Introduction to Bridgeview, Illinois
Until the 1830s, the area now known as Bridgeview was populated by Native American people. German and Italian settlers began arriving by the 1870s, and they built up a farming community here. By the time the Dutch had migrated to the area in the 1920s, farming had begun to take a backseat. Instead, real estate and industries began to develop. With the availability of the water of Lake Michigan, the population of Bridgeview expanded rapidly. It was officially incorporated in 1947.
Bridgeview and nearby Attractions
- Chicago Portage National Historic Site
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- Bridgeview Public Library
- Brookfield Zoo
- Shedd Aquarium
- Wierzba Park
Things To Do In Bridgeview
There are many historic sites in and around Bridgeview including the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, the Chicago Stock Exchange Building and Comiskey Park. There are also a number of museums in the neighborhood, including the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and the American Police Center & Museum. In the village itself, one can pay a visit to the Bridgeview Public Library and the Bridgeview Village Hall. A variety of entertainment facilities are provided by the Southfield Plaza Shopping Center and the Bridgeview Court Shopping Center.
Chicago Midway International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Bridgeview Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are provided by the Moraine Valley Community College, the City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J. Daley College, Morton College and Loyola University Chicago.