The Village staff and employees strive to provide the best service possible to our residents, while keeping your property taxes as low as possible.


Your local government – made up of dedicated elected officials and highly qualified staff – works hard to ensure that Addison continues to grow and thrive.  Village services are consistently praised, while being provided with a reasonable tax rate.

More than 36,000 people call the Village of Addison home.  Whether you are new to our community, or have lived here for years, here is some of the information you need to know.  

Addison has been extremely successful at attracting and retaining industry and business within the village due to the proactive and forward-thinking actions of its elected officials. To encourage business and industrial development and facilitate the expansion of existing sites, the village offers a wide variety of economic incentives that are molded to the needs of each individual business seeking a home in Addison.

Whether you are considering calling Addison home, or just visiting for day for pleasure or business, here are some links you might find useful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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History

History

History


Preservation of history is a priority of the Village of Addison. The Addison Historical Commission, appointed by the Village Board, maintains a history of the Village, provides for the safekeeping of historical items and solicits and accepts memorials.

In 1998, the Addison Historical District was formed for the purpose of protecting and preserving historical structures in the Village of Addison. Army Trail Blvd., from Kennedy Drive to Lake Street was designated, and includes St. Paul Lutheran Church built in 1906; and the Addison Century House, built in 1893 and restored to its original condition, and the Addison Historical Museum.

Both the Century House and Historical Museum are maintained by the Village of Addison and Historical Commission.

Historical Museum
Balzer2Also known as the Balzer House, this building was originally located on East Lake Street, and owned by the Balzer family, one of the first families of Addison. The home and its accompanying Coach House (which was the first Addison Township Office) was moved in March 1999 alongside the Century House to become a permanent home for the Addison Historical Museum. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays, noon - 4 p.m. Also open Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m., in June, July and August. Access to the museum archives is by advanced appointment. Call 628-1433 or email museum@addison-il.org for more information.

Century House
CentHomeBuilt in 1893 as a teachers' home for the Lutheran School, this building was purchased by the Village of Addison in 1993 to help preserve a piece of local history. It has been renovated, restored and furnished to recreate the look and feel of the late 1800s, all through donations from our Addison community. Call 630/628-1433 for information.


Addison – Village of Friendship
HistoryCoverIn 1984, in commemoration of the Village's 100th Anniversary of Incorporation, a book was published, called Addison – Village of Friendship. It was researched, compiled and written by members of the Addison Centennial Commission. Copies were sold within the community, and the Addison Public Library still has a copy in circulation.
To read Addison – Village of Friendship, click here. (Please note: this is an extremely large file and may take some time to download.)

Profiles: Then and Now – by Elmer Krage
An introduction to the history of Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst area residents of many years ago, written by Elmer C. Krage. To read his memoirs, please click here. (Please note: this is an extremely large file and may take some time to download.)

For more information about Addison's history, enter the Historical Museum site.