The first settlers in the area were the Potawatomi Native Americans, who settled the area until 1816. The first western settlers arrived shortly thereafter, and settlement began in 1826 with the construction of a Methodist mission. Plainfield is the oldest community in Will County, due to the settlers who arrived in the town that preceded Plainfield, Walkers Grove. It wasn’t until 1841 that Walkers Grove disappeared, and Plainfield was officially platted. The next addition to the community came in 1845, when East Plainfield (constructed just ten years prior by James Mathers) was annexed, and brought the village to the boundaries it has today.
The Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 serves the majority of the village, while Oswego Community Unit School District 308 serves a small part of Plainfield. There are four high schools in the community: Plainfield North, Plainfield South, Plainfield East, and Plainfield Central. Although Plainfield Central has been in the community for over 50 years, the other three schools have all been built since 2001, reflecting the rapidly-growing nature of the community. Plainfield is located just off Interstate 55, providing easy access throughout Illinois and surrounding states. For domestic and international travel, O’Hare International Airport is located less than an hour away.
The Plainfield Park District operates the parks and recreational facilities in the community, including a local favorite known as the “Splash Pad.” With softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking and running trails, playground equipment, and areas for picnicking, the parks are home to amenities for residents of all ages and interests. The village also boasts a number of acclaimed restaurants, including Steve Buresh’s Cheesecake Store. Although relatively new, this bakery has quickly developed a reputation for having some of the best cheesecake in the Chicagoland area.
24401 Lockport St., Plainfield, IL
14855 Van Dyke Rd., Plainfield, IL 60544
Plainfield Public Library
15025 S Illinois St., Plainfield, IL 60544
23729 W Ottawa St., Plainfield, IL
Edward Medical Group
24600 West 127th St., Plainfield, IL