Welcome to Berwyn
Berwyn deserves a top spot on your list of must-see Chicago suburbs, so make sure to give yourself extra time to savor all the unique, wonderful things you’ll find here.
Berwyn began as a strongly Eastern European enclave for many who moved from the big city of Chicago. It was a melting pot for Czechs and Bohemians, Swedes and Ukrainians, and the Latino community, followed more recently by young professionals and the LGBTQ community. Hard-working folk who built Chicago from a swamp into a world-class metropolis have given Berwyn the many flavors it has today. If you’re looking for fruit-filled kolaczki pastries, grilled Polish sausages, or the best Italian ices, you’ll find them all – and more – in Berwyn!
Head west from the Chicago Loop on I-290 or southwest on I-55 for just a few miles. Or hop on the Burlington line for the 20-minute ride from Chicago’s Union Station. Berwyn sits just west of Cicero, south of Oak Park, to the east of Riverside and the Brookfield Zoo, and north of Stickney. Your Berwyn route aligns along three major Chicago arteries:
- Cermak Road, named for the first Czech Mayor of Chicago Anton Cermak
- Ogden Avenue, which for many years marked the official “start” of the legendary “Mother Road,” Route 66, from 1926 until 1977 (when Route 66 was decommissioned)
- Roosevelt Road, named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and currently referred to as "the Veltway" for its nationally known live-music venues.