Will County, Illinois is situated just south of the Chicago Metropolitan area and Cook County. The small 849 square miles of geographical area is home to nearly 700,000 residents, with a dense population that has risen significantly over the last 10 years. In fact, the county ranks number four in population in the state of Illinois. Joliet is its county seat.
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In 1836, Will County was founded by taking portions of Iroquois and Cook counties. It takes his name from Dr. Conrad Will, a prominent businessman who made his name in salt production. He also served as a local politician. The most eastern portion of the county borders with Indiana and intersects with both the Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers.
Adjacent counties include Kane County to the northwest, Kendall County to the west, Grundy and Kankakee counties to the southwest along with Cook and DuPage counties to the north. It also touches Lake County in Indiana to the east.
Major cities in Will County include Aurora, Joliet, Naperville, Lockport, Wilmington, Crest Hill and Braidwood. Villages include Orland Park, Romeoville, Plainville, Park Forest, Elwood, Frankfort, Bolingbrook, Crete, Diamond, New Lenox, Rockdale, University Park, Tinley Park and Woodbridge.
Living and Working in Will County
The strategic location of Will County provides an overabundance of excitement and rich culture close to the city life, but with the stability and safety of suburban living. The quiet countryside and peaceful aesthetics of many of the villages and cities in the county provide tranquility and opportunities for every individual living, working and playing here.
Its easy accessibility to major highways and close proximity to O’Hare and Midway international airports and an extensive metro rail system provides quick access to traveling residents. Within the boundaries of the county there are 24 townships and 37 municipalities. Will County continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.
County Transportation Options
Two major interstates bring statewide and nationwide travelers through Will County. Interstate 57 runs north and south from Chicago to Southern Illinois. Interstate 80 travels East and West from just below Lake Michigan traveling westward toward Moline. Highway 7, 53 and 171 run along the Des Plaines River. State Highway 45 runs southward from Orland Park toward Kankakee.
Will County offers a variety of transportation options including Dial-A-Ride (a.k.a. Will Ride), West Joliet Call-n-Ride, Park-n-Ride, ADA Paratransit and the Pace Vanpool Program along with its fixed route bus system. Many of its extensive transport services coordinate with various townships in the county to provide services to residents without access to traditional public transportation.
The Chicagoland Metropolitan area Pace bus routes provide an economical transport solution to many residents and visitors in Will County with easy access to shopping centers, hospitals, work, and attractions. The bus system offers an affordable solution for commuters traveling into the city for work or play.
In addition, there is Bolingbrook Clow International Airport, a public airpark less than 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Joliet Regional Airport on Jefferson Street offers some of the best facilities available for companies and individuals that enjoy flying. It offers competitive prices for hangers, fuel and storage. For the international traveler, both Midway (MDW) and O’Hare (ORD) international airports are approximately one hour away from nearly any location in Will County.
The county is home to various universities and community colleges, and offers full-time and part-time classes for adults. These include:
- University of St. Francis – A Joliet privately held university
- Governor State University – Situated in University Park, it offers two-year (junior and senior) classes
- Lewis University – A privately run university in Romeoville
- Joliet Junior Community College – Located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet
Will County Area Hospitals
The county provides quality medical care and emergency services, with the latest advancements in surgeries, procedures and treatments. Local area hospitals and healthcare centers in the county include:
- Adventist Bolingbrook Medical Center (Romeoville)
- Silver Cross Hospital (New Lenox)
- Presence St. Joseph Medical Center (Bolingbrook)
- St. James Hospital (Dyer)
- Physicians Immediate Care (Joliet)
- Tinley Park Medical Health Center (Tinley Park)
- Edward Health & Health Services in Naperville
Will County has more than 35 locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Small Towle House in Wilmington, the Stone Manor in Homer Glenn, Union Station in Joliet, The Lewis Joliet Hotel in Joliet, the Eagle Hotel in Wilmington, the Christ Episcopal Church in Joliet and others.
The county is also a portion of historical U.S. Route 66 roadway traveling from Joliet to Wilmington. Most of the roadway traverses farmlands along the Will County stretch, crossing over a single overpass and bridge.
The area is known for its extensive hiking and biking trails, along with major attractions in nearby Chicagoland. Some of the major attractions include:
- Joliet Area Historical Museum
- Haunted Trails in Joliet
- Splash Station Waterpark
- Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory
- Chicagoland Speedway
- Rialto Square Theater
- Route 66 Raceway
- Joliet Hollywood Casino
- Richard Petty Driving Experience
- Silver Cross Field Sports Facility
- Centennial Beach
- Riverwalk along the DuPage River
- Harrah’s Casino in Joliet
- Audubon Country Club
Local area attractions include a variety of Will County museums like the Isle a la Cache Museum along the Des Plaines River, and the Illinois Aviation Museum in Bolingbrook. Joliet is also the home of the Rialto Square Theater that originally opened in 1926 as the town’s vaudeville movie palace. It now presents concerts, plays, musicals and standup comedy.
The Will County Fairgrounds on W. Wilmington Rd. in Peotone is held every year during August. The county fair includes livestock shows, arts and crafts, and an amusement ride midway along with numerous vendors offering traditional local food fair including taffy, cotton candy and corn on the cob.
Will County is an ideal location to raise a family in a small community, while still having access to the major Chicago Metropolitan area. With the proximity of downtown Chicago being less than an hour away, many residents of Will County enjoy working downtown, while spending evenings and weekends in a safe and relaxing rural environment.
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