Bensenville is a village located near O'Hare International Airport in DuPage County, with a portion of the town in Cook County. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 18,352. First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road railway; the community is named after Germany. A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added; the Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, former home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team. The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the 2010 census, Bensenville has a total area of 5.618 square miles, of which 5.57 square miles is land and 0.048 square miles is water. Bensenville School District 100: Fenton High School which serves both Bensenville and Wood DaleBensenville School District 2: Blackhawk Middle School Tioga School W. A. Johnson SchoolPrivate: Holy Family, Private Roman Catholic Zion Concord Lutheran School, Private K-8 As of the census of 2010, there were 18,352 people residing in the village.
The population density was 3,296.6 people per square mile. There were 6,743 housing units; the racial makeup of the village was 67.3% White, 3.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.8% Asian, 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.8% of the population. There were 6,312 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, 33% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.50. In the village, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, 10.9% who were over 65 years of age. The median age was 33.4 years. The median income for a household in the village was $52,500 and the median income for a family was $55,500.
About 15.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those over age 65. Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago. From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train. According to Bensenville's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the village are: Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre junkyard on Green Street which has aired the same commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981. Part of the movie Flatliners was filmed at the old green house, next to Black Hawk Junior High School in 1990; the Spilotro brothers were executed in a basement in Bensenville and buried in a cornfield in Indiana as depicted in the movie Casino which depicts the corruption at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci portrayed one of the Spilotro brothers. In the television series Boss, a multiepisode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane, being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.
The Christian metalcore band Gwen Stacy recorded the video for their single "The First Words" in an abandoned neighborhood in Bensenville. Zihuatanejo, Mexico Daren Dochterman is an art designer and illustrator for over 35 feature films including The Abyss, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Richard Oruche, basketball player for the Nigerian National Basketball Team, he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games. He played basketball for Bensenville's high school. William A. Redmond was a longtime Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who served as Speaker from 1975-1981. Genevieve "Audrey" Wagner was a professional baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, winning the league's batting title in 1948, she earned an M. D. and pilots license. Marcin Kleczynski, Polish-born Malwarebytes CEO who grew up in Bensenville. Official website
Addison is a village located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, in DuPage County, United States. The population was 36,942 at the 2010 census; the community itself was named Dunkley's Grove after the settler Hezekiah Dunklee, was renamed after a town in England or Addison, New York. Adventureland amusement park was located in Addison during the 1970s; the Addison Industrial District was the proposed location for the reconstruction of Comiskey Park in the late 1980s before this was voted down. The Village of Addison lies on a tributary of the Des Plaines River. Addison is located at 41°55′54″N 88°0′8″W. According to the 2010 census, Addison has a total area of 9.98 square miles, of which 9.77 square miles is land and 0.21 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 35,914 people, 11,649 households, 9,097 families residing in the village; the population density was 3,807.6 people per square mile. There were 11,805 housing units at an average density of 1,251.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 75.39% White, 2.51% African American, 0.35% Native American, 7.94% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 11.39% from other races, 2.40% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.40% of the population. There were 11,649 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.9% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.46. In the village, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males. The median income for a household in the village was $54,090, the median income for a family was $59,007. Males had a median income of $39,718 versus $27,815 for females; the per capita income for the village was $21,201.
9.6% of the population and 7.2% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.2% of those under the age of 18 and 7.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Addison is home to Indian Trail Junior High School; the Elementary schools are: Wesley Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Fullerton Elementary, Army Trail Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Stone Elementary. St. Philip the Apostle, a private Catholic school and parish, is located in Addison and serves students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Driscoll Catholic High School was located in Addison before closing in 2009. DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing call Addison home. Another public place in Addison for education is the Addison Public Library, it offers thousands of books to residents, as well as computer privileges and various educational, creative and technical skill classes. According to Addison's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were: Rich Veenstra is the Mayor of Addison.
