Wheaton Real Estate Listings and Information


Wheaton, like the majority of Midwestern settlements in the 1800s, evolved from an agricultural pattern of living. It was supported by a central business district that arose around the railroad station. The city’s first store opened its doors in 1850 – a “grocery” operated by Patrick Lynch that sold Kentucky Twist tobacco and Kentucky bourbon. H.H. Fuller’s store next door was not a “grocery” since it didn't sell Kentucky bourbon but did keep tea, coffee, sugar and everything that sober people wanted. 1850 also saw the first blacksmith shop on the corner of Front and Hale Streets. Erastus Gary and the Wheaton brothers erected a grain warehouse across the street. A building boom followed and by 1857 Wheaton boasted twelve stores, twelve factories, 2 lumberyards, 2 markets, 1 schoolhouse, the Illinois Institute (now Wheaton College), a printing office, and hotel.

The largest establishment was probably a carriage factory founded by Avery Chadwick and bought out by H.C. Childs in 1859. The factory produced 50 carriages a year and employed 15 men. The carriages were described as locomotive vehicles for children and babies. Two lightning rod factories operated between 1857 and 1870. During this early manufacturing period Wheaton was also home to several newspapers. The DuPage County Gazette, printed in the home of Conrad Kampp with J.A. Birdsall as editor and publisher, was Wheaton’s first newspaper even though it carried no local news.

While retail stores anchored the central business district, agricultural products were also vital to Wheaton’s business history. The Wheaton Creamery was founded in 1882 and flourished for 35 years, producing 1,000 pounds of milk each day. A cheese factory operated at Cross and Willow streets and the agricultural businesses formed one of the earliest farm organizations, the DuPage County Agricultural and Mechanical Society. The central business district in downtown Wheaton has served the community for over 150 years and remains the heart of Wheaton’s business, government and cultural activities.

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  • $470,188 Average Listing Price
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