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Carol Stream
Village of Carol Stream
Carol Stream, IL, USA - panoramio.jpg
"A great place to live and work"
Location of Carol Stream in DuPage County, Illinois
Location of Carol Stream in DuPage County, Illinois
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County DuPage
Townships Bloomingdale, Milton, Wayne
Incorporated 1959
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 9.44 sq mi (24.44 km2)
 • Land 9.12 sq mi (23.62 km2)
 • Water 0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)  3.50%
 • Total 39,854
 • Density 4,369.96/sq mi (1,687.23/km2)
  Up 27.50% from 1990
Standard of living
 • Per capita income $25,152 (median: $64,893)
 • Home value $177,485 (median: $170,400 (2000))
ZIP code(s)
60116, 60122, 60128, 60132, 60188, 60197, 60199
Area code(s) 630
Geocode 17-11332
FIPS code 17-11332

Carol Stream is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States, and a suburb of Chicago. Incorporated on January 5, 1959, and named after its founder's daughter, Carol Stream had a population of 39,711 as of the 2010 United States Census.


In 1853, St. John Wahlund Catholic Church was built in Gretna. The church was closed in 1867. When St. Michael Church was opened in Wheaton in 1872, the St. Stephen parishioners were transferred to that parish. The church building was dismantled sometime in the late 19th century. St. Stephen Cemetery was located adjacent to the church building and was last used for burial in 1910. The St. Stephen Cemetery (located north of the Great Western Trail behind the Ozinga concrete plant on St. Charles Road) was rededicated 100 years later on September 12, 2010.


In 1952, a farm from the area was featured on NBC; it was the site for the first outdoor telecast by the network in 1954.

A common misconception is that the municipality of Carol Stream was named for a local minor waterway. In fact, Carol Stream is one of the few communities in America that took its name from the first and last names of a living person: Carol Stream, the daughter of its founder Jay Stream. Carol Stream herself moved to Arizona as an adult, living there until her death on January 18, 2020.

Jay W. Stream (April 17, 1921 – January 22, 2006), a military veteran who had previously sold insurance and ready-mix concrete, was in the mid-1950s heading Durable Construction Company. He became frustrated with red tape while negotiating a planned 350–400 home subdivision in nearby Naperville, Illinois. A Naperville clerk reportedly advised Stream to "build your own town", and in 1957, Stream began buying unincorporated farmland outside Wheaton. He hoped to allow people to work in the town they lived in, rather than have to commute to Chicago.

On August 26, 1957, Carol and three friends were returning from Racine, Wisconsin, in a 1949 Studebaker. While attempting to cross U.S. Route 45 in central Kenosha County, the car was struck in the right rear corner, killing 15-year-old Richard Christie of Chicago, the passenger seated there. Carol was ejected through the windshield and into a utility pole. Neurosurgeons at Kenosha Memorial Hospital said the comatose girl might never awaken or, if she did, would likely be severely handicapped. On advice of the doctors that her recovery might improve with good news, Jay decided to name the new community in her honor. After four months in a coma, Carol regained consciousness. Learning that the new village bore her full name, Carol said she thought it "odd and silly" at first (as she told Chicago Tribune reporter Eric Zorn in 1991).

Carol Stream was to be named Jacqueline Stream, but her parents changed her name to Carol when her due date fell near Christmas. She never lived in her namesake community, but moved from Wheaton, Illinois, to Arizona in 1957 following the end of her parents' marriage. She participated in municipal celebrations and rides in parades during anniversary celebrations of the municipality's 1959 incorporation, and she was frequently asked for autographs when she was in town. She died in Arizona on January 18, 2020.

21st century

One of the town's two middle schools, Jay Stream Middle School is named after the founder, Jay Stream, who died on January 22, 2006.

