Shorewood began as a fishing resort. The area was first settled in 1830 and was at that time called Troy. A sawmill, gristmill, knitting mill and sheep farm were among the first businesses established in the community. When the village sought incorporation in 1957, they found that the name Troy belonged to a city in Madison County. Shorewood became the city's name.
Shorewood is located in Will County, which was a favorite hunting ground for Indians traveling the Sauk Trail and along the Des Plaines, DuPage, and Kankakee Rivers. Indian burial mounds found around the county are 3,000 to 4,000 years old. More recent historic sites in Will County include the Beecher Railroad Depot, Wayfarer Farm, Koppers Coke Oven Plant, the Division Street Bridge, the Round Barn Farm Museum, and the Old Brick Tavern. The Will County Historical Society assists in preserving these and other historic sites throughout the county. The Forest Preserve District of Will County manages natural areas, providing recreation while preserving the habitats of animals and plants. The Forest Preserve also offers educational programs at its Visitors Center and in various parts of the land it manages.
Shorewood is an easy drive from all that the world-famous Chicago has to offer. There are instructional attractions, including museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History and the DuSable Museum. The Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Sears Tower, Adler Planetarium, John Hancock Center Observatory and Buckingham Fountain provide educational opportunities and entertainment for all ages. Lincoln Park houses the Lincoln Park Zoo with over 1,000 animals from all over the world. Also at Lincoln Park is a four-acre conservatory with gardens and display houses.
The theater district of Chicago boasts the Chicago Theatre, Shubert Theatre, Illinois Theatre Center, Auditorium Theatre and The Second City. Special tours can include the theatre district, or shopping areas such as the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Architecture tours take in the variety of building types throughout the city. Charter boats and cruises explore the waterways and some offer riverboat gambling.
Chicago is home to a number of professional teams including the Bulls, the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Cubs and the White Sox. For those looking to participate in sports, check out the many golf courses, the lakes and rivers for boating and fishing, and the miles of skating and bicycling paths in and around the city.
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