Deer Park Community Information

Originally home to several tribes of Native Americans, this area of Illinois became home to Eastern settlers after the Indians moved west of the Mississippi in 1833, following the signing of the Indian Treaty. In 1834, many settlers arrived from Vermont and Massachusetts. In the next two decades, Rand Road would be built as a U.S. mail route, and the railroad would arrive from Chicago. The area’s rich soil appealed to many farmers, who most populated the area until after World War I, when many Chicago businessmen arrived to build their estates. These residents worked hard to maintain the green belt that residents enjoy today.

Today, Deer Park is located in both Lake County and Cook County. Lake County is home to 75 inland lakes and 25,000 beautiful acres of forest preserve, as well as 37 public golf courses. There is also six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that can be enjoyed at Illinois Beach State Park, as well as the world-famous Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Deer Park also recently opened the Deer Park Town Center in 2000. Visitors and residents can shop, dine or simply enjoy this open-air lifestyle center. The Town Center also hosts many events, including the Ela Fine Arts Show in June and many non-profit fundraisers. If you are in the mood for shopping on a larger scale, you can visit the nearby Gurnee Mills shopping center, which is home to 220 outlet, discount and specialty stores.

Other attractions in close proximity include Six Flags Great America, the Long Grove Confectionary Company, the Genessee Theatre, the Glunz Family Winery and Cellars and the Cuneo Museum and Gardens. The great city of Chicago is also close, at only 37 miles, and offers everything from world-class dining, museums and entertainment to architectural marvels like the Sears Tower and the John Hancock building. Deer Park is also close to Chicago O’Hare Airport, the Metra rail system and several Interstates.

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