Municipal history

Ross Ferraro Town Center
  • 1959: The village of Carol Stream is founded by Jay Stream, who envisions strong corporate growth in the area. First village board meeting on February 12.
  • 1962: The Carol Stream Public Library opens at 397 Blackhawk Drive.
  • 1965: The first Citizen of the Year Awards were given to Carl Bornholt and Elsie Johnson.
  • 1966: The Carol Stream News (a paper) is founded.
  • 1972: The Carol Stream Fire Protection District is formed
  • 1975: Janice Gerzevske is first woman elected Village President.
  • 1976: As part of the United States Bicentennial celebrations, Carol Stream opens Gretna Station Museum with a July 4 dedication.
  • 1984: The Carol Stream Association of Business and Industry is formed.
  • 1987: Ross Ferraro is elected Mayor of Carol Stream.
  • 1991: Village is re-certified as an Illinois certified city. Mark Bodane Appointed Fire Chief of the Carol Stream Fire District.
  • 1992: The Carol Stream Post Office opens a regional processing center at Schmale and Fullerton. Most of the unincorporated areas around Carol Stream assume the ZIP Code of the new post office, causing some consternation among those who are used to having an address associated with Wheaton.
  • 1992: The Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce is incorporated.
  • 1998: The Town Center is dedicated, later to be known as the Ross Ferraro Town Center.
  • 2003: Richard Willing becomes new police chief.
  • 2006: Founder of Carol Stream, Jay Stream, dies January 22
  • 2007: Frank Saverino replaces Ross Ferraro as Mayor, ending Ferraro's 20-year tenure. Mark Bodane retires as Fire Chief of Carol Stream Fire District.
  • 2009: Carol Stream celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • 2011: Carol Stream ranked #49 on CNN Money Magazine's top places to live in the US and #1 in the state of Illinois.
  • 2020: Ms. Carol Stream dies January 18


According to the 2010 census, Carol Stream has a total area of 9.416 square miles (24.39 km2), of which 9.09 square miles (23.54 km2) (or 96.54%) is land and 0.326 square miles (0.84 km2) (or 3.46%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 836
1970 4,434 430.4%
1980 15,472 248.9%
1990 31,716 105.0%
2000 40,438 27.5%
2010 39,711 −1.8%
2020 39,854 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Demographics (2000)
White Black Hispanic Asian
78.51% 4.24% 10.03% 11.20%
Islander Native Other
0.01% 0.18% 3.79%

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 40,438 people, 13,872 households, and 10,140 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,545.8 people per square mile (1,754.3/km2). There were 14,200 housing units at an average density of 1,596.3 per square mile (616.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 78.51% White, 11.20% Asian, 4.24% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.79% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.03% of the population.

Of the 13,872 households, 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 36.6% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $64,893, and the median income for a family was $74,984 (these figures had risen to $68,893 and $80,786 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,398 versus $31,757 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,152. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Top employers

According to the Village's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Hearthside Food Solutions, LLC 650
2 FIC America Corp. 494
3 Grunt Style LLC 400
4 American Litho Inc. 350
5 FedEx 335
6 Diamond Marketing Solutions Group Inc. 335
7 Office Depot 280
8 Owens & Minor 275
9 AJ Antunes & Co. 275
10 Royal Power Solutions 224

The Christian publishers Tyndale House and Christianity Today International are based in Carol Stream.

The United States Postal Service's Sectional Hub for ZIP Codes 601 and 603 is located in this town.


Carol Stream is governed by a body known as the Legislative Board, which is composed of seven elected officials: a mayor and six trustees. The village clerk is also an elected position. The clerk's term of office is the same as the mayor's. A village administrator is appointed by the Legislative Board to manage the daily village operations.


Carol Stream IL Red Hawk Park
Operated by the Carol Stream Park District, Red Hawk Park is located at St. Charles and Kuhn Roads.
Carol Stream IL Steve Ravanesi Trail
The Steve Ravanesi Trail connects the Great Western Trail with Red Hawk Park, the Bark Park and Glenbard North High School.

Most students in Carol Stream attend school in the Consolidated School District 93, a K–8 district. The District 93 schools in Carol Stream are: Carol Stream School, Cloverdale School, Elsie Johnson School, Heritage Lakes, Western Trails, Roy DeShane, Stratford Middle School and Jay Stream Middle School. District 93 is only K-8; thus, students must attend a different district when they reach the high school level. They are served by Glenbard Township High School District 87 (the third-largest school district in Illinois), which includes Glenbard North, located in Carol Stream.

Part of the village is served by a unit school district, the Elgin Area School District U46. It serves an area of approximately 90 square miles (230 km2) in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties. Almost 40,000 children of school age are in its area. District U-46 is the second-largest in Illinois. Spring Trail Elementary in Carol Stream serves in-district students for grades K-6. These students then attend Eastview Middle School (Bartlett, Illinois) for grades 7–8. High school students who live within the U-46 boundaries attend Bartlett High School.

