Welcome to Worth, Illinois
- Worth was incorporated in 1914.
- The village hall, police station, and fire department is located at
111th St. and Depot St., near Harlem Ave.
- Worth is the home of the Waters Edge golf course, and one of the Metropolitan
Water District's man made waterfalls, used to help clean the waters of the
- The current mayor of Worth is Ed Guzdziol.
History of Worth
- Worth was settled by canal workers. These canal workers dug the I&M
Canal to the north of Worth, and they dug the Cal-Sag Channel to the
south of Worth. The Cal-Sag Channel is a boundary marker for Worth,
which separates Worth from Palos Heights.
- John Crandall is credited as the first settler of Worth. He made his
home in 1858, and his decendants still live in Worth today.
- For years, Worth was a small farming town, and experience signfificant
growth boom when Louis and Pacific built a railroad line through the
middle of Worth. This railroad line is now owned by Metra, and even
today, it is still very easy to get in and out of Chicago using the
- Employment grew in Worth when the canal workers joined the Cal-Sag
Channel and the I&M Canal together. In order to help the growth of
Worth, residents voted to incorporate in 1914 so that municipal services
could be provided.
- Worth's population reached its' plateau in the 1970's when it reached
- The most prominent landmark in Worth is its' watertower, which can be
seen from I-294. It says "Worth, The Friendly Village." It is located
at Natchez Ave. and 110th st.
- The village hall built an Eternal Flame that is dedicated to the men
and women from Worth who were killed or lost in combat. It is located
at Harlem Ave. and 111th st. Watch out for the photo enforced
- The train station is an important landmark. It is raised above the
village, and can be seen from about a half-mile away in any direction.
It was recently rebuilt. It is located at Harlem Ave. and 111th st.
- The Waters Edge golf course was recently built, and brings plenty of
sportsmen and tourists to Worth. The golf course is an economic staple
to Worth. It is located at Harlem Ave. and 115th st.
- Worth has a very popular sledding hill that is well-known throughout
the south suburbs, and has been dubbed "The Big Hill." It is located at
the intersection of Oak Park Ave. and 116th st.
My Impression of Worth
- Worth is a very quiet little village. It is the perfect place to start
- Worth has a very good grammar school.
- The Worth Althetic Association makes sports avaliable for kids. Sport
programs include baseball, softball, football, and soccer, all of which
I participated in when I was a kid.
- Worth has a couple of convient shopping centers. There is Fairplay,
a grocery store, a Walgreens, numerous gas stations, a bakery, and
- Check Worth out!
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