City Of Wheaton

303 West Wesley Street
630-260-2000

A glimpse into the unique history of the Wheaton community should begin with the introduction of its visionary founders, Erastus Gary and Jesse and Warren Wheaton. The three traveled west from the New England area and laid claim to hundreds of acres of land in northeastern Illinois in 1837 and 1838. There, they began to lay important cornerstones for what would later become the City of Wheaton. In an early strategic move, they offered the budding railroad several miles of free right-of-way through the growing area. Story has it that the rail workers posted a sign, "Wheaton Depot", giving the community its name. The founders gave away land surrounding the station at no cost to those who were willing to build immediately.

The region began to prosper and Wheaton incorporated as a village in 1859, with Warren Wheaton serving as its first president. He donated a parcel of land to the Illinois Institute, which was renamed Wheaton College in his honor. The historic campus of this nationally accredited college remains an important community fixture nearly 150 years later.

A successful campaign was led by the Wheaton brothers to move the DuPage County government seat from Naperville to Wheaton in 1867. Leading citizens campaigned extensively and free land for the courthouse was offered to sweeten the deal. A referendum vote approved the move by a narrow margin of 1,686 to 1,635. In present-day Wheaton, the government complex on the west side of town acts as the thriving central hub for DuPage County.


Recent News

Wheaton Man Arrested for Reckless Conduct

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Wheaton Police Department arrested Patrick J. O’Shea for reckless conduct stemming from an incident that occurred on Sept. 15, 2017. A complaint and warrant was obtained for Patrick J. O’Shea alleging he acted in a r…

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Charges of Reckless Homicide in Fatal Crash

The Wheaton Police Department has charged Brian Thunderkick with one count of Reckless Homicide for allegedly causing a crash that killed 23- year-old Erika Villagomez of

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Sewer Testing Taking Place in Backyards

The City has contracted with Midwest Water Group LLC to begin evaluating sanitary sewers that are in backyard easements starting Thursday, Sept. 28,

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Free Auto Inspections for Seniors Oct. 7

The annual Auto Inspection Program for seniors sponsored by Milton Township SALT Council will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Wheaton Fire Station One, 1 Fapp

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Arrests for Armed Robbery and Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking

On Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., two Wheaton residents were robbed at gunpoint in the driveway of their home on Gallant Court. The suspects fled the scene with the victims’

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Green Fair at DuPage County Fairgrounds Sept. 30

DuPage County residents are invited to attend the annual SCARCE Green Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds on Manchester

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Front Street Underground Utility Construction Work Begins

Construction crews will kick off work on the first phase of improvements in the City’s Downtown Streetscape Plan starting Friday, Sept. 22. The first work occurring in the downtown will involve underground utility upgrades along Front Street fr…

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Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Restraint and Mob Action

On March 19, 2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Wheaton Police Officers responded to Central DuPage Hospital regarding an incident that involved members of the Wheaton College Football

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Road Closures: NAMI of DuPage Run for the Mind 5K Run/Walk

NAMI of DuPage Run for the Mind SK Run / Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The following streets will be temporarily closed during this

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Road Closures: Light the Torch Run 5K on Sept. 29

The Light the Torch Run 5K will take place from approximately 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. During this event, the Wheaton Police Department will temporarily close some streets. See a map of which streets will be

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Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 20, 2017 the Wheaton Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1307 E. Illinois. Upon arrival, fire crews identified a fire in a clothes dryer that was extending to the adjoining

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Fire Department Responds to House Fire

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2017 the Wheaton Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1587 Burning Trail. Upon arrival, fire crews identified a fire on the outside of the single-family home that was extending into th…

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Garages Closed for Pavement Sealing Sept. 23-24

Work in the City’s Wheaton Place (232 W. Wesley St.) and Willow Avenue (220 S. Cross St.) parking garages will require the City to close the garages on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, for pavement sealer application and line…

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Road Closures: PADS Run 4 Home Sept. 16

The 2017 DuPage PADS Run4 Home 5K / 10K Run / Walk will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at approximately 11:00 a.m. During this event, the Wheaton Police Department will temporarily close the following…

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Sept. 11 Commemoration Ceremony

The Wheaton Fire Department will host its annual Sept. 11 Commemoration Ceremony to remember those who lost their lives at Ground Zero in New York and to honor Wheaton fire and police personnel in the front of the Wheaton Fire Department, 1 Fapp Circ…

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Firefighters Extinguish Townhome Fire

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2017 the Wheaton Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in a townhome unit located at 1921 Wexford

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Fire Department Responds to Townhome Fire

At approximately 6:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, the Wheaton Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1005 Heathrow Court. Fire crews identified a fire on the rear exterior of an end townhome unit within a four-unit

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Library Book Sale Open Aug. 23-26

The Friends of the Wheaton Public Library's popular annual Book Sale will take place Aug. 23-26, 2017 at the library. Find thousands of fiction and nonfiction books in the library's lower level meeting room, and children's books in the…

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Schools are in Session – Be Alert!

