Everything is coming up lilacs in the Village of Lombard. The community located 20 miles west of Chicago earned the nickname the “Lilac Village” when a local resident bequeathed his estate to the Village, including a garden with over 200 varieties of lilac bushes.
The home of the late Colonel William Plum became the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library; and the lilac garden became a public park, Lilacia Park. Since 1930, the Village has hosted an annual Lilac festival and parade, as well as other lilac-themed celebrations.
The Village has several historic attractions that celebrate its rich and diverse history.
In 1891, long before the women’s suffrage movement, Ellen A. Martin marched down to the general store where voting was held and demanded the right to cast her vote. Initially denied, a county judge ruled in her favor. And thus, she became the first woman in Illinois to vote. The Village celebrates the historic victory with Ellen Martin Day on April 6th.
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.
Harold Gray, the originator of the Little Orphan Annie cartoon, strip worked on the cartoons in his home studio. The cartoons feature some of the Italianate-style home’s features including a grand staircase and deck.
In addition to its historic attractions, the Village has a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. 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.
The Metra Union Pacific/West Line railway stops in Lombard, providing commuter transportation to downtown Chicago.