The Village of Schaumburg was incorporated in 1956 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. An anniversary logo was created and an impressive schedule of activities commemorated the event. Highlights included an historic Schaumburg photo display, a new documentary titled, “Images of Schaumburg,” and the dedication of the new convention center. The year culminated with an anniversary ball on New Year’s Eve.
Schaumburg is ideally situated as the hub of the thriving northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Northwest Tollway (1-90), accessible at Roselle Rd., and Interstate 290 (Illinois 53), with entrances at Golf, Higgins, and Algonquin Roads, connect commuters and travelers to Chicago, many west and northwest suburbs, and O’Hare International Airport. The new Elgin-O’Hare Expressway provides quick access to neighboring southwestern communities. O’Hare is located just nine miles from Schaumburg via the Northwest Tollway. Commuters to Chicago are also served by local Metra rail service.
Homes are available in Schaumburg to fit every lifestyle, from duplexes and town homes to large luxury homes, many situated in park-like settings. Several neighborhoods are close to parks and nature preserves, and are conveniently located to shopping and transportation.
The village has the largest retail center in the northwest suburbs, surpassed only by the City of Chicago. It contains over 13 million square feet of industrial space, consisting primarily of light industrial and warehouse facilities. Motorola’s property includes an office, museum, and a day care center. The Copley Center, the Woodfield Mall, and the Woodfield Business Center II are a major part of the business and retail sectors of the village. The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center at Thoreau Drive and Meacham Road opened in 2006, bringing yet another venue for conventions and additional hotel accommodations, bringing the total hotel/motel rooms available in Schaumburg to 4,131. The village is also the home of the Schaumburg Flyers, a Northern League baseball team.
The Schaumburg Park District runs a large number of community recreational activities which include the Community Recreation Center with a fitness area, track, aerobics, Senior Center, classrooms, and playground; The Water Works with three indoor pools and three water slides; Atcher Island with many water activities; Voldening Lake which includes boating, ice skating, picnicking, and a bicycle trail; Bock Neighborhood Center and Park with an outdoor pool, athletic fields, tennis, and a playground; Meineke Recreation Center which includes an outdoor pool and water slide, athletic fields, ice skating, tennis, playground, and a lake. The Park District also runs 57 neighborhood playgrounds and several golf courses.
With all of its amenities, Schaumburg is still about the residents and their sense of community, making the village a most desirable place to live and work.
|Blackwell School||345 N Walnut Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 885-6758||Elementary Schools|
|Campanelli School||310 S Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2135||Elementary Schools|
|Churchill School||1520 Jones Rd Schaumburg IL 60195||(847) 885-6752||Elementary Schools|
|Dirksen School||116 W Beech Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2142||Elementary Schools|
|Dooley School||622 Norwood Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2116||Elementary Schools|
|Edwin Aldrin Elementary School||617 Boxwood Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2106||Elementary Schools|
|Ender-Salk Elementary School||345 N Salem Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 755-1487||Elementary Schools|
|Enders-Salk School||345 N Salem Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 885-6762||Elementary Schools|
|Herbert Hoover Elementary Schl||315 N Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 885-6770||Elementary Schools|
|Keller School||820 Bode Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 885-6530||Elementary Schools|
|Michael Collins Elem School||407 Summit Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2155||Elementary Schools|
|Nathan Hale Elementary School||1300 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2140||Elementary Schools|
|Schaumburg Twp Elementary Schl||345 N Walnut Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 884-0939||Elementary Schools|
|Schaumburg High School||1100 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194||(847) 755-4600||High Schools|
|Addams Jr High School||700 S Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2110||Middle Schools|
|Frost Junior High School||320 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193||(847) 301-2120||Middle Schools|
“The Schaumburg area attracted the first settlers from the eastern states in the mid-1830’s. The first person to arrive was Trumbull Kent, a Yankee, of Oswego County, New York. Many people of German ancestry followed. Originally from Schaumburg-Lippe, between Dortmund and Hannover, Germany, they settled along the Chicago-Elgin Road and other highways. They were farms who organized a German Lutheran congregation as early as 1840 and built their first church in 1847. A controversy arose a few years later when some people wanted their town named Lutherville, but in the end it was named Schaumburg Center.
The area grew slowly, as the fertile land was swampy and had no railroad depot. At the end of the nineteenth century, the population was only about 1,000 people. The township had three cheese factories by 1900 and continued to grow during the first half of the twentieth century.
When the Northwest Tollway was constructed in 1956, it brought industrial and residential development to Schaumburg. Shortly after, many streets were built, spreading out from the old center of the village. By 1980 the population was 53,305, and the land was almost completely built up.
Bordering Schaumburg to the east is Interstate 290, cutting it off from the forests of the Ned Brown Forest Preserve. The northern border extended as far as old Algonquin Road. The Woodfield Mall opened in 1971 in the northeastern area and is one of the Chicago area’s largest shopping centers.
Although it has been many years since the first German settlers arrived in Schaumburg, their roots live on in street names such as Biesterfield Road.”
Schaumburg Trivia & Fun Facts
“Ancestries: German (24.5%), Irish (14.8%), Polish (14.7%), Italian (12.5%), English (5.4%), Swedish (3.2%)
Birthplace of: Kurt Kittner – 2005 NFL player (Chicago Bears, born: Jan 23, 1980), Craig Reichel – College basketball player (Northern Illinois Huskies), Mark Pancratz – College basketball player (Wisc. Milwaukee Panthers), Tony Young – College basketball player (Southern Illinois Salukis), Zach Pancratz – College basketball player (Northern Illinois Huskies).
In 1968, the “Schaumburg Space Needle” was proposed by developer Lee M. Romano. The building would have looked similar to the Aon Building in downtown Chicago. The building would have been 113 stories and taller than the Sears Tower. It was never built.”