If you haven’t been shopping in Schaumburg, you really haven’t shopped at all. The thriving suburban metropolis is home to Woodfield Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the country, as well as several shopping centers, major retailers and businesses.
At one time the community was farmland; potatoes, dairy and cattle were the main sources of income.
While other villages along the Fox River Valley flourished due to railroad lines, Schaumburg was out of the loop and isolated until the automobile came along. The construction of roads, O’Hare International Airport 11 miles away and Northwest Tollway put Schaumburg on the map.
In 1959, a developer, Alfred Campanelli, began construction of the area’s first large residential subdivision, building several thousand single-family homes build over two decades. He ultimately built over 6,800 homes here; the village YMCA is named in his honor.
The village continued to grow with the addition of I-290. The village experienced major commercial, industrial and residential development, adding hotels, restaurants, major office parks including a hotel and convention center.
Schaumburg has a number of parks, including its newest Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, which opened in 2017. The park is part of the Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm.
Residents also enjoy biking trails, galleries, theater, music, baseball and festivals.
The northwestern suburb, located 28 miles from the Loop and 10 miles from O’Hare International Airport, has a population of 74,227.
The name Schaumburg comes from a county in Germany that had been home to many of the area’s early settlers. In fact, the historic St. Peter Lutheran Church, now a museum, conducted services in German as late as 1970.
Schaumburg has a Metra station on the Milwaukee District/West Line that runs from Elgin to Chicago’s Union Station. The village is home to Schaumburg Regional Airport, a small general aviation airport. Pace offers dial-a-ride bus service available to the public.
The area’s highly rated schools include Community Consolidated School District 54 elementary schools. The village is part of Township High School District 211, which has five schools including Schaumburg High School, Hoffman Estates High School, Fremd High School, Palatine High School and the newly renovated Conant High School. The community also has a number of private and religious schools.