The village of Villa Park owes its founding to the hard-working employees of the Ovaltine chocolate company. The company built the DuPage County subdivision 1908 to ensure factory employees didn’t have transportation issues getting to work regardless of rain, sleet or snow.
Villa Park was incorporated in 1914 when two subdivisions were combined for a total of 300 residents. The Ovaltine factory closed in 1988 and later converted to loft apartments.
In addition to the factory, the town blossomed in part for its proximity directly west of downtown Chicago; and the railroad that ran from the Loop downtown to directly west in Wheaton.
The railroad stopped operations due to a drop in ridership due to cars and construction of the Eisenhower Expressway. The area later was developed into a hiking and biking trail, the Illinois Prairie Path, which runs through the village. The area’s two original train stations house the Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society.
The village hosts events throughout the year including the Autumn Fest Arts and Crafts Show at the Odeum Expo Center; and annual tree lighting celebration with horse drawn carriages and trolley car rides.
Commuters enjoy direct access to downtown Chicago thanks to the village's train station on the Metra's Union Pacific/West line. The village’s proximity to several highways as well make it a convenient drive to O’Hare and Midway airports and nearby suburbs, including I-290, I-355, I-294, Illinois Route 53, Route 83, I-88, Route 38 and North Avenue in Chicago make it a convenient drive or train ride.
Students in Villa Park are served by Villa Park School District 45, Salt Creek School District 48 and DuPage High School District 88.
Milwaukee District West, Union Pacific West
at Villa Park Metra, Villa Park
Sd 45 Dupage County
Dupage Hsd 88
Salt Creek Sd 48
Addison Sd 4
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