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Located 28 miles outside of Chicago, the village of Schaumburg, IL, has all the fixings of suburban life: good schools, pleasant neighborhoods, houses with well-manicured lawns, and plenty of strip malls. There are many choices for Schaumburg apartments for rent. Schaumburg is one of the most thriving apartment communities in all Chicago suburbs, and for a good reason. The abundance of quiet subdivisions can be found on curving tree-lined lanes off the bustling main drives. Although many single-family homes exist, Schaumburg apartments comprise a large portion of the village’s housing stock. Rentals are located throughout the area and usually take the form of rental houses, duplexes, townhouses, or multi-unit complexes.
There’s no centralized “downtown” area; Schaumburg, IL, is sprawling, with most retail located on a handful of main drags: Golf Road, Higgins Road, and Roselle Road. It’s a veritable mecca for big-box retailers, fast food joints, chain stores, and restaurants; nearly every national chain maintains a presence in Schaumburg, from TGI Fridays to Bed Bath & Beyond to Walmart. The village is also home to Woodfield Mall, the tenth-largest shopping mall in the country, adding another layer of retail experience. There are plenty of office parks and glassy high-rises throughout the area, and Motorola and IBM are among the largest employers in town. Many city slickers make their way to Schaumburg to visit Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings store with only two Illinois locations.
Schaumburg was once a farming community settled by German immigrants and easterners from New England. However, the easterners continued to move west, and by 1870, Schaumburg’s population was 100% German. When the Great Depression struck, many German-owned farms foreclosed and were purchased by non-Germans. Nonetheless, German remained the first language of most households until the 1950s. The 60s and 70s were periods of tremendous local change. The population exploded, Interstate 290 was constructed, and Woodfield Mall opened. The village transformed from a rural farm town to the bustling suburb it is today.