Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

As we approach our 60th anniversary of incorporation, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the important dates from those early years.

1955  F & S Construction buys the 194 acre Hammerstein Farm.

1956  Our first school, Twinbrook, is opened in Parcel A.

1958  The Hoffman Estates Fire Protection District sets up its first fire station in one of the Hammerstein barns to house its first fire truck.

1959  Hoffman Plaza opens as the first shopping center.  Jewel is the first grocery store.

1959  Hoffman Estates incorporates on Sept. 23 with a vote of 759 to 569.  The population is 8,000.

1959  Hoffman Estates’ zip code is 60172.

1959  On November 7th, the first village election takes place.  Those elected are: Ed Pinger, President; Marilyn Broding, Clerk; James Gannon, Bruce Barger, Ed Deerfield, Ed Cunningham, John Pickering and Roy Jenkins, Trustees.

1959  November 12th is the first village board meeting.

1960  Thomas Engineering is the first commercial business to open in Hoffman Estates.

1964  Golf Rose Shopping Center opens with W. T. Grant’s Department Store as its anchor.

1965  Our village flag is designed by Lawrence C. Spiegel and our motto, “Growing to Greatness” comes from Leslie Goetz.

1968  Ida Vogelei sells her farmhouse and barn to the Park District for $150,000.  Located at Higgins and Golf Rds, the house was built in 1916 at a cost of $5,000.

1971  Hill Dale Golf Course is built on the Marshall Field Hunting and Skeet Shooting Club.

1972  Hoffman Estates moves out of its first village hall at the Hammerstein Farm Building into its newly constructed village hall (the Bruce Lind complex) on Gannon Drive.

1973  Hoffman Estates High School opens as a freshman-sophomore school.

1978  The Uniform Safety Code goes into effect with the renumbering of all commercial and residential addresses as well as some street name changes.

1980  Poplar Creek Music Theater opens its outdoor 22,000 seat music venue.

1992  The third village hall opens in the Safeco Building located at Hassell and Huntington Blvd.

Corporate growth would take pages and pages.  We truly have grown to greatness.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian


  1. Lisa Garig Says:

    Thank you Pat! I enjoyed it and remember most of this. Could you give us the history of the Park District too?

  2. Janet Fabiano Says:

    no mention of Hoffman Estates High School being built and opened in 1973-4

  3. Alissa Leznek Says:

    Hi Pat, this brought back memories! We hope you are doing well! Love, Alissa and Fred Leznek

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