Founded along the old Chicago-Pacific Railroad line, Hampshire was originally a farm community that grew to become the second largest shipping station in Illinois. Reminiscent of that rapid expansion, the village continues to experience growth both commercially and residentially.
Residents are drawn to Hampshire for new construction homes located on sprawling parcels of land. The suburb has direct access to the I-90 corridor and is also conveniently located between O’Hare and Rockford International Airports.
A community-driven park district offers a variety of programs, and the village is home to four parks with ample green space and amenities. Basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, pickleball courts, splash pads, and playgrounds are just some of the amenities, as well as community rooms and outdoor pavilions that can be rented for private events. Each summer Hampshire is host to Coon Creek Country Days, drawing thousands of people for live entertainment, a carnival, and a parade. Additionally, the Suds & Fun Car Show and local farmers market are summer events that contribute to the old-fashioned, small-town appeal for which Hampshire is known.