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Fairdale, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County DeKalb
Township Franklin
Elevation 781 ft (238 m)
Coordinates 42°06′00″N 88°55′58″W / 42.10000°N 88.93278°W / 42.10000; -88.93278
Area .23 sq mi (0.6 km²)
Population 152 (2012)
Founded 1875 or 1876
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 60146
Area codes 815 and 779

Fairdale is an unincorporated community located in Franklin Township, in the northwestern corner of DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. It is located on the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad and on Illinois Route 72, approximately 4.8 miles (7.7 km) east of Exit 111 on Interstate 39.


The community known today as Fairdale was platted in 1875 or 1876 (sources differ) and was centered on the property of farmer Henry Koch. The community's original name was Fielding, apparently named for a man named Albert Fielding. Early buildings in Fielding included Lewis Keith's general merchandise store, L.W. King's drug store, and a Methodist church. A post office was first established in the community in 1875 under the name Wallace (which was the name of the son of Henry Koch).

Eventually, the growth of the neighboring community of Kirkland outpaced the growth of Fielding (Fairdale), possibly due to Kirkland's coaling and watering station.

The name of the community (Fielding) and the name of the post office (Wallace) were both changed to Fairdale in late 1895 or early 1896. (The post office eventually closed in 1953.)

2015 tornado

On April 9, 2015, the community was struck by an EF4 tornado, which caused two fatalities, numerous injuries, and significant damage to commercial and residential buildings. According to local authorities, 15 to 20 homes were destroyed, and almost all of the buildings in the town "sustained damage of some sort". Technical rescue teams from DeKalb and Rockford assisted in searching the collapsed buildings for survivors.

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