Mt. Prospect is 21 miles north of downtown Chicago.
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Mount Prospect boasts 400 acres of parks and recreation facilities for residents to enjoy. Four park districts provide year-round health and fitness activities by way of an outdoor wave pool, two challenging golf courses, a miniature golf course, a sled hill, outdoor skating rinks, playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts and organized activities.
By 1854, the Illinois & Wisconsin Railroad (later renamed the Chicago & North Western) ran through Mount Prospect, but it did not stop there until 1886.
In 1871, real-estate agent Ezra Carpenter Eggleston built a four-block residential subdivision on farmland south of the railroad. Eggleston named the area Mount Prospect because the village sat on the highest point in Cook County. Eggleston went bankrupt since the area failed to prosper until a railroad station was established.
In 1900, the community still fell short of the three hundred people required for incorporation. A group of small businessmen known as the Mount Prospect Improvement Association pushed for official empowerment to solicit funds through taxation. In May 1917, the village immediately incorporated when a newborn infant became Mount Prospect's three-hundredth resident.