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History of Village
Woodridge History
1959 - Present
Rich in natural beauty, Woodridge is situated on the high ground overlooking the DuPage River and populated by heavy stands of oaks and maples. The first residents of this area were the Potawatomi Indians; however, by the early 1800s, the Indians left the area with the large influx of settlers. These first settlers were farmers named Goodrich, Greene, Kohley, and Nadelhoffer, who purchased land at $1.25 an acre. The village derives its name from the heavy stand of timber, which overlooks the East Branch of the DuPage River.

Woodridge was incorporated as a Village on August 24, 1959, with a population of about 459 residents. Leon Werch, the first Mayor, lived to see his dreams for this village come true. Mr. Al Kaufman developed the first homes south of 75th Street and the village grew as annexations in both 1963 and 1970 drew the Winston Muss Corporation to develop four Winston Hills Units. The first elementary school still exists as the core of the Goodrich School. A dirt road connected Winston Hills to 75th Street until a major expansion occurred in 1972 when numerous farms along 71st Street were annexed and developed as Woodridge Center.

Village Hall

The Village leaders developed a master plan in 1985 to guide the development and to plan for future growth. A Town Centre was also envisioned in the Master Plan for the Village Hall, the Police and Public Services Facility, the Woodridge Public Library, and the Woodridge Post Office. The new Village Hall was dedicated in August of 1998.

Business Community
Woodridge is now home to several corporate headquarters, which began In 1977 when Wilton Industries became the first corporation to locate here. This trend continues with the more recent addition of the Cooper's Hawk Winery locating their headquarters on Murphy Road. Woodgrove Festival located at 75th Street and Lemont Road was the Village's first real shopping center. The annexation of a 725-acre tract of real estate generally located south of I-55, west of Lemont Road, east of Joliet Road, and north of Bluff Road now showcases Internationale Centre, a thriving regional business center.

Seven Bridges
The Seven Bridges development began in 1989 with the rebuilding of a historical old golf course and is now a premier development of upscale residential homes, townhomes and new commercial development. Seven Bridges Golf Club, Ice Arena, and Edwards Health and Fitness Center are located on the west side of Route 53.

Woodridge has three golf courses, the Village Greens of Woodridge, an 18-hole course, operated by the Woodridge Park District; Zigfield Troy Golf Course; a 9-hole par three course; and the championship course at Seven Bridges.

Present Day
Today, residents of Woodridge have access to highways I-355 at 63rd Street, 75th Street, and Boughton Road, and also I-55 off of I-355. The current population of the Village is 32,971residents. The village form of government consists of an elected Mayor, Village Clerk, and six Village Trustees.