Bridgeview is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of the Chicago Loop. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 16,446.The earliest settlement in Bridgeview occurred in the 1830s, when the area was still populated by Native American groups. By the 1870s German and Italian settlers began moving into the area for farming purposes. Dutch migrated to the area by the 1920s, at which time farming began to decline; real estate and industry began to develop the area considerably. After Lake Michigan water became available to the area, the population grew significantly. The Bridgeview Community Club was founded in 1938 and became the center of local activities.
Bridgeview was incorporated in 1947 with an initial population of approximately 500 residents. Local residents chose the name “Bridgeview” by one vote over “Oketo”, which remains a street name in the village today. The term “Bridgeview” connotes views of the area from the Harlem Avenue bridge, 79th Street bridge and 87th Street bridge. Arab Americans are a growing presence, making up 7 percent of the population in 2000. In 1981, an Islamic social club was established and by 1984 it had become a mosque. Two Islamic schools in Bridgeview educate hundreds of students from K-12. Bridgeview’s motto is “A Well Balanced Community”, as the village’s zoning is divided equally into residential, commercial, and industrial areas.
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