Founded by German immigrants as a farming community after the Great Chicago Fire and incorporated in 1917, this fiscally conservative village with a wonderfully involved community offers a very truthful slogan, “Where Friendliness is a Way of Life”. The design of the original subdivisions aided the friendly atmosphere with neighborhood parks to meet neighbors to chat, watching children play on the equipment or even watching the local sporting events. There is a reason why Mount Prospect was the winner of Businessweek’s “the Best Places in America to Raise Kids”. The Mt Prospect train station is in the "heart of Mt Prospect", at Main & 13 Northwest Highway and connects with Pace buses 234 & 694. View the schedule.
Recently our very own, Lee DeWyze, won the American Idol in 2010 which Mt Prospect hosted a gala parade supported by the Village and Village businesses. On that Wednesday night, thousands of Lee DeWyze fans gathered on the Village Green in Mt Prospect to view his TV win on American Idol. Other activities in the Village Green area are the Craft & Art Show in June 19th, Blues Fest in the same evening, and of course the MidSummer Downtown Block Party sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce with the evening hours for singing, dancing and yacking with the neighbors. Look for me at the RE/MAX Booth!
Mt. Prospect, Illinois is a quiet Chicago suburb with a population of just over 56,000 since the last consensus. This closely knit town takes pride in our children and their activities. Over the past 8 years Prospect High School’s football team has won 3 championships, and the Marching Knights picked up their 26th straight grand champion title at the annual state marching band festival. Be assured, the community supports Prospect High School and now ranks 12th among all the state high schools.
Mount Prospect is an established community with an expanded Public Library which is at the Village Green at 10 South Emerson Street. This is another town center of activity with club meeting rooms, the ability to use the free Internet access and programs, books, videos, music and toys which can be borrowed on the first floor. The Library offers free programs for children, teen and adults, including Children Story Hours, computer classes for adults and crafts for teens. Some of the programs are offered in Spanish and Polish.
The big news in the 1990’s – 2000s was the downtown redevelopment program. Several new building were built that changed the look and make-up of the downtown area. There are several new condominium buildings as well as space for restaurants and shops.
The Mount Prospect Park District has many facilities around the town. The Lions Park Community building, as shown left, is a fun place for all. Open gym, classes from athletic to crafts, meetings rooms and more. Lions Park is the host of the Wave Pool, which is truly a blast for all ages. Tennis courts, basketball courts and fields for little league and soccer surround the park center. Backing to Lions Park Elementary School, within the Lions Park subdivision is an assortment of housing ranging from the Prospect Gardens Condo's to the townhomes facing the park, to the 1950's small ranches, bungalows as well as old farmhouses. You will even see some McMansions in the area where houses have been torn down to utilize the great location and lot sizes.
Today, Mt Prospect is a combination of many nationalities, award winning schools, local commerce, shopping and business centers. At this time Randhurst, located off of Rand and Elmhurst is being redeveloped with new stores and new design, but will still offer Bed, Bath & Beyond, Carson Pirie Scott, Home Depot, Costco, a new multi-screen AMC movie theater as well as Jewell Grocery Shopping.Randhurst Mall is an existing 100 acre shopping mall located in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Built in 1962, it was the first regional mall in the Chicagoland area. The mall will be redeveloped by demolishing the core two level structure leaving the surrounding anchor stores and converting the existing basement into convenient parking for non-retail uses. The current retail anchor tenants will remain operational during the entire redevelopment period.
The mall will be replaced with an open mixed-use center including office and a hotel located above the new retail buildings. A new "state of the art" AMC 18-screen cinema will replace the existing theater which, when completed, will anchor the lifestyle portion of the project. Obviously the designer's artist rendition, but the hopes of Mt Prospect is that this new shopping center will help it's tax base and will compete with the Deer Park Mall and Woodfield Mall shopping.