What Are Some Facts About Des Plaines, Illinois?


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A fact about Des Plaines, Illinois, is that the Potawatomi, Ottawa and Chippewa tribes lived in this area before the arrival of settlers in 1833 after the Chicago Treaty. During the 1840s to 1850s, the majority of immigrants arriving in this area were of German descent. Des Plaines was first incorporated as a village in 1869.

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This city received its name from the Des Plaines River, which runs through this area of Illinois. However, its nickname is the "City of Destiny." In 1925, the village voted to change to a city form of government, and H.T. Bennet was named mayor. Des Plaines is situated in Cook County and is near the O'Hare International Airport. The total area of this city is 14.42 square miles.

Some interesting attractions in Des Plaines are Lake Opeka, Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center, Des Plaines Forest Preserve and Deval Crossing. Another popular attraction is McDonald's Museum, which is a replica of the first McDonald's store that Ray Kroc opened in 1955 in this very spot. This city is also the hometown of a few famous people, including Shawn Green and Robert Reed. Shawn Green is a baseball player, and Robert Reed was the actor who played the role of Mike Brady in the "The Brady Bunch."

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