The history of the Village can be traced back for more than a century. What we call "Hinsdale" today was once known as Brush Hill and later called Fullersburg. Hardy pioneers seeking higher ground came west from the shores of Lake Michigan, following the old Black Hawk Indian Trail, which led them to what is now DuPage County and the western edge of Cook County.
With great foresight, William Robbins, "The Father of Hinsdale" bought 6400 acres of land in 1862, and a village was born. One of the first things Robbins did was to plan and build streets, but equally important, he planted thousands of young shade trees. The name "Hinsdale" was established on April 3, 1873, and Judge Joel Tiffany was its first president. Hinsdale's population at that time was about 500; today, it is home to approximately 17,000 residents.
Hinsdale has become one of the west suburban area's most prestigious communities. Located on the Cook/DuPage county line and on the Burlington Northern Railroad route which provides access to Chicago's Loop in 23 minutes, and has quickly gained the favor of commuters.
Hinsdale public schools are among the highest ranking in the area and include seven elementary, one middle school, Hinsdale Central High School and Hinsdale South High School. Excellent private day care centers, nursery schools and parochial schools are readily available to residents.
Hinsdale Hospital offers residents the largest comprehensive medical center in DuPage County. The village is also home to Suburban Hospital which is affiliated with Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center.
The downtown shopping area and outlying shopping malls offer a diverse and appealing assortment of boutiques and shops as well as a broad range of services including a community newspaper and many fine restaurants.
The Village of Hinsdale offers many parks with recreational activities including soccer, baseball, tennis, platform tennis, ice skating, youth programs and a new swimming pool complex including a water slide pool, baby pool and lap pool.
The Village of Hinsdale is governed by its Village President and a Board of Trustees. A Village Manager is employed to supervise the approximately 100 village employees in the performance of village services, meeting the needs of the residents.
This beautiful, stable upscale community has been named one of the nation's 10 Best Places To Live.