In 1891, Glen Ellyn, advertised as Chicago's newest suburb and health resort, became the village's official name; it was incorporated on May 10, 1892. The large Lake Glen Ellyn Hotel opened in 1892, the same year much of the business district was destroyed by fire. Fourteen years later, the hotel was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
By World War I, Glen Oak Country Club served the Oak Park and Glen Ellyn communities, and in 1922 the first Glenbard high school was built.
The town went through several names, including Babcock's Grove (named for three brothers that settled there), DuPage Center, Stacy's Corners (after the Stacy family), Newton's Station, Danby (after Danby, Vermont, a local landowner's birthplace), Prospect Park, and finally Glen Ellyn. The name Glen Ellyn is based on the Welsh version of the name of the then–village president Thomas E. Hill's wife Ellen, preceded by glen, referring to the local geography.
The Village of Glen Ellyn is a suburb of Chicago, and it lies about 25 miles (40 km) to the west of the city. According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 6.77 square miles (17.5 km2), of which 6.61 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 97.64%) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) (or 2.36%) is water.
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