Located in Cook County, Franklin Park, Illinois, is 13 miles west of the Loop and only 27 minutes from downtown Chicago via I-290 East. This suburban city is named for Lesser Franklin who settled in the area in the 1890s. This community started when German immigrants began establishing farms in the area in the 1840s. In the 1870s, the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad laid tracks through the area of modern-day Franklin Park, with its station located on Elm Street. Franklin ended up buying 600 acres in the area and built a community center at the railroad’s intersection. He named his new town Franklin Park, and promoted it to prospective investors and buyers to the area with fancy parades and by offering free train rides to his property on Sundays. In 1892, Franklin Park was incorporated. As the 1900s approached, Franklin donated a piece of land for the purpose of building an iron foundry, which was finally finished in 1900. This led to a large influx of Italian, Polish, and Slavic immigrants moving to the area for employment at the iron foundry. By the 1960s, the town had grown from only a couple of thousand residents to over 18,000. Leaders of Franklin Park pushed for further industrial development by implementing zoning laws that supported such growth. Today, the area boasts around 1,200 industries which comprise 60 percent of the total land area.
Potential home buyers are attracted to Franklin Park for a number of reasons, with its close proximity to Chicago being at the top of that list. Nevertheless, there is so much more to the DuPage County area than meets the eye. For example, there is a large number of nature preserves, parks, botanical gardens, and sports fields near Franklin Park. All of these natural spaces are maintained by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County which oversees thousands of acres of forests, prairies, and wetlands that are open to the public and includes 145 miles of trails, 31 lakes, and 1,450 picnic tables. Those who love the outdoors enjoy numerous open-aired activities that range from birdwatching, camping, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and even cross-country skiing during the winter months. If you’re looking for great places to shop, Franklin Park has a number of shopping centers nearby, such as Winston Plaza located at 1254 Winston Plaza in Melrose Park. Additionally, Franklin Park is near to O’hare Airport, which is only eight minutes away.
Property for sale in the Franklin Park, Illinois, area reflect an assortment of residential architecture commonly seen throughout Illinois. This sort of architecture includes Traditional-style, Tudor-style, Bungalow-style, Colonial-style, Craftsman-style, European-style, and various other styles of homes. For the most part, Franklin Park real estate can range in size from two bedrooms, two baths, and 1,300 square feet to five bedrooms, four baths, and 2,900 square feet. If you’re interested in learning more about available properties in Franklin Park, Illinois, please contact us today for further information.
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