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Winfield is an incorporated village located in Milton and Winfield Townships, DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,718 at the 2000 census and as of 2016 the population was 9,492.
Winfield is home to Central DuPage Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs. Winfield has a Metra station on the Union Pacific/West Line, which provides regular commuter rail service to Chicago. Attractions adjacent to Winfield include the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Kline Creek Farm, a living history farm located on the west side of County Farm Road between Geneva and St. Charles Roads; and Cantigny, which includes public gardens, museums, golf courses, picnic grounds and hiking trails. Cantigny is located on the east side of Winfield Road, just south of Illinois Route 38, also known as Roosevelt Road. Winfield also enjoys parks and recreational services provided by the Winfield Park District. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County also owns and operates several other open space areas surrounding Winfield. Winfield is considered to be one of the top ten safest towns in Illinois.
The Village of Winfield was incorporated as a village in 1921, but has roots from the 1830s, originally known as Gary's Mill after early settler Eurastus Gary, and later, Fredricksburg, owing to a significant German-speaking population. In the late 1800s, the settlement’s name was changed again to Winfield after the war hero Winfield Scott.
Winfield was home to one of the oldest taverns in the Chicago suburbs, John's Restaurant and Tavern (formerly John's Buffet), founded in 1921 by immigrant John T Karwoski. It closed its doors in December 2017. John Karwoski was instrumental in the political and economic development of Winfield, and it was his guidance and leadership that took a fledgling prairie town clinging to existence after the railroad boom went bust, and turned it into a viable and livable village. Mr Karwoski became the first Chief of the all-volunteer Winfield Volunteer Fire Company in 1935. 45 years later, his son John Karwoski II was made Chief of the expanded Winfield Fire Protection District in 1980.
Winfield is also home to another remnant of the past, called Schmidt's Pond. In the late 1800s, Peter Schmidt dug a pond to provide a place to harvest ice in the winter. Schmidt used the ice for his meat market, but also provided ice to the village in general. The property which is located between Park Street and Summit Avenue, just south of Town Center Winfield, also featured an ice house to store the harvested ice. While the ice house has since been turned into a private residence, the pond survives. The pond all but disappeared in the 1970s and 1980s due to lowering water tables, but has since returned, thanks in part to the village hooking up to Lake Michigan for its primary water use and a rising water table. The pond is home to many ducks, geese, muskrat, crayfish, frogs, toads and fish, and while the pond is on private property, it can be seen from Park Street and Summit Avenues.
Winfield was served by The Winfield Glimpses newspaper from October 1947 to October 1976. The Glimpses changed its name to the Winfield Examiner in November 1976 and ran until February 1992. A full collection of these newspapers is available on microfilm at the Winfield Public Library.
Hedges station is the oldest train depot in Illinois. It was built in 1849 on the west side of Church Street, where the police station is currently standing. In 1977 Winfield Township bought the station after all the owners had died. Their plan to demolish the building to construct a parking lot and more village offices was opposed by citizens who wanted the oldest building standing in Winfield to be turned into a historical site instead. After many arguments, the Township decided to move into another location. In 1981 Hedges station was moved to Winfield road, where it is currently located, and is now a museum.
Winfield is located at 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W (41.8658543, -88.1569256). Winfield is, by and large, surrounded by forests, including several DuPage County Forest Preserves on the north, west, and south. It borders Wheaton to the east and West Chicago to the west.
According to the 2010 census, Winfield has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 2.99 square miles (7.74 km2) (or 98.68%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 1.32%) is water.
In September 2016 trail construction began on a Winfield Mounds Trail Segment of the West Branch DuPage River Trail. This segment will go through Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, downtown Winfield and West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve. This system will link The Illinois Prairie Path with existing trails to the southwest Naperville trail system creating a north-south connection that will provide recreational users more route options.
In addition to providing activated spaces for recreation and appreciation of nature within Forest Preserves adjacent to Winfield, the 3 mile long trail segment is also intended to rejuvenate businesses in downtown Winfield.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,718 people, 2,975 households, and 2,403 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,228.3 people per square mile (1,246.7/km²). There were 3,024 housing units at an average density of 1,119.8 per square mile (432.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.60% White, 1.24% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population. 22.9% were of German, 12.9% Irish, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% English and 8.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,975 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the village, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median household income for Winfield in 2016 is $91,731 and per capita income is $42,097. The median household cost is $308,700.
The Village of Winfield is served by three school districts: West Chicago Elementary School District 33 (K-8, serving the north side of Winfield); Winfield Elementary School District 34 (K-8, serving the south side of Winfield); and Community Unit School District 200 (K-12, Wheaton-Warrenville, serving the east side of Winfield). Winfield has no public high school, students from Districts 33 and 34 attend West Chicago Community High School, and students from CUSD 200 attend Wheaton North High School. It has three public elementary/middle schools, Winfield Primary School, Winfield Central School, and Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and one private elementary/middle school, St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
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