Introduction to La Grange Park, Illinois
La Grange Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. La Grange Park has a population of 13,295.
La Grange Park History
There is a very unusual story behind the incorporation of La Grange Park. It was essentially a small rural area in the 1890s when a stone mason, Pete Swanson, decided to make extra money for himself by setting up an illegal tavern in his house. He went on with his plans, but the residents of the area became tired of his activities and decided to move ahead with incorporation. After incorporation the residents would be able to regulate the sale of alcohol, and control development of the community. La Grange Park was incorporated in 1892.
La Grange Park and nearby Attractions
- Brookfield Zoo
- Graue Mill and Museum
- Unity Temple
- Ernest Hemingway Museum
- Cernan Earth & Space Center
- Bernis Woods
Things To Do In La Grange Park
The area around La Grange Park has facilities for a range of recreational activities. The nearby forest preserve is a great place to go hiking and observe the beauty of nature. The area also has two popular golf courses which would satisfy all golfers from amateurs to professionals.
La Grange Park Transportation
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the closest major airport.
La Grange Park Higher Education
Elmhurst College, Triton College, Morton College and Wilbur Wright College are some institutions that provide facilities for higher education around La Grange Park.