The City of Wood Dale is a northwest suburban community of approximately 13,000 residents. Incorporated in 1928, it became a city in 1970. History recognizes the Lester family as the most significant contributors to the City of Wood Dale’s founding. John Lester arrived from New York in 1834 and along with his father and five of his brothers made a claim on Irving Park Road at Salt Creek, an area then known as Dunklees Grove.
Wood Dale is a community that offers a variety of new housing opportunities including affordable condominiums, luxury town homes and single family homes. Wood Dale is currently experiencing economic growth, both in its industrial district as well as its downtown area.
Wood Dale has a daytime population of over 35,000. The City is surrounded by three golf courses and many acres of forest preserves. The City’s proximity to Chicago, O’Hare Airport and several major interstate highways, as well as numerous shopping areas and restaurants make Wood Dale an ideal place for families and businesses alike. Wood Dale is also serviced by Metra Rail with direct connection to both Chicago and Elgin.
The City has a history of economic progress and is highly desirable because of its large acres of open space, outstanding Park District and School District facilities, award winning Police Department and customer focused city services. The City of Wood Dale offers all the benefits of a modern urbanized city, while also keeping some of it’s small town charm.
The City has operated under the council-manager form of government for the past 30+ years. Eight aldermen elected from four wards and a mayor elected at large see to the needs of Wood Dale residents while a professional city manager and staff see to day to day operations. The City is currently involved in numerous projects to improve the look, safety and quality of life in and around town.