Winfield, Illinois

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Winfield, Illinois
Village of Winfield, Illinois
Town Center
Town Center
Etymology: Gen. Winfield Scott
"Growing Smart; In Harmony With Nature"
Location of Winfield in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Winfield in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694Coordinates: 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694
CountryUnited States
TownshipsMilton, Winfield
IncorporatedApril 18, 1921 (1921-04-18)
 • TypeMayor-trustee
 • Village PresidentErik Spande
 • Total3.10 sq mi (8.02 km2)
 • Land3.06 sq mi (7.92 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
771 ft (235 m)
 • Total9,080
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,152.44/sq mi (1,217.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes630, 331
FIPS code17-82400
GNIS feature ID2399715

Winfield is an incorporated village located in Milton and Winfield Townships, DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 9,080 at the 2010 census[6] and as of 2018 the population was 9,690.[7]

Winfield is home to Central DuPage Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs. Winfield has a Metra station on the Union Pacific/West Line, which provides regular commuter rail service to Chicago. Attractions adjacent to Winfield include the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Kline Creek Farm, a living history farm located on the west side of County Farm Road between Geneva and St. Charles Roads; and Cantigny, which includes public gardens, museums, golf courses, picnic grounds and hiking trails. Cantigny is located on the east side of Winfield Road, just south of Illinois Route 38, also known as Roosevelt Road. Winfield also enjoys parks and recreational services provided by the Winfield Park District; the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County also owns and operates several other open space areas surrounding Winfield. Winfield is considered to be one of the top ten safest towns in Illinois.[8]


Winfield originally tried to become an incorporated village in 1884 under the town name 'Frederick Park.' However, the motion was denied as the town did not have 300 residents as was required for incorporation.[9] When the village was finally incorporated in 1921, the town had a population of 310 people.[10]

The earliest settlers, Erastus and Jude P. Gary came to Winfield in 1832.[11] Winfield was originally known as Gary's Mill after these early settlers, and later, Fredricksburg, owing to a significant German-speaking population. In the late 1800s, the settlement's name was changed again to Winfield after the war hero Winfield Scott.[12][13]

Winfield was home to one of the oldest taverns in the Chicago suburbs, John's Restaurant and Tavern (formerly John's Buffet), founded in 1921 by immigrant John T Karwoski, it closed its doors in December 2017.[14] John Karwoski was instrumental in the political and economic development of Winfield, and it was his guidance and leadership that took a fledgling prairie town clinging to existence after the railroad boom went bust, and turned it into a viable and livable village.[15] Mr Karwoski became the first Chief of the all-volunteer Winfield Volunteer Fire Company in 1935. 45 years later, his son John Karwoski II was made Chief of the expanded Winfield Fire Protection District in 1980.[16]

Winfield was served by The Winfield Glimpses newspaper from October 1947 to October 1976;[17] the Glimpses changed its name to the Winfield Examiner in November 1976 and ran until February 1992. A full collection of these newspapers is available on microfilm at the Winfield Public Library.

Historical Places in Winfield[edit]

Schmidt's Pond[edit]

Winfield is also home to another remnant of the past, called Schmidt's Pond. In the late 1800s, Peter Schmidt dug a pond to provide a place to harvest ice in the winter. Schmidt used the ice for his meat market, but also provided ice to the village in general; the property which is located between Park Street and Summit Avenue, just south of Town Center Winfield, also featured an ice house to store the harvested ice. While the ice house has since been turned into a private residence, the pond survives; the pond all but disappeared in the 1970s and 1980s due to lowering water tables, but has since returned, thanks in part to the village hooking up to Lake Michigan for its primary water use and a rising water table. The pond is home to many ducks, geese, muskrat, crayfish, frogs, toads and fish, and while the pond is on private property, it can be seen from Park Street and Summit Avenues. Numerous lots adjacent to Schmidt's Pond today are open lots left this way intentionally for flood control purposes.

