About This Place
Elk Grove Village is a municipality located in northeastern Illinois adjacent to O'Hare International Airport and the City of Chicago. Elk Grove Village encompasses 10.9 square miles (28 km2) in land area with 10.5 square miles (27 km2) located in Cook County and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) located in DuPage County, Illinois. The population was 32,745 at the 2010 census. As the name suggests, Elk Grove Village is home to a small herd of elk kept in a grove at the eastern edge of the Busse Woods forest preserve. However, elk are not native to the area, and the name "Elk Grove" actually comes from a mispronunciation of the Native American name for the place. Furthermore, the original elk herd was brought from Montana by an early resident, Busse, in the 1920s.
Elk Grove Village is home to the largest consolidated business park in North America. Over 3,600 businesses are located in its 5.4-square-mile (14 km2) business park adjacent to O'Hare International Airport. The community is served by several Interstate highways including I-90, I-290/I-355/Route 53 combination, and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.
It also boasts Alexian Brothers Medical Center (ABMC) hospital, which is the largest employer in the community with over 2,200 workers. There are a number of well known corporations as well including Apple Vacations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), ADP, CitiGroup, Symons, and Pepsi Cola Distribution. The headquarters of United Airlines were in the unincorporated area of Elk Grove Township until it moved to downtown Chicago; the Elk Grove office is still in use as United's Operations Center.