The Village of Bellwood is a Chicago suburb located just minutes west of the city. This residential area, characterized by single-family brick bungalows along with ranch and Georgian houses, is home to about twenty thousand residents.
Bellwood’s residential growth, as well as its earlier industrial development, was encouraged by the accessibility of rail service and by completion of the Eisenhower Expressway in the 1950s. Today, the close-knit community is home to families and is hospitable to individuals commuting to work in the city.
Sources: Encyclopedia of Chicago, City of Chicago website, Village of Bellwood website, Proviso Township website, Wikipedia
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