Being a historic village, Algonquin has many different festivals, with many celebrating heritage or history. Each spring, the Hill Climb Race is held where classic cars race to the top of a large hill in town. This festival pays homage to the first automobiles, which were tested for worth by racing up the hill. Founders' Days is another festival based on history. It celebrates the founding of Algonquin with a carnival, parade, and fireworks display. This event is always held at the end of July. A number of other festivals occur throughout the year that include farmers markets, concerts, and art.
Randall Road Corridor
Randall Road is the shopping and retail center of the region. A majority of the shops and restaurants in Algonquin are located here, including Esplanade, Algonquin Commons, and the Algoquin Galleria. Big box stores and many small retail shops are found here. This retail center serves areas beyond the village, including surrounding towns and counties. In addition to all of the retail and restaurants, there are also large entertainment centers including bowling alleys, theaters, and other fun places to gather.
Parks and Recreation
Algonquin is unique as there is no park department and the village itself is responsible for the upkeep of the parks and recreation facilities. Believe it or not, the area is home to some of the nicest parks and walking trails in Illinois. A popular walking spot is downtown, where the sidewalk is nicely maintained and the lighting, as well as the proximity to the Fox River, draw in much foot traffic during the day and evening hours. A subsection of the Grand Illinois Trail runs through Algonquin called the Fox River Trail/McHenry County Prairie Path.