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 Potawatomi Indians originally inhabited what is today Countryside. Comprised of fertile farmland, the area remained largely unsettled until the first residential subdivision was built in the late 1940s. The City was not officially incorporated until 1960. As of 2016, the total population was 5947.

The famous Marx Brothers have ties to Countryside, having owned a chicken farm in the area near Joliet Road (Route 66) and Lagrange Road. The farm was never an economic success. Groucho Marx claimed it was because the brothers spent too much time watching the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.



Flagg Creek Golf Course

Jointly owned by Pleasant Dale Park District & the City of Countryside Flagg Creek Golf Course is a nine-hole, par 33 course featuring bentgrass greens, watered fairways and three sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels. Renovated in 1993 (from the former site called Maple Crest Golf Course), the course was completely re-designed by Greg Martin, preserving the beautiful mature trees of the previous course

6939 Wolf Rd.

(708) 246-3336

Flagg Creek Golf Course Official Website

Milano Day Spa & Wellness Center

An oasis for the soul. Come and relax while we pamper you with your every need. Nails, massage, facials - we pamper you your way. We also offer hair removal, acupuncture, body treatments, eye lashes, and spray tanning. Come see why we were voted in the Top 10 spas in Illinois.

6676 Joliet Road

(708) 246-9200

Milano Day Spa & Wellness Center Official Website

This Was Countryside

Countryside, Illinois Route 66 Wayside Exhibit

Farms and Quarries
Early travelers on Route 66 raced through open lands once they left Chicago. This was truly “countryside,” a rich region of farms and quarries on the outskirts of the city. Few farms remained by the time the City of Countryside was incorporated in 1960. Fields gave way to businesses and homes fueled by the growing suburbs.
The Marx Brothers’ Chicken Farm
The Marx Brothers were a famous family comedy act from the early to mid 1900s. In 1917, they began chicken farming near Countryside to avoid being drafted into World War I.
Groucho remembers…
“When we first got the farm we got up every morning at 4 o’clock. After awhile we got up at 5, then 6, then 7, then 8 and then Chico discovered that LaGrange was near the Chicago Cubs ballpark. We didn’t farm anymore, but we made sure to catch the train to the ballpark…”
Quarries and Route 66
The Route 66 roadbed from Chicago to Joliet was made of crushed limestone from quarries about a mile east of Countryside. They have produced rock and aggregate since 1881.

6200-6220 Joliet Rd - directly on Route 66

(217) 525-9308
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Interpretive Exhibits Official Website


City of Countryside

5550 East Avenue


City of Countryside Official Website


Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center

Located just minutes from downtown Chicago and both Midway and O’Hare airports, the Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center is the premier destination for business and leisure travel. They feature 176 comfortable hotel rooms appointed with modern amenities, over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, onsite dining at legendary William Tell and easy access to area businesses and sightseeing.

6201 Joliet Road

(708) 354-4200

Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center Official Website

Best Western Plus Chicagoland-Countryside

Stay at this recently renovated hotel, close to the Brookfield Zoo and many other Chicago attractions, located on Old Route 66! The Best Western Plus Chicagoland-Countryside is a charming Countryside hotel offering the best in amenities, customer service and accommodations at an affordable rate. The hotel is located a few miles outside of downtown Chicago.

6251 Joliet Road

(708) 354-5200

Best Western Plus Chicagoland-Countryside Official Website

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Alignment 1930||1940
Northern Region

Countryside, IL

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