Located just over 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Itasca is a quaint community that offers the amenities and convenience of a big city while still retaining its small town charm. Thanks in part to its historic homes, numerous parks, luxurious golf courses and first-rate schools, Itasca established itself as a prime housing destination in suburban Chicagoland.
Itasca was first settled in 1843 by Bostonian Dr. Elijah Smith. The town was officially incorporated 47 years later, in 1890, after significant growth in the area, as well as the expansion of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroads. Although there is some uncertainty about how Itasca got its name, it is believed to be named for Itasca County, Minnesota, a location that Dr. Smith visited on his journey west in 1841. Home to businesses such as Midas, PrimeCo, and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the town has come a long way from its farming beginnings, but the memories of its historic past remain with a historical commission in place, aiming to preserve the many historic buildings and culture.
Commuting by car into Chicago is easy, as Itasca is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 290, Veteran’s Memorial Tollway, and the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.
In 2009, BusinessWeek named Itasca the “Best Affordable Suburb” in Illinois, as well as awarded them the #1 Best Parks and #1 Best Stop Signs in Illinois.