You can’t ignore history while you are shopping homes for sale in Lockport IL. It’s always fun to write about towns with a rich history like Lockport IL. Lockport Illinois was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in May of 1975. The town was founded in 1853 however, the famous Illinois Michigan Canal Commissioners named the would be town in 1837. In fact Lockport Illinois owes its rapid early growth to the development of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, which linked the Great Lakes to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Grain trade dominated the early economy and the 1858 arrival of the Chicago and Alton Railroad only enhanced the city’s ability to distribute grain.
After many ups and downs in 1911 Texaco choose Lockport to build one of it’s refineries because of the towns access to railroads and because of commuter access to Chicago and Joliet.
Even though most of the original companies have either left the area or have long gone out of business Lockport IL remains a vibrant community but it is now more focused on history rather than commodity transportation.
There maybe no other town in the south burbs with a more diverse home inventory. The downtown is set rather low and the residential streets gain in elevation as you head east so the streets have a ton of character. There are quite a few historic homes in the streets bordering the downtown area. Those areas were neglected as the town expanded east however in the last 15 years or so they have begun to gentrify.
There are plenty of affordable starter homes for sale in Lockport both old and new. You can find affordable older homes near downtown but there are newer subdivisions nearer to the eastern border that have very affordable new homes and townhomes.
Broken Arrow golf course is one of the most unique housing developments in the area. As described in the name its an 27 hole golf course with a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facility. The uniqueness begins when you begin to look at the housing developments adjacent to the golf course. There are subdivisions filled with very affordable homes and townhomes right next to subdivisions with semi custom 2000 – 3000 sq/ft single family homes right next full blown executive custom home sites. The town is filled with homes to fit any budget.
The bottom line is when you’re looking for Lockport homes for sale you will most certainly find what you’re looking for.
The cool thing about Lockport is that the town has a classic old downtown section that is home to antique shops and small family businesses and restaurants but as you move east along 159th St. or from 159th St. south on Farrell Rd. you’ll find all of the modern shopping you could want. With easy access to 355 you are minutes away from the Promenade in Bolingbrook.
If you’re looking for restaurants to go to, Lockport boast two of the finest in fine dining. Public Landing is located in a National Historic Building built in 1838, which houses a museum. It’s a 4+ star eclectic steak and seafood restaurant. The other restaurant Tallgrass located right on the downtown strip is one of the most highly rated restaurants in the south suburbs. It is consistently ranked in the top 20 restaurants in the entire Chicagoland area.
Of course the town is filled with affordable diners and familiar chain restaurants as well. If you’re looking for some nightlife the downtown area has plenty of cool pubs and old school bars. There is also off track betting and a pretty awesome country bar called the Iron Horse Lockport Bar and Grill east of downtown on 159th St.
Lockport is also home to four museums chronicling the area's history. It also features many parks and public recreation areas.
Lockport is served by two grade school districts #91 home of Kelvin Grove Middle School and Milne Grove Elementary. The other district #92 is much larger and is served by Oak Prairie, Ludwig, Reed and Walsh. All of Lockport feeds into Lockport High School.
Q: Are there houses for rent in Lockport Il?
A: That is an emphatic yes! Lockport has a huge inventory of homes for rent in all shapes and sizes and in all price ranges both new and old. Lockport has one of the most diverse inventories of homes in the area.
Q: How about condos for sale in Lockport?
A: Again the answer is yes.
Q: How is the inventory of townhomes in Lockport?
A: There are plenty of townhomes for sale in Lockport. Once again the variety is impressive.
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