Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, is a city in DuPage, Kane and Will counties in the U. S. state of Illinois. Located in DuPage and Kane counties, it is an outer suburb of Chicago and the second most populous city in the state, the 114th most populous city in the country; the population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, was estimated to have increased to 200,965 by 2017. Once a mid-sized manufacturing city, Aurora has grown since the 1960s. Founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits and population have expanded into DuPage and Kendall counties. Between 2000 and 2003, the U. S. Census Bureau ranked Aurora as the 34th fastest-growing city in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, the U. S. Census Bureau ranked the city as the 46th fastest growing city with a population of over 100,000. In 1908, Aurora adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because in 1881 it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system. Aurora's historic downtown is located on the Fox River, centered on Stolp Island.
The city is divided into three regions, the West Side, on the west side of the Fox River, the East Side, between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, the Far East Side/Fox Valley, from the County Line to the city's eastern border with Naperville. The Aurora area has some significant architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. Aurora is home to a large collection of Sears Catalog Homes and Lustron all-steel homes; the Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet and 1,200 gaming positions, is located along the river in downtown Aurora. Before European settlers arrived, there was a Native American village in what is today downtown Aurora, on the banks of the Fox River. In 1834, following the Black Hawk War, the McCarty brothers arrived, they owned land on both sides of the river, but sold their lands to the Lake brothers on the west side. The Lake brothers opened a mill on the opposite side of the river.
The McCartys operated their mill on the east side. A post office was established in 1837 creating Aurora. Aurora was two villages: East Aurora, incorporated in 1845, on the east side of the river, West Aurora, formally organized on the west side of the river in 1854. In 1857, the two towns joined incorporated as the city of Aurora; as representatives could not agree which side of the river should house the public buildings, most public buildings were built on or around Stolp Island in the middle of the river. As the city grew, it attracted numerous jobs. In 1856, the Chicago and Quincy Railroad located its roundhouse and locomotive shop in Aurora, becoming the town's largest employer, a rank it held until the 1960s. Railroad restructuring in the railroad industry resulted in a loss of jobs as the number of railroads reduced and they dropped lines for passenger traffic. Aurora at one time had scheduled passenger trains to Chicago; the heavy industries on the East side provided employment for generations of European immigrants, who came from Ireland, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy.
Aurora became the economic center of the Fox Valley region. The combination of these three factors—a industrialized town, a sizable river that divided it, the Burlington railroad's shops—accounted for much of the dynamics of Aurora's political and social history; the city supported abolitionism before the American Civil War. Mexican migrants began arriving after the Mexican Revolution of 1910; the town was progressive in its attitude toward education, religion and women. The first free public school district in Illinois was established in 1851 here and the city established a high school for girls in 1855; the city developed as a manufacturing powerhouse and continued until the early 1970s, when the railroad shops closed. Soon many other factories and industrial areas went out of business. By 1980, there were few industrial areas operating in the city, unemployment soared to 16%. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, development began of the Far East side along the Eola Road and Route 59 areas.
While this was financially beneficial to the city, it drew off retail businesses and manufacturing from downtown and the industrial sectors of the near East and West Sides weakening them. In the mid-1980s crime rates soared and street gangs started to form. During this time Aurora became a much more culturally diverse city; the Latino population began to grow in the city in the 1980s. In the late 1980s, several business and industrial parks were established on the city's outskirts. In 1993, the Hollywood Casino was built downtown, which helped bring the first redevelopment to the downtown area in nearly twenty years. In the late 1990s, more development began in the rural towns outside Aurora. Subdivisions sprouted up around the city, Aurora's population soared. Today, Aurora is a culturally diverse city of around 200,000 residents. Historic areas downtown are being redeveloped, new developments are being built all over the city. Aurora is at 41°45′50″N 88°17′24″W. According to the 2010 census, Aurora has an area of 45.799 square miles, of which 44.94 square miles is land and 0.859 square miles is water.
While the city has traditionally been regarded as being in Kane County, Aurora includes parts of DuPage and Will counties. Aurora is one of only three cities in Illinois. (The others are Barrington Hills and Centr
Elmhurst is a city in DuPage County and overlapping into Cook County in the U. S. state of Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. As of the 2017 census, the city has a population of 46,662. Members of the Potawatomi Native American people, who settled along Salt Creek just south of where the city would develop, are the earliest known settlers of the Elmhurst area. Around 1836, European-American immigrants settled on tracts of land along the same creek. At what would become Elmhurst City Centre, a native of Ohio named Gerry Bates established a community on a tract of "treeless land" in 1842; the following year, Hill Cottage Tavern opened where St. Charles Road and Cottage Hill Avenue presently intersect. In 1845, the community was named Cottage Hill when a post office was established. Four years the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was given right-of-way through Cottage Hill giving farmers easier access to Chicago; the community changed its name to Elmhurst in 1869. In 1871, Elmhurst College was organized and has 3,500 undergraduates and about 300 graduate students.
