During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence.  Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items?  Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago in January 1956

  • Schaumburg School which had just opened two years ago in 1954 is already bursting at the seams and is destined to be full by the end of June 1956.
  • The businesses in the village consist of several taverns and a farm supply store.  (The first Lake Cook Farm Supply is below.)
  • Four new members join the Schaumburg 4-H club.  They were Shirley Rohlwing, Norbert Zeyk, Allen Stalesky, and Wayne Deering.


50 Years Ago in January 1966

  • Campanelli announces the sale of the last home in Unit 5 and the opening of Unit 6 in its Weathersfield subdivision.  Unit 6 includes 400 new homes and all sidewalks and curbs will be installed prior to development of the homes.  This will alleviate much of the dust and mud problems.  Two of the models are named the Colonial and the Sagamore.
  • A new, 2-story library at 32 W. Library Lane is dedicated, replacing the small ranch house on Roselle Road that had served as the library’s first home when the library district was formed.  It is designed by McCarthy-Hundreiser & Associates of Arlington Heights and the director was Colleen Amundson.
  • Senator Paul H. Douglas announces the bidding for a contract branch post office.  An existing business will bid for the post office and furnish the employees and facility.  The public will then be able to mail envelopes and packages, buy stamps and money orders and “Schaumburg, Ill.” might even be used as the postmark.  The village had earlier tried to secure a postal substation through Rep. Donald Rumsfeld and Sen. Everett Dirksen but those efforts failed when they were told there was not sufficient need for postal service in the area.

40 Years Ago in January 1976

  • Martina Navratilova arrives at the The Right Club, a tennis club, in Schaumburg by helicopter.  She hikes through 18-inch drifts in order to eat lunch at the club and hit some balls with a few young people.  She is 19 and had defected to the United States the previous fall.
  • An article on “discotheques” in the Chicago area recommends one spot in Schaumburg–B Ginnings Ltd.  The disco is described as a “large stainless steel sunken dance floor.  Big in the burbs.  Chicago decor with Chicago street signs, L tracks overhead.  Live music.  $2 cover.  Dress code:  Levis okay as long as there are no holes, patches; guys must have collared shirts.”
  • Jett’s Petting Zoo makes their annual appearance at Woodfield Mall with llamas and goats to name a few.B ginnings

30 Years Ago in January 1986

  • A single-engine Piper airplane makes an emergency landing on Irving Park Road at 12:30 in the afternoon on January 11.  It had lost power and was trying to make it back to the Schaumburg airport.
  • The Greater Woodfield Convention Bureau sponsors its first ever, four-day Winter Carnival–complete with a scavenger hunt, crowning of a king and queen, an area hockey tournament, an ice sculpture contest and the world’s largest snowman.
  • Sites for possible Convention Centers are considered at:  Martingale and Old Schaumburg Road, the Fredrickson property at Old Schaumburg Road east of Meacham Road, Martingale Road north of Old Schaumburg Road, the Union Oil property, a site just southwest of Woodfield at Woodfield Road and Mall Drive and at Higgins and Martingale Roads.

20 Years Ago in January 1996

  • The Schaumburg-based chain of Handy Andy announces that they will be shuttering their remaining stores–including the popular store on Golf Road.
  • Motorola presents its first “wearable” cellular phone, the StarTAC,  that is smaller than a deck of cards and can be carried in a purse or worn in a shirt pocket.  It is “aimed at consumers who don’t want to be encumbered with a larger cellular phone.”
  • Schaumburg is one of the towns in the Northwest suburbs to be part of the new 847 area code.Motorola Center

10 Years Ago in January 2006

  • The 2nd Annual Snow Visions snow sculpting competition moves to February when snow making attempts failed due to the unseasonably mild weather.  There were 80,000 attendees at the competition in 2005.
  • Lowe’s hardware chain opens a Schaumburg store in the Prairie Towne shopping center on the NE corner of Schaumburg and Barrington Roads.
  • The Schaumburg Flyers open an auction for three individuals interested in bidding on the opportunity to call the broadcasts of their games for a third of the season.  The minimum bid for calling 32 games starts at $2500.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.




  1. DN Says:

    When I was in junior high I became good friends with the son of one of the owners of the Right Club. It came in handy to know him in High School because I was on the tennis team and I would work in the club cleaning courts, locker rooms, and such in exchange for court time for practicing and big discounts on equipment and re-strings. Was a great trade for a young student with no money.

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