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Encyclopedia > Randall Road

Randall Road is a major north-south road in McHenry and Kane County, Illinois. It serves as the western extent of the Fox Valley suburbs in Chicagoland. McHenry County is located in the state of Illinois. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... The Fox River is a tributary of the Illinois River in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States. ... Chicagoland. ...


Towns Served

Randall Road runs through sections of the following towns from north to south: Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Carpentersville, West Dundee, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora. Crystal Lake is a city located in southeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois. ... Lake in the Hills is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... Algonquin is a village located in both Kane and McHenry County, Illinois, Illinois. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... West Dundee is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1854. ... South Elgin is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... St. ... Geneva is a far-western suburb of Chicago located in extreme eastern Kane County, Illinois. ... Batavia is a city located in Kane County, Illinois and DuPage County, Illinois. ... North Aurora is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Auroras Logo Aurora is a city located in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois. ...

Multilane Artery

It is four lanes for nearly its entire length, from IL Route 31 via Rakow Road in Crystal Lake to Galena Blvd. in Aurora. It is also 6 lanes in a small section in Algonquin.

It also has an interchange at I-90. Near Aurora, most travelers use nearby Orchard Road to access I-88.

It intersects with Illinois 31 via Rakow Road, Algonquin Road, Huntley Road, Illinois Route 72, Big Timber Road, U.S. Route 20, Bowes Road, Silver Glen Road, Illinois Route 64, Illinois Route 38, Keslinger Road, Fabyan Parkway, Main St., Orchard Road, Indian Trail Dr., and Galena Blvd. Illinois State Route 31 is a two-lane state road that follows the Fox River along the western bank. ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... See also Interstate 39 U.S. 40 Illinois Route 38 is an east-west state road that runs across northern Illinois. ...

A busy north-south artery, traffic counts average around 50,000 a day on some parts of the road.

Retail and Business Corridor

The road is famous for being lined with retailers for nearly its entire length, with big-box shopping centers being most concentrated in Geneva/Batavia, South Elgin/Elgin, and Algonquin/Lake in the Hills. Additionally, the large lifestyle centers Algonquin Commons, Galleria Center, and Geneva Commons are all found along the corridor. The term lifestyle center is used in a variety of ways. ... The Algonquin Commons is an outdoor shopping mall located in Algonquin, Illinois. ... The Algonquin Galleria Center is an outdoor shopping mall under construction on Randall Road in Algonquin, Illinois. ...

In Elgin, Randall Road serves as a major corporate corridor near the I-90 interchange, from Route 72 to Big Timber Road, with major corporations running regional operations here, as well as 2 hotels.

Other points of interests located on or near Randall Road include Kane County Fairgrounds and Government Center, Delnor Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Randall Oaks Park, Lake in the Hills Airport, and Aurora University.


Randall Road is often considered by many to be a poster-child for urban sprawl due to the close proximity of mass single family and multifamily home developments, the multitude of big-box retailers and large industries, lack of walkability, limited public transporation options, traffic congestion, and so forth. Urban sprawl is a term for the expansive, rapid, and sometimes reckless, growth of a greater metropolitan area, traditionally suburbs (or exurbs) over a large area. ...

The growth has since moved west for the 21st Century with Illinois Route 47 now becoming the western frontier of Chicagoland. See also U.S. 45 Illinois Route 47 is a rural north-south state highway that runs from the Wisconsin state border at Wisconsin State Highway 120 near Hebron, to Illinois Route 10, just south of Interstate 72 near Seymour. ...



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