The Greater Palatine Area has much to offer:
EDUCATION "Turn to Palatine" for nationally recognized public Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools as well as very fine parochial and private schools. "Turn to Palatine" for post-secondary studies at William Rainey Harper College one of the region's largest community colleges.
INFORMATION "Turn to Palatine" for one of the newest and most modern library facilities in the northwest suburban area.
RECREATION "Turn to Palatine" for beautiful park and recreation facilities. Whether it be sailing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, baseball, soccer, and the list goes on and on...Palatine has it all.
RETAIL "Turn to Palatine" for a unique blend of specialty shops owned by merchants dedicated to selling high quality goods with exceptional customer services.
CORPORATE "Turn to Palatine" for campus-like corporate centers with a well educated work force residing within the community.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES "Turn to Palatine" for experienced, well educated professionals willing to advise you on legal, financial, medical or other industry specific matters.
FINANCIAL "Turn to Palatine" for truly community-minded financial institutions willing to assist both residents and businesses.
RELIGIOUS "Turn to Palatine" for inner peace and worship diversity.
CULTURAL "Turn to Palatine" for theatrical productions, concerts, art fairs, summer festivals and a historical museum.
SAFETY "Turn to Palatine" for superior police and fire protection.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES "Turn to Palatine" for municipal services second to none.
TRANSPORTATION "Turn to Palatine" for its easy access to state highways, tollways, Metra trains, PACE busses and O'Hare International Airport.
As you can see, you truly can "Turn to Palatine" for an outstanding personal and professional "Quality of Life".
Sincerely, Karen A. Kubek
Annual Community Events
4th of July Celebration - Week of July 4th Sponsored by the Palatine Jaycees Taste & Touch of Palatine - 3rd Weekend of July Sponsored by the Greater Palatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Party in the Park - 4th Weekend of July Sponsored by Salt Creek Park District Business Expo - 1st Week in October Sponsored by the Greater Palatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Festival of Trees - Lighting ceremony on Sunday after Thanksgiving and on display thru New Year's Day Sponsored by the Greater Palatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Palatine Jaycees. [Top of Page]
After the Black Hawk War ended in 1832, the Pottawatomies gave up many of their lands in a treaty signed in 1833 in Chicago. With the treaty signed, and reports from returning soldiers of fertile green prairies and lush woodlands in the Plains, settlers from New York and New England began migrating to the undeveloped Northwest Territory to stake their claims. The woodlands became important in the development of Palatine Township as those first settlers established communities known then as Deer Grove, Plum Grove, Highland Grove and Englishmen's Grove.
George Ela is credited as being the first white man to settle in the area, building his log cabin in Deer Grove in 1835. Early settlers such as Ela, Russell Andrus, Asahel Harris, Asa Dunton and Ezekiel Cady found Indian relics, signal stations, burial mounds and ruins of villages as they cleared their land - indications that an important Indian cultural center may have once flourished here. The numerous Indian trails in the area were invaluable to these first settlers; two of these trails - Woodstock Trail and Lake Zurich Trail - still exist today as Algonquin Road and Rand Roads.
In 1850, Illinois enacted legislation directing each county to subdivide into townships of approximately six square miles. The leaders of Township 42 met to choose a name and decided upon the name Palatine. It was suggested by Harrison Cook, formerly of Palatine Bridge, New York. Palatine Township began to grow when the Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad was extended to the Deer Grove trading post in 1853. Although this railroad eventually failed, another followed - known today as the Chicago and Northwestern. C&N was unique in being the only left-handed railroad in the nation, probably due to the fact that its first engines came from England.
Guided by the vision of Joel Wood, who surveyed and laid out the Village of Palatine in 1855, a bustling settlement soon sprang up around the railroad station. Wood recognized the potential for community growth and provided land to encourage the railroad company to build a new station at Palatine.
Others, however, did not share such optimism for the Village's future. Wood reportedly offered one businessman a lot for $10; the businessman rejected the offer, saying the parcel was nothing but a frog pond. That "worthless" parcel is now the center of downtown Palatine!
The Village was incorporated in 1866 and chartered by the state in November 1869. Among the first laws passed was one which prohibited sleight of hand performances without a license! Street lights were installed in 1871 when the Village purchased 12 lamps for $3.00 each and hired a lamplighter for 50¢ a night.
