Introduction to Wheaton, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 24 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 55,416 people in Wheaton.
The modern day city of Wheaton was founded around 1836-37. The area was named after Warren L. Wheaton and Jesse C. Wheaton, its early settlers. Wheaton was surveyed in 1853 and incorporated in 1859. Warren Wheaton became the first President. On March 1, 1890, Wheaton was reincorporated and Judge Elbert Gary was the first mayor of the city. Wheaton became the county seat in 1871. The Theosophical Society of America established their national headquarters in Wheaton in 1926.
Wheaton and nearby Attractions
- Fox River Trail
- DuPage Children's Museum
- Ferson Creek Park
- Cosley Zoo
- Billy Graham Center Museum
- Pottawatomie Park
Things To Do In Wheaton
The city of Wheaton offers approximately 800 acres of park area for its residents and visitors. You can visit Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Marsh, Danada Forest Preserve and Equestrian Center during your leisure hours. The Rice Pool and Water Park offers three water slides. Golf can be enjoyed at Cantigny Park and Golf Course and Chicago Golf Club. The city is also home to the DuPage County Fairgrounds. You can also visit Wheaton Grand Theater.
The nearest international airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Wheaton Higher Education
Wheaton College is the local college. Opportunities for higher studies are also provided by Benedictine University, North Central College and College of Dupage.