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Hazel Crest

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Hazel Crest Water TowerLocated in Cook County, IL, the village of Hazel Crest was settled in 1870 within the South Harvey farming community. Ohio transplant and newspaper editor William McClintock moved to the area in 1890 purchasing 80 acres of land from Fred Puhrman, a local farmer in the area.  McClintock created a local milk train depot and along with it new avenues of transportation for the Chicagoland area. Doubling as the community’s first real estate office, the depot also served as a school, post office and town hall of sorts. In 1990, the community received its name of Hazel Crest, reflecting the volume of hazelnut bushes that populated the rise of land south of the town.  The village was incorporated in 1912.

The 2010 Census reports Hazel Crest is comprised of 3.411 square miles, most of which I land. 0.021 square miles of the village is made up of water.

Hazel Crest is served by a variety of transportation outlets. To the east, considered central Hazel Crest, are parts of the Canadian National/Illinois Central intermodal facility. There is also the Metra Electric Line, which transports residents to the Chicago Loop vial Millennium Station and south to University Park.

The village is located where I-80 merges with the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and has an extensive array of state highways.

Advocate South Suburban HospitalThe village is the home of non-profit Advocate South Suburban Hospital. It is just one of many hospitals owned and operated by Advocate Health Care, which is the state’s largest hospital network. Advocate South Suburban offers 284 beds and is an acute care facility with almost 400 staff and physicians. Its renowned maternity center delivers more than 1,000 newborns. It’s a state-designed Level II+ prenatal hospital and provides 24-hour care for high-risk babies.

Hazel Crest is part of the Grande Prairie Public Library District, which also includes Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest houses the Grande Prairie Public Library at 3479 W. 183rd Street. In 2009, the library, which is a member of the Metropolitan Library System, celebrated its 35th anniversary.

As of 2010, the US Census reported that the village’s population consisted of 14,100 residents. One of the village’s most notable structures is the Martin J. Kauchak Municipal Center, which was named for the village president who served the community for 20 years.

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