The City of Rolling Meadows was incorporated in 1955 after the original developer, Kimball Hill, constructed affordable housing for post World War II veterans and their families as well as Chicagoans who desired a suburban lifestyle. Since then, Rolling Meadows has developed into a mature community diverse in religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
Careful zoning and attention to detail have allowed the City to integrate a well managed parks and recreational system into the residential areas of its 7 square miles. Rolling Meadows is home to many corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. These businesses employ about 44,000 people and comprise a major part of the City's stable revenue base.
Today, visitors can step into a time machine at the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum. Opened in 2002, the 1950s House and Kimball Hill Family Education Center, was designed as a replica of the first ranch-style home constructed in the city by founder Kimball Hill in 1953.
Rolling Meadows has a council-manager form of government. There are seven wards that elect one alderman to serve staggered terms, and who meet with the Mayor and City Manager twice monthly.
Nestled in the heart of the Golden Corridor near Woodfield Shopping Center and Arlington International racetrack, Rolling Meadows is close to O'Hare airport and an excellent public transportation and expressway system.
Source: City of Rolling Meadows and Rolling Meadows Historical Society