About East Dundee
For decades, children near and far flocked to the village of East Dundee to see Santa Claus.
Santa’s Village amusement park was an institution that operated here from 1959 until 2006, with an estimated 20 million people passing through its gates before it closed.
After several failed new starts and names, Santa is back. The park re-opened in 2011 under new ownership as Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Some of the original rides have been restored along with new additions and some resurrected favorites from Kiddieland Amusement Park, which was demolished.
Located in Kane County with a small section in Cook County, the village of East Dundee was settled by Joseph Russell, travel mate of Jesse H. Newman who founded West Dundee four years earlier.
The area’s main commercial area includes a historic district along the Fox River and shops on Main Street. The Fox River Trail, a former railroad bed, follows the east side of the Fox River through town. The town’s original train depot was rebuilt and serves as a tourist center.
The Haeger Pottery Plant, built in 1871 to provide bricks to help rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire, was later known for the popular art pottery it produced. The company produced the collectible pottery for decades before announcing it was closing in 2016.
The community is part of the Dundee Township historic district featuring Greek Revival and Italianate homes as well as Queen Anne and Georgian Revival. Area churches are in the Gothic Revival architectural style.
High school students attend Dundee-Crown High School located in Carpentersville, which serves several area communities.