Darien is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois with a population of approximately 22,000. Thomas Andrus is said to be the initial settler of the area that he labeled as Cass. Thomas's first wife Philena Fox had given birth to two daughters Mary and Elizabeth prior to her death in 1828. He initially reached Chicago in 1833, where he underwent a few jobs, including labor on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Following his stint in Vermont, he returned to the vicinity of Chicago in 1835 bringing with him his second wife Melissa Snow Bartlett. The two had three sons Edgar, Charles, and Elbridge. Their farm was located near what is now known as Lemont Road and I-55 North Frontage Road and was a regular stop for stagecoach travelers. Not only was the Andrus family's house used as an inn at the time, but Thomas also kept horses for the stagecoach line too. Cass grew in this area.
Then the first St. John Lutheran Church was built in 1859 by a group of German Lutherans from Europe. They placed their cemetery in the back of the church. Although the Church has moved on to a different location the Cemetery still remains at the same spot at 67th and Clarendon Hills Road. It was in 1890 that the village of Lace was established, and its most important location was the triangle bordering Cass Avenue, Plainfield Road, and 75th Street.
In 1884, a post office was established at The Point which included the Town Hall, General Store, Blacksmith Shop, and Doctor's office.
The original four major subdivisions were created by developers named Marion Hills, Brookhaven, Clairfield, and Hinsbrook. In December 1969, an incorporation referendum passed for the city now known as Darien.
Both Hinsdale South High School District 86 and Downers Grove South High School District 99 serve Darien. There are currently Districts 60, 61, 63 & 66 that serve the Elementary Schools and Junior High Schools.
To Downtown Chicago – 31 miles
Transportation – There are Metra trains available at the Westmont train station via the BNSF Railway line.
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