Wheaton is located in the northeastern part of the state of Illinois and a city and seat of DuPage County and is a suburb of Chicago that is in the western part of downtown. The area where the present-day Wheaton stands were first settled in 1837 by the Wheaton brothers where all of whom came from New England. The site was laid out after the arrival of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, which stimulated the growth of the economy. Wheaton is known for its denominational and interdenominational religious activities, together with Carol Stream that are mainly Evangelical Christian in character. The conservative and influential journal Christianity Today was published in Carol Stream and that Wheaton was the headquarters of two dozens of religious publishers and organizations.
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