The Village of Addison lies on Salt Creek. The community itself was originally named Dunkley's Grove after the settler Hezekiah Dunklee, and was renamed after a town in England or the 18th-century writer Joseph Addison.
The Addison Industrial District was the proposed location for the reconstruction of Comiskey Park before it was voted down.
Adventureland amusement park was located in Addison (Lake and Medinah) during the 1960s and 1970s.
Rich Veenstra is the Mayor of Addison. Other elected officials include Village Trustees Sylvia Layne, Harry Theodore, Tom Hundley, Bill Lynch, Cathy Kluczny and Joe McDermott, and Village Clerk Lucille Zucchero.