“A Sense of Place” is a blog written by the West Chicago City Museum staff and/or members of the Friends of the Museum, to spotlight West Chicago’s local history. Through brief capsules of local history the blog aims to prove that history is not dry and dusty, but alive and entertaining. Scroll to bottom of page to see the latest installments.
132 Main Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 231-3376
Hours of Operation
December – February:
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
March – November:
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.,
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
William Ripley built a feed and flour mill on what is now Main Street around 1875. The mill was powered by a windmill. Constructed next to the two story mill in 1878 was the Ripley House Hotel, run by William Ripley and his wife Jane. The three story building still stands at 200-202 Main Street. […]Read More
Welcome to A Sense of Place, the West Chicago City Museum’s new blog! Through brief capsules of local history we’re here to prove that history is not dry and dusty, but alive and entertaining. And starting in April, this blog will contain additional essays to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Let’s start […]Read More