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Notwithstanding several stories to the contrary, it was actually Congressman John Wentworth who was responsible for giving Sandwich, Illinois its name back in 1855.  Originally called Almon (the first name of the man -- Almon Cage -- on whose property the town was eventually built), then Newark Station, "Long John" Wentworth changed the name to match that of his own home town in New Hampshire.  Centrally located about 60 miles west of Chicago, Sandwich has always taken great pride in her traditions and heritage, offering a warm welcome to all.

Of particular interest: Sandwich hosts the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Illinois; it has one of the largest antique fairs in the United States.  Throngs of folks -- hundreds of thousands -- come to the event every year.  But there are numerous other reasons to come to this warm and friendly town.  Of the many noteworthy aspects, one in particular is the Sandwich Opera House.  Originally built in the late 1870's, it was painstakingly and lovingly restored. Now placed on the National Register of Historic Places, community theatre, lectures, recitals, and a wide variety of outstanding performances have shared its renovated stage.

Add to that a blend of industry, a well-balanced network of ground transportation corridors -- State Route 34 runs through Sandwich and I-80 is just just 20 miles north of town -- specialty shops, fine restaurants and other amenities and the result is one exceptionally fine community.  Stop by any time and enjoy some Sandwich hospitality!

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Sandwich, Illinois
Population: 7,326 (2007 est.)
Elevation: 670 feet
Land area: 3.01 sq mi
Zip code: 60548
County: DeKalb
Area Codes: 815; 779

 

 

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