Other elected officials include Village Trustees Sam Nasti, Harry Theodore, Tom Hundley, Bill Lynch, Cathy Kluczny and Joe McDermott, Village Clerk Lucille Zucchero. The town of Triggiano, Italy is the sister city of Addison. Addison is located in Illinois's 8th congressional district, represented by Raja Krishnamoorthi. In the Illinois Senate it is Representative by Tom Cullerton. In the Illinois House of Representatives it is represented by Christine Winger, Deb Conroy. and Kathleen Willis. Mark Anelli, former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. Tim Breslin, professional hockey player, he played left wing for the Chicago Wolves. Jim Ellison, founder of the legendary Power Pop band, Material Issue, along with Ted Ansani and Mike Zelenko. Jamie Freveletti, author of the Covert-One series novels The Geneva Strategy. Bobby Hull, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, he lived in Addison from 1963-1971. George Ireland, men's basketball coach who led the Loyola Ramblers to win the 1963 NCAA championship.
He died in Addison. Kyle Kinane, stand-up comedian and actor, he is a graduate of Addison Trail High School. Hubert J. Loftus and politician Tony Pasquesi, defensive lineman for the Chicago Cardinals from 1955-1957, he was a resident of Addison at the time of his death. Rob Renzetti and creator of My Life as a Teenage Robot, he was raised in Addison. Mike Retondo, bassist for the Plain White T's. Mark Rodenhauser, an American football player who played center for seven NFL teams from 1987 to 1999, he played football at Addison Trail High School. Alexa Scimeca Knierim, pair skater and winner of the 2015 U. S. Figure Skating Championships with her then-fiancé Chris Knierim, she is a graduate of Addison Trail High School. Rocco Sisto, actor best known for playing young Junior Soprano on The Sopranos. Leon Spinks, boxer, he resided in Addison after his retirement from boxing. Lina Trivedi, involved with creation of, she was raised in Addison where she lived for most of her school-age and young-adult life, is a graduate of Addison Trail H
The DuPage River is a 28.3-mile-long tributary of the Des Plaines River in the U. S. state of Illinois. The river begins; the West Branch of the DuPage River, 35.0 miles long, starts in Hanover Park in Cook County and continues southward through the entire county of DuPage, including the towns of Bartlett, Warrenville and Naperville. The East Branch of the DuPage River, 25.0 miles long, begins in Bloomingdale and flows southward through Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Woodridge, parts of Naperville and parts of Bolingbrook. St. Joseph Creek, a tributary of the river's East Branch, runs through the small town of Belmont; the two branches meet at a spot between Bolingbrook. The combined DuPage River continues southward from that point, through Plainfield & Shorewood and west of Joliet. Farther downstream, at Channahon, a dam on the river was constructed to raise the DuPage River water level to feed the Illinois and Michigan Canal. From Channahon, the river meets the Des Plaines River. Like many local bodies of water, both branches of the DuPage River overflowed after the "Flood of 1996", when 17 inches of rain fell on the area within a 24-hour period, on July 18–19 of that year.
Other flooding was very common, along Washington Street in Naperville and Illinois Route 53 in Glen Ellyn, because those roads are close to their respective branches of the river. The City of Naperville has torn down many of the affected homes and businesses, in the former case, DuPage County, with U. S. Department of Transportation funding, tore down many of the affected homes in the latter case. A new dam, built in 2009 has been a tremendous help in managing the river's level; the first written history to address the name, the 1882 History of DuPage County, relates that: The Du Page River had, from time immemorial, been a stream well known. It took its name from a French trader who settled on this stream below the fork previous to 1800. Hon. H. W. Blodgett, of Waukegan, informs the writer that J. B. Beaubien had spoken to him of the old Frenchman, Du Page, whose station was on the bank of the river, down toward its mouth, stated that the river took its name from him; the county name must have the same origin.
