Everything is coming up lilacs in the Village of Lombard. Known as the “Lilac Village”, the community earned its nickname after the estate of local resident Colonel William Plum, who gave his estate to the village in 1927. Plum’s home ultimately became the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, while his lilac garden became Lilacia Park.
Since 1930, the village has hosted an annual lilac festival and parade, as well as other lilac-themed celebrations.
The Peck House, which served as the area’s first school, was restored and inducted into the National Park Service’s Network of Freedom as a verified Underground Railroad location.
Lombard students are served by two elementary and middle school districts; high school students attend Glenbard schools, named for the district shared with the Village of Glen Ellyn.
Metra’s Union Pacific West Line railway stops in Lombard, providing commuter transportation to downtown Chicago.