Elmhurst was incorporated as a village in 1882, with a population between 723 and 1,050, legal boundaries of St. Charles Road to North Avenue, one half mile west and one quarter mile east of York Street. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital was founded in 1926 as the first hospital in DuPage County; the Memorial Parade has run every Memorial Day since 1918. The annual Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade continues to be the third largest parade of that sort in the Chicago area, following the more famous parades downtown and on the city's South Side. Since 1964, it has been home to Elmhurst CRC, one of the largest congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in North America; the Keebler Company's corporate headquarters was in Elmhurst until 2001, when the Kellogg Company purchased the company. The city is home to the headquarters of McMaster-Carr Supply Co.. Famous Amos cookies are distributed from Elmhurst. In 2014, Family Circle magazine ranked Elmhurst as one of the "Ten Best U. S. Towns for Families". According to the 2010 census, Elmhurst has a total area of 10.306 square miles, of which 10.25 square miles is land and 0.056 square miles is water.
The town has a tendency to flood, the city has tried preventing or suppressing future floods. As of the 2000 census, there were 42,762 people, 15,627 households, 11,235 families residing in the city; the population density was 4,165.9 people per square mile. There were 16,147 housing units at an average density of 1,573.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.40% White, 0.94% African American, 0.06% Native American, 3.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.02% of the population. There were 15,627 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.19. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males. According to a 2016 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $104,854 Males had a median income of $57,193 versus $37,087 for females; the per capita income for the city was $44,601. About 1.9% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over. According to Elmhurst's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: The Theatre Historical Society of America is focused on the preservation of dance and movie theaters and includes a collection of objects from many theaters that are no longer in existence. Among the items on display is a scale model of the 1927 Avalon Theater. Wilder Park Conservatory A 150-foot-deep limestone quarry covering about 59 acres is located half a mile west of downtown along West Avenue and 1st Street.
A tunnel from Salt Creek diverts water into the quarry in case of a flood. The quarry is an important piece of DuPage County's stormwater management system, can hold up to 8,300 acre-feet of stormwater; each spring, the company RGL Marketing for the Arts runs Art in Wilder Park. The event takes place in centrally located Wilder Park, home to the Wilder Mansion, the Elmhurst Public Library, the Wilder Park Conservatory and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts; the event "features of a juried show of fine arts and original creations of over 100 artists, including jewelry, ceramics, wood, sculpture and mixed media." The event hosts live music and entertainment and over 40 food vendors. Timeline for Elmhurst's leadership: 1882 - Incorporated as a village in June. 1882 - Henry Glos elected as first village president. 1887 - Peter Wolf elected as village president. 1902 - Edwin Heidemann elected as village president. 1905 - Henry C. Schumacher elected as village president. 1908 - C. J. Albert elected as village president.
1910 - Adopted city form of government. 1910 - Henry C. Schumacher elected as first city mayor. 1912 - F. W. M. Hammerschmidt elected as mayor. 1919 - Otto Balgemann elected as mayor. 1931 - Edward Blatter
Milwaukee District / West Line
The Milwaukee District / West Line is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago and the western suburbs.. Trains are dispatched from CP's American headquarters in Minneapolis, it runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Illinois. In April 2013 the public timetable shows 29 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Big Timber Road. Of the 7 trains that do not run through to Big Timber Road, 3 terminate at Elgin, 2 at Franklin Park, 1 at Bartlett, 1 at National Street. All weekend trains terminate at Elgin. A new station at Grand Avenue and Cicero Avenue opened on December 11, 2006, it replaced stations in the Cragin neighborhoods. Metra has long range plans to extend the line to Huntley and Marengo, and, in the long term, out to Rockford. Another proposal recommends extending the line to Pingree Grove and Hampshire, Illinois on the Milwaukee Road's own tracks; the line runs on the Canadian Pacific Railway Elgin Subdivision. The MD-W line's locomotive fleet consists of MPI MP36PH-3S diesel-electric locomotives, with some EMD F40PH locomotives.
The line operates ex-GO Transit EMD F59PH locomotives. The fleet is pooled with the fleets for the North Central Service and the Milwaukee District/North Line; as of 2016, three of these locomotives are in operation. Coaches, or passenger railcars, consist of Nippon Sharyo railcars built in the early 2000s. Cab cars are Nippon Sharyo built. Budd-built railcars operate on the line, but the cab cars built by Budd have not been in use since the delivery of the newer railcars. Metra Milwaukee District/West service schedule Media related to Metra Milwaukee District/West Line at Wikimedia Commons
Warrenville is a city in DuPage County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 13,140, estimated to have increased to 13,316 by July 2012, it is a part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. Warrenville was founded in 1833 when Julius Warren and his family moved west from New York seeking a fresh start from a failing gristmill and distillery. Daniel Warren, Julius' father, claimed land at what is now McDowell Woods, Julius claimed land at what is now the Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve; the first major establishment, an inn and tavern, was built in 1838 by Julius Warren himself, as the family was skilled in timber and grain. The inn still stands today, was renovated in 2002; the town blossomed with two mills and a plank road connecting it with Naperville and Winfield, on which Julius operated a stagecoach line. The town failed at its bid to have the railroad come through the town. However, in 1902, the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad came through town, which lasted until the late 1950s.
