Huntley is a rapidly growing village in McHenry and Kane counties. In 2000, the village’s population was a mere 5,730. It substantially grew to 22,923 in 2008. As of the 2012 census, the population was 24,291. The village has 14.10 square miles, 14.07 square miles of it is land. Huntley is best known for its Prime Outlets Mall and the largest retirement community in the Midwest, Sun City. The old part of Huntley is known for its public square; including a gazebo, a full brick-paved street (Woodstock St.) and a 50s-style diner, The Huntley Dairy Mart. Huntley’s slogan is: “The friendly village with country charm”. And it definitely holds up to that.
Huntley students mainly attend the schools in District 158. The elementary schools are: Leggee, May Chesak (kindergarten-2nd grade), Hannah Martin (3rd-5th grade), Marion Conley, and Mackeben. The middle schools are Henry Marlowe and Bernice Heinemann. Huntley High School is the primary high school for students. McHenry County College is the main community college for students in District 158.
Huntley Park District has a few community activities and parks. Deicke Park is the village’s largest park. It has many ballfields, picnic shelters, a large slide, a playground, and basketball and tennis courts. Deicke Park has added a Community Rec Center, Betsey Washington Park, and Stingray Bay Aquatic Park. The Community Rec Center contains a large gym, fitness center, mess hall, classrooms for workshops, and the Cosman Cultural Arts Center is an auditorium/theatre is attached to the rec center. Betsey Washington Park is an extension of the park area and it remains for historical and recreational use. Stingray Bay Aquatic Park includes a pool with a zero-depth entrance and water features and slides. There’s also a snack bar, a patio, and locker rooms. Pinecrest Golf Course and Jim Dhamer Square are also included in the park district. Whisper Creek Golf Course is a semi-private golf course located within Sun City for its members to enjoy. They also offer Prairie Lodge which has 2 pools, a large lobby and gathering area, exercise equipment, the Drendell Ballroom, workshop and programming rooms, outdoor fountains, beautiful landscape, and an on-site restaurant. There are also public areas, marshes, ponds, and open grassy area available to residents of Huntley within subdivisions.
The village of Huntley has a few festivals and traditions its residents are able to enjoy. Huntley High Fine Arts Festival showcases art made by students in Huntley High School. Fall Fest is a festival hosted by volunteers in the area. Pancake Breakfast is available to anyone and is hosted by the local Boy Scouts. Rummage Sales are held all the time in downtown churches. The Memorial Day Parade and the Huntley Town Picnic are also available.
Huntley is home to a few industries. Some are: Weber Grill Factory, Dean Foods dairy processing & distribution center, Freund International Trucking Center, Allied Asphalt Paving Co., and Union Special.
Huntley started off as a very small town and it continues to grow. Its country charm is attracting those who wish to live in a quieter village. If that’s what you’re looking for, Huntley is the place for you!