Recently named "one of the best small cities to live in" by CNN's Money Magazine, Oswego is located 50 miles southwest of Chicago, and is ideally situated at the southern end of the the picturesque Fox River Valley in Kendall County.

Historically, Oswego offered an easy crossing over the Fox River near a ford by the mouth of Waubonsee Creek and the first permanent European settlers arrived in the Oswego area in 1833. The Village was platted in 1835 and incorporated in 1852. Oswego is a Mohawk Indian word meaning "mouth of the stream."

Located along the Fox River, the historic downtown includes shops, restaurants and the Little White School Museum. Nature enthusiasts visiting Oswego can discover a feast for their senses in the 317 acres of wetlands, prairies and greenways and golf fans can play a round at the award winning Fox Bend Golf Course. Overnight guests have two quality hotels to choose from with over 70 restaurants in the area to enjoy. The Village is home to popular annual events such as, Wine on the Fox and the Drag Raceway Reunion.




Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.