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The Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is pleased to bring you this map of our community. The Chamber Office is located at the Depot (Westmont Train Station), 18 W. Quincy Street. We invite visitors, new residents, and businesses to stop by our office for information on our Village.

The Chamber is a strong organization within Westmont. We have experienced growth and are working together to make a difference in our community. Our members represent diverse areas of business including retail, hotel and convention facilities, commercial properties, professional services, governmental bodies, and service industries. Our goal is to preserve the Westmont business system and promote its growth and development. We support activities which are in the best interest of the community. Among the ongoing events which the Chamber sponsors are monthly "After Hours" opportunities for networking among Chamber members and monthly business luncheons featuring speakers of interest to members of the business community. Our annual Golf Outing is a highlight of the year, featuring golf, an awards dinner, and silent auction.

Westmont was recently approved for the Illinois Main Street Program, a state wide program for revitalization and development of downtown areas. Westmont is privileged to be one of the first communities in the suburban component of Main Street. This program will be a partnership between the public and private sectors of the Westmont community. It will focus on building a strong organization of local community volunteers guided by the expertise of professionals at the state level. The volunteer group will focus on enhancing the appearance of the downtown area and on promoting a quality image to attract people to our Village. A major goal will be to retain and strengthen existing downtown businesses while recruiting new businesses. Thanks to our selection for the Main Street Program, Westmont can look forward to years of continued growth and development in the downtown business district.

We are very proud of our "Progressive Village." Our Chamber of Commerce is available to offer any assistance during your stay in Westmont. Welcome.

Westmont is conveniently located in the western suburbs, approximately 30 minutes to the west of Chicago. It is centrally located between Chicago's two major airports, O'Hare International and Midway and is convenient to five major expressways: I-88, I-290, I-355, I-55, and I-294. Westmont is served by the Burlington Northern commuter rail line, connecting with points as far west as Aurora and areas to the east as far as Union Station in downtown Chicago. In addition, Pace buses have extensive routes to connect Westmont to other suburban locations.

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Police and Fire Departments

The Westmont Police and Fire Departments are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of people and property within the Village. By December of 1996 the departments should have a new state-of-the-art facility completed and ready to move into. This new facility will be located at the northwest corner of Traube and Cass Avenue, adjacent to the current Fire Station #2. The new facility will be one building which will share structural and mechanical systems. The police station is located at the south portion of the building, and the fire station at the north portion. A physical and electronic separation will provide security between the two portions of the building.

The Police Department has been in `temporary' headquarters since 1971 when there were 14 sworn officers and 5 civilian support staff running the department. Today, there are 35 officers and 15 civilians in the department, and it is estimated that ultimately the force will have at least 44 sworn officers and 20 civilian support staff. In 1994, the Village was awarded a Governor's Hometown Award for the department's Neighborhood Watch Program. The enhanced 911 system is in effect in Westmont, and personnel are currently being certified to better answer medical dispatch calls.

The Fire Department currently operates three fire stations in Westmont. There are 3 full time and 70 part time paid-on-call firefighters and emergency medical technicians. The department includes 6 full-time contract paramedics. One of the Fire Department's most popular educational programs is the `Survive Alive' house which instructs children on how to escape from a fire in their home.

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A Brief History of Westmont

Westmont first came into existence in 1872 when William Gregg started the Excelsior Brick Manufacturing Company in the area. The area became known as Gregg's Station because the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy railroad line would stop at the factory to pick up bricks to deliver to Chicago to help it rebuild after the great fire. Mr. Gregg chose this area because it was the highest `mound' west between Chicago and the Mississippi River on the railroad line. After Chicago was rebuilt, the brick yard was abandoned around 1900, leaving only the Gregg home and a few surrounding farms. Around 1917, more people started to inhabit the area and pursue farming in the vicinity. They also began to lay out streets and sidewalks to form a town.

Westmont was incorporated as a village in 1921 with a population of about 400. Cass Avenue was a dirt road until 1927. There were no sewers or water mains until 1923 and no electricity until 1925. However, in the 1920's Westmont was the only town around to have a lighted ball park, which attracted semi-pro teams from Chicago. And Carolyn Hall, located above the present Westmont Pharmacy at Cass and Burlington Streets, was the center of many social activities.

The Westmont Fire Department was formed in 1923. Their first engine was a Model T Ford. The Police Department was initiated in 1924 and consisted of a town marshall on 24 hour call.

Westmont played host to the German Soccer Team during the 1994 World Cup Soccer Games held in Chicago. Westmont was awarded this honor by the Germans because it met the many criteria for a location which was convenient to Chicago, convenient to both O'Hare and Midway airports, able to accommodate the lodging needs for the entire German Soccer team and their fans, able to facilitate the setting up of the media headquarters for the German Press Corps, convenient to leisure activities, and cost effective compared to the prices found in other parts of the Chicagoland area.

In 1996 Westmont celebrates its 75th anniversary of incorporation as a Village. Westmont has seen many changes over the past 75 years, and has advanced from a railroad stop to the `Progressive Village' it is known as today.

