Oswego, Illinois

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Oswego is a village in Kendall County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2009 census, the village population was 29,109. Its population has nearly doubled since 2000, as the Chicago suburbs expanded westward into the area. It is currently the most populated town whose borders are within Kendall County.

The town was chosen as a location for the Fox TV series Prison Break in the episode "Manhunt". They used the Alexander Lumber building for most of the shoot. This could have been because the town's name serves as wordplay on "as we go". However, the town's portrayal, specifically the bustling downtown scene, was largely inaccurate.

Oswego was known by many Chicago area residents for the town drag strip open from 1955 until 1979 where racers from all over the midwest would race custom muscle cars. The drag days are celebrated today even though the strip has been closed for decades.



Oswego is located at 41°41′26″N 88°20′30″W / 41.69056°N 88.34167°W / 41.69056; -88.34167 (41.690681, -88.341778)[1] and straddles the Fox River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.50%) is water.


Downtown Oswego is home to historic buildings and homes, as well as shops and restaurants. The Village of Oswego launched a project to enhance and restore the historic downtown district. This project included significant infrastructure and street scape improvements, such as the installation of brick pavers, sidewalks, landscaping, and decorative streetlights and benches. Hudson Crossing Park, located along the Fox River, opened in October 2004. The Waubonsee Creek Promenade, which stretches from Main Street to the new park, is the final phase of the downtown enhancements.

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