Back in Ottawa, word spread of the undeveloped land, and in the spring of 1835, John Sebree built a log house. The next year saw more families come to the area, and soon a small town was started at the west edge of what is now Hinckley. The town's name was Squaw Grove.
Hinckley was conceived in the 1870's as the brainchild of Francis Hinckley, president of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad. The rail line was placed one-half mile east of the Village of Squaw Grove, which was then named Hinckley.
From this early birth, much change and innovation would come to Hinckley. Some key dates follow: Methodist Church (1835), first store (1872), Hinckley has 20 businesses (1876), St. Paul's Church (1885), volunteer fire brigade organized (1886), tornado destroys most of village (1889).
West of Hinckley on US HWY 30 is the privately owned Hinckley Airport which is home to Chicagoland Skydiving Center as well as Windy City Soaring.
Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School is located on the westside of Hinckley on US HWY 30.
Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School is located in the center of Big Rock on US HWY 30.
Hinckley-Big Rock High School is located on the eastside of Hinckley on US HWY 30.
There were 730 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-nuclear families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the village the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $58,043, and the median income for a family was $65,726. Males had a median income of $45,179 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,491. About 3.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
In 1981, Hinckley served as stand-in for fictional North Crawford in Jonathan Demme's film adaptation of "Who Am I This Time?" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon portray two painfully shy people who find one another through a community theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which they portray the tempestuous Stanley and Stella Kowalski.