Villapark Illinois Events
CHICAGO - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a dozen tornadoes touched down in the Chicago area during a rare storm known as Derecho. A tornado with an estimated peak wind of 110 miles per hour and maximum gusts of 140 miles per hour has touched down near the city of Chicago, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). CHICACO, Dozens of tornadoes have hit Chicago and other parts of Illinois in a rare derecho, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday.
The NWS said the tornado touched down near the intersection of North Chicago Avenue and West Michigan Street, moved 4.9 miles, took off just off I-55 and moved east toward South Chicago Heights. The tornado moved east of Schubert's woods in Forest Preserve and continued to cause severe tree damage as the storm moved toward Crest Hill. It moved south and then north, further east as it moved from east to west, moving 4-9 miles and rising north of the city of Chicago and south of Interstate 55, according to the IDNR.
The NWS said the most severe damage occurred near the intersection of North Chicago Avenue and West Michigan Street in South Chicago Heights. Significant tree damage was reported on the west side of the road and in the area of South Illinois Street and North Michigan Avenue, broadcaster N WS reported.
By the 1920s, Villa Park had almost tripled its original population of 300 and held its first council meeting. Its proximity to Chicago, combined with its location in the heart of the city's industrial area, attracted residents and businesses. By 1930, more than 6,000 residents called it "home," according to the Illinois Department of Health.
To bring their surplus agricultural goods to market, settlers improved St. Charles Road with the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, which began operations in 1849. The railroad ran directly from the Chicago Loop to Wheaton, Illinois, where it then split into two lines, one southwest to Aurora and the other north to Villa Park. In 1851, the Interurban began serving cemeteries in eastern Cook County, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Ardmore Avenue station served as the headquarters of the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce, while Villa Avenue station is home to the Villa Park Historical Museum, according to the website. Villa Ave station houses the Villa Park Historical Museum and is home to the Village of Villa Park Historical Society and the Ard Mores station, which is now the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce.
The skate park was built and located on the west side of Villa Park at the intersection of Ardmore Avenue and Villa Avenue in the early 1990s, according to the site. The mansion park has one of the largest skate parks in Illinois and the second largest in Illinois.
To meet the criteria for derecho, a weather event must cover a distance of about 250 miles. The storm that moved across the Midwest on Monday, however, was moving more than 600 miles, ABC7 meteorologist Cheryl Scott said. A tornado hit the area of the park on Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
As the derecho moved east, 12 more tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois, including two in Lake County, Illinois and one in Oak Park. EF-1, with winds of up to 90 mph, touched down and moved 3.75 miles across the state line to Kenosha County in Wisconsin, the NWS said. One tornado hit Newton County, Indiana, near Kentland, and another hit southeast Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The second was an EF 1, which was just 1.5 miles from Lake Michigan, north of the lakeside, according to the National Weather Service.
The tornado damaged several homes, including substantial roof damage, uprooted trees and toppled trunks. The weather service said some of the worst damage occurred in Oak Park, north of Lake Geneva, near the intersection of Ahornstraße and Eichenallee. It took off from Coral and Dunham Roads and damaged a family home on Maple Street as it headed northeast.
After the merger of two sub-divisions called Ardmore, which were called Villa Park by the real estate company Ballard & Pottinger in 1910, and another sub-division called Villa Park in 1912, the Villa Park was founded in 1914, bringing together two sub-divisions with 300 people. Although the merged town was originally called "Ardmore," the municipality changed its name to VillaPark in 1916. The new community started life as a suburb of the Oak Park, which was dissatisfied with the Villa Park side of the city. Two small business units were developed around Villa Avenue station and the other around Ard Mores Ave., or Ardless Avenue station.
This led to a referendum, and the voters changed the name of the village to Villa Park in 1917 and then again in 1918.
Eventually, the right path was cleaned and turned into a hiking and biking trail known as the Illinois Prairie Path. The regional bike path connecting Chicago to the western suburbs is popular with cyclists and pedestrians during the warmer months, and is used for cross-country skiing in the winter months, but is also a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and snowmobiling.