Guide to the Dundee Area

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The village of East Dundee was incorporated in 1871 . Nestled on the eastern shores of the Fox River, East Dundee was known for producing dairy and cheese and served by The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Also home to Haeger brick company that was essential in rebuilding Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire. East Dundee and West Dundee was named by a young Scotchman name Alexander Gardiner after winning a drawing. Naming the town after his hometown in Scotland.

The Village of West Dundee was incorporated in 1886. Located on the western shores of the Fox River. In 1835 Elder John and Nancy Oatman established a tavern and a store that became the center of the community.

Sleepy Hollow began as a farm just west of West Dundee.  In 1953 a young man name Floyd T. Falese bought the farm and briefly farmed it. Soon after he began to subdivide the land with a vision of something different than a grid style subdivision.  To retain the country charm Sleepy Hollow was built with meandering streets without sidewalks.



The Dundee area offers a wide variety of local dining options. Here are some of top dining options

·         Benedicts Eggs and More

·         Bandito Barneys Beach Club

·         Diamond Jims Gas Grill

·         Anvil Club

·         Fracescas Campagna

·         Village Squire

·         Emmetts Brewing

·         Bleu Root

·         Rosie O’hares Public House



Whether you are looking for an after dinner drink, or something more wild, Dundee has a great selection of local watering holes to choose from.

·         Rosie O’hares Public House

·         Carol’s Corner

·         Bandito Barneys Beach Club

·         The Chubby Bull Frog

·         Bikini Bottom Bar and Grill

·         Emmetts Brewing

·         Village Squire




Dundee is a vibrant community that offers year round activities. I have listed a few below


·         Randall Oaks Zoo--  Barn-based family venue with kid-friendly animals for petting & feeding, plus games & pony rides.

·         Santa’s Village Azoosment Park-- Christmas-themed attraction with carnival rides & 200+ zoo animals. Open May through October.

·         The Underground Retrocade—Old fashioned style arcade with video games and pinball.

·         Illinois Prairie Path--The Illinois Prairie Path is a network of 61 miles of bicycle trails, mostly in DuPage County, Illinois. Portions of the trail extend west to Kane County and east to Cook County

·         Cinemark Theatre--Chain of movie theaters, some with multiple screens, stadium seats & self-service ticketing kiosks.

·         Springhill Mall--Spring Hill Mall is a regional shopping mall in West Dundee, Illinois and Carpentersville, Illinois. Anchor stores include Carson's, Cinemark, Kohl's, Macy's, and Sears.

·         Gat Guns Shooting Range--GAT GUNS and Dundee Shooting Range has both indoor rifle and pistol ranges with a total of 63 lanes. Our pistol ranges are 25 yards; rifle are 50 and 75 yards

·         Hover Park—worlds only indoor hover board amusement park.

·         Rock Haus—Live Music venue

·         Dundee Heritage Fest-- Heritage Fest celebration located in the towns of East Dundee and West Dundee along the Fox River with a wide range of activities throughout the weekend. The festival includes live local and professional musical entertainment, Fireworks Friday after Dusk, antique fair, arts and crafts, classic car Show, food and drink, Business expo, kids activities, chili cook-off, bags tournament, outdoor movies and much more. The Dundee-Crown High School Homecoming Parade runs in conjunction with the festival and steps off Sunday at 2pm on Main St.

·         Halloween Party--The Halloween Party includes a costume contest, kids crafts, games, face painting, straw bale maze, hayrides, house decorating contest (popular judging), pumpkin carving contest (pre-carved) and more.


·         Dickens In Dundee --In the tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, each year during the first weekend of December (second weekend after Thanksgiving) downtown East and West Dundee come to life in a Victorian Christmas celebration with small town atmosphere.The weekend kicks off with tree lighting ceremonies, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and live portrayals of Christmas scenes in the merchant windows along Main Street. Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, Christmas tree sales by the Dundee Lions Club in Grafelman Park.

·         Concerts in the park--Each summer, the Dundee Township Park District, in conjunction with the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee and Carpentersville, puts on a series of concerts in area parks, providing free fun entertainment for residents of all ages. Grafelman Park in West Dundee and Lions Park in East Dundee play host to several such events during the months of June, July and August, with a concert and fireworks display at Meadowdale Park in Carpentersville at the end of June. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends for dinner, fresh air, entertainment and community spirit!


The Dundee area is a great place to call home. Nestled on the shores of the Fox Valley, located minutes away from I-90 and local Metra stations in Elgin. Beautiful tree lined streets and plenty of shopping and night life to make this small community a Home.  If you are interested in living in this great community contact me at, or  or call or text 224-434-6161.