Just west of the City of Chicago, Berwyn, known as “The City of Homes,” is located in suburban Cook County. Situated in Berwyn Township, the city offers the convenience of city living, with the calm provided by the suburbs.
The land which Berwyn presently sits on was originally a part of what was Lake Chicago in the prehistoric age. Over time, the size of the lake diminished, and the land around became increasingly inhabitable. The first settler in the area was Theodore Doty, in 1846, who built what is today Ogden Avenue. In 1864, a railroad was built through the city, and with the construction of LaVergne Railroad Station in 1874, the population grew steadily. Around the turn of the century, the city was officially named Berywn by two Chicago attorneys, after a suburb of the same name outside of Philadelphia. In the early 1900s, the city developed stringent building codes which led to the majority of new construction being two-story, Chicago-style bungalows. Today, the city remains known for its collection of these homes, and it is widely recognized as the most significant collection in the nation.
The average sales price of a single-family home in Berwyn in 2014 was $165,123.
Berwyn North School District 98 and Berwyn South School District 100, comprised of 12 schools, serve the community, and feed into two high schools: J. Sterling Morton High School East or J. Sterling Morton High School West. The Archdiocese of Chicago operates two Catholic, K-8 schools in Berwyn, St. Odilo and St. Leonard. These schools feed into Fenwick High School in nearby Oak Park. Metra service to Aurora and downtown Chicago is available at the Berwyn Station on the Burlington Northern Line. National and international air travel is available at the nearby O’Hare International Airport, as well as Chicago’s Midway Airport.
Berwyn is home to an extensive parks department, which operates a number of parks throughout the community, across dozens of acres. Proksa Park, the largest park in the city, covers 15 acres, and is home to over six dozen tree species, 85 shrub species, as well as a stream and pond. At parks across the community, amenities include: tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, walking and jogging paths, bike paths, as well as playground equipment and picnic areas. As a part of “Historic Route 66,” Berwyn hosts a vintage car show every September, which draws thousands of residents, as well as car enthusiasts from across the country, to celebrate “the spirit of Route 66.”
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