Col Gurden S. Hubbard, who came into the country in 1818, informs the writer that the name DuPage, as applied to the river was universally known, but the trader for whom it was named lived there before his time. Mr. Beaubien says; this was in reply to Mr. Blodgett’s inquiry of him concerning the matter. List of rivers of Illinois DuPage River Coalition, from The Conservation Foundation Flood-inundation Maps for the Dupage River from Plainfield to Shorewood, Illinois United States Geological Survey
West Chicago, Illinois
West Chicago is a city in DuPage County, United States. The population was 27,086 at the 2010 census, it was named Junction and Turner, after its founder, John B. Turner, president of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad in 1855; the city was established around the first junction of railroad lines in Illinois, today is still served by the Union Pacific / West Metra service via West Chicago station. West Chicago is located at 41°53′18″N 88°12′35″W. According to the 2010 census, West Chicago has a total area of 15.141 square miles, of which 14.8 square miles is land and 0.341 square miles is water. Erastus Gary, of Pomfret, Connecticut homesteaded 760 acres on the banks of the DuPage River, just south of West Chicago's present day city limits in the 1830s, his son became "Judge" Elbert Henry Gary, the first CEO of America's first billion-dollar corporation, U. S. Steel, for whom Gary, Indiana, is named. Gary helped bring brothers Jesse and Warren Wheaton, founders of nearby Wheaton, the DuPage County seat, from Connecticut to the Midwest.
A pioneer cemetery on the old Gary Homestead, where a sawmill had been built by the Garys, just north of Gary's Mill Road, north of its terminus at Illinois Route 59, was built over with apartment buildings in the 1960s. In 1849, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad reached the site of present-day West Chicago continued northwest to Elgin. In 1850, the Aurora Branch Railroad built southwest, making America's first railroad junction point west of Chicago. In 1854, the G&CURR opened the “Dixon Air Line” branch West thru Geneva; because of the number of trains passing through town and fuel facilities for locomotives and a roundhouse were built here, as well as an early eating-house and hotel for travelers. As a result, a number of new employees and their families located to this community; the original settlers were English and Irish, with Germans arriving in the 1860s and Mexican immigrants by the 1910s. John B. Turner, president of the G&CU and a resident of Chicago, owned several acres of land in what is now the center of town.
As more people settled in Junction, Turner recognized the chance to make a profit by platting his land and selling off lots. He therefore recorded the community’s first plat in 1855 under the name of Town of Junction; the community continued its growth, although the one-room schoolhouse built a mile outside town in 1835 would become the state's last surviving one-room schoolhouse when it closed in 1991. Meanwhile, in 1857, Dr. Joseph McConnell and his wife Mary platted a second portion of town just north of John B. Turner’s plat, they recorded their plat as the Town of Turner in honor of the railroad president. These two “towns” became informally known as Turner Junction. By 1873, the community had taken on a substantial and permanent character, so the residents incorporated as the Village of Turner. In 1888, a new railroad, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, built a freight line through town, it offered free factory sites for any industry willing to locate along its right-of-way. As part of the effort to attract industry, the community changed its name in 1896 to the Village of West Chicago.
Area businessmen Charles Bolles, reasoned that the new name sounded more cosmopolitan, would help draw prospective factory owners. As industry located in West Chicago and new jobs opened up, the population increased. At the turn of the century, West Chicago was number two in population in DuPage County, behind Hinsdale. By 1910, the population was 2,378 and several new industries had located here, including the Borden’s milk condensing plant, the Turner Cabinet Company and the Turner Brick Company; the community continues to attract quality business and residential development that contributes to the culturally diverse community that exists today. In 1909, one more railroad came to West Chicago; the Chicago and Western Railway, a built interurban electric railway, came in from the east, running down the middle of Junction and Depot streets curved back west toward Geneva. Soon bought by the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad, the “country trolley” was used, abandoned in 1937; the right of way is now the Geneva Spur of the Illinois Prairie Path.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the city received a nuclear-waste contamination scare. Harmful waste from the Rare Earths Facility had been spread around the community since the 1930s, when the Lindsay Light and Chemical Company built a plant. Reed-Keppler Park was built on top of a landfill. Kerr-McGee, which had bought the facility in 1967 and operated it until 1973, settled with the city, cleaned up the waste; the movie Reach the Rock, written by John Hughes, was filmed in downtown West Chicago in 1998. The city has undergone a massive face-lift since 2001 in the downtown area, the corner of Route 59 and Main Street; the United States Postal Service operates the West Chicago Post Office. As of 2010, West Chicago had a population of 27,086; the population was 67.6% White, 2.5% Black, 0.6% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from two or more races. 51.1 % of the population was Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 23,469 people, 6,379 households, 5,230 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,695.9 people per square mile. There were 6,567 housing units at an average density of 474.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 77.85% White, 1.68% African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 15.11% from other races, 3.01% from two or more races
