This small Will County community is populated by people who love a country-style way of life. Productive farmland begins where the village ends and influences the character of the community and its business.
The Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone is the site of the annual Will County Fair, attracting farmers and residents from throughout the county. Also drawing visitors to the community are the historic H.A. Rathje Mill, where grain continues to be ground into flour; and the annual Peotone Car Club’s parade of antique automobiles.
Far enough from the hustle of the city, and yet close enough for convenience, the Village of Plainfield has become an increasingly popular choice for residents to call home. Once a tranquil prairie town, Plainfield is fast becoming a destination in its own right, offering the benefits of suburban life blended with the peacefulness of country living. Plainfield is Will County’s oldest community and is now one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois.
The Village of Rockdale is a small community just south of Joliet. This close-knit community of over 1,800 people has easy access to Joliet’s major attractions, and its close proximity to Interstate 80 makes it easy to travel across Chicagoland and the country. Rockdale is the starting point of the I&M Canal State Trail, much-beloved by hikers, bikers and nature enthusiasts.
Romeoville began in the late 1800s as Romeo, the twin community to Juliet, now Joliet. The name Romeoville was dubbed upon incorporation on January 21, 1895. Romeoville’s roots are embedded in the historic I&M Canal system.
During the early part of the 20th century, as frequent commercial traffic thrived on the Canal, Romeoville thrived as a popular resort destination. Since 1895, Romeoville has experienced various periods of expansion and growth to become the largest community totally incorporated within Will County, Illinois. Romeoville boasts neighborhoods with newly constructed homes as well as established neighborhoods.
Romeoville’s youth attend four highly regarded school districts and Lewis University has been in existence almost as long as Romeoville. The award-winning Romeoville Recreation Department exists to provide quality recreational services to all age groups.
Bordered by forest preserves and with large areas of low-cost, undeveloped land around it, Sauk Village is in a good position to grow. Its efforts at economic development earned it Illinois Certified City recognition in 1992. The village created a Tax Increment Financing district that includes a 100-acre area dedicated to light, clean industry. Two other business parks are located in the community.