Growth has brought the full range of home choices to the Cardunal area. Newcomers and those looking to enhance their lifestyles can choose from grandly ornamented turn-of-the-century homes, crisp new executive styles, convenient condominiums and town homes, numerous brand new mid-price single family homes, and gracious homes in spacious rural settings. There's a home in the Cardunal area to match the size, type, style and price range that best suits you.

Close to the downtown area of East and West Dundee, block after block is lined with handsome older homes. Those with historic significance are easily identified. Each bears a white plaque with its actual or probable period of construction.

Beautiful new subdivisions of mid-priced and upscale homes are in development throughout the length of the Cardunal areaÕs western reaches, from West Dundee on the south to Lake In The Hills on the north. These developments have such appealing names as RIver Pointe, Arbor Hills, Dawson Mill, Heartland Meadows, Boulder Ridge, Windstone Crossing, Turnbridge, Fairhills, and Providence Point.

The area's largest community, Carpentersville, offers many homes affordable to first-home buyers. Carpentersville is also a great place to find attractive apartment complexes. In Cardunal country,condominiums and town homes are growing in popularity throughout the area in such developments as The Reserve of East Dundee, North Star, Sierra Woods, Gleneagle Farms, and Willoughby Farms.

Good schools and shopping, friendly neighbors, and splendid opportunities for recreation are Cardunal area attributes that are drawing more and more families to this appealing place along the Fox River.

Shopping in the Cardunal area is like a visit to a super store full of quality and bargains. Opportunities to find precisely what is desired are just around the corner in the central business districts of Carpentersville, Algonquin, and East and West Dundee, at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, and at the new strip centers in Algonquin and Lake In The Hills.

River Street, in East Dundee, home of the Dundee Township Tourist Center, is a grand mix of retail outlets in a turn-of-the-century atmosphere.

A variety of stores line nearby Main Street and continue across the Fox River bridge into West Dundee. East and West Dundee are cooperating in the national Main Street program, designed to enhance downtown commercial districts.

New stores have mushroomed along Illinois Route 31 since the completion of Spring Hill Mall. The mall opened in October 1980. Anchored by Carson Pirie Scott, J.C. Penney, KohlÕs, Marshall Field's, Sears, and Wickes Furniture, the mall lists at least 140 specialty stores, restaurants, and services. As a regional shopping center, Spring Hill Mall offers a number of special interest and community events throughout the year.

Dozens more stores and nationally-known restaurants are gathered at the edges of the mall property, including a major food store, multi-screen cinema, and 25-store Spring Hill Fashion Corner.

Haeger, the worldÕs largest art pottery maker, is headquartered in East Dundee. The company's factory store is a popular browsing place for shoppers, as are the dozens of antique outlets which dot the entire Cardunal area.

Shopping galore is available throughout the Cardunal area. East Dundee's River Valley Square features 23 stores; West Dundee's Century Plaza has 15 stores and services; Carpentersville's Meadowdale

Shopping Center offers 18 stores, a multi-screen cinema, and Carpenterville's U.S. Post Office; Algonquin's Town Center features a major food store and a dozen smaller shops and services. Several thriving shopping centers have sprung up at the intersection of Randall Road and Rt. 62 in Algonquin and Lake In The Hills. The centers include three super-size food stores, a variety of other stores, and several fast food outlets. A giant, multi-screen cinema is nearby. Huntley Factory Shops features more than 50 outlet stores off of I-90 just west of Gilberts.

The many shopping centers in the Cardunal area usually have one or more national franchise restaurants, including fast food eateries and stylish sit-down restaurants.

Business loves the Cardunal area because it has a well-educated workforce, a wide choice of locations, excellent transportation systems, and schools and governmental bodies that recognize the needs of business and industry.

In Algonquin, Carpentersville, East Dundee, and Gilberts, the areaÕs thriving industrial centers, no single company dominates. Of 120 or so manufacturing firms in the area, about 30 have more than 50 workers and about a dozen have more than 100 employees.

The area's largest employers are located in nearby Elgin. Included are First Card, a credit card processing company with 3,000 employees; Matsushita Electric Corp., an electronics manufacturer with 660 workers; Safety-Kleen Corp., contaminated waste system management, with 650 employees; Sherman Hospital, with 1,850 workers; and Saint Joseph Hospital, with 1,000 employees.

Within the seven communities of the Cardunal area, CarpentersvilleÕs Revcor is the largest industrial employer with 450 workers. It produces fans, blower wheels, and housing units for the HVAC industry.

Algonquin is the site of both the headquarters and the Dura-Bar Division of Wells Manufacturing Company. The firm produces parts for the automotive industry and has 375 employees.

CarpentersvilleÕs Otto Engineering, with 300 workers, is the areaÕs third largest employer. It designs and manufactures precision switches and controls. McWhorter Technologies Inc., also located in Carpentersville, is the areaÕs fourth biggest employer with 230 workers. It makes castings and resins. Two other firms located in Carpentersville are Bulk Lift International, Inc., which has 200 workers and produces woven polypropelene bulk bags and Grayhill Inc., with 170 employees.

