Miles of equestrian paths, dozens of horse farms and plenty of riding centers await in the village of Wayne.
Incorporated in 1958, the village is nestled in the counties of DuPage and Kane within the Fox River Valley.
Wayne was a prominent horse-breeding center in the late 19th and early 20th century, known for breeding French Percheron horses, which are similar to Clydesdales. During the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition, a train brought guests from Chicago to see the horses.
A horse breeder and one of Wayne’s first pioneers, Mark Dunham built the Dunham Castle between 1878 and 1882. The Dunham Woods Riding Club, founded in 1934 by a group of Wayne and Geneva residents, and the Dunham Castle and surrounding land are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Dunham Woods Riding Club is an active social and tennis club that hosts private parties and social events.
Homes vary from small bungalows to multi-million dollar estates with a variety of homes on one to three acres. Most of the homes were built since the 1970s although some date back to the late 19th century.
Pratt’s Wayne Woods, located in Wayne, is the largest forest preserve in DuPage County. The preserve’s 3,462 acres combined with the Illinois Department of Natural Resource land adjacent on the north form a continuous 4,000-acre stretch of land.
Residents have access to Metra railroad stations in Geneva, Bartlett or West Chicago for access to downtown Chicago.
The village is served by St. Charles District 303 in the south and west portions of the village; and by Elgin Area School district U-46 in its central, north and east portions.