Villa Park, Illinois
Villa Park is a village in DuPage County, United States, within the Chicago metropolitan area. The current population is 21,800; the Village of Villa Park is an inner western suburb of Chicago near the hub of eastern DuPage County's busiest transportation corridor, 14 miles from O’Hare International Airport and within 25 miles of Midway International Airport. Villa Park lays 19.7 miles directly west of Chicago's Loop, Villa Park provides direct access to downtown Chicago by car or Metra train and is convenient to both O’Hare and Midway Airports and the rest of the western suburbs due to its proximity to Interstate 290, Interstate 355, Interstate 294, Illinois Route 53, Illinois Route 83, Interstate 88, Illinois Route 38, famous North Avenue When Ovaltine established its factory, it needed a way to make sure that its employees could get to and from work safely regardless of the weather, terrain or other issues. Villa Park was built for that reason, as well as for a convenient train stop. Following the construction of a subdivision called Villa Park in 1908 and another called Ardmore in 1910 by the real estate firm Ballard & Pottinger, Villa Park was incorporated in 1914 by uniting the two subdivisions of 300 people.
The first village president, William H. Calhoun, was elected on September 12, 1914. Although the merged town was named after the Ardmore subdivision, the community changed its name to Villa Park in 1917. Villa Park was one of a number of suburbs directly west of downtown Chicago that flourished as a result of the electric interurban line, the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad; the railroad ran from the Chicago Loop, directly west to Wheaton, where it split into two lines, one traveling southwest to Aurora and the other northwest to Elgin. Two small commercial areas developed, one around the Villa Avenue station and the other around the Ardmore Avenue station. In 1957, the CA&E ceased to carry passengers because of a dramatic drop in ridership from the loss of a one-seat ride by the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway and the general increase in use of personal automobiles; the right-of-way was cleaned up and developed into a hiking and bicycling trail known as the Illinois Prairie Path.
The Ardmore Station is now home to the Chamber of Commerce, the Villa Avenue Station houses the Villa Park Historical Society. Villa Park was home to the Ovaltine chocolate factory until it closed in 1988, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as building #86003781. It has since been converted into loft apartments. Many of the residents are of Eastern European heritage, including Polish and Russian. There is a significant Hispanic heritage. A sizeable Muslim immigrant community began to gather in the area in the 1980s and 1990s and established the Islamic Foundation School in 1986. In September 2017, Villa Park was ranked #28 in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live in America. In October 2017, the Village was named by Money Magazine as the 8th Best Place in America to Raise a Family Now; the Daily Herald and NBC Chicago published stories on these distinctions. Villa Park has a manager-council government; the village manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town.
The manager position is appointed by the Village Board of Trustees. The village is governed by six trustees, comprising the Village Board; the six trustees and the village clerk are elected on a rotating basis every two years so that not all the trustees are up for re-election at the same time. A list of elected officials holding office can be found on the Village's website at invillapark.com. Advising the Village Board on various issues are numerous commissions, composed of local residents appointed to the posts. Norma Berger, pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Tino Insana, voice actor, producer. According to the 2010 census, Villa Park has a total area of 4.759 square miles, of which 4.71 square miles is land and 0.049 square miles is water. As of the census of 2015, there were 21,800 people, 7,737 households, 5,748 families residing in the village; the population density was 4469 people per square mile. There were 8,199 housing units at an average density of 1060 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the village was 66% White, 5% Asian, 6% African American, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander, 0% from other races, 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22% of the population. 15.9% of the population is foreign born US Census with 16% coming from Europe, 27% from Asia, 1% from Africa, 56% from Latin America. There were 7,810 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.4% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.30. In the village, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24
Wheaton is a suburban city in Milton and Winfield Townships and is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago; as of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 52,894, estimated to have increased to 53,469 by July 2012. The city dates its founding to the period between 1831 and 1837, following the Indian Removal Act, when Erastus Gary laid claim to 790 acres of land near present-day Warrenville; the Wheaton brothers arrived from Connecticut, in 1837, Warren L. Wheaton laid claim to 640 acres of land in the center of town. Jesse Wheaton made claim to 300 acres of land just west of Warren's, it was not long. In 1848, they gave the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad three miles of right-of-way, upon which railroad officials named the depot Wheaton. In 1850, ten blocks of land were platted and anyone, willing to build was granted free land. In 1853, the lots were surveyed and a formal plat for the community was filed with the county; the community was incorporated as a village on February 24, 1859, with Warren serving as its first President.
