About Rolling Meadows
Located 24 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the city of Rolling Meadows was incorporated in 1955 and named for its gently rolling terrain. Farmer Orrin Ford became the first landowner in the area in 1836, when he claimed 160 acres of forest originally known as Plum Grove.
Today, with more than 400 shops and restaurants in Rolling Meadows, commerce abounds throughout the Algonquin Road corridor. The average 2012 sales price of a home in Rolling Meadows was $210,997 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Rolling Meadows is served by Community Consolidated School District 15, which has been a recipient of the prestigious Achievement of Excellence Award from the Lincoln Foundation for Business Excellence. The town is also served by Rolling Meadows High School and William Fremd High School, located in neighboring Palatine. Residents enjoy easy commuting options to downtown Chicago with the Arlington Park Metra station situated nearby.
Cultural opportunities offering unique theater and history are plentiful in this robust city. “Opera in Focus,” at William B. Fosser's Puppet Opera Theatre, is a year-round opera in miniature form. The Rolling Meadows Historical Museum takes history buffs back in time to 1950s life in the first ranch style homes built in Rolling Meadows. Sports enthusiasts also enjoy a range of athletic facilities including the Nelson Sports Complex at Salk Park, offering an indoor ice arena, fitness center, gymnastics center, gymnasium, swimming pool, water slide, and more. The West Meadows Ice Arena offers an NHL-size indoor ice rink.
Actor Gary Cole, known for TV and film, and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien have called Rolling Meadows home.