The Town Of Countryside, Illinois
ChicagoRelo.com is your source for information on Countryside. If your moving to Countryside or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!From the prairie lands inhabited by the Potawatamie Indians to farmland settled in the early 1800’s, the City of Countryside today remains a peaceful reflection of its name and heritage. Long a country retreat for residents of the surrounding communities of LaGrange Park and Western Springs, the City of Countryside was not formally incorporated until 1960, with its population numbering 2,000 and an area encompassing approximately 2.75 square miles. Today, nearly 6,000 folks happily call Countryside home.
Joseph Vial, his wife, and their four children were among the first families to settle here, in 1833. Until the Chicago Fire in 1871, the Vial family farm, a few homesteads and vast areas of prairie land were all that made up what is today known as the City of Countryside. While the City of Chicago was to enter its greatest era of growth, thanks to rebuilding of the city and the explosion of the American industrial age, the “great fire” sent many city dwellers west in search of a better life – and land selling for $2 an acre – away from the congestion and industry of Chicago. Some of those families who made their way toward the Countryside area included the Conrads, Craigmills, Henrys, Murphys, Polks and Winslows. Countryside remained, however, a quiet farming community until the post-World War II era, when “suburbia” was born.
As in so many other areas of the nation, communities west of Chicago began to experience housing booms and another significant migration of families from the city. These new “pioneers,” however, came looking not for farmland, but for affordable homes and safe places to raise and educate their children. The area’s first residential subdivision was LaGrange Terrace, built in 1947; the Don L. Dise subdivision followed in 1954, then Edgewood Park, in two phases. Countryside became a “bedroom” community, with workers commuting to Chicago every morning and returning to their suburban homes every evening.
With its incorporation as a city in 1960, Countryside officials mapped out a plan for economic growth and development that would generate enough revenues through state sales tax to fund city services and operations, while maintaining the “small-town” ambiance its residents enjoyed. Lured by the attraction of lower real estate taxes and a steadily growing population, businesses began to move in. The development of Dansher Industrial Park provided a boon to Countryside’s tax base and helped further enhance city improvements. Today, the population of Countryside numbers a little under 6,000 and retains its status as a country retreat from other, more-populated communities – and residents, just as they did 150 years ago, have “settled in” quite comfortably. Countryside’s residential landscape presents a pleasing blend of old and new, all situated along quiet, tree-lined streets of meticulously maintained lawns and gardens. Neighbors know their neighbors; many families have lived in Countryside for two, three, and even four generations. Cozy bungalows, handsome Victorians and Colonials, sprawling ranches, stately traditional brick and contemporary styles are all here. Spacious lots (some 1/2-acre or more) are the norm. The median price for single-family homes in Countryside is approximately $135,000, offering a sound real estate investment and bringing the “American dream” home to Countryside families. Condominiums and townhouses, too, are available. Residents who opt to rent can choose from several nice apartment communities in and around Countryside.
Hundreds of merchants and service businesses provide a cornucopia of goods and services to Countryside residents. From groceries to gardening supplies, clothing to cars, office products to office cleaning, boutiques to national chain outlets, shoppers need go no further than “round the corner” for whatever they need for home or office. Countryside’s local merchants offer attentive, “home town” customer service with a smile; service businesses provide professional expertise at fair prices. Approximately 400 Countryside businesses have teamed up to offer their customers great savings on local goods and services with the “Shop & Save” coupon book, printed and distributed in cooperation with the City of Countryside. The coupon book features discounts for many Countryside retail stores, as well as coupons for many of the area’s best dining establishments. Whether you want a quick lunch at a fast food chain, an elegant, leisurely dinner at a fine white tablecloth restaurant, or to gather with friends for an Italian beef sandwich and a cold beer after the game, Countryside offers a wonderful variety of taste-tempting ethnic and Continental cuisines that are sure to please any palate.
Important Information For Countryside:
All dogs and cats should be registered and licensed with the City of Countryside. The license is free of charge, available at the Police Department, when owners supply a copy of their pet(s) County Rabies Inoculation Certificate. Animal license and identification tags provide quick identification of an animal’s owner, and proof of rabies protection.
Solid Waste Hauling
Countryside residents can select the waste hauler of their choice from among several local companies. The City of Countryside does not have a waste haulIng contract for residential or commercial properties.