The roots of Flossmoor, Illinois run deep through American history. In 1891, the Illinois Central Railroad purchased 160 acres of land west of the rail line and north of Flossmoor Road. In the late 1890's the ICG decided to sell the property for development and sponsored a contest to select a name for the Village. "Floss Moor", a Scotch name meaning "dew on the heather" and gentle rolling countryside" was selected and approved by the U.S. Post Office. Prompted by members of the newly-formed Flossmoor Country Club, the ICG built a Flossmoor train station shortly thereafter.
Flossmoor was first recognized as an affluent community in the 1920s, when it became known as a cultural and recreational mecca of elite country clubs and stately golf courses. Vacationers built opulent summer estates around the area's country clubs, and wealthy businessmen from Chicago lived in Flossmoor during the golf season. Eventually, as the area was refined into the progressive community it is today, vacationers decided to make Flossmoor their permanent residence.
In 1924, when the Village was incorporated, approximately 270 people called Flossmoor home. The post-World War II housing boom initiated a migration of Chicago residents to the Village, doubling the area's population and acting as a catalyst for Flossmoor's continued growth. Today, Flossmoor boasts a population of approximately 9,300 people and continues to grow
Flossmoor is located about 29 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop. Interstate 94 and 57 are nearby. Surrounding villages include: Matteson, Olympia Fields, Homewood. Hazel Crest, and Chicago Heights.
Based on 2000 Census
Population: 9,464 (2010 Census)
Median Household Income: $134,770
Median Age: 42.2
Area: 3.8 square miles
Incorporation date: 1924
Flossmoor was claimed as an affluent neighborhood in the 1920s, and was known for its recreational center, regal golf courses, and elite country clubs. In 1924 there were 270 people living in Flossmoor, including many of Chicago's weathly businessmen. After the post World War II housing boom, tons of Chicago residents navigated to the village, doubling the area's population. Today Flossmoor's population is about 9,300 and it is still growing.
Flossmoor’s neighborhoods represent some of the finest housing options in Chicago, ranging from vintage Tudors and Georgians, Colonials, ranches and modern town homes. These all give evidence to Flossmoor’s tradition of home building. Flossmoor’s neighborhoods include about 3,399 housing units and 1,893 of Flossmoor’s homes are mortgaged. The median home value of Flossmoor is $314,991, with the median home age of 39 years.
Flossmoor is located about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. Interstate 90/94 (the Dan Ryan Expressway) and Interstate 57 are the two fastest routes to get to Chicago. U.S. Route 30, Interstate 294 and Interstate 80 are also easily accessible for transportation.
The Metra rail is also accessible for public transportation by walking or biking from all of Flossmoor’s neighborhoods. The station also provides a large parking lot for drivers.
O’Hare International Airport is about 45 minutes from Flossmoor and Midway International Airport is about 35 minutes travel time.
Flossmoor’s schools have built a reputation for commitment to quality of work in their school system. Encouragement, involvement, challenges, caring teachers, active school boards, and rewarding academic achievement are all characteristics of Flossmoor’s school system. School District #161 serves the Flossmoor area.
Flossmoor Commons, located on Vollmer Road between Kedzie Avenue and Governors Highway, offers a range of high scaled shopping stores, office buildings and dining choices that will leave you satisfied. Flossmoor Commons include some of the greatest boutiques, gift shops, antique shops and much more.
Downtown Flossmoor, located on Flossmoor Road at Sterling Avenue. The downtown area of Flossmoor includes many small business ranging from a dry cleaners to a dental office as well as restaurants and the Flossmoor Library. Shop the charming women's boutique, have a massage and then a tasty lunch at one of the eateries.
Governors Highway Corridor, north of Vollmer to the intersection of Kedzie and Governors are several business centers, an insurance agency, veterinary clinic, Sunrise Assisted Living and a gardening/landscaping center.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, 1035 Sterling Avenue, (708) 957-8646, located in Flossmoor’s historic 1906 train station, is a local favorite for American cuisine and fresh seafood that has a great New Orleans feel. The Flossmoor favorite also brews over 10-award winning beers on site! At the Great American beer Festival is was named “Best Small Brewpub Brewer” and voted “The Best Brewery” in the Chicago Magazine, August of 2002. Great service, hand-crafted beers with a menu that is varied, different, and delicious….you will not be disappointed.
Flavor Restaurant, 3315 Vollmer Rd, (708) 798-3220, claimed to serve the best breakfast in Chicago, is a cozy atmosphere with great food, service, and live music. Breakfast includes homemade grits, salmon croquettes, and even sweet potato pancakes, but that is not all. When ordering lunch or dinner, order their made from scratch appetizers or save room for their mouth-watering desserts. Live award winning jazz music is available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Fresh Starts Restaurant, 1040 Sterling Avenue, (708) 957-7900. Fresh Starts has a quaint, European Cafe atmosphere. Over the years they have matured and expanded slowly, always with the ultimate pleasure of the customer as their primary goal. The small, intimate restaurant seats up to 60 people for gourmet lunch, or an exquisite dinner. They also offering a full-service, off-premise catering service featuring enticing, unusual foods and skilled, professional staff.
The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, (708)957-0300, was formed as a result of Homewood and Flossmoor Park merging in 1969. When the parks merged, they had 12 parks and 43.5 acres which now is 32 parks with 36 acres. Some of the unique parks include: Patriots Park, Rover’s Run Dog Park, and Millennium Park Splash Pad. Some of the outdoor facilities include: Lions Club Pool, Dolphin Lake Pool, Coyote Run Golf Course & Driving Range, H-F Sports Complex, and the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club.