Welcome to Palatine
A pleasant mix of suburban chic and urban amenities.
Palatine is a tranquil oasis surrounded by lush parks and open spaces. It’s situated just 30 miles from Chicago’s Loop, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle. Palatine exudes a pleasant mix of small-town charm intermingled with urban touches. A blend of upscale shops and boutiques and fine dining and casual eateries line the streets of this cozy community.
Palatine’s growth coincided with the establishment of a new railroad station. A thriving settlement soon grew around the station, guided by the vision of Joel Wood, who surveyed and laid out the Village of Palatine in 1855.
Palatine has a long and rich history with deep roots. The George Clayson House, built in 1873, has since been meticulously renovated and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Clayson House Museum holds more than 1,000 treasures from Palatine’s earliest days.
What to Love
- Unique blend of suburban and urban living
- Upscale shops and dining destinations
- Friendly and safe environment
Palatine has a fun, neighborly appeal and presents countless opportunities for recreation and leisure. A diverse array of community groups welcome new and long-time residents alike. Suburban-chic Palatine attracts both families and professionals due to its award-winning schools, family-oriented atmosphere, and favorable position in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Though Palatine’s vibrant downtown continues to flourish, it still retains its small-town charm. There is a mix of high-end shops, boutiques, major retailers, and dining options to suit everyone’s tastes.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine in an intimate setting at Agio Italian Bistro, where diners can choose from a menu of refined Italian and American cuisine as well as an impressive wine list. Brandt’s of Palatine is a cozy, unassuming tavern with brick walls and a laid-back vibe serving burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails.
Sports fans flock to Tap House Grill to cheer on their favorite teams in the sports bar with wall-to-wall TVs. This relaxed outpost serves creative American pub fare and a changing selection of craft beers. Indulge in southern hospitality and Texas-style barbecue at Chicago Culinary Kitchen, a rustic eatery with classic barbecue and specialty items paired with craft beer flights and wine. More than just a restaurant, Chicago Culinary Kitchen also offers barbecue and craft beer pairing classes.
Things to Do
Palatine boasts easy access to the major amenities and entertainment options in Chicago, but there are plenty of events and festivals that take place throughout the year in the community itself. Street Fest features three days of live music, local cuisine, and family entertainment each summer. Head to the Palatine train station for the community’s farmers market. Pick up fresh produce, meat, and eggs from local farms, as well as soap, hot sauce, cheese, bread, and more.
Play a round of golf for a good cause at the annual Golf 'Fore' Youth Outing, hosted by The Bridge Youth & Family Services. This event also features games and activities, all in support of local children and families. Proceeds benefit mental health services and programs provided by The Bridge.
Palatine is served by the Community Consolidated School District 15. Top educational opportunities include:
- Marion Jordan Elementary School, K-6
- William Fremd High School, 9-12
- Pleasant Hill Elementary School, K-6
- Walter R Sundling Junior High School, 7-8