South Holland is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 22,147. South Holland also serves as the seat of Thornton Township. South Holland was first settled in 1846 by immigrants from South Holland, the Netherlands. When the town incorporated in 1894, its population was about 1,000. Originally a general farming community, it later specialized in vegetable growing especially onions for the Chicago markets. The town was built on low ground near the Calumet River and was originally called "de Laage Prairie" to differentiate it from another Dutch settlement further north on higher ground and called "de Hooge Prairie" (now the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago).
South Holland is bordered by Harvey and Phoenix to the west, Dolton to the north, Thornton to the south, and Calumet City to the east.
South Holland is an anomaly in the South Suburban region because of its laws. All businesses (except restaurants and gas stations) are closed on Sunday. This can be seen easily when driving on one of the town's main thoroughfares--162nd Street or South Park Avenue. Also, South Holland is a "dry" town; that is, no alcohol is sold anywhere within the city limits. Most residents travel to nearby Calumet City in order to get liquor.
Web Sites and Links
Calvary Academy SchoolProvides a Christ-centered, challenging, academic environment that encourages each student to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically.
Kindig Performing Arts CenterEvents listings for South Suburban College's Music and Theatre Departments in South Holland, Illinois and home of the PAC Rats Theatre Company.
Saint Jude the Apostle ChurchMass schedule, directions, organizations, contact information.
The ShopperLocal newspaper for south suburbs.