Plainfield is a Village that is in both Will and Kendall Counties. At the time of the 2020 census, Plainfield had a population of 44,762.
Vetal Vermette, a French Canadian fur trader who briefly visited the region in 1823, returned later in the decade and established squatter's rights. French fur traders were among the earliest Europeans to settle here. With his father-in-law, Methodist minister Jessie Walker, James Walker established a small mission for the Potawatomi people in 1826 when he visited the area. Jesse Walker's son-in-law and James Walker were the first European-American to claim land in the area in 1828. Walkers' Grove was developed around a sawmill built by James Walker.
The village of Plainfield is known as the oldest community in Will County since its earliest settlement of Walkers' Grove which was started along the banks of the DuPage River by 1828.
A fort was established in Walker's Grove by settlers from the Fox River Valley, fearing Indian aggression. James Walker served as the local militia captain during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
The DuPage River established routes to Fort Dearborn in Chicago and Ottawa to the west, resulting in Walkers' Grove flourishing. Some of the first frame structures in Chicago were erected with lumber from Walker's mill. Chicago also relied upon the Walkers' Grove for many supplies and mail.
Plainfield was incorporated as a village in 1861 and supplied the first Union regiment from Will County to fight in the Civil War.
Plainfield is served mostly by the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 and the outer areas by Districts 365U, 30C, 204, and 308.
In addition, the community has a Preservation Commission and historic preservation ordinance protecting their beautiful homes of days gone by. The Lake Renwick Preserve is a county forest preserve that serves as a destination for birdwatching and other activities. A little south of Plainfield Village Hall is Settlers' Park. During the summer, the park hosts outdoor concerts.
To Downtown Chicago – 38 miles
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