Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Simonini’s Page.  Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  Please take your time and check out all of the Simonini’s images and files, they are sure to bring back many memories.


We bring back Memories you didn’t know you had

What could be better than dinner at Simonini’s?

An area icon in eating establishments, Simonini’s was a favorite for the entire area.  From 1921 until the devastating fire in 1974, this was a first class restaurant.

If you have any Simonini’s restaurant images or menus to share please contact us.


Known for great food and great service, the restaurant was ‘born’ in 1921 as a small hotel in Algonquin. The location was at the intersection of Illinois routes 31 and 62. The building, a two-story restaurant, was a fashionable and popular restaurant, started by a young couple.

The restaurant served Italian and American food. In later years, seven sons (later five), along with one daughter, ran the restaurant.

The restaurant had nationwide recognition. Their Italian specialties were spaghetti and ravioli. For those who preferred American fare, steaks and chicken were very popular. Banquets, including weddings, were in high demand.

Unfortunately, in early December 1974, a fire during the dinner hour turned the restaurant into rubble. Some of the rubble was on the site for many years. There was a picture of a person who shot an arrow at a target. The statement included said – Sim’s will reopen. Unfortunately, it never did.

Please check out all of the great Simonini’s images and files from the past.

Click on the links below to view the Newspaper Articles and PDF Files

1972-74 Simonini’s Menu

1974 Simonini’s Wine List

December 1974 Simonini’s Fire

1975 Flag Replacement Article

Visit the Algonquin History Page

Images and Articles from Simonini’s

December 1974 Simonini’s Fire


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.