Oswego and Nearby Greater Chicago

The growth of the built-up area of metropolitan Chicago can be summarized in three phases. Before 1900, streetcars and commuter railroad service conspired to create a fairly compact city together with small clusters of development around outlying railroad stations. Several outlying satellite cities, such as Joliet and Elgin, studded the hinterland. By 1955, the railroad suburbs had proliferated and matured, creating a massive star-shaped metropolitan geometry, while widespread automobile ownership had encouraged the extension of the continuously built-up zone around the urban core. After 1955, construction of the expressway system permitted a vast decentralization of population and activity which filled in many of the interstices between the railroad axes radiating from the central city, producing a more rounded overall geometry.

The Village of Oswego is located approximately 50 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop
in the northeast section of Kendall County at the border of the three “collar” counties:
Will, Kane and DuPage. This four county area is recognized as one of the most rapidly
growing regions in Illinois and the Midwest. The Village is located within a short
distance of the City of Aurora and the Village of Naperville, the two largest
municipalities in the metropolitan area outside the City of Chicago. The Village of
Montgomery is immediately north and adjacent to the Village of Oswego.

The county seat of Kendall County, the City of Yorkville, is five miles southwest of the Village.
Oswego was recently selected to CNNMoney.com’s 2011 Best Places to Live annual
survey. Kendall County was recognized in a June 2010 article by CNNMoney.com as
the fastest growing county in the United States. Oswego, the largest community in the
county, has seen a large percentage of that growth.

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