Wheaton (Illinois)

DuPage County


Wheaton is a city and county seat of DuPage County in the U.S. state of Illinois. In 2000, Wheaton had 55 416 inhabitants and an area of 29.2 km ². It lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 40 km west of downtown Chicago.


The town was founded in 1837. In 1848, a railroad depot was built in Wheaton. In 1857, the city lost the vote whether the Countyverwaltung should be located in Wheaton or Naperville. The new election in 1867 was won by the proportion of votes 1,686 to 1,635. In 1868, the courthouse was completed.

Naperville refused the publication of Countyarchivs. The archive was kept in Chicago, where it was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

In 1873, a book store was opened in Wheaton, which later became the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble emerged.

The population grew from the 1950s until the early 1990s quickly. In 1975, the Wheaton Center was built with 758 apartments; of six buildings each have two 20 floors.


The railway network of active to Chicago Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation includes two railway stations in the city of Wheaton. The city is also connected by the railway line Union Pacific / West Line to Chicago.


In Wheaton is the private evangelical Wheaton College, employing nearly 3,000 students. It was founded in 1860. Among the alumni of the college include Daniel Coats, William Lane Craig, Wes Craven, and Billy Graham.


In the city, built in 1925, Wheaton Grand Theater is active. It was renovated by the year 2002 and located since 2005 conservation area ( National Register of Historic Places ).

Personalities of the city

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Shane Acker, animation director, screenwriter, film producer, and animator
  • Jane Adams, Actress
  • John Belushi, actor, comedian and musician
  • Dennis Dugan, actor and director
  • Red Grange, football player ( grew up in Wheaton )
  • J. Laurie Snell, mathematician
  • Christopher Richard Stringini ( Richie ); Singer of the boy band US5