Wood Dale

Quality of life and stable economic conditions continue as the standard way of life in Wood Dale. Several Publications have recognized this in comparison to other suburban communities. Wood Dale is highly rated in categories such as housing, education, health and safety. The vision for Wood Dale’s future is bright, filled with growth and opportunity for many years to come.

Wood Dale offers suburban living at its best, blending the past with the future. The city has an excellent mix of open land and development. Two golf courses, several forest preserves, and many neighborhood parks are just a few of the many amenities offered. In addition, you and your family will enjoy all of the many recreational opportunities offered by the Wood Dale Park District including their Water Park.

The Wood Dale Historical Society operates a museum on one of the original farmstead in the area. Wood Dale also is blessed with a first-class public library, excellent schools, and six churches. The community has many clubs and organizations including the Wood Dale Lion’s Club, the Lioness Club, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Wood Dale Baseball, Wood Dale Garden Club, Wood Dale Football, VFW and the Wood Dale Homeowners’ Association.

Wood Dale is located in DuPage County in the heart of the O’Hare Corridor. The are offers unsurpassed access to transportation by air, land, or rail. Wood Dale’s mix of industry and residential is truly a model for well thought out development. There are two hotels and many, many elite corporate citizens. Our city government, in partnership with the Chamber, is progressive when it comes to economic issues important to your business.


School Address Phone Grade
Oakbrook School 170 S Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191 (630) 766-6336 Elementary Schools
Westview Elementary School 200 N Addison Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191 (630) 766-8040 Elementary Schools
Wood Dale Junior High School 655 N Wood Dale Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191 (630) 766-6210 Middle Schools
Wood Dale History

First inhabited by the Winnebago tribe, Wood Dale was used as hunting grounds. After Illinois became a state in 1818, the tribe gave up the rights to the land in a treaty. In 1834 Hezekiah Dunklee, along with Mason Smith, made a claim on heavily forested land by Salt Creek which became known as Dunklee’s Grove. A large number of German immigrants came to the area to purchase land for their own farms. This group brought to the area merchants, doctors, lawyers, and teachers. They built schools, hospitals, stores and banks.

In 1873, the Chicago & Pacific Railroad came to the area. A train depot was built when Fredrick E. Lester donated some of his land. The depot, known as Lester’s Station, had a subdivision going up next to it. That subdivision was named Wooddale. Many more subdivisions were built and in 1928 the village was incorporated. Wooddale changed the spelling of its name after the incorporation to Wood Dale because there was another town in Illinois with that name.

Non-agricultural development grew in the area when air travel became accessible. In 1950, part of an airport that was once used as a navy emergency training field was leased to the Moody Bible Institute so they could train missionaries to become pilots and mechanics. Three years later they purchased the entire airport and named it Moody Airport. Eventually it was annexed by Wood Dale and they renamed it Klefstad Industrial Park.

In the late twentieth century, Wood Dale became an ideal site for industrial development. It was perfect because it was close to O’Hare International Airport, the toll roads and the expressways. Motorola, Mitsubishi, and NEC are a few that decided to build their facilities in Wood Dale. Chancellory Business Park was a 225 acre industrial site that housed more than 50 companies in 1990. The industrial base in Wood Dale increased from just 35 acres to 700 acres in just 10 years. A water park complex and a new City Hall were built from the industrial revenues.

Wood Dale Trivia & Fun Facts

Ancestries: Polish (21.3%), Irish (12.4%), German (19.9%), Italian (19.5%), English (5.1%), United States (3.4%)

The elevation is 696 feet.

Historical tornado activity is 64% greater than the overall U.S. average.