Come Home to Brush Hill
With its tree-lined streets, numerous transportation options and top-ranked schools, Hinsdale, located 18 miles
from Chicago, is one of the most desirable suburbs.
Hinsdale was once known as Brush Hill because of the hazel bush covered prairie in the area. In the 1830s Benjamin Fuller and his family settled in the area north of the village along Salt Creek in an area that soon became Fullersburg. Around the same time, Frederick Graue built Graue Mill. The mill is now a museum and a forest preserve still bears the name Fullersburg. In the 1860s, as train tracks were built through the area, William Robbins began building Hinsdale south of Fullersburg. The town was named after a railroad executive.
The Hinsdale Historical Society collects and preserves the history of the village today. The society’s headquarters building was constructed in 1874 and was moved in 1981 to its present park site. With private funding and volunteer efforts, the building was restored to house a museum illustrating life in early Hinsdale. The society sponsors tours and popular children’s programs. The historical society also offers assistance with researching the history of village homes, which range from farmhouses to elegant Victorians to Craftsman to Prairie-style homes. Newer homes blend traditional architecture with up-to-date conveniences.
While Hinsdale residents are proud of their homes, they also take pride in village’s many organizations and amenities. The Community House is a nonprofit organization providing learning experiences for children and adults, counseling support and recreation and volunteer opportunities. The Hinsdale Public Library, located in the stately Memorial Building, is a popular place for children’s story times and young adult reading groups.
Residents play soccer, sled or enjoy scenic open space on more than 220 acres of park land, including the 52-acre Katherine Legge Memorial Park, which also houses a club house with meeting rooms and the Hinsdale Center for the Arts.
Elementary-age children attend Hinsdale Elementary District 181. The high school district is Hinsdale Township High School District 86. Other noted schools include St. Isaac Jogues Catholic school and the Hindsale Adventist Academy.
At the corner of Washington and First streets can be found the center of downtown Hinsdale, with its sophisticated clothing boutiques and antique shops and a variety of restaurants from cafes to gourmet. Summer sidewalk sales,
art fairs and a holiday hospitality day are just a few of the events that draw shoppers downtown during the year.
Hinsdale Hospital is to the west of the village and has more than 460 beds and 500 physicians. In the late 1990s, both centers upgraded their obstetrics facilities.
The central business district is served by the Burlington Northern’s Metra Commuter Rail line. Two other stops serve the west and east parts of the village. Hinsdale is adjacent to Interstate 294, which stretches from Indiana to Wisconsin, and Interstates 88 and 55, both of which run from Chicago to points west and south. The village is on the Pace Suburban Bus System.