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Westmont residents take great pride in their schools. Good schools make Westmont an ideal suburban community. Westmont students belong to various school districts depending upon their geographic location within the Village. The school districts which serve the majority of Westmont residents are 201, 60, 58, 86, and 99. There are also private schools within the Village limits. The Westmont Junior and Senior High Schools are part of school district 201. Located nearby in Glen Ellyn is the College of DuPage. In addition to a traditional college atmosphere, it offers numerous evening education opportunities for those who work during the day. A College of DuPage satellite facility is located in Westmont at 650 Pasquinelli Drive.

Westmont is fortunate to have a full-service library with a staff ready to help patrons enter into the 21st century world of knowledge and information. In addition to books, patrons can check out audio and video cassettes, compact disks, magazines, and audio/visual equipment such as projectors and VCR's. Patrons may use typewriters, computers, and copy machines on the premises. Library personnel are available to help library users do research and find the materials they are looking for. The library is rapidly moving onto the information highway and is hooked up via computer to the rest of the world, enabling patrons to do research in some of the greatest libraries and research centers in the world. Westmont Library is a member of an interlibrary system as well. The library also offers an ongoing schedule of programs and activities. A new library building was opened in 1993 and should serve the residents of Westmont for many years to come.

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Recreation/Westmont Park District

As a branch of municipal government, the Westmont Park District enables the residents of Westmont to enjoy a better place in which to live. The Westmont Park District provides park space and leisure opportunities for all residents. Park District facilities include 16 parks and a 9 hole golf course for outdoor activities. The Community Center with a full range of activities for all ages and interests offers classes ranging from dance to computer to dog obedience. Athletic leagues for pre-school through adult are available. Twin Lakes Learning Center offers a pre-school program for 3 and 4 year olds. The Health Core is a fitness center complete with a racquetball court and full gymnasium. The Senior Center offers opportunities to socialize, continue learning, and take in special activities and excursions. Special services such as rules of the road, financial planning, and legal and health insurance assistance also are available through the Senior Center.

William L. Gregg House Museum

The Gregg House Museum is the home of the Westmont Historical Society. It received landmark status in 1976 when it was placed on the Register of Historic Places. The house serves as a reminder of Westmont's earliest beginnings, when the village was known as Gregg's Station. The Gregg House Museum is open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. There is a gift shop and an old-fashioned herb garden located at the house. In addition, educational displays and programs are offered during various times of the year.

Leisure Activities

Westmont stands ready to accommodate your day of fun with a variety of leisure activities. A short drive will lead you to the famous Oak Brook Shopping Center. This award winning `outdoor' mall has developed a reputation for being one of the finest places in the Midwest for a shopping excursion. Within Westmont, visit St. James Crossing with its many wonderful restaurants and shops, as well as convenience businesses. For a taste of the Orient, be sure to visit the International Plaza, which has become the Asian cultural and shopping center of the Western Suburbs.

If you enjoy golf, you have your choice of a championship-caliber 18 hole course at Oak Brook Hills Hotel and Resort; or Twin Lakes Golf Club, the fun and challenging 9 hole course operated by the Westmont Park District. If you enjoy other athletic pursuits, visit the Health Core facility. You can enjoy a game of racquetball, basketball, or volleyball; exercise in an aerobics class; or work out in the weight room.

Westmont has local chapters of various service clubs. You will find the American Legion, V.F.W, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary, to name just a few. Call the Chamber of Commerce for contact information.

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Community Activities

Westmont offers activities and events for all residents. Two of the most popular yearly events are PowWow Days, held in September and Holly Days, a month long attraction held from Thanksgiving till Christmas. PowWow Days includes amusement rides, food vendors, a casino tent, and an array of good family entertainment including some of the best known names in area musical attractions.

Holly Days begins the day after Thanksgiving with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Carriage rides through a tree walk decorated by local businesses and organizations, Open House at the Gregg House Museum, visits with Santa, decorating contests, and many other holiday related activities for the whole family are some of the many facets of this month long festivity. In 1996 Westmont celebrates its 75th anniversary of incorporation. Many activities are planned throughout the year, including the first ever "Taste of Westmont."

Accommodations & Dining

Westmont has a number of lodging choices to fit the needs of any traveler. Oak Brook Hills Hotel and Resort is a four-diamond hotel, complete with meeting facilities, a championship-caliber 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, and fitness facility. Fine dining at the hotel includes the Waterford Restaurant.

The Clubhouse Inn combines the warmth and charm of a country inn with the conveniences of a modern hotel and meeting center. Complimentary hot breakfast and evening guest reception with complimentary drinks are among the services offered at Clubhouse Inn.

The Best Western Ambassador Inn offers convenient lodging accommodations for business travelers as well as vacationers. It is located nearby all of Westmont's attractions. For meeting and convention needs, the Inland Meeting and Exposition Center can accommodate groups in size from 10 to 1,600. Fifteen separate rooms offer a total of over 45.000 square feet of facilities. Inland is a full service meeting center which can accommodate wedding receptions, concert-style performances, or the smallest of meetings. Westmont boasts a fine array of restaurants, including many ethnic restaurants. There is a wide variety of dining choices certain to meet any taste. European cuisine is widely available at many restaurants, and Asian cuisine is available both in Westmont and in the International Plaza. Dining ranges from casual to fine cuisine.

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