The village of Westchester is located 13 miles west of Chicago. Except for a handful of homes and streets, little remains of Westchester’s agrarian history. Westchester was incorporated in 1926 after the advent of a rapid transit line connecting the village to Chicago made Westchester’s location ideal for development. Westchester grew dramatically in population and housing options in the late 1950s, offering residents a variety of architectural styles and communities to choose from.
Westchester is a village 13 miles west of downtown Chicago. Except for a handful of old farmhouses scattered throughout the village and a few streets named after German farmers who once owned the land, little remains of the nearly 150-year history of farming in the area that became Westchester. Westchester founder Samuel Insull purchased the land in 1924 with the intention of developing an English-styled town and thus, many of the street names are of English origin. The planned extension of the Garfield Park rapid transit line from Chicago made this location ideal for suburban development. Westchester incorporated in 1926. Several real-estate developers directed the construction of paved streets, sidewalks, sewers, and street lamps, plus the laying of water mains and the planting of parkway trees. Westchester's biggest gain in population occurred between 1950 and 1960 as the village grew from 4,308 to 18,092, and the few English-style houses that had been built before the Depression were surrounded by Georgians, ranches, and split-levels. In the 1980s, some of the remaining farmland became the Westbrook Corporate Center, a cluster of five 10-story office buildings near Cermak Road (22nd Street) and Wolf Road. This expanded the commercial tax base of the almost entirely residential village.
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