• Photos by Cragin Spring

Village of Spring Grove

Spring Grove is an active and growing community in the northeast region of McHenry County with a vibrant community spirit and an outstanding quality of life that maintains a small town feeling of family, friends and neighbors.

Spring Grove was established in the late 1830s as an agricultural community. In fact, the world’s first vertical 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 Fred Hatch’s invention by dedicating a replica of his silo at Lyle Thomas Park.

Spring Grove was chosen as the location for the first state fish hatchery in 1914 because of the natural cold water springs which produced over 300 gallons of water a minute. Many kinds of fish were produced for the northern waterways and lakes of the state, including Lake Michigan. The Spring Grove Fish Hatchery was in operation for nearly 100 years before closing in 2005. In 2007, the Village acquired the site with the goal to renovate the historic property. With the help of many volunteers and grant money, work was started on site grading, pond reconstruction, walking paths, fishing piers, fencing and the visitor’s center where historical exhibits are on display. Hatchery Park was opened in 2012, with a dedication and grand opening.

The village strives to keep the values and traditions of a small town alive through community events like the annual Fourth of July Celebration, Easter Egg Hunt and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The annual Fourth of July Celebration starts with a parade and continues with games, food and fun at Horse Fair Park, ending with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening. Spring Grove is also home to the world’s largest corn maze located at the Richardson Adventure Farm with miles of trails spread out over 30 acres. This is also a destination spot each winter for families looking for an adventure of cutting down their own Christmas tree.

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 Thelen Park, Hatchery Park, Lyle Thomas Park and the nearby Chain O’ Lakes State Park and Glacial Park. Lyle Thomas Park is also home to one of four canoe launches/landings along the Nippersink Creek. The Nippersink Creek Canoe Trail is one of the most beautiful canoe trails in Northern Illinois.

In 1902, Spring Grove incorporated with a population of 325. Careful planning has rewarded the village with a high quality selection of housing along with increased commercial and light industrial development.

Residents enjoy the rural feel of Spring Grove with a beautiful countryside and small-town way of life. Spring Grove looks to the future with optimism, exploring new ways of developing traditional neighborhoods, building new parks and other recreation areas, and welcoming new stores and

Village of Spring Grove Municipal Center
7401 Meyer Road
Spring Grove IL 60081
815-675-2121
http://www.springgrovevillage.com/

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Village President: Mark R. Eisenberg

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