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Cook County is the heart of the sprawling region that is Chicagoland. It’s also the second most populous county in the entire U.S., right after Los Angeles County. It centers on the world-class city and cultural destination that is Chicago. From there, the county’s borders stretch both north and south, running along the lakeshore as the region expands from the urban density of downtown to a patchwork of city neighborhoods to suburban towns and cities with their own character and charm. At both of its far ends, you’ll find spread-out subdivisions, wide-open spaces, and plenty of room to breathe in nature.

Considering a home for sale in Cook County? The region is home to an incredible variety of neighborhoods and landscapes. You’ll find classic brick bungalows steps from trains rumbling down the L, stately Victorians in neighborhoods shaded by ancient oaks, modern mansions dripping with luxury, original Frank Lloyd Wright homes dating back to when the architect lived and worked in suburban Cook County, and more. We’re going to dive into all Cook County has to offer to help inform your home hunt.

History of Cook County Illinois

History of Cook County Illinois

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Cook County was first created in 1831. It used to cover a larger area, spanning into what are now the McHenry, Will, and DuPage counties, but found its present size in 1839.

The Chicago region has a history as home and traveled region for a number of indigenous peoples, especially because of the bodies of water nearby. The Chicago government website has a list of tribes who had a presence in the area before European settlement, including Hoocąk, Kiikaapoi, Inoka, and many other nations; you’ll find the full list on the City of Chicago’s website.

Chicago’s history as a city pre-dates Cook County itself. Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, a trader who many believe was born in Haiti, is considered the the first non-indiginous settler in what is now Chicago. Along with his wife, a Potawatomi woman named Kitihawa Point Du Sable, he set up a farm and trading post along the Chicago River in the 1780s; this settlement eventually grew to become the city of Chicago.

Fort Dearborn was built in 1803 and was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn, or the Fort Dearborn Massacre, during the War of 1812. It was burned down following the battle. In 1816, a new fort was built in the same spot. Though the fort was later decommissioned, you can still visit the historical site; markers and a monument commemorate its location in downtown Chicago off the bustling Michigan Avenue, not far from a bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable.

In 1837, the settlement officially incorporated as the City of Chicago. It was a major transportation hub thanks to the Illinois & Michigan Canal (finished in 1848), and then due to railroads.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed much of the city, but also paved the way for it to grow; the debris was piled into the lake, creating new space to build on, and the city grew again. The Great Chicago Fire also accelerated the growth of Chicago’s suburbs as people whose homes had been destroyed moved to outlying areas due to the destruction. That includes Elgin, which is the second-largest city in Cook County.

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Cook County Namesake

Cook County Namesake

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Cook County is named for Daniel Pope Cook. Cook accomplished a great deal in his short life: though he died at just 33 years old, he was the first attorney general of Illinois and its second U.S. Representative. That’s in addition to careers in law and newspaper publishing.

Noted for his vehement opposition to slavery, Cook’s political career included helping defeat a proposed convention to make slavery legal within Illinois. His family continued his abolitionist values: his son would go on to become the mayor of Springfield, which is the Illinois state capitol, as well as to fight for the Union in the Civil War.

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Cook County is the heart of the sprawling region that is Chicagoland. It’s also the second most populous county in the entire U.S., right after Los Angeles County. It centers on the world-class city and cultural destination that is Chicago. From there, the county’s borders stretch both north and south, running along the lakeshore as the region expands from the urban density of downtown to a patchwork of city neighborhoods to suburban towns and cities with their own character and charm. At both of its far ends, you’ll find spread-out subdivisions, wide-open spaces, and plenty of room to breathe in nature.

Considering a home for sale in Cook County? The region is home to an incredible variety of neighborhoods and landscapes. You’ll find classic brick bungalows steps from trains rumbling down the L, stately Victorians in neighborhoods shaded by ancient oaks, modern mansions dripping with luxury, original Frank Lloyd Wright homes dating back to when the architect lived and worked in suburban Cook County, and more. We’re going to dive into all Cook County has to offer to help inform your home hunt.

Cook County, IL Demographics

Cook County, IL Demographics

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Cook County is a vibrant and diverse county with a long history of migration to the city from all over the world. The 2020 census puts the population of Cook County at 5,275,541 people. As with any major American city, you’ll find a huge range of income levels in and around the county. Homes for sale in Cook County Illinois reflect this varied market, with everything from starter homes to impressive estates.

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Why should you buy a home in Cook County, IL?

Why should you buy a home in Cook County, IL?

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Cook County is a global destination for culture, business, and more. Owners of homes in Cook County enjoy incredible access to world-class institutions of learning (including the University of Chicago and Northwestern University), as well as Michelin-starred restaurants, historic destinations, and other cultural touchpoints.

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Why Cook County?

Why Cook County?

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A home in Cook County Illinois is situated perfectly to enjoy a wealth of culture, history, urban excitement, and natural beauty. Within the county, there’s a huge amount of variation, giving homebuyers and those looking to rent a homes in Cook County ample choice in lifestyle.

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