In 1935, two young developers, Carlton Smith and Allen Dawson, built their first homes on farmland along Elmhurst Road as the start of a well-planned community to meet the dreams of depression-weary families. The first family moved in during January 1936 and by the end of the year, there were six affordable homes in the pleasant rural area to be called Prospect Heights. The development firm worked with the resilient, caring families to create and maintain a responsible community in which they could raise their children with pride. In 1938, they formed the Prospect Heights Improvement Association (PHIA). It served as a virtual government of the community for 38 years, albeit without legal authority because Prospect Heights was an unincorporated area in Cook County. By 1955, there were almost 600 homes in unincorporated Prospect Heights. During the 1960’s, the boom in the development began to cause real problems. Local residents had no control over this growth and the PHIA decided that incorporation was the only solution. Over 50% of the residents voted in favor of incorporation. Thus, January 31st, 1976, exactly 40 years after the first family moved in, the City of Prospect Heights was born. Prospect Heights continues to grow and assume a new character. In addition to the single-family half-acre homes, the City now proudly includes a multi-family area, as well as increasing number of businesses.
The City of Prospect Heights is Open for Business
The City of Prospect Heights represents diverse economic development opportunities. Combining such assets as beautiful neighborhoods, natural areas and a country atmosphere, convenient access to the Tollway and other regional arterials, business corridors on Rand Road, Milwaukee Avenue and Elmhurst and Wolf Roads, and Chicagoland Executive Airport, the City is an outstanding community to live, work, play and shop. Additionally, the City offers the following economic development services:
- One-stop shopping business development information
- Coordination of special redevelopment programs
- Management of tax increment financing (TIF) districts and other development projects
- Assistance with Cook County Economic Development Property Tax Relief Programs
Principal Employers include:
- SG360 Durable Packaging
- Pamarco Global Graphics
- Reynolds Consumer Products
- Bob Chinn’s Crab House
- Argon Medical Devices
- Bowe Bell & Howell
- Block & Company
- Crescent Cardboard
- Allstate Insurance
- Westin Chicago North Shore
- Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Engis Corporation
- Richelieu Foods
- Aargus Plastics
- Keats Manufacturing Co.
- Wieland Metals
Office visits by appointment only, through September 30, 2019.
Please call 847-541-0170 to schedule an appointment.
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