The village was incorporated as a city on April 24, 1890, when the first mayor of the city was selected, Judge Elbert Gary, son of Erastus Gary and founder of Gary, Indiana. In 1857, the Illinois state legislature authorized an election to be held to decide the question of whether the DuPage county seat should remain in Naperville or be moved to the more centrally located Wheaton, on the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. Naperville won the election by a vote of 1,542 to 762. Hostility between the two towns continued for the next decade and another election was held in 1867, in which Wheaton narrowly won by a vote of 1,686 to 1,635. At a cost of $20,000, the City of Wheaton built a courthouse to house a courtroom, county offices, a county jail; the building was dedicated on July 4, 1868. However, animosity between the two towns continued, in 1868, as records were moved from the old Naperville courthouse to the new one in Wheaton, Naperville refused to turn over the remaining county records, prompting a band of Civil War veterans from Wheaton to conduct what came to be known as the "Midnight Raid" on the Naperville courthouse.
As Wheatonites fled back on Wheaton-Naperville Road, Napervillians were able to secure some of the last remaining records, which were taken to the Cook County Recorder in Chicago for safekeeping. During this time, Naperville was mounting a lawsuit against Wheaton accusing election judges of leaving their posts for lunch during the vote when duplicate ballot stuffing occurred; as the courts deliberated the fate of the county seat, the records were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Shortly thereafter, Wheaton was proclaimed the county seat; as demand for space increased, the courthouse was rebuilt in 1887 at a cost of $69,390, modeled after the courthouse in Aledo. This structure was used for the next 94 years until the county's rapid growth prompted the building of a brand new complex; the old courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was used by National Louis University until National Louis moved to Lisle in 2004. It is being developed into luxury condominiums.
On November 2, 1990, the courthouse moved to a building about two miles west in a new 57-acre complex at the corner of County Farm Road and Manchester Road. It includes a 300,000-square-foot judicial building. In 1992, the county sued the architect and contractor for $4 million after several employees became ill from the ventilation system. In the end, the county received only $120,000 for minor repairs and the jury sided with the defendants, finding that the alleged problems were caused by the county's negligent operation and maintenance of the ventilation system. Wheaton has expanded since the 1950s, although population growth has slowed since the early 1990s, as the city has become landlocked. Downtown lost much business after the county courthouse facility moved two miles west in 1990, but in the decade since, the downtown has seen a renaissance of sorts, with the creation of several significant condominium and business developments. One of the most recognizable landmarks of the city is Wheaton Center, a 758-unit apartment complex on 14 acres in downtown Wheaton.
