Carol Stream Is A Unique Village With A Unique Namesake
Enjoy A Relaxed Way Of Life In This Welcoming Community
Carol Stream is an enchanting Illinois village with a population of just 39,711. It is close enough to Chicago that residents and visitors can enjoy all the big city offers. However, there is no need to go too far afield with so much to enjoy in Carol Stream.
The Carol Stream area has been farmed since around 1840, when a veteran of the War of 1812, Anning S. Ransom, began tilling the land. Vermonter Daniel Kelley came to the area in 1844 and bought 1,400 acres of land, where he and his wife settled to farm Merino sheep. The site was at this time known as Gretna.
The community of Carol Stream was founded in the 1950s. In 2011, Money Magazine named Carol Stream number 49 on its list of 100 best places to live in the United States. It is easy to see why, as the town boasts:
- An award-winning park district.
- Plenty of lovely modern homes.
- A clean and welcoming specially designed downtown area.
Carol Stream Has A Unique Claim To Fame.
Carol Stream is one of just a handful of communities in North America that takes both the first and last name of a living person. Modern-day Carol Stream got started when military veteran Jay W. Stream got tired of red tape. He was stuck in negotiations for a 350 – 400 home development in Naperville, Illinois, and the discussion was going nowhere. A clerk in Naperville told Stream he would be quicker to "build your own town," and so he decided to do precisely that. Stream purchased unincorporated farmland near Wheaton, IL as a potential space for his new town.
In 1957, while her father was in the business of buying land, his daughter Carol was in a frightening accident. Another vehicle hit their car while crossing Route 45 in Kenosha County, killing a young passenger. Carol was flung through the windshield and struck a utility pole, and although she survived, neurosurgeons told her father she might never wake up. They also told her father that good news could help her recovery, and so he decided to name his new town in her honor.
Carol woke up after four months and, thankfully, made a full recovery. She thought having a town named after her was "odd and silly," but she soon grew to love it. Although she never lived in her namesake town, she took part in community celebrations, rode in parades, and was often asked for her autograph when she visited. Carol Stream residents kept her up to date by sending her regular newspaper clippings and messages. Carol was quoted as saying, "I can only say that this town is so lovely because of a lot of hard-working people who have a good sense of pride and respect for their community."
Enjoy The Great Outdoors In Carol Stream
You do not have to go far to enjoy some nature time in Carol Stream. Despite being a small village, Carol Stream is home to a vast network of parks and recreation centers. You can explore 23 miles of trails and paths that connect parks, transportation hubs, and points of interest. Many of the parks also connect to regional trail systems and forest preserves. The trail network makes it easy to access the best of Carol Stream's 40-wide array of parks and playgrounds.
With so many parks to choose from, it is hard to know where to start. Some popular outdoor areas include:
- McCaslin Park, a multi-use recreational facility with something for everyone. The Park hosts sporting events throughout the season, but there is plenty to do when there are no events scheduled. Kids (and adults!) will love Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. There is a water splash pad, basketball hoops, a volleyball court, and a playground. There is also a picnic shelter with a permanent grill so you can pack some food and spend a few hours.
- Friendship Park is a small park tucked away in a residential area of Carol Stream. It has plenty of swings suitable for all ages from tots up to teens, and a small picnic shelter. It is an unassuming park but ideal for a quiet afternoon and a picnic with the family.
- Community Park is located in the Southeast of Carol Stream and offers plenty of amenities for a fun day out. You will find an easy walking path, a fishing pier (license required), peaceful natural areas, several sports areas, and a picnic shelter with a drinking fountain.
- Carolshire Park is the newest Park in Carol Stream and was opened in 2019. At the time, local children were playing in an empty parking lot. The new facility boasts ADA-compliant equipment designed to spark children's imaginations and enhance their cognition through play. One top-rated installation is The Twist, an arched ladder apparatus that changes angle with every curve.
Illinois Has Suffered Its Share Of Flood Damage
Unfortunately, communities in Illinois have suffered a hefty amount of flood damage. For example:
- The 1992 Chicago River flood caused $2 billion of damage.
- The 1993 Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flood caused $15 billion of damage.
- The 2008 Mississippi River flood caused $3.2 million of damage.
When floods hit, SERVPRO is here to help. Our expert team will arrive on site within four hours of your first call and carry out a thorough assessment of the situation. We start by securing your home and dealing with any immediate dangers such as slip and fall or electrical risks.
Once we have established a safe working space, we put our drying plan into action. We thoroughly extract water from your home and remove any unsalvageable belongings or building materials. Then we clean, restore, and dry your home and belongings.
We can also remove your belongings to our secure warehouse if necessary and bring them back when drying and restoration are complete. We can take textiles and clothes to our facility and use the ESPORTA wash system to clean them.
When we are finished drying your home, we will deodorize it to leave it smelling fresh so we can state, “Like it never even happened.”
For flood damage repair you can trust, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.