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Traces of the Pottawatomi Indians, who inhabited the land in Illinois before it was settled by Europeans, are still found in present day Antioch. For example, Highway 173 was a former Native American foot trail that is now a major artery of transportation for Antioch locals and other suburban Chicago residents.
Following the Civil War, families of English and German heritage moved into the region where Antioch now stands. They cultivated the land and set up shops. The ensuing years saw a rise in vacationers from Chicago coming to Antioch, especially after a rail line was installed in the mid-1880s, connecting the resort town to the city. Hotels and boarding houses popped up to accommodate the influx of travelers. Unfortunately, a series of fires around the turn of the century destroyed a large part of the downtown. But the resilient townspeople rebuilt, this time using brick.
The community grew as industry emerged on the scene. Today, a good percentage of Antioch's 13,000 residents are employed outside the village limits, which is located just south of the Wisconsin border. Many take the commuter train to Chicago for work, which has prompted a surge of commercial expansion in the area around the station. Other pockets of development, both business and residential, have sprouted up along Route 173. The heavily-traveled corridor is a main contributor to Antioch's expansion, however, the quaint downtown strip is also a lively retail center with boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.
A far-stretching system of lakes and rivers in the area make Antioch a very popular destination for fishing and boating during the warm weather months. Loon Lake is a hot spot for all sorts of outdoor activities, including fishing tournaments where folks try to snag Batman fish-so named for their unique markings that look like the Batman symbol. Kite flying is also big among the Loon Lake visitors, however, things can get quite competitive during the prime kiting season (we're talking one-and-a-half-hour records!). Surrounding Antioch is a large expanse of forest preserve with acres of protected natural landscape that provide residents with ample outdoor space. Weekend hikes are often on the agenda for Antiochers and once winter rolls around, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are all the rage.
Waterfront property is the most coveted real estate in Antioch, Illinois. There are several lakes in the vicinity and it's the homes with water rights that sell for top dollar. These gorgeous lake houses have prices anywhere from $500,000 to $975,000 and vary in architectural style from vintage frame homes to new construction designs with vaulted ceilings and state-of-the-art features. Some upmarket properties in Antioch are not on a lake, but have extensive grounds and out buildings, such as stables, that offer residents a different type of recreational appeal.
Even in the more developed neighborhoods of Antioch the lots offer homeowners sprawling yards and lush vegetation that gives the impression of a secluded vacation house. Residences here are reasonably spread out from own another with trees and bushes growing along the property lines to provide that added sense of privacy from next door neighbors.
Prices for detached single-family homes in Antioch range from $90,000 (for a small one-story with cute front porch and old-fashioned charm) to $900,000 (for a large waterfront home with dock and gorgeous lake views). Condos and townhouses are generally available for prices between $150,000 and $390,000, and there are some townhome communities with water access and mini-harbors right outside your back door.
Antioch Residential Real Estate Info for Single-Family Detached Homes
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Source: Multiple Listings Service of Northern Illinois
There's no better chance to sample the delicious local eats of Antioch than during the village's Taste of Summer Festival. For four days in July, the streets of Antioch are flooded with visitors from around the state who come for that food and stay for the entertainment. Dozens of vendors and restaurateurs serve samples of their most popular dishes from the food tents and musicians perform live from the Antioch Bandshell. Downtown shops set up stalls outside their storefronts for the Sidewalk Sales and the Alpine Amusement Carnival rounds out the roster of fun with family activities and theme park rides.
- Antioch Community High School - 1133 Main Street
- Antioch Upper Grade School - 800 Highview Drive
- Hillcrest Elementary School - 433 East Depot Street
- W C Petty Elementary School - 850 Highview Drive
- Emmons Grade School - 24226 West Beach Grove
- Oakland Elementary School - 22018 West Grass Lake
- Antioch Elementary School - 817 North Main Street
- Grass Lake Elementary School - 26177 West Grass Lake
- Saint Peter Elementary School - 900 Saint Peter Street
- Faith Evangelical Lutheran School - 1275 South Main Street