Family-oriented and diverse with a rich history and proud Midwestern heritage, the city of West Chicago, Ill., is growing in popularity in the Land of Lincoln. From its warm and welcoming population, numerous housing options and civic pride, residents who live in West Chicago apartments for rent can enjoy all of the positive aspects of a small town near the bustling amenities of the Windy City. This area is also a beautiful place to live, as West Chicago is nestled along many forest preserves and open green spaces. Home to an award-winning school system and specialized language programs, this area is also very popular for a variety of Illinois families.
West Chicago was the first community in the prairies to be created solely due to the innovation of the railroad in the late 1830s. Because of the great number of trains passing through the area, the city gained in popularity, especially as Chicago began to grow into the modern metropolis that it is today. Another plus for living in West Chicago is that it also has a bright future ahead. Many of the residents here are young - around 30, according to City-Data - and the city has seen a more than 15 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010, showing that it should continue to thrive in the coming years.
One of the biggest outdoor attractions in the area is the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve and Kline Creek Farm, part of the DuPage Forest Preserve District. Here residents can enjoy cycling, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching and winter activities. Kline Creek is a living history farm with original farm structures, historical re-creations and educational programs on harvesting, canning and planting for children and adults.
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