Fox River Grove, Illinois
|Fox River Grove|
|Area||1.78 sq mi (5 km2)|
|- land||1.78 sq mi (5 km2)|
|- water||0.00 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||2,727 / sq mi (1,053 / km2)|
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Into the 1860s the Ojibwe people used the Fox River Grove region for their winter home.
In 1869, Frank Opatrny purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land on the southern shore of the Fox River. The area gained a reputation with city dwellers as an ideal vacation spot. In 1900, Frank's son Eman Opatrny bought the land from his father, converting the family land into a tourist destination, the Fox River Picnic Grove. In 1902, Opatrny added a luxury hotel, named the Castle Pavilion, which featured windows from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
In 1905, the Norge Ski Club purchased land in Fox River Grove for a ski jump. The Norge Ski Club is the oldest, continuously open ski club in the United States. The Norge Ski Club is also home to the Windy City Balloon Port, whose hot air balloons float along the Fox River.
In 1919, the village of Fox River Grove incorporated. In the same year Louis Cernocky, Sr., established Louis's Place, a Bohemian restaurant and bar. In 1922, Cernocky built Louis' Crystal Ballroom behind the restaurant, which was frequented by many prominent Chicago residents.
In 1931, Theodore Bettendorff began work on what would come to be known as Castle Vianden, which is located along what is now U.S. Route 14. By 1960, the castle, which was open to visitors, had eight towers, a guard room, bugle tower, castle yard, enclosed sun porch, modern kitchen, garage, dungeon, and a wishing well. Bettendorff continued to add to his castle until his death in 1967. During the 1970s, the castle was rented out as a honeymoon retreat.
In 1942, the Picnic Grove land was purchased by Louis, Jr., and Clara Cernocky. Louis was a successful local businessman and Clara was the daughter of Eman Opatrny. Dubbed "40 Acres of Paradise" by Cernocky, the Picnic Grove remained a popular vacation destination for approximately 20 years before it fell into disarray.
In 1945, Fox River Grove established the first VFW post in McHenry County.
After changing hands several times, in 1994 the Village of Fox River Grove obtained a grant to acquire 40 acres (160,000 m2) along the river and named the property Picnic Grove Park. The rest of the land was developed into what is now the Picnic Grove subdivision. Remnants of the Fox River Picnic Grove can still be seen in the park.
Fox River Grove level crossing accident 
On October 25, 1995, a Metra passenger train, running express towards Chicago, collided with a Cary-Grove High School school bus, killing seven high school students. The accident brought reform and increased safety standards nationwide for signalled rail crossings located very near street and highway intersections which are regulated by traffic signals, also known as interconnected crossings.
Fox River Grove is located primarily in McHenry County and partially in Lake County, Illinois, along U.S. Route 14, 42 miles (68 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. It is situated on the south bank of the Fox River, which flows southwest to the Illinois River. The village of Cary is located on the north side of the river, connected to Fox River Grove by a bridge on Route 14.
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.78 square miles (4.6 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,862 people, 1,677 households, and 1,294 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,929.6 people per square mile (1,130.9/km²). There were 1,734 housing units at an average density of 1,044.8 per square mile (403.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.91% White, 0.68% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.83% of the population.
There were 1,677 households out of which 45.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the village the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $66,469, and the median income for a family was $78,847. Males had a median income of $59,306 versus $28,643 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,870. About 5.2% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.
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- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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- Village of Fox River Grove official website
- Fox River Grove Memorial Library
- Barrington Area Library
- Fox River Grove, IL in Encyclopedia of Chicago
- Fox River Grove at Chicagoland History
- Norge Ski Club