Introduction to Morton Grove, Illinois
Morton Grove, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles W of Skokie, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 22,451 people lived in Morton Grove.
Morton Grove History
This area was originally inhabited by the Kickapoo, Miami, Pottawatomi, and Blackhawk tribes. The first modern settlers came here in the early 1830s. They consisted of English families who settled in the present Lehigh-Beckwith area which had rich and fertile farmland. The area had its first railroad in 1872 when the Milwaukee Railroad Company connected Chicago with Milwaukee. Around this time, the community was named Morton Grove based on the name of Levi Parsons Morton, a director of the Milwaukee Railroad Company.
Morton Grove and nearby Attractions
- Morton Grove Historical Museum
- Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
- Leaning Tower of Niles
- Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
- Merrick Rose Garden
- St. Paul Woods Preserve
Things To Do In Morton Grove
Morton Grove is a wonderful place to live in. It was chosen by Family Circle Magazine for its list of "10 Best Towns for Families" in 2007. The surrounding areas offer several opportunities for recreational activities. There are excellent golf courses which delight golf lovers. The parklands and forest preserves provide opportunities for a wide range of activities.
Morton Grove Transportation
The Chicago O'Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.
Morton Grove Higher Education
There are several educational institutions nearby including the National-Louis University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Oakton Community College.