Fox River Grove

The Town Of Fox River Grove, Illinois is your source for information on Fox River Grove. If your moving to Fox River Grove or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!Fox River Grove is a small town of just under 5,000 offering a relaxing blend of hometown flavor, high quality public services, and a variety of business and recreational opportunities. Part of the Chicago metropolitan region just 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Fox River Grove is situated in the southeast corner of McHenry County and southwest Lake County.

Commuters enjoy the convenience of a METRA train station in town, U.S. Route 14 runs to Wisconsin and toward Chicago, and Interstate 90 is less than 15 minutes to the south. Air travel is also accessible at Lake in the Hills Airport and O’Hare International, which is less than an hour away.

Another feature that makes this area unique are the native prairies that have survived and still thrive in the area. There are several locations in the area where you can see these prairies that are as rare and magnificent as other more well-known natural wonders that you would have to travel days to see. The local Park District does a superb job of keeping area residents on the go with plenty of outdoor and indoor recreational activities. The district maintains the Community Center, which features pools, exercise equipment, and racquetball courts. There are also almost 30 parks in the area for outdoor fun and relaxation, and a myriad of sports leagues for everyone whether they are young or old, male or female.


School Address Phone Grade
Algonquin Road School 975 Algonquin Rd, Fox River Grove, IL 60021 (847) 516-5101 Elementary Schools
Fox River Grove Jr High School 401 Orchard St, Fox River Grove, IL 60021 (847) 516-5105 Middle Schools
Fox River Grove History

“The Fox River Grove region was chosen by the Ojibwa Indians for their winter home in the 1860’s. The women were able to trade their bead work with farm families in exchange for potatoes or chickens. The men spent a lot of their time trapping small animals. Frank Opatrny, in 1869, purchased 80 acres along the Fox River not far from the Illinois Wisconsin Railroad station in Cary. His son Eman took over the land in 1900. Eman Opatrny built several cottages and a restaurant along a stretch of beach. In 1902 he added a luxury hotel, and in 1905 he bought 100 additional acres. The new facilities built in this area included six bars, shooting and photo galleries, and a racetrack.

The Norge Ski Club purchased land in Fox River Grove in 1905 and erected a ski jump. This drew large crowds to watch ski jumping competitions. In the 1950’s it hosted the first American international ski-jumping contest.

In 1919 the town of Fox River Grove incorporated. In that same year Louis Cernocky, Sr. converted the Kosatka Hotel to Lou’s Place, a Bohemian restaurant and bar. Mayor Anton Cermak came from Chicago just to eat at Cernocky’s restaurant. Cernocky built Louis’ Crystal Ballroom behind the restaurant in 1922. The eight-sided hall was filled with dancers, and big bands were heard such as Glenn Miller’s.

In 1942, Cernocky’s son, Louis, Jr., married Eman Opatrny’s daughter Clara and together they purchased the Fox River Picnic Grove. They eventually sold the property to a developer who died before he could build a resort hotel. The property remained unused from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. The village of Fox River Grove purchased most of the land in the late 1990’s. They used it as a public park as well as for conservation efforts. The village’s core was considered the small downtown shopping area. In 1980 the Stone Hill Shopping Center was built at Routes 22 and 14. Some of the main shops decided to move to the new shopping center. Building was steady through out the 1990’s and the population reached 4,862 in the year 2000. Fox River Grove is home to Windy City Balloon Port. This company boasts many hot air balloons. You can see them color the sky along the Fox River.”

Fox River Grove Trivia & Fun Facts

“Median household income in Fox River Grove is above state average.

Median resident age in Fox River Grove is 35.1 years and median household income is $66,649. (year 2000)

IL-22 was originally a loop around the Chicago area that started in Waukegan, went south to Highland Park, west to Fox River Grove, northwest to Crystal Lake, south to Joliet, and to the Indiana line. It has since been cut back to Highland Park-Fox River Grove.”

Important Information For Fox River Grove:

Dog Licenses

McHenry and Lake Counties require dog owners to register and obtain valid licenses for all dogs. Proof that your pet has current rabies vaccination must be obtained from your veterinarian and be presented when applying for a license. The license must be purchased within 30 days after receiving the vaccination, and can be purchased at the Fox River Grove Village Hall or through McHenry County Animal Control in Woodstock at 815-338-7040 or Lake County Animal Control at 847-360-6424. There is a three dog limit per household.

Vehicle Registration

Every owner or operator of a motor vehicle, company owned vehicle, or motorcycle who resides within the Village is required to purchase a vehicle sticker annually for each motor vehicle or motorcycle used on any public street. Residents are required to purchase stickers within 30 days after establishing residency. Renewal stickers go on sale May 1st of every year and must be displayed by June 30th. Vehicle Sticker Fees: Passenger Autos $10.00, Recreational Vehicles $10.00, Motorcycles $5.00, Truck – A and B $13.00, Truck – C and above $30.00, Replacement/Transfer $6.00, Senior Citizens $1.00, Late Penalty +50% after June 30 +100% after July 31.