With a population of 4,000, Warrenville was incorporated as a city in 1967, following six unsuccessful attempts. The 1970s and 1980s brought westward expansion from the city of Chicago, causing the small farming community's population to nearly double to 7,800. Warrenville is located at 41°49′35″N 88°11′22″W. According to the 2010 census, Warrenville has a total area of 5.618 square miles, of which 5.46 square miles is land and 0.158 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,363 people, 4,931 households, 3,476 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,430.6 people per square mile. There were 5,067 housing units at an average density of 921.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.13% White, 2.39% African American, 0.29% Native American, 3.43% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.46% from other races, 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.10% of the population. There were 4,931 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families.
23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26. In the city, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, 6.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $62,430, the median income for a family was $72,233. Males had a median income of $50,144 versus $35,487 for females; the per capita income for the city was $28,922. About 0.9% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over. There is an "old neighborhood", with mixed housing styles near Galusha Avenue. There is a Forest Preserve neighborhood, with wooded-lot expensive multi-acre homes close to Cantigny War Museum, Cantigny Golf Course, Mckee Marsh.
In the mid-1970s two large subdivisions were developed in the west, next to Fermilab, a scientific research center where the world's largest superconducting particle accelerator ring was located. The subdivisions are called Fox Hollow. Other notable subdivisions of Warrenville include Warrenville Lakes, Saddle Ridge, Thornwilde and River Oaks. Cantera was built from a TIF district on the former grounds 650-acre limestone quarry. Located on the new district is a 30-screen AMC movie theater, several restaurants, a Super Target retail store, three hotels, three banks, a 100,000-square-foot fitness club, numerous corporate offices, two residential complexes. Major companies that have office space and research facilities at Cantera include: BP America, the corporate office for EN Engineering, the corporate headquarters for Symbria, a corporate office for Exelon Nuclear; the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 701 of DuPage County is in Cantera. Downtown Warrenville is located at the intersection of Batavia Road.
The addition of another TIF district, a new police station was built in 1998, a new City Hall in 2001, a new Public Works Building in 2002, additions were made to the library in 2003. Durham School Services is a company based in Warrenville. Navistar left Warrenville in 2011, moved to neighboring Lisle due to tax incentives. According to the City's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top ten non-city employers in the city are: Warrenville is a part of Community Unit School District 200, shares 20 schools with Wheaton. Residents of Warrenville attend Bower or Johnson elementary school, Hubble Middle School, St. Irene Catholic School, Wheaton Warrenville South High School. Wheaton Warrenville South High School is located in Wheaton; until 2009, Hubble was located in Wheaton. Some children from all over DuPage County attend Four Winds Waldorf School, a private PreK-8 school in Warrenville. Warrenvil
Hanover Park station
Hanover Park is a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West in Hanover Park, Illinois. The station is 28.4 miles away from Union Station, the eastern terminus of the line. In Metra's zone-based fare system, Hanover Park is in zone F. Parking is available on both sides of the tracks; the largest parking area is on West Lake Street, the second largest is on Ontarioville Road, both of which are west of County Farm Road. A third smaller parking lot exists on the southeast corner of the County Farm Road bridge on Liberty Street via Barrington Road. Pace "Route 554 – Elgin/Woodfield". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service. Metra – Stations – Hanover Park station
Wood Dale, Illinois
Wood Dale is a city in Addison Township, DuPage County, United States. The population was 13,770 at the 2010 census, estimated to have increased to 13,911, as of July 2012. Wood Dale was known as Lester's Station, after John Lester, an early settler. According to the 2010 census, Wood Dale has a total area of 4.834 square miles, of which 4.72 square miles is land and 0.114 square miles is water. Wood Dale shares borders with Elk Grove Village, Bensenville and Itasca As of the census of 2000, there were 13,535 people, 5,117 households, 3,663 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,897.8 people per square mile. There were 5,220 housing units at an average density of 1,117.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.22 percent White, 0.58 percent African American, 0.15 percent Native American, 3.24 percent Asian, 0.07 percent Pacific Islander, 4.80 percent from other races, 1.94 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.06 percent of the population.
