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West Chicago is a city in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,469 at the 2000 census. It was formerly named Turner Junction after its founder, John B. Turner, president of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) in 1855. The town was initially established around the first junction of railroad lines in Illinois, and today is still served by the Union Pacific/West Metra service via West Chicago station.

In the 1990s, the city received a scare due to the Kerr-McGee chemical-waste-dumping scandal. It was feared potentially harmful waste was dumped near West Chicago's Reed-Keppler Park. Kerr-McGee was found guilty and settled with the city, cleaning up the waste. Jel Sert locally produces Wyler's and FlavorAid in West Chicago. West Chicago is home to the Truitt-Hoff prairie, one of the largest and best preserved (by virtue of its being on railroad right-of-way land and thus never having been cultivated) prairies in the Midwest.

This prairie was discovered by then-mayor Richard Truitt in 1976 during one of his frequent walks in the open land west of the city. The movie Reach the Rock, written by John Hughes, was filmed in downtown West Chicago in 1998. The city has undergone a massive face-lift since 2001, especially in the downtown area, the corner of Route 59 and Main Street, and Route 59 and North Ave. West Chicago Police have the second largest Gang Task Force in DuPage County, next to Aurora.

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Early History
West Chicago is the first Illinois community created by the debut of the railroads. Early records show that a few settlers owned property in the area of present day West Chicago as early as the late 1830s. In 1849 a town began to form when the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad (predecessor of the Chicago & North Western, now the Union Pacific) arrived from Chicago.

That same year the St. Charles Branch Railroad connected St. Charles with the Galena & Chicago Union (G&CU) here, followed by the Aurora Branch line in 1850. These connections formed the first railroad junction in Illinois and gave West Chicago its first name, Junction.

Because of the number of trains passing through town, water and fuel facilities for locomotives and a roundhouse were built here, as well as an early eating-house and hotel for travelers. As a result, a number of new employees and their families located to this community. The original settlers were primarily English and Irish, with Germans arriving in the 1860s and Mexican immigrants by the 1910s.

John B. Turner, president of the G&CU and a resident of Chicago, owned several acres of land in what is now the center of town. As more people settled in Junction, Turner recognized the chance to make a profit by platting his land and selling off lots. He therefore recorded the community’s first plat in 1855 under the name of Town of Junction.

The community continued its growth, and in 1857 Dr. Joseph McConnell and his wife Mary platted a second portion of town just north of John B. Turner’s plat. They recorded their plat as the Town of Turner in honor of the railroad president. These two “towns” became informally known as Turner Junction.

By 1873 the community had taken on a substantial and permanent character, so the residents incorporated as the Village of Turner. In 1888 a new railroad, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern built a freight line through town. It offered free factory sites for any industry willing to locate along its right-of-way. As part of the effort to attract industry, the community changed its name in 1896 to the Village of West Chicago. Area businessmen, particularly Charles Bolles, reasoned that the new name sounded more cosmopolitan, and would help draw prospective factory owners.

In 1888, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad laid tracks through town and gave away free factory sites along its right-of-way. As industry located in West Chicago and new jobs opened up, the population increased. By 1910 the population was 2,378 and several new industries had located here including the Borden’s milk condensing plant, the Turner Cabinet Company and the Turner Brick Company. The community continues to attract quality business and residential development that contributes to the culturally diverse community that exists today.

Illinois Cities in Which We Have Performed Wedding Photography
Below is a partial list of cities in which we have performed wedding photography:
Arlington Heights
Downers Grove
Elk Grove Village
Glen Ellyn
Lake Forest
Long Grove
New Lenox
Oak Park
Oak Brook
Orland Park
Palos Hills
St. Charles
Tinley Park
Villa Park
West Chicago
Willow Springs
West Chicago, Illinois
The town of West Chicago, Illinois is one of our most favorite towns in which to capture wedding photography. The beautiful town of West Chicago gives us many opportunities to perform our photojournalist wedding style as well as traditional wedding style of photography.

In addition to West Chicago, other favorite towns we have enjoyed performing wedding photography in include: Chicago, West Chicago, Joliet, West Chicago, West Chicago and West Chicago.

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We have several specials currently being offered for West Chicago Weddings. See our pricing page for our current specials as well as pricing for:

  • Traditional Wedding Albums
  • Matted Wedding Albums
  • Coffee Table Books
  • Flush Mount Albums
  • High Resolution Digital Negatives
  • Prints in Color, Black & White, and Sepia
  • Digital Photo Albums
  • Musical Photo Show DVDs
  • Photo Composites
  • Special Effects

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