The City of Wood Dale, Illinois, is located in northern DuPage County, less than 25 miles from Chicago's Loop. It was first inhabited by members of the Winnebago Tribe from Wisconsin, who travelled through the area, burning the tallgrass prairies in pursuit of deer, rabbits, and pheasants.

By the mid-1800s, German immigrants began moving into the area, clearing the heavily forested land to establish farms and the basics of a small community. Incorporated in 1928, Wood Dale grew slowly during the first half of the 20th century, with fewer than 1,900 residents in the 1950 census.

And then things changed. Spurred on by better roads and rail options plus increased commercial service at the nearby airports, Wood Dale — like much of DuPage County — began to transform from its sleepy agricultural origins into a vibrant suburb that was revered for its proximity to Chicago, diverse workforce, and excellent quality of life. Several large corporations built facilities in Wood Dale, establishing a sizable industrial base. By the end of the century, more than 13,500 people lived in the city. Its current population stands at just over 14,000 residents, with a "daytime population" estimated at 35,000 to 40,000. Wood Dale has managed to grow a strong economy while maintaining its small town charm and peaceful, safe demeanor.

Residents enjoy easy access to Chicago and other suburbs via major roadways including I-290, I-355, and Route 83, and close connections to I-294 and I-90. Metra's Milwaukee District West Line, with a station in Wood Dale, offers daily service between Chicago's Union Station and the western suburbs. O'Hare International Airport sits just a few miles east of the city and Midway International Airport is less than 30 miles away.

Attractions and Entertainment

DuPage County, with more than 900,000 residents, has a wealth of cultural, educational, and entertainment options for people of all ages, talents, and interests.

The McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage hosts numerous events, houses an art museum, and supports community participation in the arts. People can enjoy a wide range of spectacular live performances at the beautiful and beloved Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace or at one of the other many venues in DuPage County. The Elmhurst Art Museum offers a fine variety of permanent and rotating exhibits, classes, and special events, and is just one of several places to appreciate art in DuPage County. The 500-acre Cantigny Park in Wheaton invites visitors enjoy its gardens, military museum, golf course, trails, and the splendid former home of Colonel Robert McCormick. And this is just a sample of all that DuPage County has to offer.

However, Wood Dale has another advantage: its location near the northern edge of the county positions it close to the many amenities available in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

When it's not hosting home games for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, Allstate Arena in nearby Rosemont is hopping with other events, such as concerts, holid
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The Great Outdoors

One might suspect that a place called Wood Dale would be leafy and green. In fact, the city has been named a Tree City USA, and enjoys proximity to many of the premier properties of both the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The forest preserves provide visitors with places to relax, engage with nature, or participate in any number of land or water athletic activities. There are dozens of preserves and trails within an easy drive of Wood Dale, but some of the closest sites include Wood Dale Grove, Salt Creek Marsh and Salt Creek Park, Songbird Slough, and Fischer Woods. Busse Woods, one of the largest preserves in Cook County, is only a 10-15 minute drive north of Wood Dale.

Golf is popular in DuPage County and some of the best places to tee up are in or near Wood Dale. Weather is never a problem at the newest hotspot, 390 Golf Experience, just one of many sites managed by the Wood Dale Park District. In addition to caring for the parks, golf courses, waterpark, and other facilities, the park district offers a plethora of programs, classes, and clubs.

Education

Children who live in the library's service area attend schools in Wood Dale School District 7 and Fenton Community High School.

Higher education options include Elmhurst University, College of DuPage, Concordia University, Dominican University, Wheaton College, and several others.

Other Links

For more information on the region, please visit these sites:
DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau
Arts DuPage
Choose DuPage
Enjoy Illinois (Chicago Metro area)
Choose Chicago

Photos courtesy of Discover DuPage