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Huntley: The Friendly Village with Country Charm

The village of Huntley has developed from a small, farming town to a full-service community.

To start your day, fuel up at Papa G’s (10502 Vine St.). With fast service and tasty fare, this traditional diner is a one of a kind. Try the Papa G’s skillet; you won’t be disappointed.

Put your shopping shoes on and get over to Prime Outlets at Huntley (11900 Factory Shops Blvd.; www.primeoutlets.com). Browse a variety of stores, including Bass Outlet, Calvin Klein, GUESS, Wilsons Leather Outlet and Liz Claiborne Outlet.

When you’ve had enough of the outlet scene, head down to the town square. There are plenty of local favorites for lunch.

Home of the Turkey Testical Festival, Parkside Pub (11721 East Main St.) is a great place to stop for lunch. Try their delicious soup and sandwiches. Be sure to come back in the summer and enjoy their beer garden.

Also on the square:

Village Inn,
11713 East Main St.

Luigis Pizza,
11019 North Woodstock St.

Sammy’s Bar Grill,
11012 Rt. 47

After you fill up, stroll the square. Enjoy the town’s signature gazebo and historic buildings, including the famous Strode’s Colonial Vermont Furniture (11707 East Main St.; www.strodesfurniture.com). Established in 1976 by Lawrence and Eleanor Strode, Strode’s has been the Fox Valley’s premier furniture store for more than 30 years. Quality, American craftsmanship is the hallmark of this Huntley landmark. Take a walk down the cobblestone Woodstock Street and enjoy the historic homes that represent the area’s history.

An old-fashioned ice cream shop is just what you’d expect to find in a community like Huntley. Even though it’s cold, stop by Huntley Dairy Mart (10706 North Rt. 47) for your favorite frozen treat. Keep the nostalgia going, and get your car shined in 50s style at Powells Car Wash & Detail Center (10881 North Rt. 47).

For an unforgettable dinner, try Del Toro’s Mexican Grill (10400 North Rt. 47; www.deltorotexmex.com) The Del Toro family’s restaurant defines Tex Mex in both taste and décor. Try their flamed grilled fajitas, roasted salsas and baby back ribs.

For great examples of modern architecture, stop by the new Village Municipal Complex (10987 Main Street). Designed by Legat Architects, Inc. and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and the country farmhouses of the area’s past, this landmark reflects the character of the community.

If you happen to be in town on the first Saturday of the month, catch hilarious Improv by Green Room Productions at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Cosman Theater in the REC Center (12015 Mill St.). For more information visit www.greenroomtheater.com.

Take a Break at Del Webb Sun City

Del Webb Sun City is the largest retirement community in the Midwest. Fortunately, those under the 55-year age requirement can enjoy the beautifully kept grounds by dining at the community’s premier restaurant, Walleye Grill (12860 Dell Webb Blvd.; 847-515-7675). Their signature entrees include walleye en croute, pork T-bone with applesauce, Chicago-style barbecued ribs and Australian rack of lamb. From lunch to dinner, Walleye Grill is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater’s pallet.

Once the weather gets nice enough, golfers will love the links at Whisper Creek Golf Club (12840 Del Webb Blvd.; 847-515-7682).

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