Spring Grove, IL
Situated within the beautiful surroundings of Northern Illinois you will find the Village of Spring Grove. Spring Grove was established in the 1830's as an agricultural community. In fact, the world's first silo was invented in Spring Grove in August of 1873 by Fred Hatch. Constructed on his small farm, the silo was a square, vertical storage box made of wood. Prior to his invention, farmers stored corn in long trenches but dampness would often cause considerable spoilage. In 1984 the American Society of Agricultural Engineers recognized Fed Hatch's invention by dedicating a replica of his silo at Lyle Thomas Park in Spring Grove.
In 1902 Spring Grove incorporated with a population of 325. Today, Spring Grove is one of the fastest growing municipalities in McHenry Coutny; a special census in 2004 counted 4,978 residents. Careful planning has rewarded the Village with a high quality selection of housing along with increased commercial and light industrial development.
As Spring Grove's agricultural landscape slowly evolves into a residential one, the village strives to keep the values and traditions of a small town alive through community events like tha annual Fourth of July Celebration and the Illinois Storytelling Festival. The annual Fourth of July Celebration starts with a parade down Main Street and continues with games, food, and fun at Horse Fair Park, ending with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening. The Illinois Storytellind Festival, one of the largest and most respected storytelling events in America, is also held in Spring Grove each year. Started in 1983, the nationally known event is held under large big-top tents. Although the festival draws a large audience from across the county it still maintains that small town feeling of a community get-together. Spring Grove is also home to the world's largest corn maze located on Richardson's Farm. People from all over the Chicago area come to Richardson's Corn Maze to experience the 10 miles of trails spread over 25 acres.
Recreational activities in and around Spring Grove include biking and hiking paths, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and canoeing. These activities can be found at Spring Grove Park, Horse Fair Park, nearby Chain O'Lakes State Park, and Glacial Park. The Nippersink Creek Canoe Trail, one of the most beautiful canoe trails in Northern Illinois, starts in Glacial Park and winds its way through Spring Grove, meandering around cut banks and sandbars, beneath willows, and through rolling farmlands.
The Village of Spring Grove, a progressive and growing community, maintains a small town feeling of family, friends, and neighbors and will continue to welcome new residents and visitors for years to come.
Village of Spring Grove Municipal Center
7401 Meyer Road
Spring Grove IL 60081
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Village President: Mark Eisenberg