Introduction to Berwyn, Illinois
Berwyn, Illinois, in Cook county, is 7 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Chicago area.
The present day city of Berwyn was originally a marshy land. Thomas F. Baldwin purchased the land in 1856 and named it "LaVergne." The Burlington and Quincy Railroad line entered the city in 1864. The LaVergne Station was built in 1874. Post 1901, the area was renamed Berwyn after a beautiful town in Pennsylvania. The area was incorporated in 1902 as a village and on June 6, 1908, was reincorporated as a city.
Berwyn and nearby Attractions
- Brookfield Zoo
- Kiddieland Amusement Park
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- William W. Powers State Recreation Area
- Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
Things To Do In Berwyn
There are several parks and playgrounds in Berwyn. You can spend your leisure hours at the Mraz Park, Berwyn Park, Freedom Park, Janura Park, and Smirz Park. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Cermak Plaza Shopping Center. The Brookfield Zoo, with an exhibit of more than 400 species of birds and animals, is nearby. You can also visit the Kiddieland Amusement Park, Altgeld Park, and the McFetridge Sports Center at California Park.
Chicago Midway International Airport is close to the city.
Berwyn Higher Education
Morton College, Triton College, and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College are nearby.