Introduction to Blue Island, Illinois
Blue Island, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Blue Island is home to some 23,463 residents.
Blue Island History
The Ottawas, Ojibwas, and Potawatomi Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the present day city of Blue Island. The area was settled by the whites after 1835. At that time, Blue Island served as a way station on the historic Vincennes Trail. Blue Island was so named due to its location on a glacial ridge that rises like an island. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad first entered the city in 1852. Blue Island was incorporated as a city in 1901.
Blue Island and nearby Attractions
- Hollywood Park - Crestwood
- Vincennes Trail
- Bronzeville Children's Museum
- Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
- Midwest Carvers Museum
- William W. Powers State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Blue Island
Blue Island offers approximately 10 public parks including Memorial Park, Hart Park, Kiddie Korral, Centennial Park, Perillo Park, Stan’s Park, and York Street Playground. You can enjoy golf at the Meadows Golf Club. The Blue Island Water Works is also worth visiting. The Bronzeville Children's Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry are nearby. In addition, the city of Blue Island organizes several recreational programs throughout the year.
Blue Island Transportation
Chicago Midway International Airport is the nearest international airport.
Blue Island Higher Education
Chicago State University and City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College are nearby.