Interstate 55 Stevenson Expy. runs through the southern part of the village heading northeast to Chicago and southwest to Plainfield and Joliet. Interstate 355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (formerly N-S Tollway) runs along the far east side of the village between New Lenox and Addison. Illinois 53, locally known as Bolingbrook Drive, runs north–south through the middle of the village.
Modern Bolingbrook has its roots in the housing boom of the 1950s. The first subdivision in Bolingbrook, known as Westbury, was located immediately west of Route 53. A second subdivision, known as Colonial Village, followed, located on the far east side of Route 53. The village continued to grow steadily for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a population of 7,000 by 1970. The 1970s were the first period of rapid growth in Bolingbrook, during which its population quintupled to reach over 37,000 by 1980. Much of this growth was as much due to mass annexation as well as raw population growth; the population of Bolingbrook by the 1970 census but with its 1980 land boundary was approximately 25,000, further reflecting the vigorous annexation that took place during the 1970s. However, Bolingbrook made Illinois' list of 100 Top places to live.
In Money Magazine's August 2010 Edition of "America's Top 100 Places to Live," Bolingbrook has been placed as #43. In its 2008 edition, it was placed at #32.
Bolingbrook, specifically the Chicago Bow Hunters club, is mentioned in the 2005 movie The Weather Man
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