Most area schools start classes during the week of Aug. 21, 2017. The Wheaton Police Department needs motorists to help us make this a safe school year for

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Historic Bike Tour of Wheaton is Sept. 23

Bring your bike and join the Wheaton Bicycle Committee and the City of Wheaton Historic Commission on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. for a bicycle tour of the historic site markers of

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Road Closure: St. Michael Parish Picnic Aug. 19

St. Michael Catholic Church will be holding its annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this time, Willow Avenue will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic between Wheaton Avenue and West

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Mosquito Spraying Planned for Aug. 13

The Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District has notified the City of Wheaton that, weather permitting, its crews will spray for mosquitoes during the evening of Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Applications are typically made from dusk until 2

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Group Ride Reminder: Aug. 26

From 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 26, 2017, join the Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Committee for a leisurely ride to Naperville and brunch at the Egg Harbor. Meet at the Wheaton Public Library (west side) just before 8

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Construction Project on West Street Starting Aug. 14

Weather permitting, crews will begin replacing the water main along West Street between Childs Street and Roosevelt Road starting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. This utility project is expected to be completed in approximately 4

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Repairs at Wheaton Parking Garages to Close Some Spaces

Crews will be completing repairs on the City’s Wheaton Place (232 W. Wesley St.) and Willow Avenue (220 S. Cross St.) parking garages starting the week of Aug. 7, 2017. Most of the work will be at the Willow Avenue garage. The City estimates cr…

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Bike Festival to Celebrate “Bike-Centennial”

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 12, join the Wheaton Bicycle Committee and the Downtown Wheaton Association in Memorial Park for many fun activities revolving around biking during the annual Bike Wheaton

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Road Closures: 2017 Bike Wheaton Festival

The third annual Bike Wheaton Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, beginning at 10

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Join the Citizens Fire Academy

The Wheaton Fire Department invites you to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will have you gearing up in fire equipment and learning what the life of a Wheaton firefighter is really

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Traffic Signal Work at President Street & College Avenue

Contracted crews hired by the City of Wheaton will be upgrading the traffic signal system at the intersection of President Street and College Avenue starting the week of July 31, 2017. This intersection will be converted to a four-way stop throughout…

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Street Treatment Work to Begin This Week

The City has contracted with American Road Maintenance to apply an asphalt treatment to several residential streets. This road preservation project is scheduled to begin July 28, 2017, and is scheduled to be completed the following week, barring any …

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Mosquito Spraying Planned for Sunday

The Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District has notified the City of Wheaton that, weather permitting, its crews will spray for mosquitoes during the evening of Sunday, July 30,

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Wheaton Police Join Forces with Agencies Statewide for 2017 Illinois Speed Awareness Day

During Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 26, the Wheaton Police Department is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and

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Road Closure: Wheaton Brew Fest Aug. 5

Karlskoga Avenue will be completely closed between Wheaton Avenue and North Hale Street from Thursday, August 3, 2017 beginning at 11 p.m. until Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for the Wheaton Brew

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Expect Traffic Delays during 2017 County Fair

The 2017 DuPage County Fair is scheduled from Wednesday, July 26, 2017 through Sunday, July 30, 2017. During this time period, motorists can expect traffic delays in the following

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Nicor Work to Affect Some Areas of Wheaton

Nicor Gas has informed the City of Wheaton that its contracted crews will begin working in Wheaton to replace underground gas pipes starting the week of July 17, 2017. Crews will be working on the parkways of some residential

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Road Resurfacing Projects Begin in Wheaton

As part of the City of Wheaton's road maintenance program this summer, crews will be working on repaving portions of Gary Avenue and Orchard Road starting Monday, May

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City to Dedicate Honorary Street Sign to Local Hero SPC Samuel T. Watts

Karlskoga Avenue will soon bear the name of a former resident who gave his life serving our country. At 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, the City of Wheaton will unveil an honorary sign dedicated to SPC Samuel T. Watts at the corner of Karlskoga Ave and…

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Mosquito Spraying Planned for Monday, July 17

The Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District has notified the City of Wheaton that, weather permitting, its crews will spray for mosquitoes during the evening of Monday, July 17,

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Streetlight Outage

There is currently a streetlight outage on Nachtman Court due to an electrical issue. The City is working with ComEd to resolve this

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