When people talk about life in West Chicago, they always mention that the city feels like a small town. What are the secret ingredients that make that true? The place and its people, of course!
Urban fabric refers to the built things in the environment that make a place what it is—like building density, style of housing, sidewalk locations, and the look and feel of business districts. This fabric combines with West Chicago’s diverse people—in individuals, families, businesses, and more—to create the community identity of a welcoming small town in the midst of the suburbs.
West Chicago is also a bit of an island: it is surrounded by forest preserves, the airport, industrial parks, and other land uses that set it off from neighboring suburbs, which adds to its small town character.