Steward is a small town community, located in northern Illinois, with approximately 250 residents.  Step back in time to a place where kids play in the village park while watching the trains go by, residents stop at the local post office to collect their mail and to keep up with the locals news, tractors cruise down main street on their way to the local elevator, everyone know who’s who in town, people stop at the local tavern to pick up chicken dinners, and families attend special events at the local grade school, or gather at the church on Sundays for fellowship, or to enjoy a potluck lunch.  It’s a quieter, peaceful place to live, yet within easy access to some bigger towns and even bigger cities.  Downtown Chicago is just a little over an hour away to the east; the town of Rochelle (population 20,000) is just 5 minutes north; Dekalb (home of Northern Illinois University) is 15 minutes to the east, and the city of Rockford (population 300,000) is only 30 minutes north.  Steward, the recipient of The 1999 Governor’s Hometown Award, recognizing volunteer efforts in renovating the elementary school, is located right off I-39 which runs north and south through the state, and is just a few minutes south of I-88, which runs east and west.  Lakes, rivers, camping, sporting events, golf courses, fine arts, music, theatre, museums, festivals, farmer’s markets…anything you might wish to experience…is just a short drive away.  Or stay in town and enjoy the charming, small town living that Steward has to offer.