Hedges Station[edit]

Hedges Station "Besch House" is the oldest remaining train depot in Illinois

Hedges station is the oldest train depot in Illinois, it was built in 1849 on the west side of Church Street, where the police station is currently standing. In 1977 Winfield Township bought the station after all the owners had died, their plan to demolish the building to construct a parking lot and more village offices was opposed by citizens who wanted the oldest building standing in Winfield to be turned into a historical site instead. After many arguments, the Township decided to move into another location. In 1981 Hedges station was moved to Winfield road, where it is currently located, and is now a museum.[18]

Chicago-Winfield Sanitarium[edit]

In 1897 a rest home was constructed in Winfield; this rest home was owned by Jessie P. Forsythe until she retired in 1908 and sold it to Emanuel Mandel. In 1909 the home was reconstructed into the Chicago-Winfield Tuberculosis Sanitarium; as tuberculosis became a curable disease, the Sanitarium saw a decrease in patients and eventually all were transferred to Michael Reese in Chicago. Then, in 1962 the Sanitarium was purchased by the Central DuPage Hospital Association.[19]

The Samuel and Eleanor Himmelfarb Home and Studio[edit]

The Samuel and Eleanor Himmelfarb Home and Studio was constructed in the wooded outskirts of western Winfield, IL in 1942 by the modernist artists; the design was heavily influenced by the Usonian architectural styles of Frank Lloyd Wright.[20]

St. John the Baptist[edit]

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was approved to be built on February 21, 1867; the residents of Winfield gathered their efforts and the church was erected later that year. The church even had its first baptism in 1867.[21] On August 17, 1906 the church burned down in a thunder storm after it was struck by lightening. According to Louise Spank, "only the alters, pews. stations of the cross, and communion rail could be saved."[22] The church was completely rebuilt within a year.[23]


Winfield is located at 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694 (41.8658543, -88.1569256).[4] Winfield is, by and large, surrounded by forests, including several DuPage County Forest Preserves on the north, west, and south, it borders Wheaton to the east and West Chicago to the west.

According to the 2010 census, Winfield has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 2.99 square miles (7.74 km2) (or 98.68%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 1.32%) is water.[24]

Parks, Forest Preserves & Recreational Areas[edit]

Public Parks[edit]

There are a total of 15 parks within the Village of Winfield offering a variety of recreation uses.[25]

Forest Preserves[edit]

Winfield is home to the Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, named after the native American mounds contained within the forest preserve.[26] In addition to its western border with Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, the town is also bordered to the north by Red Hawk Park and Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, to the west by West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve and to the southeast by Belleau Woods Forest Preserve. Forested areas surrounding Winfield comprise over 2,000 acres of land area;[27] these areas have been referred to as Winfield's green shoulder.[28]

West Branch DuPage River Trail & Prairie Path[edit]

Between 2016 and 2018 trail construction was carried out on the Winfield Mounds Trail Segment of the West Branch DuPage River Trail; this segment goes through Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, downtown Winfield and West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve. This system will link The Illinois Prairie Path with existing trails to the southwest Naperville trail system creating a north-south connection that will provide recreational users more route options.[29][30]


Klein Creek Golf Club offers an 18 hole golf course.[31] Cantigny Golf Club borders Winfield on its southeast corner.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20189,690[2]6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[32]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 8,718 people, 2,975 households, and 2,403 families residing in the village; the population density was 3,228.3 people per square mile (1,246.7/km²). There were 3,024 housing units at an average density of 1,119.8 per square mile (432.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.60% White, 1.24% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population. 22.9% were of German, 12.9% Irish, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% English and 8.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,975 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median household income for Winfield in 2016 is $91,731 and per capita income is $42,097; the median household cost is $308,700.[7]


The Village of Winfield is served by three school districts: West Chicago Elementary School District 33 (K-8, serving the north side of Winfield); Winfield Elementary School District 34 (K-8, serving the south side of Winfield); and Community Unit School District 200 (K-12, Wheaton-Warrenville, serving the east side of Winfield). Winfield has no public high school, students from Districts 33 and 34 attend West Chicago Community High School, and students from CUSD 200 attend Wheaton North High School, it has three public elementary/middle schools, Winfield Primary School, Winfield Central School, and Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and one private elementary/middle school, St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

Winfield Central School[edit]

Winfield Central School is located in the Village of Winfield, IL. Winfield Central School educates students from 5th to 8th grade. In 2019 there are 162 students whom attend Winfield Central School and 252 students that attend the Elementary school.[33] Winfield's Elementary school is located directly across the street from its' Central School; the middle school students are enrolled in physical education, one year of art, one year of music, two years of STEAM (science, technology, art, and mathematics), as well as a Spanish course every year (6-8).[34] Winfield Central School offers many extra curricular activities such as: World beat, Band, Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Drama, Soccer, Daily Herald Writing Club, etc.

Test Scores[35] :

School average (%) Compared to state average (%)
Subject: English Proficiency %: 58 State Average %: 37
Subject: Math Proficiency %: 52 State Average %: 31

Notable people[edit]


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