Carpentersville Area Memories


Welcome to the Carpentersville Area Memories website. Our goal is to bring back  memories of growing up in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even some 90s.

There are well over 350 pages and nearly 50,000 memories to look at, covering many Carpentersville area topics such as; local schools, restaurants, teachers, parks, history and much, much more.  Make sure to bookmark the site so you can come back again and again, it’s hard to see everything in one visit and the site continues to add new items on a very regular basis.


Below is a video tour of the website with instructions for menu operation, navigation, features and becoming a member.

Our Story

Welcome To C’ville

I grew up in Carpentersville between 1963 and 1975, and attended elementary school, middle school and high school there.  I’ve never had a copy of any yearbooks so I wrote to the school district and asked if any were still available.   After some time and a little hunting they found three yearbooks for me from; 1975, 1976 and 1977.

I thought there must be other people that would like to see the yearbooks too and many people that either never owned one or lost theirs over the years.  In addition, after my parents passed away, I was looking through old photographs and other items and thought that they would be additionally worthwhile to share with others.  So I started this web site in 2005 to share what I had aquired with others that would be as excited to see them as I was.   My Mom had also left me a box full of stuff from my childhood, lots of things from Carpentersville too, many of those items have been added to this site.

After the site was up and running for a few months people started contacting me asking if they could donate yearbooks and photos.  So the whole thing started with a few items that I wanted to share and has grown to include many items that many people wanted to share.  This site is about a wonderful time, in a great town that people still look back on with many happy memories.  It will continue to grow as long as the memories of Carpentersville in the early days still exist.  So with 1000’s of hours of scanning books and images the site has grown to many 1000’s of images and video files and continues to grow on a weekly basis.  I have since added a button and form to make it easy for people to donate photos.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you truly enjoy your time here and that we bring back memories that you didn’t know you had.

We bring back Memories you didn’t know you had

What was the Carpentersville Area like in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s?

Carpentersville and the surrounding area was a place where we all felt safe, any time of day or night.  A place we called home, a place with friends, family and great people.  Whether you lived there for a year or a life time, memories of the Carpentersville Area are forever in your mind.


Mr. Lions King of Treats, Dundale Drive In, Hickory Hill, Lakewood, Perry and Crown.  Sunny Hill, Oak Ridge, Fairview and Kings Road.  Rocky’s Shell and The Bus Stop.  Just a few of the Carpentersville Memories you will find here. 


Masi’s Bowling Alley and Pizza, Dundee Community High, Number 10 Downing Street, Dante’s Inferno, The Towne Pump, Dundee Theater, Ben Franklin, and so much more…


The stores, the carnival, the ice rink, the mall !!!

Remember the go kart track, the jet slide, the water tower.  Mr K’s Ice Cream, Grants, Woolworth, Wieboldt’s, Clarks and Cooks, Charles Bakery, McDonalds and Franks !!  All that and much, much more.



Simonini’s, Port Edwards, Jacobs High, Algonquin Middle, The Founder’s Day Parade, The Meat Market, Vito Buffalo, Town Park and so much more…


Meadowdale Shopping Center, Wintergarden, Woodfield, Wieboldt’s, Three Sisters, Skipper’s Records, Cooks, Clarks, Carsons, Chicago Furniture Mart, Grants with Charlie the bird, Woolworth, Mr Lions, Cinema I and II, and a whole lot more…

Theme Parks

Santa’s Village, Adventureland, Kiddieland Fun Park.

We have 1000’s of yearbooks and class photos from area Schools: Carpentersville, Dundee, Algonquin, Hampshire, Elgin, and Barrington.  Elementary Schools,  Jr High Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools. 

Parkview, Eastview, Kings Road, Meadowdale, Carpentersville School, Algonquin, Dundee, Fairview, Golfview, Helm Road School, Dundee Highlands, Sunny Hill, Washington, Oak Ridge, St Catherine, St John, St Mary Margret, Algonquin Jr High, Algonquin Middle, Dundee Jr High, Perry Middle, Lakewood Jr, High, Lakewood Middle, Hickory Hill, Barrington High, Irving Crown High, Dundee Community High, Dundee-Crown High, Hampshire High, H D Jacobs High, and St Edward High.

Use the menu at the top right of the page to navigate to the School and Yearbook Pages.

1000’s of memories of the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s from Carpentersville, Algonquin, Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Elgin, Barrington, Sleepy Hollow, Lake-In-The-Hills, Bartlett, and Hampshire and the surrounding areas in Illinois.


What People are Saying

“I love this place !”

Lets me relive some of my childhood every chance I get

Cathy D.

“Fabulous memories came flooding back”

So much to see and so many memories, this is an amazing web site “

Dan K.

“Another amazing experience”

Always something new every time I visit the site

Clyde L.

“Speechless, worth every penny”

Couldn’t believe all there was to see for such a small yearly subscription, and complete Yearbooks too !!”

Bob M.

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