Parks a Plenty
Countryside is home to several parks that will offer something for the entire family. Memorial Park is home to the city’s clock tower and the carillon that plays songs to park visitors each day. Countryside Park spans over 11 acres and features ball fields, playground equipment, and tennis courts. A skate park and hockey rink can also be found with the park. If you just want to relax, take advantage of the park’s gazebos or walking trails. Several tot lots are located throughout Countryside as well so that you can take the younger crowd out for a place to play.
History and Art
The Potawatomie Indians originally inhabited countryside, but Joseph Vidal was the first white man to settle the area in 1833. The area was first used a farmland until the Chicago Fire caused thousands to move into area in 1871. During this time, the town continued to see explosive growth and suburban neighborhoods began to pop up. As the area continue to expand, it became the bedroom community of Chicago and was officially incorporated in 1960. During this time, the Stevenson Expressway was constructed, which led to industrial and business growth. Today, the small town is home to several retail and residential neighborhoods.
If you like to shop, you will enjoy spending some time at the Countryside Shopping Center. The large mall is home to several big box retailers including Office Depot, PetSmart, and Best Buy. Local shops and boutique stores can be found in the mall as well, so that there is something to suit most tastes. After a long day of shopping, stop for a meal or snack at one of the many restaurant and fast food establishments that can be found. Whether you are searching for clothes, furniture, or jewelry, this shopping center has got you covered.