Flossmoor will celebrate the centennial of its incorporation in 2024. Today residents choose Flossmoor for its beautiful homes and neighborhoods, for its award-winning schools and parks, for its easy access to Chicago, and for its diverse and inclusive community spirit. Back in the year of its founding — 1924 — many residents came to the area and stayed for its golf courses, affordable land and its Illinois Central (IC) Railroad access.
The IC (today’s Metra Electric line) was a dominant factor in the development of Flossmoor. In the late 1880s, decades after local Native Americans were forced to relocate west of the Mississippi River, the railroad acquired 160 acres of land north of Flossmoor Road (then called Illinois Street) and west of Western Avenue. Several years later the land was subdivided and on it were built the six earliest houses in Flossmoor, many by eager German immigrants. In 1899, the Flossmoor Country Club (then known as the Homewood Country Club) was founded, which led to excursion trips on the IC to Flossmoor that entitled passengers to a free lunch in the hopes they would choose to stay in the area.
Many did, and when the area was incorporated into the Village of Flossmoor on June 20, 1924, the recorded population was 265. By the end of World War II, the recorded population was 1,270. Today with an area of approximately three square miles, Flossmoor’s population stands at approximately 9,700 residents.
These residents live in neighborhoods filled with architectural diversity. Early homes built in Flossmoor featured Tudor, four-square and even Spanish-revival styles. In older sections of the Village, a trained eye can pick out homes by famous architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell & Elmslie and Keck & Keck. As the Village grew and styles changed, sprawling mid-century ranches and contemporary homes — including condos and townhomes — were built.
Residents themselves are a diverse, welcoming mix, dedicated to being connected to each other through events, schools and civic involvement. Flossmoor offers unique, invigorating volunteer efforts through its Public Art Commission, Green Commission and Community Relations Commission. In 2022, for example, more than 500 volunteers worked together to plant 300 trees in parkways and parks in a single day in its Plant the Gem event (named a finalist in the Governor's Hometown Awards Program), and the Village has hosted 1,000+ runners at the Hidden Gem Half Marathon — largely a volunteer effort — for four years and counting.
Flossmoor residents enjoy unique shopping, dining, golf courses, recreation, community events, beautiful parks — including a robust public art program — many highlights that are also enjoyed by visitors.