The western section of the village is served by Benjamin School District 25, a small, two-school district. Evergreen Elementary School is located in Carol Stream while Benjamin Middle School is nearby in unincorporated West Chicago. Founded in the 1840s, Benjamin 25 is one of the oldest school districts in DuPage County. High school students from Benjamin attend West Chicago Community High School, District 94.

D-41, another School District which mainly serves Glen Ellyn, serves far southeast parts of Carol Stream (East Of Schmale Rd). There are 5 K–8 Schools.Churchill (K–5, on Carol Stream-Glen Ellyn Border), Forest Glen (K–5 in Glen Ellyn), Lincoln (K–5, in Glen Ellyn), Franklin (K–5, in Glen Ellyn), Hadley(6–8, on Glen Ellyn-Wheaton). All Students that live in Carol Stream and go to D-41 attend Glenbard West High School. Glenbard West is part of Glenbard Township High School District 87 (It also Includes Glenbard North in Carol Stream, Glenbard East in Lombard, Glenbard South also in Glen Ellyn).



Carol Stream has six major roads running through the village. The most important of these is North Avenue, which runs relatively close to the center of Carol Stream and serves the majority of its industrial areas. North Avenue is an east–west road which extends a further 30 miles east into Chicago as well as further west across the state. Army Trail Road and Geneva Road are the other major east–west roads.

Gary Avenue is a major north–south road to the commercial center of Bloomingdale and the Stratford Square Mall. County Farm Road also serves as a major commercial route for residents. Schmale Road serves a small commercial area on the southeastern side of Carol Stream. Kuhn Road also runs north–south, but is not that major.

Lies Road is a minor east–west road that bisects the village starting from Fair Oaks Road on the west to Schmale Road on the east. The portion from County Farm Road thru Kuhn Road to near Gary Avenue is the route for the annual Fourth of July parade.

A feeder line from the nearby Illinois Central Railroad serves the main industrial complex for Carol Stream. The old Gretna Railway Station had been renamed Carol Stream in 1962, the station manager of four years at the time, Frank S. Shilling, said he never found out why the station was named Gretna. The original building was preserved and moved to the Carol Stream Park District, where it serves as a museum and a home for the Carol Stream Historical Society.

Park District

"The Carol Stream Park District was organized on March 21, 1964 by a new elected park board of five members, who were Fred Mitchell, Gerald Walter, Wilbur Kent, George Kostopoulos and Robert Simkus"

In 1990 the park district honored one of the original board members Robert Simkus, by naming a new building after him. In 2013 the park district was accepted to build a new facility. The new park district is called Fountain View Recreation Center.

Armstrong Park was named after Neil Armstrong. Also, in 1970 the Aldrin community center was named after Buzz Aldrin.

As of 2018, the board commissioners are Anthony del Preto (since 2017), Jacqueline Jeffery (since 2011), Tim Powers (since 2007), Dan Bird (since 2003), and Brenda Garmann (since 2001). The vice president for the park district is John Jaszka. Jazka has been in office since 2011. Lastly, the president is Brian Sokolowski. Brian Sokolowski has worked with the park district for 17 years

Buildings associated with the Park District
  • Fountain View Recreation Center
  • Simkus Recreation Center
  • Bark Park
  • Coral Cove Water Park
  • McCaslin Park
  • Elk Trail Recreation Center
  • Veterans Memorial Plaza
  • Coyote Crossing Mini Golf

Fountain View Recreation Center has numerous activities for everyone, offering open gym basketball, open swim, workout facility, and more. The Park District has youth basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and dodge ball. The Park District also offers an adult league for many sports, including basketball, bean bag, dodge ball, flag football, floor hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Carol Stream Park District is responsible for building and maintaining numerous public parks. There are 36 parks in all throughout the community. Within these parks, there are activities in which residents can take part. For example, at Armstrong Park there are hills for sledding during winter. Also, at Armstrong Park there are ponds where any licensed individual may catch and release fish. Also, Hampe Park offers a skate park for skaters, rollerbladers, scooterists, and bikers to use. McCaslin Park and Armstrong Park are filled with baseball fields for leagues and practice. They also have sand volleyball courts around the parks. Armstrong Park offers a roller hockey rink for pickup hockey games.

See also

Other American cities with a personal name and surname as the municipal name:

Notable people

  • Doris Karpiel, Illinois state legislator and businesswoman, lived in Carol Stream.
  • Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers running back
  • Eric Petersen, actor. He was raised in Carol Stream.
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