Introduction to Chicago Heights, Illinois
Chicago Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 8 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 24 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Chicago Heights has a population of 32,776.
Chicago Heights History
Chicago Heights was settled in by the whites in 1833. Absalom Wells was the first European settler of the area. However, Adam and Phoebe Brown were the first permanent settlers of Chicago Heights. At that time, the area was known as Thorn Grove. In 1836, the first school of the area was established. In December 1843, the Reformed Presbytherian Church of Thorn Grove was established. The first railroad entered Thorn Grove in 1853. The area was renamed Chicago Heights in 1892 and was incorporated as a village. It was reincorporated in 1900 as a city.
Chicago Heights and nearby Attractions
- Sauk Trail
- Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
- Matteson Historical Museum
- William W. Powers State Recreation Area
- Hollywood Park - Crestwood
- Midwest Carvers Museum
Things To Do In Chicago Heights
While in Chicago Heights you can visit the Euclid Park, Seiter Park, Landeen Park, Petrarca Park, and Beacon Hill Park. You can enjoy shopping at the Olympia Plaza Shopping Center. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Chicago Heights Park District Golf Course and Chicago Heights Country Club. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is also worth paying a visit to. In addition, Chicago Heights organizes a number of recreational programs and special events throughout the year.
Chicago Heights Transportation
Air transportation is available from Gary/ Chicago Airport.
Chicago Heights Higher Education
Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Prairie State College, Governors State University, Chicago State University, and South Suburban College.