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Coal City, Crest Hill, Crete,
Diamond and Elwood


Coal City, so appropriately named, was surveyed and plotted by the Coalfield Coal Company in 1875, and developed as an important mining town. Though the industry has declined, Coal City is still a thriving town with a healthy business and recreational climate.

Located just north of Joliet and minutes from Interstates 55 and 80, Crest Hill is a family-friendly city with a deep sense of community. Incorporated in 1960, Crest Hill is attracting both new industry and diverse populations seeking to put down roots. Residents experience the best of two worlds: a small-town atmosphere with easy access to big-city conveniences: recreation, entertainment, dining and shopping.

Within the city, residents can take advantage of two elementary schools that feed into Lockport Township High School, and the Lockport Park District’s facilities and programs.


Crest Hill boasts its own library, fine restaurants and several houses of worship. With an eye to the future, city leaders aggressively attract new commerce to provide an expanded tax base and increased employment opportunities.

Crete welcomes you to share in the life of the community, one that is both historically charming and surprisingly modern. Founded in 1836, Crete has flourished from its modest beginnings and continues to grow and adapt to change.

The town of Diamond is actually named for coal, also known as “Black Diamond.” Coal deposits there attracted miners in the early 1870s, then nearly disappeared in the early 1900s when the mine shut down. Fortunately, the town was incorporated in 1949 and is now home to over 2,000 people.


At the present time, the Village is experiencing rapid growth with 545 living units with approved plats. The Village is also experiencing growth in the retail commercial area. The Village of Diamond is located approximately one mile from Interstate I-55, which allows easy access to airports, museums, metropolitan areas, and retail shopping.

The Village of Elwood was immortalized in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers as the home of Elwood Blues, played by Dan Akroyd. The current population of over 1,600 enjoys gorgeous real estate and peaceful small-town charm. The village looks to experience unparalleled growth as it rapidly becomes part of the urban fringe of Chicagoland.

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