The Algonquin Commons is an extremely popular place to shop, its closest rivals, Spring Hill Mall, located in West Dundee, Illinois, and the Prime Outlet Mall in Huntley, Illinois, being relatively distant. Gross annual sales tax revenue from the center exceeds $1 million. Combined with the under-construction Algonquin Galleria located across the street, it is poised to become the second largest retail complex in the state of Illinois, ranking behind only Woodfield Mall. The Algonquin Commons was built by Jeffrey R. Anderson, the same developer who built the Geneva Commons, which is located in Geneva, Illinois. However, Algonquin Commons has since been sold to Inland Properties.
The Commons, as it has been locally nicknamed, is also notable for its chic, upscale appearance, including brick pavers, outdoor lighting, lush landscaping, sidewalks and brick pavers to connect the various buildings in the center, outdoor music, individually-designed storefronts, benches, and a number of events held throughout the year including public art displays, celebrity guest appearances, and horse-drawn carriage rides during the holidays.