Located in DuPage County, Wheaton is a suburban city with a population of 53,970 as of the 2020 census.
The Wheaton brothers, Warren L. and Jesse, having recently arrived from Connecticut, each laid claim to land in Illinois; Warren to 640 acres in the heart of the settlement and Jesse to an additional 300 acres situated just west of Warren's. Promptly, other settlers from New England followed suit and converged upon the town. In recognition of their contributions, railroad officials named a shoreline depot Wheaton in 1848 when they were granted three miles (5 km) of right-of-way. To further welcome settlers, ten blocks of free land were given out in 1850 to those willing to build on their plots. The lots were surveyed two years later and a formal plat for the community was subsequently filed with the county.
The village was incorporated on February 24, 1859, with Warren serving as its first president. Then Elbert Gary, son of Erastus Gary, founder of Gary, Indiana, was elected as the first mayor of the city on April 24, 1890, when the village was incorporated as a city.
An election was held in 1857 to determine whether the County seat should remain in Naperville or move to Wheaton, which was more centrally located. By a margin of 2 to 1, Naperville won the election. That began a 10-year rivalry between Naperville and Wheaton. After a second vote in 1867, Wheaton won by a very small margin.
On July 4, 1868, the new courthouse was dedicated, which held a courtroom, county offices, and a jail.
The county's first public school, which included grades 1-12, was built in 1874 by local residents.
Most of Wheaton is served by Community Unit District #200. Parts are also served by District #41, District #87, District #89, District #33, and District #94.
As a summer residence for some wealthy Chicagoans, Wheaton became known for its horse racing course and 18-hole golf course (the first in the country).
The DuPage County Fairgrounds is located in Wheaton right off Manchester Road in the County Complex was established in 1954. The Fairgrounds host several different events like Train Shows, Toy Shows, Civil War Shows, Craft Shows, Quilt Shows, and many more, plus an annual fair at the end of July that attracts major acts.
To Downtown Chicago – 30 miles
Transportation – Metra trains are available in Wheaton via the Union Pacific West Railway line.
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