Homewood resides right on the edge of a prehistoric lake, Lake Chicago, which was formed by glaciers on retreat and is older than Lake Michigan. Limestone, good for crops and grazing, abounds in the soil.
Come home to Homewood, IL if you're looking for rental housing, rental homes, or a condo for rent. Metra Commuter Rail system are available in this city of just over 19,000 residents as well. Trains brought the first real influx of residents to town. In 1853, the Illinois Central Railroad drew golfers from Chicago, just 24 miles away. Country clubs drew folks to such locations as Homewood Country Club, Idlewild and Dixmoor. Families drawn by the convenience to the city and the more serene setting built residences for year-round living, as well as summer homes. The 1929 stock market crash shook things up, but over the years, Homewood has continued to grow as a place people call home. Amtrak still serves the community, drawing commuters to the big city and travelers to destinations far and wide.
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Moving to Town
Homewood, much like the name suggests, is a popular spot to settle in, so be sure to allow yourself at least 30 days to look for housing and check online and local newspaper listings for what's available. Of course, one of the best ways to find properties you'd like to rent is to drive and walk the streets of the community.
In Homewood, different neighborhoods offer a range of living styles and nearby amenities.
Village Center: Here, you'll find pretty paths by Butterfield Creek and a mix of apartments and houses for rent with plenty of green space.
Halstead Street: This location contains medium-size, small, and large single-family homes and small apartment complexes for rent, with plenty of green space. Many homes are older and well established, built between 1940 and 1969.
City Center: Historic properties abound in this community, with plenty of cafes and shops as well.
Living in Homewood
Arts and Starts
New businesses have continued to find roots in Homewood over the years. Westgate Shopping Center, Halsted Street chain stores, Northgate Shopping Center and more make Homewood a big draw for shoppers of all kinds. Whether you're after boutique stores or known chains, they're here in town.
Prefer art to commerce? The Homewood Fine Art Fair was first held in 1981, and continues to thrive. The fair is held every June in the leafy green environment of Marie Irwin Park. While the original intent was fine art alone, the addition of arts and crafts to the tonier portraits and landscapes has proven popular. Some of the original juried artists still exhibit here.
Every February, Homewood holds a chocolate festival, with sweet treats, baked goods, desserts of all kinds and children's games.
But it's not just candy that makes this a sweet town; plenty of community spirit takes place here, from a farmers' market with locally sourced produce and flowers to events like Dog Days of Summer, a block party with live entertainment and carnival games held every August. Named for canine companions, there's an annual "Pooch Parade" too, which allows owners to enter their pups in categories like most unique, most humorous and best in parade.
Still not barking up the right tree for you? There's a vintage car parade annually as well, exploring the Dixie Highway with entertainment and food at towns along the way. It all begins in Homewood. The Model A or T not your cup of "T?" Then there's the annual Fall Fest with horse-drawn rides in wagons through the historic downtown, a pumpkin patch and arts and crafts.
If all of these events don't make you want to call Homewood your home turf, then just check out the tree-lined streets, parks and pleasant neighborhoods.