Introduction to Bellwood, Illinois
Bellwood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village. Bellwood is home to some 20,535 residents.
Bellwood was home of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon. An interesting part of Bellwood's history is the changing demography of its population. Until the 1970s, the African-American population of this area was a mere 1%; however, during the following years, it rose dramatically. It reached 35% during the 1980s and 70% during the 1990s.
Bellwood and nearby Attractions
- Brookfield Zoo
- Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
- Cernan Earth & Space Center
- Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels
- La Grange Park
- Ernest Hemingway Museum
Things To Do In Bellwood
The Village of Bellwood offers a high quality lifestyle through a wide range of facilities and services. The park district is well facilitated and allows for a diverse range of activities. The village also has a well stocked library that caters to recreational, as well as educational, interests. There are several museums around the area worth visiting for their interesting subjects and collections.
Air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Bellwood Higher Education
The Triton College, Elmhurst College, and Wilbur Wright College are all nearby.