The Village of Streamwood was founded in 1957. Prior to Streamwood’s incorporation, a farm occupied some of what is now part of the village. This land is now Hoosier Grove, a 20-acre park with a barn built in 1888, a farmhouse and a stable. The Hoosier Grove Schoolhouse, now a museum, gives visitors a feel for what life was like in the early 20th century. Classes were held at the school from 1904 to 1954. Summer Celebration, Pumpkinfest and an annual Easter Egg Roll are held at Hoosier Grove Park. Immanuel United Church of Christ was founded in 1868 by German immigrants. It is the oldest building in Streamwood. Immanuel Cemetery, located next to the church, has graves dating to 1852. A Veteran’s Memorial is located between Village Hall and the Police Department. All of the United States military activity since the Revolutionary War is listed on the memorial. It honors all veterans, men and women alike, in every branch of the armed services. Surrounding Streamwood is Poplar Creek Forest Preserve. The 4500-acre forest is a beautiful place to hike, bike, horseback ride or relax with a picnic basket. Fishing is possible in streams and lakes in the forest. A small portion of the forest is restored to the original Illinois prairie.
Nearby Chicago offers a number of attractions, including museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History and the DuSable Museum. The Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Sears Tower, Adler Planetarium, John Hancock Center Observatory and Buckingham Fountain provide educational opportunities and entertainment for all ages. Lincoln Park houses the Lincoln Park Zoo with over 1000 animals from all over the world. Also at Lincoln Park is a 4-acre conservatory with gardens and display houses.
The theatre district of Chicago boasts the Chicago Theatre, Shubert Theatre, Illinois Theatre Center, Auditorium Theatre and The Second City. Special tours can include the theatre district, or shopping areas such as the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Architecture tours take in the variety of building types throughout the city. Charter boats and cruises explore the waterways and some offer riverboat gambling.
Chicago is home to a number of professional teams including the Bulls, the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Cubs and the White Sox. For those looking to participate in sports, check out the many golf courses, the lakes and rivers for boating and fishing, and the miles of skating and bicycling paths in and around the city. There are hundreds of miles of trials for hiking and horseback riding in the Forest Preserve District.
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