One of the fastest growing communities in the Chicago metropolitan area is Streamwood. Situated in Cook County, its convenient location in the northwest suburban corridor is highly desirable with affordable homes and traditional family households. The population has grown to over 36,000 people in its 45-year history. Business and industry is thriving thanks to a combination of quality local services and approval process.
The Streamwood Park District provides more than 350 recreation programs each year for residents of all ages, interests, and abilities. Facilities include a community center, swimming pool, museum, and recreational center. Poplar Creek Forest Preserve contains 4,500 acres of beautiful forest preserves and prairie land, providing biking and hiking trails, picnic areas, and horseback riding. Fishing is available in the Preserves’ lakes and streams. The Park District is also a member of the Northwest Special Recreation Association, providing opportunities through recreation for persons with disabilities.
Residents of Streamwood are served by Metra Commuter Trains to downtown Chicago in the adjoining towns of Bartlett and Hanover Park. The Pace bus company serves Streamwood, and Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Bus services are available. O’Hare International Airport is a short 20 miles, and Midway International Airport is approximately 34 miles from Streamwood. Nearby Schaumburg Regional Airport provides private plane services.
The Village has strived to provide excellent housing, schools, and services to enhance the quality of life for its residents. It has been successful in the fact that CNNMoney.com named Streamwood a contender for the list of Best Places to Live in Illinois.
From the early 1800’s German immigrants farmed the land now known as Streamwood. The only means of public transportation was a stagecoach line along what is now called Route 20. For the next twenty-some years, it continued as farm country.
By the 1950’s Streamwood started to grow as a community with people moving out from Chicago into the suburbs. The first subdivision was developed in 1956 by Maxon Construction. The preassembled homes were shipped from Indiana. The houses were completed in a few weeks, and the area was dubbed “Plywood City”. The new residents came with many of the skills needed in this growing town.
The first school opened in 1958 with an enrollment of 200 children. The building was soon bursting at the seams forcing children to attend classes in split shifts. In the early 1960’s Streamwood suffered some setbacks due to faulty construction in the Streamwood Shopping Center. After years of fixing problems, the Center reopened. Problems such as this did not hinder Streamwood’s growth. By 1970 the population was over 18,000, and the town now covered nearly six square miles. Local builders donated land for schools, a municipal building, and recreational facility. Streamwood today is a thriving community looking toward a bright future.
Streamwood Trivia & Fun Facts
Before the Village of Streamwood was formed, the area was a vibrant farming community called “Hoosier Grove”. Today you can visit the “secret garden” behind the farmhouse in Hoosier Grove Park. It contains heirloom varieties of flowers similar to those grown in the area for over 100 years.
The Hanover Countryside Elementary School is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of several teachers who have died over the years. Sounds have been heard ranging from bells to chains to voices. Lights seem to turn on and off by themselves.