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

  • Jack Hoffman of F & S Construction approached the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals about changing the zoning of the farm that was on the southeast corner of Higgins and Roselle (Parcel B) from farming to one quarter acre residential lots. The parcel was 54 acres with a potential of 137 homes. In addition, he planned to donate a 40-acre portion of it to the Palatine High School district with the intent of building a future high school on the property.
  • Holy Innocents Episcopal Church held their first service on July 5, 1959. Their pastor was Rev. Theodore Garcia who also served as the pastor of St. Nicholas in Elk Grove Village, which celebrated its first service on the same day.
  • Seven groups of young mothers banded together to form babysitting co-ops to both, give themselves a night out, and to minimize costs in going out. According to the president of one club, “There was a dance recently that attracted more than 200 couples and the co-ops provided 200 babysitters.”

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • The Kassuba Development Corporation opened its first phase of a new apartment complex called Hermitage Trace on Heritage Drive in Hoffman Estates south of the intersection of Higgins and Golf. One, two and three bedroom apartments were being rented from $170 to $245 monthly.
  • Countryside Cab Company that served Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg advertised that they were available 24 hours a day for local runs to the grocery store and trips to O’Hare and Midway.
  • Camelot Corporation planned to develop 8 apartment buildings next to the Schaumburg Township District Library on Pleasant Lane. It was reported that the residents of Pleasant Acres subdivision took legal action to prevent the development.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • The Land of Lincoln bank at the corner of Higgins Road and Gannon Drive added two large display cases devoted to the early U.S. presidents. This was in addition to a large, white Italian marble bust of Abraham Lincoln that could be found in the lobby of the bank. When the bank opened in 1975 they also offered their meeting rooms to the clubs, church groups and local organizations of Hoffman Estates. (The bank is pictured to the right.)
  • Poplar Creek Music Theater, which was to have opened this year, postponed its opening until 1980 due to construction delays.
  • The K-Mart Beauty Salon at Barrington Square was advertising a July Permanent sale of 30% off. You could opt for a “Cold Wave,” “Foam Texture Permanent” or “Protein Perm.”

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • Construction began July 26 on the new 237-acre Ameritech corporate campus on Central Road, north of the Tollway. At the time Ameritech was the parent company of Illinois Bell and the Bell companies of Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.
  • Highland Superstores, on Roselle between Higgins and Golf, was advertising a Nokia 3-watt transportable cellular phone for $279 and a Panasonic clock radio for $16.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District was ready to dedicate its $70,000 handicapped playground at Birch Park, next to the former Twinbrook School on Ash Street in Parcel A. It had been in the works for two years.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • Discussions were being held by the Hoffman Estates Park District regarding the future of the Vogelei farmhouse at the intersection of Golf and Higgins. It was in need of repair and “either there is a historical significance to that house or it should be torn down,” said former parks Commissioner Robert Steinberg. “I think the board needs to decide if it cares about this house.”


  • The Village of Hoffman Estates had sent letters to 514 outside vendors it does business with to inquire if they were Y2K compliant in preparation for the millennium . The village had received 414 responses as of July 14.
  • The Illinois Regional Bartender Championships were held at TGI Friday’s on Barrington Road.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The village of Hoffman Estates announced it was in talks to take over the operations of the Sears Centre.
  • The Hoffman Estates Community Bank was advertising a 36-month Bump Up CD at a rate of 2.75% APY.
  • Hoffman Estates was sponsoring its second Fitness For America Sports Festival. The main draw was the Chicagoland Inline Marathon featuring inline skating. They also featured cycling and foot races. Organizers expected 800 people to participate over the final weekend in July.

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.

The photo of the Vogelei House is used, courtesy of Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian.


  1. Dean Boznosi Says:

    Wonderful article, Jane!

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