Schiller Park was once a destination for Chicagoans who took weekend train excursions to the area, enjoying hiking along the river, picnic grounds, dance pavilions and saloons.
German singers, Schiller Liedertafel, often entertained here, inspiring the community’s name.
Located 13 miles west of the Loop in Cook County, the village (then named Kolze) was incorporated in 1914 and changed its name to Schiller Park in 1926. Several areas were annexed but few homes were built here at the time.
The city of Chicago began to encroach, buying up farmland for what would become O’Hare and the Tri-State Tollway. Schiller Park annexed a manufacturing plant that later housed Hostess Bakery in 1949 along with farmland for residential development in the 1950s.
Residents enjoy the outdoors including Schiller Woods, part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The village also has several parks including a water park, recreation center, athletic fields and even a bark park for furry family members.
The Schiller Park School District 81 serves students with two elementary schools and one middle school.
The Schiller Park Metra Station offers commuter service during the week, with a stop on Metra’s North Central Service.
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