For the second year in a row, the Village of Wauconda is the proud recipient of the Daily Herald’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for “Best City/Town to Live”! It is the perfect destination for family recreation, unique dining, and leisurely shopping along our historic Main Street.
This year, Wauconda joins Arlington Heights, Libertyville and Schaumburg as one of the top vote getters in this category! We would like to recognize the 24 Wauconda businesses, events, and organizations that won the 2013 Readers’ Choice “Best of the Best”:
- Village of Wauconda – Best City/Town to Live, Best Downtown Atmosphere
- Wauconda Park District – Best Park District, Best Community Festival (Waucondafest)
- Middleton’s on Main – Best Appetizers, Best New Restaurant, Best Theme Restaurant, Best Bar/Lounge
- From Scratch Café – Best Bakery
- Academy of Ballet - Best Dance School/Studio
- Eduardo’s Catering – Best Caterer
- Bliss Wine & Gift Shop - Best Wine Selection
- Bulldogs Grill - Best Hamburgers, Best Comfort Food, Best Fries
- Honey Hill Coffee Company – Best Tea Shop
- Strawberry Moon – Best Martini
- Main Street Outfitter – Best Bicycle Store
- Dock’s Bar & Grill – Best Outdoor Eatery, Best Place to Dance
- Lindy’s Landing - Best Outdoor Eatery, Best Marina
- Slyce Coal Fired Pizza - Best Thin Crust Pizza, Best Unique Salad
- Wauconda Boat – Best Marina
- Carpets 4U – Best Carpet/Flooring Store
- Golf Farm - Best Driving Range
- Gangi Martial Arts of Wauconda – Best Martial Arts Studio
- Whippletre Antiques – Best Antique Shop
- M&L Flooring – Best Carpet/Flooring Store
- P.S. Flowers and Balloons – Best Florist
- All Temp Heating & AC - Best Heating & A/C Company
- Rusty’s Home Repair – Best Kitchen/Bath Remodeling
- Tri-County Thrift Store – Best Resale Shop
Wauconda is located in the southeastern part of Wauconda Township on the banks of a beautiful little lake which has from earliest times been known as Bangs Lake, named in honor of Justus and Mark Bangs, the first settlers of the place.
The town of Wauconda was organized in the year of 1849, by a vote of the people of the County to divide said County into towns. There were 1,695 votes cast and all except three were in favor of the division.
How it got the name Wauconda. The name Wauconda, which means “Spirit Water” was given to the village, it is said, by a young man named LaFayette Mills, who at that time was a teacher in the “Little Red School.” Mr. Mills had read a story of Indian Life in the West and was greatly pleased with the part of the story which spoke of a small body of water called Wauconda, which in the Indian Tongue means Spirit Water. So he suggested the name to the people of the village and commissioners were appointed and favorably considered the suggested name.
Some of the oldest settlers maintained that the village was named for a young Indian Chief who was buried on the East shore of the Lake.
Today, Wauconda has a thriving business community with a unique mix of retailers, service providers, and industry. The Village’s elected officials and administrative staff take a proactive approach to economic development through teamwork and streamlined services.
Beautiful Bangs Lake continues to offer a variety of recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating. Historic buildings and tree-lined streets offer an escape from the bustle of everyday life.
The Village Board has begun the process of updating the Village Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This Plan is the “official” document of the Village for land use activity. The present plan was adopted in 2007 and it is normal to update the plan approximately every five years or after a 10-year U.S. Census is completed, which occurred in 2010.
The Comprehensive Land Use Plan is a non-regulatory document which serves to provide a “vision” for future land use and serves to guide future land use decisions. The document provides for community goals and objectives related to land uses which generally include residential, retail/commercial business, industrial/employment and public/quasi-public land use including environmental elements. The review and approval process is anticipated to be completed sometime the Summer of 2012 after the Village Board receives a recommendation from the Plan Commission.
View the 2007 Comprehensive Plan (Note: this is a large file, 9 MB in size)