Introduction to New Lenox, Illinois
New Lenox, Illinois, in Will county, is 6 miles E of Joliet, Illinois (center to center) and 29 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area.
New Lenox History
New Lenox was first settled in the late 1820s. At that time, the area was known as VanHorne Point. In 1863, the area was renamed New Lenox after the newly formed township of New Lenox. In fact, the township was named after the town of Lenox, New York. On October 4, 1946, New Lenox was officially incorporated as a village.
New Lenox and nearby Attractions
- Thunder Ridge Park
- Frankfort Historical Museum
- Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
- Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
- Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area
- Glady Fox Museum
Things To Do In New Lenox
The village of New Lenox offers more than 35 parks and playgrounds. The Sanctuary Golf Course also includes a tree nursery. Some of the local parks are Cherry Hill Park, Hibernia park, Chestnut Pointe Park, Jacob Lowell Park, Palmer Valley Park, and Spencer Park. In addition, the village of New Lenox organizes a number of recreational programs and special events throughout the year.
New Lenox Transportation
International air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.
New Lenox Higher Education
University of St Francis, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, and Moraine Valley Community College are the nearby colleges and universities.