It is with great pride that I extend to everyone a heartfelt welcome to Fairview Heights, Southwestern Illinois'

" Crossroads of Prosperity."

As you go through this profile of our fine city, you will find out why we are well known as a progressive leader in the region. just a few minutes from downtown St. Louis, Scott Air Force Base and a number of area attractions, Fairview Heights is a hub for retail activity, commerce, tourism and quality living. Owners of property in our city enjoy the advantage of not having to pay any municipal real estate tax as our retail base is so broad, it provides sufficient funds to operate a first-class municipality with a full range of services for all ages.

Having grown from a handful of homes and lots of farmland in the 1960's to the modern community we are today, Fairview Heights is continuing to move ahead as exemplified by the late 1997 opening of the U.S. Ice Sports Complex. Recent addition to our city such as the Stonewolf Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and our creative playground known as Recreation Station, are considered as obvious indicators of our forward thinking attitude.

A vast array of choices in shopping, dining, retail space, sites for business, housing stock, recreation, entertainment and education truly entitle Fairview Heights to proclaim "We've Got It All." We encourage you to see for yourself.


Gail D. Mitchell,

Mayor, City of Fairview Heights

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Fairview Heights excels as a city, deserving of its motto: "Crossroads of Prosperity." The city is quite unique. A myriad of retail operations, including a huge, one million square-foot regional shopping mall, attracts consumers from throughout southwestern Illinois and accounts for some $640 million in sales annually, is a figure that has grown steadily since 1970. Not bad for a city that covers a mere 11 square miles and has a population of less than 15,000, such achievement is astounding.

Living in Fairview Heights is a genuine pleasure. A wide array of homes are tucked quietly away from busy commercial avenues and reflect the community's relative youth - it was incorporated in 1969. Fairview Heights' homes encompass everything from stylish rental apartments to luxurious executive-style single family homes. 'Me rolling and often wooded terrain is perfectly suited to the comfortable lifestyles the homes of Fairview Heights suggest.

Two hundred and five acres of well equipped parks enhance recreation opportunities for all residents. Excellent school systems, both public and private, serve the community and well-known colleges and universities are nearby. Two high quality hospitals are as near as a neighboring community and about 130 physicians and surgeons have offices in the area. And, the steeples of 22 churches reach high above the homes and retail centers of the community, representing most major denominations. Fairview Heights government, in cooperation with the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce, actively promotes economic growth by encouraging expansion of retail and hospitality services, construction of new homes, and development in a spacious business park.

All this makes Fairview Heights the Crossroads of Prosperity and a great place to Eve, work, raise a family and visit.

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Only 12 miles away from downtown St. residents of Fairview Heights have access to Interstate highways and roads that take them places in a hurry. These routes also make it convenient for anyone to come to Fairview Heights to enjoy its many shopping and hospitality amenities.

1-64 traverses east to west through the heart of the community. 1-255 is a mile to the east and 1-55 and I-70 are four miles to the south. U.S. 50 intersects two state highways (Routes 159 and 161) within the city and one (Route 157) just beyond the community, Is western boundary.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a quick 21 miles from the city where 16 airlines serve travelers with more than 1,000 flights each day. Local limousine services provide speedy transportation to Lambert-St. Louis and several hotels offer free shuttle service to the airport for groups.

In 1997, Mid-America Airport is scheduled to open at Scott Air Force Base moments east of neighboring O'Fallon, Illinois, and in the year 2000, the Bi-State Transit Districts Metro link is expected to open, providing commuter service from Fairview Heights to St. Louis, and Bensenville Area College.

The transportation needs of local business and industry are met by many of the motor freight carriers that serve the St. Louis metropolitan area. Package delivery service is also available. For industrial shippers, a dock on the Mississippi River is only 10 miles away. The CSX Railroad also serves the community.

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The area in which Fairview Heights grew to prosper was settled early in the 19th century. However, the earliest known land ownership was that of James Gray, a member of the militia, who in 1790 was granted 200 acres along present-day North Ruby between the Lincoln Trail and I-64. A speculator, Gray sold the parcel in 1805.

The area's first permanent settlers began arriving about this time. Many were hardworking German immigrants who built small log cabins and cleared land for farming in what was then called Pidge Prairie. About mid-century, a second wave of growth came with the introduction of coal mining in southwestern Illinois.

In 1850, Henry Becherer opened a tavern and stagecoach stop on what is now Lincoln Trail where the Dandy Inn now stands. Shortly after 1900, Fairbrother Realty Co. laid out a town called Fairview in what had previously been known as Prairie Ridge and began advertising lots at from $250 to $500 per acre. (One ad informed prospective buyers that an acre was equal to about 10 of the 25-foot-wide city lots on which they presently lived.)

In 1914, residents of the area formed the Fairview Improvement Association to provide protection and security for property owners. 'ne association raised funds to maintain sidewalks and roads through dances and picnics. In 1933, the association arranged for fire protection. By 1950, Fairview was a place folks passed through en route from Belleville to Edwardsville and Collinsville. Ironically, the traffic activity stimulated development of the community and more and more homes were built throughout the 1950's and 1960's. In the mid-1960's, Fairview voters were asked to choose between Fairview Heights, Lincoln Heights, and Prairie Ridge as a name for their community and on June 19, 1969 the name Fairview Heights was officially recorded by the Illinois Secretary of State. The city incorporated on October 2, 1969.

