Wayne is a village in both DuPage and Kane Counties, with an eastern portion in DuPage County in the Wayne Township and a western portion in Kane County in the St. Charles Township. Wayne is located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The community was originally known for breeding French Percheron horses, and still retains a strong equestrian influence, with several riding trails and facilities.
|Living in Wayne
Students in Wayne are served by St. Charles District 303 in the south and west, and by Elgin Area School District U-46 in the central, north and east portions of the village.
In October, Wayne Day is celebrated with kites, a bonfire, and picnic. Flag Day is another popular celebration in the village, featuring a parade, picnic, musical performances, and the naming of the village’s citizen of the year.
What to See
The Dunham Castle is classic remnant of Wayne’s history. Built in 1883 at the peak of Mark Dunham’s Percheron horse horse breeding business, the castle was built in the French Chateau style. It remains an outstanding, historic site, surrounded by a large wooded area with gardens and spacious lawns.
Where the Dunham family’s Oaklawn Farm once stood, there is now the Dunham Woods’ Riding Club, an active tennis and social club for private members in the community.
In keeping with its equestrian tradition, the village of Wayne has miles of equestrian paths, as well as dozens of horse farms, riding centers and boarding stables. Also notable is the Wayne-DuPage Fox Hunt, one of only two fox hunts in the Chicago area, held as a demonstration in which no real foxes are hunted.
Wayne is contained entirely within Illinois’ 6th congressional district.
In 2018, Sean Casten is running against the incumbent Peter Roskam, who has held the 6th district congressional seat since 2007.
Sean is committed to serving Wayne and the rest of the 6th district by focusing on facts and working to strengthen the community’s schools and economy.
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