Introduction to La Grange, Illinois
La Grange, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 15,608 people lived in La Grange.
La Grange History
The area which is now known as La Grange was initially settled in during the 1830s. Among the first settlers was Robert Leitch, who arrived in this area in 1830. Franklin Dwight Cossitt played a major role in the development of La Grange. It was he who gave the village its present name, La Grange, in the honor of a similarly named community in Tennessee. The area was officially incorporated as the Village of La Grange in June 1879.
La Grange and nearby Attractions
- La Grange Park
- Brookfield Zoo
- Graue Mill and Museum
- Unity Temple
- American Police Center & Museum
- Bernis Woods
Things To Do In La Grange
La Grange offers a quiet and peaceful life with all kinds of amenities. There are many opportunities for recreation in and around the village. The huge areas of parklands and woods provide a variety of activities, from jogging, hiking, biking, and various other sports, to simply relaxing with friends. The neighboring areas also have some museums where one can pass many interesting hours.
La Grange Transportation
Air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
La Grange Higher Education
Elmhurst College, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College and Triton College offer opportunities for higher education.