The Village's own railroad, the Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda, intersected with the Chicago and Northwestern at Palatine from 1911 to 1920. The PLZ&W steam engine, nicknamed "Maud," pulled passenger cars full of weekend visitors for picnicking and bicycling at Deer Grove.
More than a century after its founding, Palatine looks back on a rich historical past. As more settlers discovered the fertile farmlands of the area, they sent for their relatives and neighbors back east to come and join them. Today, the Village of Palatine continues to attract "modern day settlers" - both residential and business - who "Turn to Palatine" for new opportunities in the years ahead.
The Palatine Historical society was founded in 1955 when the township was celebrating its 100th anniversary. In 1976, through the cooperation of the Palatine Public Library and the Palatine Park District, the century-old house at 224 East Palatine Road was purchased, and then restored by the Palatine Historical Society to reflect its 1873 origin. It was named the George Clayson house after its original builder, nurseryman who occupied ten acres at the site. The George Clayson House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
More than 1,000 artifacts, documents, photographs and slides, microfilmed copies of township records, and rare leatherbound volumes containing the official record of the first Village board meetings, are archived and displayed at the Clayson House. In 1996, the Society undertook the remodeling of a 19th century carriage house to contain an 1890 fire station and exhibits about early Palatine businesses.
The Palatine Historical Society hosts many educational tours in conjunction with School District 15, as well as provides programs of local historical interest to the community frequently throughout the year. [Top of Page]
The Village of Palatine is ideally located for easy and quick access to the surrounding northwest suburbs, the City of Chicago, O'Hare International Airport, Pal-Waukee Regional Airport, and major expressways and tollways.
Served by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Metra commuter trains operate on an hourly schedule 365 days a year to and from Chicago. Passengers board at Palatine's Transportation Center on West Colfax St., a unique facility with parking as well as convenient shopping. A new train station will be constructed on W. Wood Street, east of Smith Street, in 1998. RTA's Pace buses link all parts of the Village with the Transportation Center, plus Palatine shops and shopping centers, schools and even parks. The Palatine Township Minibus provides free transportation for senior citizens and handicapped persons throughout the Village.
US. Highways 12 and 14 course diagonally through the Village enroute to Chicago or Wisconsin. The State Route 53 expressway skirts the eastern edge of the Village and connects drivers to the I-90 and I-294 tollways for a quick commute to O'Hare International Airport,
Chicago, and the north and south suburbs, as well as the far west suburbs via I-355 and I-88. State Route 62 runs northwest/southeast along the far south Village boundary; and Palatine Road extends eastward as a four-lane highway to suburban communities along Lake Michigan's north shore.
Chicago's Loop is a 40-minute drive; business commuters can take express trains to get to the city even quicker. O'Hare is a 20-minute drive from Palatine, and Pal-Waukee Airport in Prospect Heights - serving corporate, chartered and private aircraft - is eight miles east. [Top of Page]
Palatine remains one of the most-sought after residential housing markets in the Chicago area. Dotting the residential landscape are attractive condominium and townhome developments; well-maintained apartment complexes; and friendly, safe neighborhoods of single-family homes featuring a variety of architectural styles. Turn-of-the-century mansions, two-story four-squares and bungalows dating from the l920s and 30s intermingle with contemporary homes in Palatine's residential neighborhoods.
The Village's population is expected to grow by approximately 20 percent over the next few years, and residential builders are meeting the growing demand for housing with several new single- and multi-family residential developments.
Newer single-family developments include Oakwood Glen with 12 homes ($400,000), Shenandoah North with 40 homes ($350,000), Lakewood Glen with 16 homes ($350,000), Quentin Willow Estates with 14 homes ($400,000), Sanctuary Cove and Trails with 26 homes ($450,000), Deloraine with 35 homes (from $300,000), Lakeside Estates with 86 homes (from $300,000), and Concord Mills, a new development by Concord Homes of 146 single family homes priced from the high $200s.
