Maywood, Illinois

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Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It was founded on April 6, 1869[1] and organized October 22, 1881.[2] The population was 26,987 at the 2000 census.



Considered a blue collar community, Maywood had experienced many changes since the closing of American Can Company in the late 1970s. There is a Metra commuter railroad station in the village and it is also served by Pace Bus Service.[3]

Maywood is located 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, bisects (north and south) the town as it goes from Chicago west to join Interstate 294, the Tri-State Tollway west of Maywood in Hillside. It is located between O'Hare and Midway airports.

There are many gracious century-old homes in relatively unaltered condition, and Maywood boasts 16 homes and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] Maywood and the rest of Proviso Township has a rich history as shown by the Franzosenbusch Heritage Project.[5]

At one time there were two airports in Maywood. One was on the location where the Loyola University Medical Center is today, at the southwest corner of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road. It was the airfield used by Charles Lindbergh during his days as an airmail pilot. Checkerboard Field was on the southeastern corner of that intersection and was a private field. It is now a forest preserve meadow. There was some apparent consolidation of the fields in later years. The current Hines Veterans Hospital's long narrow building is built on the foundation of the former grandstand for automobile board racetrack from many years ago; Barney Oldfield raced on the track.[6]

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