There were 5,117 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.4% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.15. Wood Dale has two primary schools, Oakbrook Elementary School and Westview Elementary School, one middle school, Wood Dale Junior High School as well as Holy Ghost. Wood Dale shares Fenton High School with Bensenville; the city's population was spread out with 22.4 percent under the age of 18, 7.6 percent from 18 to 24, 29.4 percent from 25 to 44, 26.5 percent from 45 to 64, 14.1 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males. The top 5 employing industry sectors in Wood Dale are manufacturing, retail trade, health care, wholesale trade and administration.
A pluralty of the workforce commutes from Chicago, followed by Wood Dale itself, Elk Grove Village and Bensenville. The top 5 employing industry sectors of community residents are wholesale trade, manufacturing and healthcare; the median income for a household in the city was $57,509, the median income for a family was $62,289. Males had a median income of $45,884 versus $35,247 for females; the per capita income for the city was $25,507. About 2.9% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over. At one time Claire's had a distribution facility in Wood Dale; that function is now handled by its Hoffman Estates office. According to Wood Dale's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Wood Dale has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago, Illinois. Illinois Route 390 is in the city's corporate limits near the northern border of the city and has an exit to Wood Dale Road.
Cefalù, Italy Chicago, Illinois Colin Brady, American animator and film director, raised in Wood Dale. Henry Hyde, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975-2007, resided in Wood Dale. Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine's Minister of Finance. Monica Pedersen, Chicago designer for HGTV shows Designed to Dream Home. James "Pate" Philip, President of the Illinois Senate. Ray Soden, Illinois state senator. Jim Spivey, retired American middle-distance runner and three time Olympian, raised in Wood Dale. Christine Winger, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, she served as a member of the Wood Dale City Council prior to serving as State Representative. City of Wood Dale
DuPage County, Illinois
DuPage County is a county in the U. S. state of Illinois, one of the collar counties of the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 916,924, its county seat is Wheaton. DuPage County has become developed and suburbanized, although some pockets of farmland remain in the county's western and northern parts; the county has a high socioeconomic profile and residents of Hinsdale and Oak Brook include some of the wealthiest people in the Midwest. On the whole, the county enjoys above average median household income levels and low overall poverty levels when compared to the national average. In 2018 Niche ranked two DuPage municipalities amongst the top 20 best places to live in America. DuPage County was formed on February 1839 out of Cook County; the county took its name from the DuPage River, which was, in turn, named after a French fur trapper, DuPage. The first written history to address the name, the 1882 History of DuPage County, Illinois, by Rufus Blanchard, relates: The DuPage 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; the first white settler in DuPage County was Bailey Hobson, with Lewis Stewart, built a house in 1831 for the Hobson family at a site about 2 miles south of present-day downtown Naperville. Hobson built a mill to serve surrounding farmers. Today, the Hobson house still stands on Hobson Road in Naperville, the location of the mill is commemorated with a millstone and monument in today’s Pioneer Park.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 336 square miles, of which 327 square miles is land and 8.9 square miles is water. The DuPage River and the Salt Creek flow through DuPage County. According to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the highest point in the county is located at the Mallard Lake Landfill, which at its highest point is 982 feet above mean sea level. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Wheaton have ranged from a low of 14 °F in January to a high of 87 °F in July, although a record low of −26 °F was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 105 °F was recorded in July 1995. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.56 inches in February to 4.60 inches in August. Counties that are adjacent to DuPage include: Cook County Will County Kendall County Kane County I-55 I-88 I-290 I-294 I-355 US 20 US 34 IL 19 IL 38 IL 53 IL 56 IL 59 IL 64 IL 83 IL 390 DuPage County's population's distribution by race and ethnicity in the 2010 census was as follows: DuPage County has become more diverse.
The population of foreign-born residents increased from about 71,300 in 1990 to 171,000 by 2009 estimates. There were 325,601 households, out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.00% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.80% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.27. In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64 and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females, age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $98,441 and the median income for a family was $113,086. Males had a median income of $60,909 versus $41,346 for females.
The mean or average income for a family in DuPage County is $121,009, according to the 2005 census. The per capita income for the county was $38,458. About 2.40% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.90% of those under age 18 and 4.30% of those age 65 or over. DuPage County has several hundred Christian churches. Well-known churches include Community Christian Church of Naperville, College Church of Wheaton, Wheaton Bible Church, First Baptist Church of Wheaton. There is a large Catholic contingency, part of the Diocese of Joliet, a Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glendale Heights; the Theosophical Society in America in Wheaton, the North American headquarters of the Theosophical Society Adyar, provides lectures and classes on theosophy, yoga and New Age spirituality. Islamic mosques are located in Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Westmont, Bolingbrook, Woodale, West Chicago, unincorporated Glen Ellyn. There are Hindu temples in Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream and Medinah, an Arya Samaj center in West Chicago.
There is a Nichiren Shōshū Zen Buddhist temple in West Chicago and a Theravada Buddhist Temple, called the Budd