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Settled as Frankfort Station in 1855, the village of Frankfort has enjoyed continuous growth in all facets of life since its official incorporation in 1879. While Frankfort develops its residential, commercial and industrial sectors, it has worked to preserve the strong heritage that has made it what it is today — the “Jewel of the Southern Suburbs,” a prominence that came along with earning the Southland’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Community” in 2003.

Situated in the far southwest suburbs, Frankfort is ideally located just over 35 miles from Chicago at the meeting of U.S. Route 45 (LaGrange Road) and U.S. Route 30 (Lincoln Highway). Interstate 80 can be reached within three miles to the north of Frankfort, while Interstate 57 sits six miles east of the community.

Opened in late 2007, the new southern extension of Interstate 355 will offer the conveniences of accessing Chicago’s north, west and northwest suburbs more quickly. Additional means of transportation can be found at O’Hare and Midway airports, both located less than one hour from Frankfort, as well as Metra commuter services, which can be found 2.5 miles north of the village.

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Residents and businesses continue to be attracted to the Frankfort community for a number of reasons — residents for the area’s high-quality, varied housing, educational offerings, open spaces for leisure and recreational activities and abundance of healthcare options; and businesses for the village’s diversified economy, opportunities for development and a strong support system through such organizations as the Chamber of Commerce.

Frankfort has placed great importance on light industrial business, which has generated a surge of industrial development. The community is presently home to 120-plus industrial entities, with substantial regional and national businesses such as Pactiv Corporation, Borg-Warner, Bradley Industries, Craig Bachman Imports, Anderson Fittings and Bimba Manufacturing establishing residence in Frankfort.

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What’s more, commercial developments have increased as well, incorporating such areas as the historic downtown district, Prairie Crossing, Frankfort Commons, Bankview, Frankfort Plaza and The Square — to name a few recent complexes.

With Frankfort’s strategic positioning within Will County, one of both the state’s and the nation’s fastest growing counties, it will certainly sustain its community and economic development, while ensuring the conservation of the village’s unique character and rich heritage.

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