The village of Westchester was farmland until 1924, when its founder purchased the land to develop an English-styled town. Today several of the village’s street names are of English origin.
Nearly all of the open land in the village has been consumed by expansion except for the 85-acre Wolf Road Prairie.
Westchester is home to the Westbrook Corporate Center, which includes five 10-story towers with more than one million square feet of office space.
The small community hosts several annual events and activities including a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Fourth of July parade and fireworks, BBQ Block Party, Fall Festival at the Fountain and tree-lighting holiday kickoff.
Students in Westchester are served by School District 92.5, which includes Westchester Primary School (K-2), Westchester Intermediate School (3-5), Westchester Middle School (6-8) and Britten School for special needs. High school students attend Proviso West High School in Hillside, and may apply to Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park.
Westchester offers access to downtown Chicago via the Eisenhower Expressway and provides Pace bus service to the Forest Park Transit Center.