The six building complex includes two twenty-story high-rise buildings built in 1975. In 1887, Wheaton prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages, a ban which lasted until 1985 and applied to all supermarkets, convenience stores and other establishments. Wheaton is located at 41°51′22″N 88°06′30″W. According to the 2010 census, Wheaton has a total area of 11.436 square miles, of which 11.25 square miles is land and 0.186 square miles is water. Wheaton is the sister city of Sweden. Karlskoga Street, located along the southern edge of Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton, is named after the Swedish City; as of the census of 2000, there were 55,416 people, 19,377 households and 13,718 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,938.5 people per square mile. There were 19,881 housing units at an average density of 1,771.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.85% White, 4.85% Asian, 2.82% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, 1.31% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.65% of the population. There were 19,377 households
Oak Brook, Illinois
Oak Brook is a village in DuPage County with a small portion in Cook County in Illinois. The population was 7,883 at the 2010 census. A suburb of Chicago, Oak Brook serves as home to the headquarters of several notable companies and organizations including McDonald's, Ace Hardware, Ferrara Candy, Federal Signal, CenterPoint Properties, Sanford L. P. TreeHouse Foods, Lions Clubs International. Oak Brook was known as Fullersburg, named after Ben Fuller, an early settler. Oak Brook was incorporated as a village in 1958, due in large part to the efforts of Paul Butler, a prominent civic leader and landowner whose father had first moved to the vicinity in 1898 and opened a dairy farm shortly thereafter. Prior to incorporation, the name Oak Brook was used by local residents to distinguish their community from neighboring Hinsdale and Elmhurst, going back to the founding of the Oak Brook Civic Association two decades earlier; the original boundaries were smaller than the present extent of the village, but a considerable amount of land was annexed soon after the founding of the village, including the land, now the site of the Oakbrook Center shopping mall, which opened in 1962.
Paul Butler's interest in sport was reflected in the Oak Brook Sports Core, which features polo fields, a golf course and tennis facilities, other recreational facilities not found in a village of this size. The Oak Brook Historical Society was established in 1975 to serve as a community advocate for the historic preservation of the village and to be a resource for research and preservation of its history, their current goal is to restore the Old Butler School, which will serve the community as the Oak Brook Heritage Center, operated by the Oak Brook Historical Society. The Heritage Center will provide multigenerational programming, exhibits of the heritage and history of Oak Brook, a research library, small group meeting space. According to the 2010 census, Oak Brook has a total area of 8.279 square miles, of which 7.95 square miles is land and 0.329 square miles is water. Oak Brook is located about 19 miles west of the Chicago Loop and is served by a network of major federal and county roads, including the Tri-State Tollway, the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway, the Eisenhower Expressway.
Although Oak Brook is not directly served by any CTA or Metra trains, the commercial corridor along 22nd Street is served by several Pace bus routes, train stations in neighboring villages offer commuter train access to downtown Chicago. Most of Oak Brook consists of residential subdivisions, with the exception of the Oakbrook Center shopping mall and other retail and office properties along 22nd Street and the Interstate 88 corridor in the northern part of the village; the village's adjacent neighbors are Elmhurst to the north, Hillside to the northeast, Westchester to the east and Westmont to the south, Downers Grove to the southwest, Lombard and Oakbrook Terrace to the northwest. As of the census of 2010, there were 7,883 people, 2,939 households, 2,363 families residing in the village; the population density was 991.6 people per square mile. There were 3,188 housing units, at an average density of 401.0 per square mile. The racial makeup was 71.8% White, 2.0% African American, 23.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% some other race, 2.2% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population. There were 2,939 households, out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were headed by married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 19.6% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, 12.7% were someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63, the average family size was 2.99. In the village, the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males. For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $132,389, the median income for a family was $152,209. Male full-time workers had a median income of $104,981 versus $71,961 for females.
The per capita income for the village was $79,711. About 1.1% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over. In 2011, 23.2% of Oak Brook's residents were Asian, making it the Chicago suburb with the second highest percentage of Asians. Equalized Assessed Valuation: 2010 – $1,608,622,320 2009 – $1,749,470,588 2008 – $1,797,238,113 2007 – $1,693,581,172 2006 – $1,578,273,201 2005 – $1,482,432,467 2004 – $1,425,867,144 2003 – $1,327,099,526Median Home Value: $635,400* 2011 Municipal Operating and Capital Expense Budget: $49.4 million Village Employees: 134 full-time employees Village Government: president, village clerk, six trustees, village manager Oak Brook has its own school district, District 53, which includes Brook Forest Elementary School and Butler Junior High School. Students that live within the district attend Hinsdale Central High School, District 86. Ho