Algonquin, IL



Neighborhood Happenings

Welcome to the "Neighborhood Happenings" blog page, where you'll find a delightful mix of updates, stories, and happenings from our vibrant community. This is the space where we come together to share what's going on in our neighborhood, from the serious to the lighthearted.



The Gabriels of Surrey Lane develop a website for our community to stay connected, involved and up to date with the happenings of our neighborhood. While father and son work to get the site in order, Mom is out informing residents of the new Gaslight Terrace North Entrance sign project that is in the works!



We also encourage you to share any other happenings, both good and bad, that are taking place in our neighborhood. From community events and improvement projects to personal achievements and neighborhood initiatives, every story has a place here. Together, we can stay connected, informed, and engaged with the pulse of our community.

Posted: September 2nd, 2023

Neighborhood Entrance Sign and Market Update

After a short delay so the village of Algonquin could have work completed to repair the culvert at the corner of Harper Drive and Edgewood, we are thrilled to announce that our project: the replacement of our neighborhood entrance sign can get back on track! Over time, our beloved sign has fallen into disrepair, and it's time to rejuvenate this important symbol of our community. Stay tuned to watch the progress.

In the meantime, here is a neighborhood real estate market update for Gaslight Terrace North. As you can see, if you are considering selling, competition is practically non existent and demand is very high. These are excellent conditions if you're looking to sell. As an agent who knows and understands our unique neighborhood and all that it has to offer, I'd be honored to represent you and your home. Please reach out if you don't already have a signed agreement with another agent, and I'll get to work for you right away.

Contributed by Christie Gabriel

Posted: September 2nd, 2023

Edgewood and Harper Dr Culvert Repair Has Been Completed!

A pressing concern emerged last year - a growing erosion problem along Ratt Creek under Harper Drive. Although a 2004 restoration project had been largely successful, one area required attention: gabion baskets meant to stabilize the creek banks at the downstream end of the Harper Drive culvert. Over time, the wire holding the baskets together deteriorated, causing the stabilizing rocks to wash away. This posed a significant risk of erosion during heavy rain or flooding, potentially undermining Edgewood and Harper Drive.

Recognizing the imminent threat, the Village Committee decided to take action before disaster struck. With the Ratt Creek Harper Drive Culvert repair successfully completed, the neighborhood sign replacement project is back on track!

Contributed by Christie Gabriel

Posted: September 2nd, 2023

Amazing Turnout at The Comprehensive Plan Community Visioning Workshop

We're happy to report that not only did our neighborhood have a large presence at the comprehensive plan workshop this summer, but several of our residents have remained in close contact with various departments within the village. This ensures our corner of Algonquin stays top of mind and our residents are staying informed.

Let's keep up the great work and try for even more involvement at future events! And remember, if in person community events aren't your thing. You can always submit your thoughts, ideas and concerns to us and we will make sure they are brought to the attention of the proper department within the local government.

Contributed by Christie Gabriel

Posted: September 2nd, 2023

Algonquin Garden Club Gains a Couple New Members from Gaslight Terrace North

The Algonquin Garden Club has gained a couple new members this summer from our neighborhood! One of whom is Christie Gabriel, the director of this website, Christie is excited to be a part of this long standing club for the opportunities it provides for her to give back to the community through maintaining the health and beauty of Algonquin's Public Gardens and various other initiatives. Christie is also looking forward to absorbing the collective wealth of ecological knowledge the club members share with each other as well as participating in the well planned programs and events the Algonquin Garden Club partakes in throughout the year.

If you're interested in learning more about the club and potentially joining, please go to

Contributed by Ryan Gabriel

Posted: July 19th, 2023

You're Invited to Algonquin Comprehensive Plan Community Visioning Workshop on 7/25/23

Hey neighbors! Your presence is requested! Join us at the Algonquin Comprehensive Plan Community Visioning Workshop!

We're excited to invite you all to join me at Algonquin's Community Visioning Workshop. This is a unique opportunity for you to actively participate in shaping the future of our village.

At a recent planning and Zoning meeting Jason Shallcross, Algonquin's Community Development Director, urged citizens to attend the upcoming event. By doing so, you can be sure your thoughts & ideas will be taken into consideration in the village's future development plans.

What to Expect:

  • Engage in interactive mapping exercises with smaller breakout groups to help envision the future of Algonquin.
  • Collaborate with fellow community members to build a shared vision for the long-term character of our town.
  • Identify and discuss projects and improvements that will make Algonquin even better in the future.

Event Details

Location: St. John's, 300 Jefferson Street

Date: July 25, 2023

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Community Visioning Workshop is a crucial step in the development of the Algonquin Comprehensive Plan, and your presence is highly valued. We encourage everyone to participate and contribute to this important initiative that will shape the future of our community for years to come.

Together, let's continue to build a vibrant and sustainable future for Algonquin!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contributed by Christie Gabriel

Posted: June 21st, 2023

Surrey Lane Reach 2 Creek Restoration

In a bid to tackle the issue of severe erosion along the creek banks impacting Surrey Court and Zange Drive, a restoration project has been allocated a budget of $95,000. The project aims to restore the creek and riparian corridor from the Surrey Lane preserve to Surrey Lane, focusing on the upstream portion adjacent to the recently completed Surrey Lane Preserve restoration.

The erosion of the creek banks has been causing significant problems, particularly affecting the homes along Surrey Court and Zange Drive. Moreover, the eroded sediment has been accumulating in the recently dredged detention pond within the Surrey Lane Preserve. Recognizing the urgent need to stabilize this entire section of the creek, the village has decided to allocate funds and begin work on the restoration project.

The project's primary objective is to address the major erosion issues, which pose a threat to the stability of the creek banks and adjacent properties. By implementing effective restoration measures, the village hopes to prevent further erosion and minimize the sediment buildup in the detention pond.

The allocated budget of $95,000 will be utilized for activities such as creek bank stabilization, erosion control measures, and the implementation of riparian restoration strategies. These measures aim to enhance the creek's natural resilience while providing long-term protection to the surrounding properties.

In collaboration with environmental experts and relevant stakeholders, the restoration efforts will focus on implementing sustainable solutions that maintain the ecological balance of the riparian corridor while addressing the pressing issues of erosion and sediment buildup.

Additionally, in a June 20th village meeting, officials considered an agreement with HR Green for additional design services realted to the streambank restoration. Officials expect to reach a final decision with regards to HR Green's services soon.

As the project progresses, local residents eagerly anticipate the positive outcomes that will result from this concerted effort to restore and protect their community's natural environment and properties from the damaging effects of erosion along the creek banks.

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Contributed by Christie Gabriel, photos by Ryan Gabriel

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