is an unincorporated community
in the northeastern part of the U.S. state
and is a suburb of Chicago
. Medinah, largely located in DuPage County
, is situated between the villages of Roselle
, and Addison
. The community center is located just south of the Medinah Metra
Milwaukee District West train station at the corner of Medinah Road and Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19
). The boundaries of Medinah are more properly defined by the boundaries of its surrounding incorporated cities, but can be approximated by the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway
to the north, Plum Grove Road to the west, Lake Street (U.S. Route 20
) to the south and Rohlwing Road (Illinois Route 53
) to the east.
Medinah is home to the Medinah Country Club, which hosted the USGA US Open in 1990, 1975, 1949, 1946, and 1937. Medinah also hosted the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships. The club is scheduled to host the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Medinah Elementary School District 11 operates two schools in Medinah, the Medinah Primary School and Medinah Intermediate School. In addition, the community of Medinah has a park district that operates several parks within the community. In addition, Lake Park High School District 108 operates the eastern campus of Lake Park High School on Medinah Road south of the community center.
There are two Hindu temples in Medinah. The one on Medinah Road is a Krishna temple, and called Hari Om Mandir. The one on Irving Park Road is called the Midwest Swaminarayan Temple.
The community of Medinah is named after the Medinah Country Club. In the 1920s, a group of members of the city of Chicago's Medinah Temple
(affiliated with the Shriners
) moved into the area, then known as Meacham (for the Meacham, Lawrence and Rosenwinkel families). Together, they built a country retreat and 54-hole golf course, aiming to make it the best golf course in North America. The club had 1,500 members in the late 1920's; the Great Depression
and World War II
drove membership down until the postwar period, when membership recovered to the present-day 600.
Within the last 30 years, the growth of Chicagoland has brought more people to the surrounding areas. In spite of this growth, Medinah has remained adamant in retaining its identity, occasionally conflicting with state agencies (such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, or IDOT) and other municipalities with regards to utilities and services. A recent point of contention was the widening of Medinah Road to 5 lanes — after vocal protests, IDOT agreed to widen the road to 3 lanes.
Medinah has a station
's Milwaukee District/West Line
, which provides daily rail service between Elgin, Illinois
and Chicago, Illinois
(at Union Station