Carpentersville Homes For Sale
Huge variety of homes available
Capentersville Il was not a town full of carpenters. It was names after a family who’s last name was Carpenter. The town has a great location. It’s a short ride on the Jane Adams to Chicago and to the more affluent northwest suburbs. This give home owners very reasonably priced home and an easy commute to one of the most exciting cities in the world.
I love the variety of housing in Carpentersville. There are modest ranch homes built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Some have only one bathroom but they are extremely affordable and great starter homes. At the other end of the spectrum are homes in Grand Pointe. These palatial homes are very large and luxurious. There is a home for everyone in Carpentersville.
History Of Carpentersville
Always good to know how the town originated
Julius Angelo Carpenter (August 19, 1827 – March 30, 1880) was the founder of Carpentersville, Illinois and its first prominent citizen. Carpenter came with his family from Uxbridge, Massachusetts and settled near the Fox River, along with his father Charles Valentine Carpenter and his uncle Daniel. Angelo was the first person to settle Carpentersville. Carpenter built the settlement’s first store, bridge, and factory. He served two consecutive terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1837, the brothers, en route to the Rock River, made camp along the east bank of the Fox River to wait out the spring floods that made continuing their oxcart journey impossible. They ended up staying in the area to settle what was then called Carpenters’ Grove.
For the next hundred years, Carpentersville did not grow as rapidly as other Fox River communities which had more direct rail connections to Chicago. The electric interurban railroad came to Carpentersville in 1896. The line was built by the Carpentersville, Elgin and Aurora Railway from a connection with the streetcar system in Elgin, Illinois and ran for four miles, terminating at the Illinois Iron and Bolt foundry on Main Street. This company changed ownership several times, including the Aurora, Elgin and Chicago Railway. It ended up being owned by the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company in 1924. This line was always operated separately from the rest of the system, which included all traction lines between Carpentersville and Yorkville. This was a great convenience to factory workers who traveled to Elgin and for Elgin workers to come to Carpentersville. The line was used by everyone to enjoy Elgin’s Trout Park and to enjoy the “summer cars” for a cool ride. The line started to fail with the onset of the Great Depression and the establishment and paving of Illinois Route 31, which encouraged automobile use and the creation of a bus route. The final blow came in 1933, when a tornado destroyed the bridge over the Fox River just south of West Dundee.
Until the 1950s, Carpentersville consisted of a street grid along the Fox River centered on Main Street, which was the only highway bridge across the Fox River between Algonquin and Dundee. The Meadowdale Shopping Center, which was anchored by Wieboldt’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Cook’s and W.T. Grant; it also featured an indoor ice skating rink, overshadowed the commercial district along the River. A large section of the shopping mall on the north side was torn down in the 1990s and a new post office building was built.
In 1956, to reflect this population shift, Dundee Community High School relocated from its former site on Illinois Route 31 to Cleveland Avenue (now Carpentersville Middle School). In 1964, a second high school, named for Irving Crown, opened on Kings Road on the northern edge of Meadowdale. The two schools have now merged. DeLacey (one of the schools built on Kings Road) was closed and demolished, and was remade on Cleveland Ave.
From 1958 to 1969, Carpentersville was home to the Meadowdale International Raceway, a 3.27 miles (5.26 km) long automobile race track located west of Illinois Route 31 which was also started by Besinger. The site is now a Township Park and County Forest Preserve.
A great town for families
Dundee-Crown is currently located at 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville, Illinois. The pseudo address of 1 Charger Country is more commonly used, however. The school accommodates the majority of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, the east half of Algonquin and also small parts of Cary, Fox River Grove, and Barrington Hills. Demographically there is a large diversity of students.
Dundee Crown was known for its utilizing a block scheduling system as opposed to a traditional class scheduling system through the 2011-2012 school year, after which, all high schools in District 300 . Students would, through block scheduling, surpass most traditional high school credit totals because students can earn up to 32 high school credits upon graduation. Students attending Dundee-Crown would have three to four classes per day, each of a ninety-minute duration, with a forty-minute ‘Flex Block’ designed for students to eat lunch in addition to acting as an interim resource class. ‘Flex-Block’ allowed students to participate in a plethora of clubs and activities during the school day and participate in sports and extracurricular activities after school. Financial problems with the school district nearly caused a termination of this program, but a 2006 referendum averted this. However in January 2008 Flex Block was canceled and replaced with a much different scheduling system.
Controversy Over Removal of Flex Block
Dundee-Crown did not meet the average yearly progress quota. As a result, the administration has decided to experiment with a new schedule. The new schedule consisted of blocks one and two, followed by “Charge It Up”, or C.U.P. (displays characteristics of a study hall), and immediately followed by an ABC lunch system and fourth block. Additionally, the passing periods were reduced to seven minutes, rather than the ten minutes that students had grown accustomed to.
High school students wishing to further progress their studies on a higher level attend classes at Elgin Community College during school hours. Some feel that they had a much more perilous journey rushing to arrive from Dundee-Crown to Elgin Community College. The schedule change made for a shorter driving time to arrive safely at their designated college class due to the fact that they would not be able to leave as early. A great deal of past students in the program have expressed concern about the issues that this brought about.
Charge it Up!
Charge It Up! also known as C.U.P. was a system implemented by the Dundee-Crown administration to serve as a remedy for the removal of Flex Block. Similar to a study hall, students were required to complete “Academic Activities”. Students could leave their Charge it Up! rooms in order to attend club meetings, take missed tests, use the media center for projects or papers, or ask teachers for help with schoolwork. However, in order to leave their Charge it Up! rooms, students were required to get their passes signed by their destination teacher, coach, or supervisors and then have it signed by their Charge it Up! teachers. Mondays are “No Movement” days, in which no students was allowed to use his or her pass. Every other Monday, the students would receive a small “Charger Lesson” that usually discussed DCHS events. However, as compared to the previous flex block, C.U.P. was only 30 minutes long, with five of these minutes for announcements.
Today, Dundee Crown has nine blocks, each consisting of forty five minutes, with five-minute passing periods in between. The school day begins at 7:30am and concludes at 2:58pm. The school’s Charge It Up! (C.U.P.) program has also been replaced with a similar resource class known as ASP, the only difference between the two being that every student had C.U.P. at the same time of day whereas ASP can occur during any given class period for students.
The following teams have placed in their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournaments:
- Basketball (boys): 4th place (2008–09)
- Wrestling: 4th place (1984–85, 2003–04)
- Cross Country (boys) 10th place (2007-2008)
Programs at Dundee Crown
Dundee Crown has gained attention for many programs it supports. The environmental department has won various awards from the EPA and National Water Works for their recycling programs. They also network with Friends of the Fox River and work to restore places like Raceway Woods.
Dundee-After Hours has also become popular. It has made school technology available to older students who may not have access at home while also providing entertainment and a place to do group projects.
On December 7, 2009 Dundee Crown Students and Faculty wore costumes in an attempt to break the current Guinness world record of 1000 superheroes. The unofficial count was over 1400. The event, however, was not just to get the school in the record books, but to raise awareness of two local charitable organizations: Friend I Shall Help (FISH) Food Pantry and Elgin Community Crisis Center. When registering to enter the field-house, everyone needed to either donate $1 or a nonperishable food item for the pantry. Organizers said they collected 932 food items and $1,851 in cash donations.