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McCook is known as “The Small Town of Big Dreams.” The Village is named after John J. McCook, a director of the Santa Fe Railroad and an American Civil War Officer.

Located off Historic Route 66, the village provides many activities for its small residential community. It is home to a beautiful library with a recent two-story addition. The Park District provides various programs for adults and children throughout the year and the beautiful outdoor park and baseball field are put to good use. The recent installation of a walking path also adds another option for physical activity. Several good restaurants are also located in the village.

Another option for entertainment is “The MAX” (McCook Athletic & Exposition Center). Owned by the Village, the MAX which opened in 2006, is a 150,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility designed to combine the benefits of a full-sized outdoor field with the shelter of a 40-foot high clear-span roof – the first of its kind in Chicago. With such size, comes versatility. The MAX incorporates 80,000 square feet of turf alongside 25,000 square feet of hard court space broken down into two full-sized main basketball courts, a full-sized private wood court gymnasium, and an elevated private deck court. The facility also houses three locker rooms and a 6,000 square foot restaurant space. Recently celebrating its first anniversary is the “PUB @ The MAX,” a full-service sports restaurant & bar offering an extensive menu sure to satisfy every appetite.

The MAX also hosts birthday parties and seasonal camps. Field, court and bounce house parties are available. Winter, Spring and Summer Break Camps are the biggest, most popular that the MAX offers. However, there are mini camps for holidays such as Thanksgiving Break and Columbus Day. Camps are for children ages 4-12 and generally run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The MAX can also be utilized for Corporate Outings, Expositions, Private Party/Events or Open Gym. The MAX website contains up-to-date information.

The McCook Industrial Park is home to many companies including Michael Lewis Company and Burke Beverage as well as Lawson Products. Our newest additions to our Business Parks are Freeman Expositions located at 47th and Riverside Drive and Golden State Foods located at 47th and Vernon Avenue. McCook continues to expand its diverse collection of Industrial Partners. There are two additional Spec Buildings currently under construction at the corner of 47th Street and 1st Avenue (Hinsdale Avenue) that will welcome additional businesses into our town.

The Village has recently unveiled the redesign and painting of our one-million-gallon Waterspheroid Elevated Tank. The Village of McCook logo faces the north and south while the MAX logo faces the east and west. It was a big undertaking, but the results are well worth it. It is a great representation of our community.

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