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Welcome to Lansing

The members of the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a warm welcome to our Village and its business community. The Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce proudly boasts over 250 members, consisting of local businesses and organizations. The downtown Clock Tower Plaza creates a traditional hometown charm with a variety of merchants and community events. From Ridge Road, the heart of Lansing’s downtown district, to Torrence Avenue, home of some of our newest businesses, you will find virtually every type of product or service needed.

Lansing is strategically located along I-80/94 in southern Cook County, bordering the Indiana-Illinois state line. Our easy access to retailers and professionals alike make Lansing a most popular community. Lansing offers both small-town charm and all the amenities of a big city. The Lansing Area Chamber and its members work as a unit to create a pleasant community and business atmosphere. The Good Neighbor Day Parade in the spring to Christmas celebrations in the winter and everything in between makes Lansing a good place to live, shop, work and do business. We proudly welcome you to our home.

The Lansing area was part of the Northwest Territory in the late 1700s. It was transferred to the Illinois Territory in 1809. In 1818 Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. As migration west began, settlers, primarily German and Dutch immigrants, came to the Lansing area to build homes, farms and businesses.

The Pennsylvania Railroad came through Lansing in 1856 and since Lansing is located on a sand ridge, the railroad began hauling sand to Chicago for use in building construction. The location of the sand pit of years ago is now Lansing’s downtown business district.

In 1860 there was no industry, just the railroad and farms. Lansing had a grocery store, saloon, shoemaker and two blacksmiths.

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