During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 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 1959

  • When the first incorporation vote was held on January 17, 1959, around 2310 voters in about 1800 homes were registered. Voting was held at three schools: Twinbrook, Fairview and Hoffman. The proposal was defeated in a vote of 1062 to 843.
  • A plane owned by Ray Beaumont of Streamwood was forced to make an emergency landing on Charles Beranek’s Merry Hill Farm on the northeast corner of Golf and Plum Grove Roads. After technicians worked on it, the plane was eventually able to fly off of its own accord.
  • Work was progressing on the shopping center at the northeast corner of Higgins and Roselle (Hoffman Plaza.) F & S Construction began the development in September 1958 and was expected to complete it in the spring. The photo in the paper showed the bones of the Jewel store, including the arch of the entrance.

50 Years Ago in 1969

  • The Winston Knolls subdivision at Ela and Algonquin Roads opened for development on the second weekend of the month. The development was 350 acres and the intent was to build five different models, eventually building out at 770 homes.
  • Grant’s Department Store had a giant sale of household products, seamless nylons and lamp shades at their stores on January 9-11. The Hoffman Estates Grant’s store was at Golf & Roselle Road and was even open on Sunday “for your shopping convenience.”
  • The Hoffman Rosner Corporation donated land to District 54 for a new school to be built at 151 Kingsdale Road in the High Point subdivision. The new school was not built on this site but was eventually constructed at 1320 Kingsdale Road and was named Neil Armstrong Elementary School.

40 Years Ago in 1979

  • A developer proposed the construction of a second savings and loan in the village at the corner of Governor’s Lane and Higgins Road. At the time the only savings and loan in the village was Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan on Gannon Drive. The only bank was Suburban Bank on Roselle Road.
  • Otis Associates, who designed the Hoffman Estates Village Hall on Gannon Drive, won the bid to design the $800,000 recreational building on Algonquin Road that would become the Willow Recreation Center.
  • The Deli-Cafe in the Golf Rose Shopping Center closed on January 29. Mike Ernst bought the restaurant in 1977 and expanded it by including lunch and dinner menus. It was two doors north of Service Merchandise and was replaced by an Off The Rack clothing store.

30 Years Ago in 1989

  • The Police Department announced they would be purchasing six new Chevrolet Caprice squad cars to replace those in their fleet not worth maintaining.
  • Highland Super Stores on Roselle Road between Higgins and Golf announced an overstocked sale of TVs, stereos, washers, camcorders and other electronic items and appliances. Free “car deck installation” was offered with the purchase of a car stereo.
  • The village announced their slate of activities for the 30th anniversary party. Activities included a Great Ideas contest where participants would submit suggestions for improvements in the village, a trivia contest where the winner would receive either a $300 TV or VCR, a Fishing Derby at South Ridge Pond and a Mystery Dinner in the Grand Court at Woodfield Mall.

20 Years Ago in 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Medical Center on Barrington Road held a blood drive on January 29 from 9-4. Each person who donated received a fanny pack and was entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 gift certificates to the Mill Rose Brewing Company in South Barrington.
  • Conant High School dedicated their gymnasium to William Perry who was principal of the school from 1977 to 1994.
  • The reopening of the golf dome at the Poplar Creek Country Club began to draw people in January after the Hoffman Estates Park District purchased it in the fall and revamped it to include simulated sand traps, water hazards and other amenities.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The village held its seventh annual Martin Luther King community breakfast on January 19. Vanessa Meeks and the Sears Holding Associate Gospel Choir performed at the breakfast.
  • Hoffman Estates High School received the okay to install artificial turf on their athletic playing fields for school year 2009-10. The work at the school was complicated because of the existing drainage system.
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources honored Plum Grove Printers of Stonington Avenue for its achievements in protecting the environment and boosting the economy. They instituted a 20-point program to reduce waste and increase sustainability through each step of their process.

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. Tom Rogers Says:

    “40 Years Ago in 1979

    A developer proposed the construction of a second savings and loan in the village at the corner of Governor’s Lane and Higgins Road. At the time the only savings and loan in the village was Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan on Gannon Drive. The only bank was Suburban Bank on Roselle Road.”

    -this doestn’t sound right. I remember as kid going to Land of Lincoln bank on Golf Road near Roselle. If it was not open in 1979 when did it open? I know that it later moved to Gannon and eventually became Harris bank.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Tom,

      This is the blog posting I wrote about Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan that opened on Gannon Drive. https://ourlocalhistory.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/it-started-as-lincoln-federal-savings-and-loan/

      Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan opened in 1975 at Gannon and Higgins and became Land of Lincoln Savings and Loan in 1980.

      I’ve checked the Daily Herald and was unable to find any other location under either name in Schaumburg Township. Maybe you are thinking of Suburban Bank that was next to the gas station on the southwest corner of Golf and Roselle? It is now a BMO/Harris Bank and is in Hoffman Estates.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Tom Rogers Says:

        Thanks Jane. I was off on my location a bit, and possibly the name (I was only 9 years old in 1979). The bank that I was referring is currently the Heartland Bank at the intersection of Valley Lake and Golf Road. However I do remember it vividly as they always had lollipops and the vault was in the basement. My mother does believe also that it was a Land of Lincoln bank (probably still has an old register if I force her to look 🙂 )

      • jrozek Says:

        Hello Tom,

        This is where we get into the intertwined boundaries of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg! The Heartland Bank that you are referring to was originally the location of the First Bank of Schaumburg at 321 W. Golf Road. The First Bank of Schaumburg originated as Schaumburg State Bank. They had locations at both 321 W. Higgins and 321 W. Golf. Both were in Schaumburg–which makes sense, given the name.

        If your mother finds any mention of any other location for Land of Lincoln, please let me know and I’ll change the blog posting. I did look in the 1982 phone book and the only one at that time was on Gannon Drive.

        Hopefully this helps?

        Jane Rozek
        Local History Librarian
        Schaumburg Township District Library

      • Residential Productions Says:

        Thank you Jane. That makes sense now. Thank you for the articles.

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