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The Town Of Countryside, Illinois is your source for information on Countryside. If your moving to Countryside or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!From the prairie lands inhabited by the Potawatamie Indians to farmland settled in the early 1800's, the City of Countryside today remains a peaceful reflection of its name and heritage. Long a country retreat for residents of the surrounding communities of LaGrange Park and Western Springs, the City of Countryside was not formally incorporated until 1960, with its population numbering 2,000 and an area encompassing approximately 2.75 square miles. Today, nearly 6,000 folks happily call Countryside home.

Joseph Vial, his wife, and their four children were among the first families to settle here, in 1833. Until the Chicago Fire in 1871, the Vial family farm, a few homesteads and vast areas of prairie land were all that made up what is today known as the City of Countryside. While the City of Chicago was to enter its greatest era of growth, thanks to rebuilding of the city and the explosion of the American industrial age, the "great fire" sent many city dwellers west in search of a better life - and land selling for $2 an acre - away from the congestion and industry of Chicago. Some of those families who made their way toward the Countryside area included the Conrads, Craigmills, Henrys, Murphys, Polks and Winslows. Countryside remained, however, a quiet farming community until the post-World War II era, when "suburbia" was born.

As in so many other areas of the nation, communities west of Chicago began to experience housing booms and another significant migration of families from the city. These new "pioneers," however, came looking not for farmland, but for affordable homes and safe places to raise and educate their children. The area's first residential subdivision was LaGrange Terrace, built in 1947; the Don L. Dise subdivision followed in 1954, then Edgewood Park, in two phases. Countryside became a "bedroom" community, with workers commuting to Chicago every morning and returning to their suburban homes every evening.

With its incorporation as a city in 1960, Countryside officials mapped out a plan for economic growth and development that would generate enough revenues through state sales tax to fund city services and operations, while maintaining the "small-town" ambiance its residents enjoyed. Lured by the attraction of lower real estate taxes and a steadily growing population, businesses began to move in. The development of Dansher Industrial Park provided a boon to Countryside's tax base and helped further enhance city improvements. Today, the population of Countryside numbers a little under 6,000 and retains its status as a country retreat from other, more-populated communities - and residents, just as they did 150 years ago, have "settled in" quite comfortably. Countryside's residential landscape presents a pleasing blend of old and new, all situated along quiet, tree-lined streets of meticulously maintained lawns and gardens. Neighbors know their neighbors; many families have lived in Countryside for two, three, and even four generations. Cozy bungalows, handsome Victorians and Colonials, sprawling ranches, stately traditional brick and contemporary styles are all here. Spacious lots (some 1/2-acre or more) are the norm. The median price for single-family homes in Countryside is approximately $135,000, offering a sound real estate investment and bringing the "American dream" home to Countryside families. Condominiums and townhouses, too, are available. Residents who opt to rent can choose from several nice apartment communities in and around Countryside.

Hundreds of merchants and service businesses provide a cornucopia of goods and services to Countryside residents. From groceries to gardening supplies, clothing to cars, office products to office cleaning, boutiques to national chain outlets, shoppers need go no further than "round the corner” for whatever they need for home or office. Countryside's local merchants offer attentive, "home town" customer service with a smile; service businesses provide professional expertise at fair prices. Approximately 400 Countryside businesses have teamed up to offer their customers great savings on local goods and services with the "Shop & Save" coupon book, printed and distributed in cooperation with the City of Countryside. The coupon book features discounts for many Countryside retail stores, as well as coupons for many of the area's best dining establishments. Whether you want a quick lunch at a fast food chain, an elegant, leisurely dinner at a fine white tablecloth restaurant, or to gather with friends for an Italian beef sandwich and a cold beer after the game, Countryside offers a wonderful variety of taste-tempting ethnic and Continental cuisines that are sure to please any palate.
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Law Offices of Roy Kessel
3255 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 51
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Let KesselLaw help protect your interest in the real estate transaction process. We have 15 years experience handling transactions in the Chicago area so we are able to make this a smooth experience for you. We have reasonable flat fee rates for residential transactions.

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Jim Pinto - House Portraits
515 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 06014
Jim Pinto is a watercolor painter specializing in doing house and building portraits as well as golf course clubhouse paintings for private clients in the Chicago area and other parts of the country. He is particularly known for his work in Chicago's West Suburbs, including Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, La Grange, and Downers Grove.
Chicago Health Insurance
3000 Lakeside Drive, Suite 200 South
Bannockburn, IL 60015

GCG Financial is a comprehensive financial services firm committed to helping our clients improve their long-term financial success. We offer a wide range of quality financial products and the advice and expertise of some of the best financial professionals in the industry.

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Mustang Internet Services, Inc.
951 Dunham Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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Utilities Serving Countryside
Water CompaniesCountryside Water Dept
5550 East Ave
Countryside, IL 60525
Local Phone CompaniesAmeritech
30 South Wacker, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Electric CompaniesComEd
P.O. Box 805379
Chicago, IL 60680-5379
Gas CompaniesNicor Gas
P.O. Box 190
Aurora, IL 60507-0190
Cable Television CompaniesAT&T Broadband/Media One
688 Industrial Drive
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Government Offices Serving Countrysides
Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration/ License PlatesLombard Driver Services Facility
837 South Westmore B27
Lombard, IL 60148
City HallsCountryside Village Hall
5550 East Ave
Countryside, IL, IL 60525

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