Located approximately 25 miles west of Chicago in northern DuPage County, Bloomingdale is easily accessed by the Interstates 90, 290, 355. The village is also close to Chicago O'Hare and Midway international airports, as well as local train lines and buses. Bloomingdale is home to 13 parks covering more than 160 acres of open space, and each park has its own unique character. Amenities in these parks include walking paths, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields, sledding hills, gazebos, fishing and much more.
Bloomingdale apartments for rent are near plenty of recreation, entertainment and museums. Home to two golf courses, the Bloomingdale Golf Club and Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, many people from the region travel to these premier courses. For shopaholics, the Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale Shopping Center and Old Town retail center feature local boutiques and nationally recognized chains.
According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Bloomingdale has remained steady after a swift incline between 1990 and 2000. Today, more than 22,100 people call Bloomingdale home.
The history of the village of Bloomingdale traces back to the Meacham family, who started a farm on 1,200 acres of land. Five years later in 1837, the first post office was established in Bloomingdale, and by 1845 the region that now makes up Bloomingdale, Roselle and Medinah became DuPage. In 1873, the Chicago and Pacific Railroad was constructed through the northern part of the plotted land, which created a domino effect in development. New retail businesses included two boot and shoemakers, a tailor shop, men's clothing shop and a cheese factory. Today, this part of the town's history lives on in an area considered Old Town. Between 1895 and 1904, the Chicago Telephone Company installed poles and wires, cement sidewalks were laid and an 8-mile-per-hour road was paved.
In the early 1900s, Bloomingdale and Roselle shared a fire engine and library books, until the village of Bloomingdale was incorporated by itself. The population and growth of the community grew at a rapid pace through the 1950s to the 1970s. Today, the heritage of Bloomingdale has been preserved so residents enjoy the past with the present.
In DuPage County, some of the top employers are the McDonalds Corporation, Sara Lee, Dover, OfficeMax and Navistar. These employers are all on the Fortune 500 list as well.
Students living in rentals in Bloomingdale have several options for post-secondary education. College of DuPage, North Central College and the Illinois Institute of Art are just a few miles away. Since Bloomingdale is so close to downtown Chicago, many residents travel to the city for their education.
Living in Bloomingdale offers a high-quality lifestyle and beautiful surroundings, which directly translates to the cost of living. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 16 points higher than the national average, food is 9 points higher and utilities are 2 points higher. Similarly, the cost of rentals in Bloomingdale reflect the big city benefits. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average cost of an apartment is $1,253.
In Bloomingdale, tourists and locals enjoy annual festivals like Septemberfest. The celebration is held the Saturday after Labor Day and is kicked off with a parade that leads to Old Town Park. Other events include the Fall Festival of Flavors, Village-Wide Halloween Party and 50 Men Who Cook.
Residents often take advantage of the winery just around the corner in Roselle. The Lynfred Winery is one of few wineries in the Chicagoland area, and residents can enjoy a romantic night at the bed and breakfast without having to travel far.
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