Single-family units: 9,841 Multi-family units: 5,904 Owner-occupied: 66.4% Renter-occupied: 29.3% Vacant: 4.3% Average home value: $161,490 Average rent: $662/mo
Palatine's multi-family housing reflects quality and style. New condominium and townhome communities include Carriageway Builders' Bridge View West (37 townhomes); the two-phase Ethan's Glen (67 townhomes); Lexington Homes' Coventry Park (225 townhomes); Willow Glen (40 townhomes); and Concord Mills, a 105-townhome development being built by Concord Homes. [Top of Page]
What could you possibly need that you can't find in Palatine? In addition to the picturesque, historic downtown business district, Palatine boasts 32 shopping areas conveniently located throughout the Village with hundreds of stores and services to serve every consumer and business need. Merchants and service providers offer everything from barbershops to boutiques, hardware to house furnishings, groceries to gourmet coffees - and whatever else you can think of!
With so many centers to choose from, shopping is typically unhurried with convenient parking and friendly merchants eager to serve you. In fact, sales tax revenues of over $3 million are generated by shoppers traveling to Palatine from other communities.
The charming downtown business district has been recently remodeled and several buildings restored to recall Palatine's historic roots. The Slade Street Fire Station, once the Village's lone fire house, is now an attractive shopping center with remodeled facades and interiors. Construction of a new downtown train station will be completed in spring 1998.
The 2.2 million sq. ft. Woodfield Mall - the largest retail center in the U.S. - in nearby Schaumburg recently completed an expansion encompassing more than a half-million square feet and adding 27 new retail stores. Anchors include Marshall Fields, Lord & Taylor, J. C. Penney, Sears, and now Nordstroms.
And whatever your tastes, you'll be sure to enjoy Palatine's many restaurants which offer a "plateful" of pleasing culinary creations. From fast food to fine dining, from tantalizing ethnic specialties to Continental cuisine, Turn to Palatine for true dining delights! [Top of Page]
Evidence of business prosperity can be seen throughout the Village, an attestment to the dynamic growth Palatine is experiencing. National retailers are establishing stores in several retail centers which are presently under construction, nearing completion, newly opened or have been recently approved.
Deer Grove Centre (on Dundee Rd. just east of Hicks): 400,000 sq. ft. shopping center including a 65,000 sq. ft. Dominicks grocery store. Target, Super Crown bookstore, Pet Care, Linens 'n Things, Famous Footwear, Super Trak, Factory Card Outlet, Hollywood Video and Applebee's Restaurant.
Park Place Shopping Center (near the corner of Rand and Dundee Roads): 350,000 sq. ft. with major tenants Whole Foods, MegaTJMax, Builder's Square and Office Max/Furniture Max.
Regency Plaza (corner of Euclid and Quentin Roads): 133,000 sq. ft. center which includes a 60,000 sq. ft. Dominicks, recently completed Marlowe's Restaurant and a Walgreen's Drug Store.
Quentin Corners (Northwest Highway and Quentin Rd.): 55,000 sq. ft. shopping center with several convenience and specialty shops.
Stevens Pointe (Northwest Highway west of Smith St.): This 38,500 sq. ft. center has been remodeled and includes a meat market and restaurant among its 12 tenants.
Downtown Palatine has the largest concentration of businesses in the Village (450,000 square feet) and is benefitting from a revitalization program.
The Village also has a light manufacturing zoning classification; more than 70 firms each averaging 110 employees are now based and/or located in Palatine, including Sellstrom Manufacturing, maker of safety equipment and clothing. The world headquarters of electrical products manufacturer Square D Corporation are located in Palatine, as are the regional offices of Fluke Manufacturing Company, and the corporate offices of Weber Stephens, manufacturer of Weber grills. United Parcel Services operates a 48-acre facility in the northeast portion of the Village.
Palatines Community Development Department works closely with all businesses considering establishing or relocating to the Palatine area. In addition to providing important information and data about the Village, the business community can "Turn to Palatine's" Community Development staff for help in obtaining business financing through Industrial Revenue Bonds, Community Development Block Grants, Special Service Area assistance, and other financing programs available and implemented through the State of Illinois. For more information, contact:
Richard Kozdras Community Development Director Village of Palatine 200 E. Wood St., Palatine 60067 Phone: (847) 359-9047 Fax: (847) 776-4733.[Top of Page]
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