About Elk Grove Village
Oh give me a home where the elk once roamed. Meet Elk Grove Village, the rural community that became a center of commerce.
The community was transformed from a quiet farming community when Douglas Aircraft built a military transport manufacturing plant nearby during World War II. The industrial facility and land was later sold to the city of Chicago as war surplus, becoming the site of O’Hare International Airport.
An enterprising group of Dallas-based developers, attracted to the village’s proximity to air, rail and major highways, purchased 1,500 acres of land in the 1950s. Their planned community included residential and industrial areas.
The village was divided in half, with residential development on the west side and a business park on the east bordering the airport. Sales tax and commercial property taxes have kept the village’s property tax rates among of the lowest in the northwest suburbs.
Residents enjoy a wealth of recreational facilities, shops, restaurants, parks and theaters as well as a hospital.
More than 100,000 people commute to work at the Elk Grove Village Business Park, the largest industrial park in North America.
There are more than 3,600 businesses located here, including a mix of local, national and international companies. In addition, the 10-story Northwest Point office park offers office space, a luxury hotel and other amenities.
The village’s initial 1,500 acres has grown into 7,000 acres with annexations. And its original population of 116 today is nearly 35,000 residents.
Elk Grove Village is served by School District 54 and Community Consolidated School District 59, as well as private schools. High school students attend one of two public schools, Conant High School in Township High School District 211 in Hoffman Estates; or Elk Grove High School, District 214, located in Elk Grove Village.
Still the village has not forgotten its roots. Many of the major streets in the village are named for the farmers that settled the land; and Busse Farm remains the final undeveloped agricultural property.
Oh and the elk can be found in a grove on the eastern edge of Busse Woods Forest Preserve, cared for by the Chicago Zoological Society.