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Olympia Fields

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Olympia Fields Village Hall in IllinoisKnown as one of Chicago’s prestigious south suburban communities, Olympia Fields is home to the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club. The village was established in 1915 when a group of investors that included entrepreneur Charles Beach sought a golf course community where elite families could reside. The name Olympia Fields Country Club was Alonzo Stagg, then coach at the University of Chicago. In 1927, the community finalized the process of incorporation as a village with Beach as its first president.

 

Back in the 1850s, when the area today known as Olympia Fields was all farmland managed by immigrants, the Illinois Central Railroad began providing transportation for the area fostering growth in both population and economy at the time.

Forty or so years later when in 1983, The Chicago World’s Fair (The 1893 Columbian Exposition) opened its doors, the southern Cook County area grew in popularity as a haven for busy Chicago residents. The village of Olympia Fields was established in 1915 when a group of investors that included entrepreneur Charles Beach sought a golf course community where elite families could reside. The name Olympia Fields Country Club was Alonzo Stagg, then coach at the University of Chicago. In 1927, the community finalized the process of incorporation as a village with Beach as its first president.

Olympia Fields Country ClubEarly on, the area took on a resort feel, with families living in canvas-covered cottages during the summer. Others built permanent homes on the western side of the railroad and the popular Olympia Fields clubhouse was built in 1924. Its is on the National Register of Historic Places. Considered one of the finest golf courses in the U.S., the Olympia Fields Golf Course was home to the 1928 and 2003 U.S. Open tournaments. The 1925 and 1961 PGA Championships and the 1997 Senior U.S. Open and the Western Open were also held there.

Charles Beach, the founder of the Olympia Fields country club, coordinated the initiative to incorporate the residential areas near the club as a municipality. In 1927, the village was formed with Beach as its first president.

Olympia Fields has been awarded the Tree City USA prize for its years of having demonstrated a real commitment to caring for and fostering the village's public trees.

There are two Metra Electric Main Line stations that serve Olympia Fields. They provide easy access to the Chicago downtown area and the University of Chicago.

As of 2010, the US Census reports the village’s geographic area was  2.94 square miles  in size and its population was 4,988. Notable residents have included R & B singer R. Kelly.

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