Lisle, Illinois

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Lisle is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 21,182 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 23,135 as of 2008.[2] It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is also the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III.

The people of Lisle are affectionately known as "Lilacs" or "Lileseans." In July 2007, Lisle was ranked #20 in Money magazine's list of "100 Best Places to Live"[3] and #17 on their 2009 list of the "Best Places for the Rich and Single".[4]

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History

Lisle was permanently settled in 1832 by James and Luther Hatch, after the Blackhawk War. The two brothers settled land near what is now Ogden Avenue and began a small farming community. This early beginning makes Lisle Township the oldest settlement in DuPage County.[5]

A number of firsts for Lisle came in the 1830s with the First Congregational Church of DuPage in 1833, the first post office (managed by John Thompson) in 1834, and the first schoolhouse in 1837.

The railroad came to Lisle in 1864 with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. A fire destroyed the railroad depot, but it was rebuilt in 1874 by the Railroad.

On the 4th of July 2006, Lisle celebrated its 50th birthday by hosting the state's biggest fireworks display.[3]

Geography

Lisle is located at 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.7925°N 88.08833°W / 41.7925; -88.08833 (41.7924954, -88.0882100).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.42 square miles (16.6 km2), of which 6.37 square miles (16.5 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (0.78%) is water. Most of Lisle lies within the watershed of the east branch of the DuPage river.[citation needed]

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