Lemont is a southwestern Chicago suburb with a rich past. Settled in 1836 by workers digging the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Lemont today is home to more than 16,000 residents. The hilly topography and skyline of steeples provide a breathtaking view as visitors cross the Lemont Road Bridge into town. Like no other Chicago area suburb, Lemont offers a charming place to visit within reach of the city.
1. Where is Lemont?
The Village of Lemont is located 25 miles southwest of Chicago near the intersection of interstates 55 (Stevenson Expressway) and 355 (North-South Tollway). From I355, exit 127th Street and drive east; or exit Lemont Road from I55 and travel south to Lemont.
2. Who lives in Lemont?
About three quarters of the homes in Lemont are occupied by families, approximately one third of those having children under 18 years old. The largest age group, according to 2010 Census data, is 45 to 59 years old.
The construction of the I&M Canal in the mid-nineteenth century brought many European immigrants to the area. Today’s community reflects that European decent with large populations of both Polish and Lithuanian heritages.
3. What kind of housing does Lemont offer?
More than half of Lemont homes were built after 1980. Newer homes have been built further out from the downtown area. Many charming homes dating from the 1870s through the first half of the twentieth century can be found surrounding the downtown. Lemont established the historic district in 2002 to protect those areas as well as the commercial buildings located downtown, many of which were constructed from Lemont limestone.
4. What types of events are held in Lemont?
The community loves a homegrown festival, and Lemont hosts several. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade brings a soda bread competition, Irish dancing, and the crowning of the Irish Queen. The celebration continues in the summer with Heritage Fest, which fills the downtown streets with food, music and games.
Cruise Nights bring crowds to Lemont every Wednesday throughout the summer with some of the best vintage cars from the area on display. Everyone looks forward to the Farmer’s Market that pops up in Talcott Square every Tuesday June through October. There is no better place to pick up some homegrown goodness and catch up with neighbors.
Keepataw Days, a Labor Day weekend festival and carnival, ushers in the fall. Lemont gets into the holiday spirit with two more celebrations—Halloween Hoedown and Hometown Holidays. Bring the family for a hayride or visit with Santa. You will want to keep coming back, and we look forward to seeing you. TOP
5. Where can I learn more about the history of Lemont?
The Lemont Historical Society Museum, housed in the Old Stone Church, heralds the town’s history through photos, documents and artifacts. Volunteers who maintain the museum also provide guided tours of the museum, downtown and the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area. Near Halloween the group even performs a haunted tour of historic Lemont. TOP