History relates that in the late 1600s, French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet paddled their canoes down the nearby Little Calumet river.
In doing so, the two passed the place that two centuries later was to become the Village of Burnham, named for Telford Burnham, who drew its plat.
Today, Burnham boasts a healthy industrial base and mature residential neighborhoods. Almost completely developed, the community has access to I-90, I-94, and I-80 for speedy transportation of the Chicago area and Northwestern Indiana. O'Hare International Airport is about 45 minutes away, while a trip to Midway takes about a half-hour.
Residents enjoy the area's extensive recreational facilities, among them Burnham Woods golf course. Shoppers scurry from shop to shop along State Street, the community's vibrant retail center.
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