Community Information and Resources for Oswego, Illinois
Located 45 miles southwest of Chicago, Oswego, Illinois is situated at the southern end of the Fox River Valley in Kendall County, Illinois. Oswego offered an easy crossing over the Fox River near a ford near the mouth of Waubonsee Creek and the first permanent European settlers arrived in the Oswego area in 1833. The Village was incorporated in 1852. Oswego is a Mohawk Indian word meaning “mouth of the stream.”
The community is striving to keep its small town character and it remains a great place to raise a family. Many new residents cite the Oswego School District 308 as a quality school district and is one of the reasons they moved to Oswego. Oswego School District 308 has an excellent reputation in the Chicagoland area and has maintained its high standards, even as enrollment has increased. For example, the school district has an excellent math program, as shown by consistently high scores on the Illinois Goal Assessment Test.
Oswego is served by Rush-Copley Medical Center, a 183-bed hospital offering inpatient and outpatient care and progressive technology. Rush-Copley is a member of the Rush-System for Health. In addition, Edward Hospital recently opened a brand new Immediate Care center just south of Oswego in Plainfield, IL.
The Oswegoland Park District offers residents an abundance of recreational programs. A new aquatic center, bike trails, and hundreds of acres of parks provide Oswego area residents with clean and safe recreation. Festivals, such as the annual PrairieFest, provide seasonal entertainment for the whole family.
Oswego is home to the Fox Bend Golf Course, rated as one of the top twenty public courses in the Chicagoland area. The Illinois Open was held at Fox Bend in 1997 and in 1999. For the ninth year in a row, the pro shop at Fox Bend has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 golf shops in America.
Located next to the Fox River, historic downtown Oswego includes shops, restaurants, parks and the Oswego Public Library, which is a community center for learning, culture and recreation. Each year, the Oswego Chamber of Commerce sponsors Christmas Walk, which draws thousands of people from the Fox Valley to downtown.
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