The city of Blue Island is in Cook county, 16 miles south of downtown Chicago. It stands on the southern end of an ancient glacial ridge. The ridge once stood as an island in glacial Lake Chicago, the predecessor of Lake Michigan. Travelers on the Vincennes Trail called it the “Blue Island” because at a distance it looked like an island in the prairie. The blue color was attributed to atmospheric haze and blue wildflowers growing along the ridge.
The city of Blue Island is also a Chicago suburb that offers an urban feel. In addition you’ll find plenty of parks, shopping & entertainment nearby. Blue Island boasts a historical museum in the lower level of the Blue Island Public Library. In addition historical photos can be found at Albee House and are available to be viewed via appointment.