Take a daily walk through the history of Morton Grove, spend some time at home, and everyone is looking for a new way to fill that time. The village was incorporated on Christmas Eve of the year and has existed since the 19th century, with many of the early settlers living in the same house as those who came from England, Germany and Luxembourg. English immigrants moved into the Lehigh-Beckwith area in 1830, followed by German and Prussian celebrities. Towards the end of the decade, farmers began clearing land to pave the way for the construction of a rail line to Chicago and the Chicago River.
First, logs were taken from what would later become Milwaukee, Waukegan and Touhy streets, and gravel was dug to create quarries in what would become Austin Park. The first railway line built in the area transported wood for the fuel locomotives. Stumpings were burned and charcoal was transported to homes as Chicago expanded, as well as for the construction of the Chicago and Milwaukee Railroads.
After the first subdivision east of the tracks was built by George Fernald and George Bingham, the second track was completed by the railway. The Morton Grove Days Committee acquired 8 hectares of land around Greenhouse C and eventually Harrar Park. Four years later, a forest reserve was designated on the property and the land later became Harrerpark, but the next year, in 1884, they bought another 20 hectares from the failed company, this time in the form of a park.
Baxter Laboratories bought most of the former Poehlman site and became a major employer in the decades that followed, with offices in Morton Grove, Chicago and Chicago Park District, as well as Chicago.
It also helped to reduce the four-day trip to Chicago to half a day and to continue the tourist flights and hiking. Between 1919 and 1932, the farmland was converted into Morton Grove Park and Recreation Center, a public park and recreation center. As other industries moved into the area, greenhouse operations remained steady, including an accompanying retail store called Jamaican Gardens. The pickle and sauerkraut factories were in operation until the 1950s, when pickling forced them to close, but tourist trips to and from Chicago and the Chicago Park District continued.
If you are looking for a different kind of fun, Morton Grove Park and Recreation Center is also a village center and you will enjoy a variety of activities for children, such as a children's playground, playground and picnic area. You don't have to leave MortonGrove to find other great things to do for the whole family.
If you can't find anything that suits you in Morton Grove, take comfort in the fact that Chicago is just a short walk away. With the addition of a subway station to the neighborhood, getting from the area to Chicago is a breeze. The Pace Bus also offers frequent trips to Lake Michigan, where we can go boating, fishing and relax on the beach in the summer. We can also go cycling, walking, cycling and even boating on Lake Michigan, and we also go boating and fishing on our beach in the summer!
If you don't want to play golf, Morton Grove Golf Course always has lawns, and if you bring your family dog, it's a great place to find some grass.
About 20 percent of the village is forested land dedicated to recreation, so there are many opportunities to stay outside and enjoy the fresh air. Dreaming of a white picket fence community, you'll find it in Morton Grove, Illinois, just a few miles north of Chicago.
In some parts of Morton Grove, you may think you're in a different era in American history, but whenever you want to return to the present, just take I-94. With the I-94 coursing through the center of the neighborhood, getting to Chicago is like a magic carpet for the area's residents. Although the skyscrapers of Chicago are a million miles away, you will love this neighborhood. If you imagine an afternoon on the golf course, you would love it.
At the Chick Evan Golf Course, time is a good time to work with the best at your short game and a great opportunity for good golf.
After the museum reopens, visitors can see how people lived in Morton Grove from 1888 to 1918, walking through the main and Yehl farmhouses and seeing how they lived. If you have spent some time in Mortons Grove, check out our FB page and see what the village looks like at a better time.
Please consider joining the Morton Grove Historical Society to support local history, or email us today with questions at mghistorical at gmail.com. Please send us your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (e-mail address) together with your postal address based on contact information.