Palatine is a growing and prosperous suburb of Chicago located just northwest of O’Hare International Airport. Established in 1866 along the railroad tracks, this community of 68,000 residents has always enjoyed a healthy economy because of the location of critical transportation.

The Village’s location is an advantage to attracting quality development, both residential and business. The citizens of Palatine enjoy the finest library, schools and parks in the country. It is through their volunteerism that our civic organizations, churches and local governments have cultivated a prosperous and warm hometown community to live, work and play in.

Also significant concerning Palatine’s business community is an active Chamber of Commerce and the professional staff of the Village. Both organizations work to attract new quality businesses while retaining the existing ones. As the first municipality to win the Lincoln Award for Excellence, we invite you to be a part of Palatine’s quality of life and to participate in our future prosperity.

Palatine is only thirty miles from the Chicago Loop, and fourteen miles from O’Hare International Airport.


School Address Phone Grade
Gray M Sanborn School 101 N Oak St, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 963-7000 Elementary Schools
Hunting Ridge School 1105 W Illinois Ave, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 963-5300 Elementary Schools
Jane Addams School 1020 E Sayles Dr, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 963-5000 Elementary Schools
Lake Louise School 500 N Jonathan Dr, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 963-5600 Elementary Schools
Lincoln School 1021 N Ridgewood Ln, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 963-5700 Elementary Schools
Marion Jordan School 100 N Harrison Ave, Palatine, IL 60067 Elementary Schools
Pleasant Hill School 434 W Illinois Ave, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 963-5900 Elementary Schools
Quentin Elementary School 21250 W Shirley Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 438-2420 Elementary Schools
Virginia Lake School 925 N Glenn Dr, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 963-7100 Elementary Schools
Winston Campus School 900 E Palatine Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 963-7400 Elementary Schools
Palatine High School 1111 N Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (847) 755-1600 High Schools
Walter R Sundling Jr High Schl 1100 N Smith St, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 963-3700 Middle Schools
Palatine History

“The area in which the Salt Creek passes is a very swampy area. In the early nineteenth century this is what the area of Palatine was like and still is. Surrounding the area was Deer Grove to the northwest, English Grove to the west, and Plum Grove which was two miles south. The Plum Grove area was very important to the Potawatomi because they continued to visit burial sites even after they were removed from the area to Iowa in the late 1830’s.

Early settlers chose to live in these forest areas. The Illinois & Wisconsin Railroad was constructed across the township in 1853. A town then grew around the depot. Even though some wanted to call it Yankton, Palatine was adopted. Palatine is named after a town in New York.

Over the years leading up to incorporation in 1866, Palatine grew to a large size including a Methodist church. The first settlers where Yankees, but by the 1850’s an influx of German settlers began to settle in the area. By the year 1869, they built a large Lutheran church. Mostly farmers, the Germans, along with the early settlers, brought their produce to the Palatine depot for shipment to Chicago. Palatine remained very rural despite the construction of the northwest highway in the 1930’s.

The 1950’s was the decade of big changes. One of the major changes was the construction of the Northwest Toll Road in 1955. This was only a few miles south of the southern point of Palatine. Residential building accelerated due to the area opening up to rapid automobile travel. Almost all the land had been used by 1970. The only large open area was the Palatine Hills Golf Course on the northwest edge of town. Also untouched was the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, which was the kind of land that drew Indians and Europeans here in the first place.”

Palatine Trivia & Fun Facts

“Birthplace of Major League Soccer Player: Doug Warren (New England)

Birthplace of College Basketball Player: Grant Surprenant (St. Francis (PA) Red Flash)

Ancestries: German (24.9%), Irish (14.8%), Polish (12%), Italian (9.1%), English (7.5%), Swedish (3.4%)

Weber-Stephen Products – Manufacturers of Weber Grill – located in Palatine

Over 100 languages are spoken in Palatine. It has the most diverse population in Chicagoland.”