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Tamara Lyon: Author and Sugar Grove Native


In the Spring of 1834 at what is now known as Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, Sugar Grove had its humble beginnings when six travelers from the east took shelter there and eventually built a log cabin; land was just over a dollar an acre...  In 1850, the first town meeting was held on April 2nd.

The exquisitely rich, black soil of the prairie was ideal for agriculture, and farming quickly became the first real business there.  By 1881, the Chicago & Iowa Railroad had come to Sugar Grove, providing an essential link for farmers, as well as providing transportation for community residents.  The original roads of dirt were paved over during the first half of the twentieth century and in 1957, the Village of Sugar Grove was incorporated.  Population: 125.  A general merchandise store and cheese factory, then a grain elevator, lumber, coal business, ice cream parlor, a post office and other businesses followed; Sugar Grove began to grow.. slowly at first.

Located on Route 47, at the edge of the Chicago Metropolitan area and once known to the Indians of the area as "Sin-Qua-Sip", Sugar Grove has seen tremendous growth during the first years of the twenty-first century -- 115% by some estimates -- and has quickly become a thriving and tight-knit community that continues to attract visitors and new residents, in part because of its strong public school system (Kaneland CUSD 302), community college (Waubonsee) and strong sense of community involvement.  From the official Village of Sugar Grove website:

"We are a community of hardworking people, people who volunteer, people who take pride in their family and their community. There is no place like home."


Population:  9,453
(2007 est.)
Elevation: 726 feet
Land area: 10+ sq mi
Zip codes: 60
County: Kane



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