking, biking, horseback riding, and much more.
Randall Oaks Parks and Barnyard Zoo, found in neighboring West Dundee, prides itself in being one of the largest parks in the area. 141 acres of scenic beauty provides families with recreation and relaxation, as well as ample space for company picnics. The park provides a beautiful northern Illinois location for picnics and lovely strolls where one will enjoy many soothing sights and natural surroundings. There is no shortage of grills and one may also find a playground for the children to enjoy along with horseshoe pits and volleyball nets adding to the fun.
Other Information About Carpentersville
There are 8 elementary schools within the city:
One Middle School:
One High School: