Sterling & Knight
Jewelry & Pawn
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is a pawn shop serving La Grange as a family business offering loans, appraisals, and purchases of jewelry. We have locations in nearby Hinsdale as well as Villa Park, and are happy to provide our services to La Grange. At our store, you can sell or get a loan on gold, silver, and diamond jewelry and much more, including rare coins, objects of art, electronics, musical instruments and scrap gold. Whether you’re looking to sell jewelry near La Grange or a reliable local pawn shop, Sterling & Knight is here to assist you.
The area around La Grange was first settled in the 1830s, when Chicago residents moved out to the west due to the rapid population increase in the city in the decade since its incorporation. The first settler, Robert Leitch, came to the area in 1830, seven years before the City of Chicago was incorporated. La Grange’s location, at approximately thirteen miles from the Chicago Loop, is not considered far from the city by today’s standards, but in that time the residents enjoyed the peace of rural life without much communication with urban residents.
The village was officially incorporated on June 11, 1879. It was founded by Franklin Dwight Cossitt, who was born in Granby, Connecticut and raised inTennessee, and who moved to Chicago in 1862 and built a successful wholesale grocery business.
In 1870, Cossitt purchased several hundred acres of farmland in Lyons Township, along the Chicago-Dixon Road, known today as Ogden Avenue (U.S. Highway 34). Ogden Avenue, on the site of a defunct Native American trail, was also referred to as the “Old Plank Road”. Planks were often stolen by settlers to be used as building material, which made traveling very bumpy. When the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad came to town, La Grange was a milk stop called Hazel Glen. A few miles to the south, through present day Willow Springs, the Illinois and Michigan Canal had emerged as a major shipping corridor, connecting Chicago and the Great Lakes with the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
Cossitt set out to build the ideal suburban village – laying out streets, planting trees, donating property for churches and schools, and building quality homes for sale. He also placed liquor restrictions in the land deeds he sold to prevent the village from becoming a saloon town.
When Cossitt began his development, the area was served by a post office known as Kensington. But upon learning of another community already with that name in Illinois, Cossitt decided to name his town in honor of La Grange, Tennessee, where he had been raised as a youth on an uncle’s cotton farm. However, today Kensington remains the name of one of the village’s major streets.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed much of that city, thousands of its citizens sought new homes and opportunities far from the city’s ills but within a convenient commute. La Grange was ideally situated to accommodate them.
Today the Village of La Grange is a thriving community bordered by Brookfield, La Grange Park, Lyons, Riverside, McCook, Countryside, LaGrange Highlands and Westernsprings.
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is proud to serve the residents of La Grange, IL. If you have questions about getting a loan or selling your jewelry and valuables, please read our FAQ page, or call us at (630) 321-5600.
We have two locations to serve you! We are located in:
109 E. St Charles Road
Villa Park, IL 60181
Hours: Monday 10 – 7:00
Tuesday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday 10- 3:00
244 E. Ogden Ave.
Suite 114 (In the Courtyard of Koshgarian Plaza)
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday & Sunday by appointment.
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