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Take a close look at any city in America in terms of where it was started and where growth has been prominent, and one of the important aspects encountered is the presence of a railroad.  West Chicago, Illinois is such a place; it is a city where history and progress meet. From a historic point of view, three railroads converged here by 1850, forming the first railroad junction in the state of Illinois. The resulting confluence gave the town its first name - Junction.  When the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad laid tracks on the town's west side, the first efforts were made to attract industry as the town offered free factory sites along its route.

In 1909, the town name was officially changed to the City of West Chicago; as the rail line that connected the city of Chicago with Geneva passed through West Chicago with passengers now as well as freight, the rails continued to support the growth of the city.  1928 saw the addition of an airfield -- converted from a former sheep pasture -- that has now become the third busiest in the state of Illinois: DuPage Airport.

Today, there are many contrasts � from affordable apartments and quaint bungalows to the old Victorian homes of many years past, from white-collar commuters to blue-collar workers.  West Chicago's population has become quite diverse, with a wide range of cultures and ethnicities settling into a city built by pioneers and immigrants � German, Hispanic, Irish, Swedish and others � not unlike many of the cities in the immediate area.  More than 50% of the population is 35 years of age or younger.  Offering outstanding schools, parks, and housing options make West Chicago a wonderful place to live and raise a family, the city is one that �embraces diversity and draws strength from it.

 

Population: 26,063  (2004 est.)
Elevation: 784 feet
Land area: 13.8 sq mi
Zip code:
60185
County: DuPage

 

 

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