Incorporated in 1900, the Village of Bellwood came into existence due to a push from local tavern owners wanting to avoid being annexed by a nearby “dry” town. Since then it has grown into diverse town boasting a population of nearly 20,000. Native son, Astronaut Eugen Cernan, spoke fondly of his hometown in his book “Last Man on the Moon” and noted the small size of his family home prepared him for the small space in the lunar module. Many of those 1950’5 style homes are still standing proudly in Bellwood.
Located near the junction of interstates 88, 290 and 294 along with the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad and commuter lines, it is situated perfectly for industrial and manufacturing yet maintains a small-town feel. Bellwood has a rich mixture of small specialty shops and boutiques.