Early in the 1970's, retail interests began to focus on the community. The opening of St. Clair Square mall in 1974 Et the fire that has burned brightly ever since. Today, Fairview Heights is the largest shopping center in southwestern Illinois and growing. It has earned its motto: "The Crossroads of Prosperity."

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The rolling terrain on which Fairview Heights stands is the ideal canvas for the home builders' art. As a result, Distinctive homes with a view are commonplace. Close to Fairview Heights' commercial center, homes are small to mid-size, reflecting the early growth of the city. Here are ranch homes, raised ranch styles, and split-levels, all popular during the 1960's and '70's. In more recent development the national trend toward size and design diversity is clearly evident.

Fox Creek is a new subdivision that features mid-size and larger upscale homes. You can find luxurious apartment living in Fairview Heights. Two of our premier developments are Park Terrace and Winchester Place. Stonewolf, at the northern edge of the city, is among the newest developments appealing to chief executives and highly paid professionals. Centerpiece of Stonewolf is an 18-hole signature golf course designed by golf's "Golden Bear," Jack Nicklaus. Customized two story homes and sprawling ranch styles flank the course's fairways. Paved golf cart paths cross residential streets via painted pedestrian like crossings. When completed, Stonewolf will be gated.

Trail is another golf course community that is in its stages. Half-acre and acre lots are planned along the . Phase I of the development has 69 homesites and 18 holes of golf. 'Me golf course opened in the spring of 1997. 'Me developments second phase will have an additional 48 homesites and another nine holes of golf.

Trail is another golf course community that is in its stages. Half-acre and acre lots are planned along the . Phase I of the development has 69 homesites and 18 holes of golf. 'Me golf course opened in the spring of 1997. 'Me developments second phase will have an additional 48 homesites and another nine holes of golf.

Fairview Heights also has housing for seniors. Designed especially to meet the needs of senior citizens, Charles Gardens Retirement Community offers ground level studio, alcove, and one bedroom apartments. Included are all utilities, meals, 24-hour security and emergency call system, housekeeping, laundry facilities, and transportation. There's a staff nurse on duty daily, planned activities for residents, and an in house beauty shop.

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The world of retailing thrives in Fairview Heights, in its star attraction St. Clair Square Mall - and in additional large and small retail centers that line the city's major thoroughfares.

Located alongside 1-64, St. Clair Square Shopping Mall has more than 1,000,000 square feet under roof. Four major regional and national department stores anchor the huge two-level mall. They are Sears, J.C. Penney, Famous Barr, and Dillard's. More than 140 other specialty shops, stores, boutiques, restaurants, and services command space along the mall's elegant concourses. Several executive office buildings are situated near the mall.

The mall attracts shoppers from throughout southwestern Illinois and achieves a major share of the city's annual retail sales of about $640 million. As a convenience to shoppers, the mall offers complimentary strollers and wheel chairs.

The several other shopping centers in Fairview Heights encompass more than 2,000,000 square feet of selling space and are home to more than 250 retail establishments. Virtually every major national retailer is represented in such faculties as Winchester Plaza, Marketplace Shopping Center, Crossroads Center, Pontiac Plaza, and LakeLand Square.

Winchester Plaza is anchored by S & P Oyster Co. and Shu Shu's Mongolian Barbecue. Marketplace Shopping Center features Burlington Coat Factory, Best Buy, and La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. Crossroads Center consists of a K-Mart Store, T.J. Maxx, and an Old Country Buffet Restaurant.

Fairview Heights Plaza is comprised of Circuit City, Sports Authority, Michaels, Sears Homelife, and a 1/2 Price Store with a number of small shops between. Convenience centers are scattered throughout the community to serve residents near where they live.

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Just as Fairview Heights sparkles with shopping opportunities, it is the perfect place to stay. The city boasts six well-known hotels with a total of 536 rooms and more than 70 restaurants and nightclubs, all clustered in a large commercial area surrounding St. Clair Square shopping mall. Diners can choose from everything from fast food, to family style and from ethnic cuisine to gourmet delights. Among the popular choices are Louisiana Jack's, Andtia's, S&P Oyster Co., Applebee's Grill, Schlotzsky's Deli, Casa Gallardo, Damon's, Dandy Inn, Houlihan's, Lotta Watta Creek, Olive Garden, Pasta House, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Show Me's, Shu Shu's Mongolian BBQ, 20's Hideout, TGI Friday's, and Yan Dynasty. A comedy club is among the many places featuring nighttime entertainment and has featured such celebrity comics as Gabe Kaplan and Jimmy Walker. Some restaurants offer private dining rooms and many of the hotels have meeting rooms. Up to 400 persons can be accommodated in the largest banquet room. A 10-screen cinema stands in the heart of the shopping area of Fairview Heights, offering the best of the new movie releases. Those who enjoy gaming can be at the majestic Casino Queen at its East St. Louis dock in but a few minutes. Of course, Fairview Heights' proximity to St. Louis opens its vast array of dining and entertainment.

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While the focus of development in Fairview has been in retail services and housing, the city does encourage business and industrial growth.

The city's premier business site is the Fairview Heights Executive Park bordering 1-64, opposite St. Clair Square. With some 50 acres of land, Executive Park offers more than 300,000 square feet in seven buildings designed for executive offices, service centers, light industry, and distribution.    


As might be expected, retail giants in the city fill the roles of largest employers. However, the community's location, size, and lifestyle make it well suited to corporate branch offices, research and development firms, financial consultants, and engineering specialists.

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