Like so many towns in its day, Wood Dale started to take shape when the railroad came to town.
Frederick Lester led the charge to secure a train depot, donated the site and contributed toward its construction.
By 1873 the line that stretched from Chicago to Elgin included a depot next to Lester’s home. Lester built a cheese factory next to the depot, the first industry in town. The depot was later moved to build an inn, cementing the area as a commercial center.
The town is home to a 225-acre business park, which houses more than 50 companies. The town’s industrial area spans 700 acres, up from 35 acres a decade earlier.
The community’s proximity to O’Hare airport, toll roads and expressways make Wood Dale an ideal site for industry, including several major corporations with facilities here.
Wood Dale has a station on Metra’s Milwaukee District/West Line with daily service to Union Station. Illinois Route 390 is conveniently located near the city’s northern border.
Wood Dale has two elementary schools, one middle school and one junior high. The community shares Fenton High School with nearby Bensenville.
Milwaukee District West
at Wood Dale Metra
Wood Dale Sd 7
Fenton Chsd 100
Bensenville Sd 2
Dupage Hsd 88
Addison Sd 4
Itasca Sd 10
Lake Park Chsd 108
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