In Algonquin, four firms rank among the area's largest employers. These are Crystal DIe and Mold Inc., with 210 workers; Meyer Materials Co., with 200; Power Conversion Products, Inc., with 160 workers; and Wauconda Tool and Engineering Co., Inc., with 138 employees.

A wide variety of products are made in Cardunal country. They include everything from electronic switches to metal stampings to molded plastics. Among the products produced are automation systems, skylights and millwork products for the housing industry, log home kits, floral and agricultural preservatives, laser printer cartridges, machined parts, paints and stains, tables and shelving, golf clubs, metal gratings, audio and digital cassettes, valves, switches, adhesives and sealants, photographic chemicals, erosion control materials, cabinetry and furniture, and metal fasteners.

So many recreation opportunities are present to be enjoyed by the 70,000 people who call Cardunal country home that it might be called ÒFamily Fun Land.Ó Recreation is one of the attractions that draws many to rent apartments or buy homes in the Cardunal area.

A prime recreation resource is the Fox River, which threads its way past most of the area communities, satisfying boating and water skiing enthusiasts. However, the Dundee Township Park District is the hub of recreation in the area. The district boasts 44 parks containing a total of more than 400 acres. The park district operates two 18-hole golf courses, a nursery and tree farm, a petting zoo, and a recreation and fitness center. Its parks contain such facilities as two swimming pools (one indoor); tennis courts; baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields; volleyball courts; and 17 playgrounds.

Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center, which stands adjacent to the districtÕs Recreation and Fitness Center, is the newest facility. Located at the junctionof Routes 25 and 68 in Carpentersville, Dolphin Cove offers a big outdoor swimming pool, four water slides, a sand play area, two sand volleyball courts, plus a concession area.

The park district plans and conducts a year-round program of sports, recreation, fitness, and activities for residents of all ages. The program includes everything from swimming and golf lessons to gymnastics and dance, from summer camps and early childhood programs to special activities and events for senior citizens.

The district's Senior Center, centrally located in the heart of Carpentersville, offers a comprehensive program that includes senior fitness, line dancing, and a variety of social events. The center organizes journeys to special places in the U.S. and Europe, plus day trips to regional sites. Dial-A-Ride service to the center is available. The Salvation Army Nutrition Program sponsors a hot lunch program at the center.

The district's Recreation and Fitness Center is a fully equipped physical fitness facility. In addition to a completely outfitted exercise room, it has a whirlpool and sauna. The Fitness Center offers aerobics, lap swimming and water walking in an outdoor pool, fitness evaluation and personal trainers, and jogging on an outdoor track. Its fieldhouse offers a gym for volleyball and basketball and four racquetball or wallyball courts.

In winter, ice skaters flock to the two rinks established by the park district. Throughout the year, ice skating or hockey is enjoyed at the Polar Dome Ice Arena in Santa's Village theme park.

The facility has an 85-foot by 180-foot rink complete with sound and light systems. Another wintertime favorite for area residents is the downhill skiing at nearby Bartlett's Villa Olivia Country Club.

Popular summer attractions for family fun in the Cardunal area include SantaÕs Village Theme Park, Racing Rapids Action Park, and miniature golf courses at Lighthouse Point in the Milk Pail Village and Fantasy Golf in Algonquin. Several horse stables and riding farms in the area are popular with equestrians.

The communities of the Cardunal area maintain municipal parks as well, further enhancing the recreational opportunities for area residents. In addition, there are several private health clubs offering complete exercise facilities.

Ten golf courses only a few minutes from home supply all the challenge and satisfaction required by the most avid golfers. Besides the two courses owned by the park district - Randall Oaks and Bonnie Dundee - golfers enjoy such courses as the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, and Pinecrest in Huntley, plus private golf courses like Terrace Hill in Algonquin and Boulder Ridge in Lake In The Hills.

The 36-mile Fox River Bike Trail between Aurora and Crystal Lake is a summertime bicycling and jogging joy for many active residents of the Cardunal area. It's also a winter wonderland for cross country skiers. The trail follows the meandering Fox River, passing through a forest preserve and by historic sites. At the south edge of West Dundee, a new bike trail bridge enables riders to cross over the river. Along the way, it's possible to see white-tail deer, beaver, muskrat, redtailed hawks, indigo buntings, and other forms of wildlife in a rich rural habitat.

The Dundee Township Tourist Center in East Dundee, known as "The Depot," is located on the Fox River Bike Trail on River Street. This convenient center offers drinking water, rest rooms, snacks, and information. The street is home to summertime's Farmer's Market, held each Saturday.

Family camping is available in nearby forest preserves and area campgrounds. It's only a short drive away from the Cardunal area to vacation lands like the Chain O' Lakes region of northeastern Illinois.

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