Naperville is a regular on the “best” lists. The community has not only been ranked one of the best places to live by Money magazine; it’s also among the safest cities in the country, according to USA Today. Incorporated in 1857, Naperville grew rapidly through the 1980s and 1990s with the construction of two tollways, nearly quadrupling as Chicagoans and corporations moved to the suburb. In addition to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway and Veterans Memorial Tollway, the community is served by nearby Metra and Amtrak stations, making it ideal for commuters. With plentiful amenities, Naperville continues to capture the interest of homebuyers. Downtown Naperville has a popular Riverwalk with nearly two miles of brick paths, bridges, artwork, fountains and recreational facilities along the DuPage River. To the west is historic Centennial Beach, which goes from zero to 15 feet deep, and nearby Centennial Park, which has an inline skating and skateboarding facility.
Residents and visitors also enjoy an assortment of local boutiques, well-known retailers and fine restaurants in downtown Naperville. Meanwhile, Naperville Crossings offers more shops, eateries and a movie theater.
Naperville embraces its history as a rural community and retains its small-town charm with farmers markets, sidewalk sales, a summer concert series and culinary events including the ever-popular Ribfest. The community’s character is also preserved in the Naperville Historic District, where hundreds of buildings showcase its cultural and historical heritage.
The DuPage Children’s Museum is located in Naperville as well as the award-winning Naperville Public Library, which has made several appearances on the “best” lists.
The city has a number of top-notch schools. The Naperville Community Unit School District 203 includes Naperville Central High School and Naperville North High School. Indian Prairie School District 204 includes elementary schools, junior high schools and Neuqua Valley High School.
Glen Ellyn is a picturesque village in the heart of DuPage County. Known as “The Jewel of the Western Suburbs” to residents, the community offers a convenient suburban location, ample recreational opportunities and a vibrant mix of businesses. Downtown Glen Ellyn boasts an assortment of small boutiques, dining destinations and specialty services. Residents and visitors can also hop on the Illinois Prairie Path, where they can explore a nature trail spanning over 60 miles. Nature enthusiasts also appreciate the Willowbrook Wildlife Preserve, while the Village Links golf course and nearly 30 public parks provide additional outdoor enjoyment. With a variety of annual events, Glen Ellyn has a strong sense of community. The Taste of Glen Ellyn is among the many popular summer gatherings along with the French Market, which is open weekly from May through October. Neighborhoods are lined with mature trees and homes in a variety of architectural styles, ranging from new construction to historic homes dating back to the community’s early days. Students are primarily served by Glen Ellyn School District 41, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Glenbard Township High School District 87. The village is also home to the main campus of the College of DuPage, whose alumni include comedy legends Jim and John Belushi. Along with access to major highways and interstates, Metra’s Union Pacific West Line runs through Glen Ellyn, providing daily train service to downtown Chicago.
Oak Brook is a small but mighty community. With world-class amenities, lower real estate taxes, and a great location, it’s no wonder the village is a desirable place to call home. Among the community’s most notable attractions is Oakbrook Center – a premier shopping center with a spectacular outdoor mall. Located near I-88 and just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop, it offers an expansive selection of department stores, over 160 specialty stores, and an abundance of one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experiences. Oak Brook is also known for its award-winning Oak Brook Sports Core, which is a reflection of village founder Paul Butler’s keen interest in sports. The 269-acre complex is nestled among the village’s gorgeous natural setting and features polo fields, a municipal golf course, swimming and tennis facilities, and other recreational facilities not commonly found in a village of this size. Nature enthusiasts will find their calling at Fullersburg Woods, where they can explore trails that accommodate activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Residents also enjoy a variety of local events including a summer concert series, a two-person triathlon, the Pink 5K race, Autumn Fest, and the Taste of Oak Brook.
Residential subdivisions abound in Oak Brook, offering everything from stately mansions to ranch homes and condominiums. In addition to I-88, Oak Brook is near I-294 and I-290, providing easy access to O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.
Known for its curved roads that were influenced by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Clarendon Hills has a unique street plan that contours its beautiful natural landscape. The rapidly-growing village has been named one of the best places to live in the Chicago area by West Suburban Living and today is home to more than 80 businesses. Eight parks spanning nearly 50 acres offer recreational activities for residents of all ages, with amenities including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, walking and biking trails and areas for picnicking. Once known as “Daisy Fields,” Clarendon Hills celebrates its beginnings every June with “Daisy Days” and the annual “Daisy Dash,” consisting of a 5K run to benefit local charities. Community Consolidated School District 181 serves students in grades PK-8. Clarendon Hills Middle School is the lone middle school in the village; one of five that feeds into Hinsdale Central High School. Transportation is convenient for commuters with the Clarendon Hills Metra station, which provides service to Chicago and Aurora along the BNSF Railway.
Fortunately, Downers Grove doesn’t let fame go to its head. The village has racked up more than its share of accolades, with Forbes naming it one of America’s friendliest towns and CNN ranking it among the country’s best places for a healthy retirement due to its abundance of parks and top-notch hospitals. A varied housing stock exists in this robust community, ranging from historic homes from the mid-1800s to an assortment of Sears Roebuck Catalog Homes, which were built between 1908 and 1940 from purchased kits. New construction can also be found in the village. Along with ample boutique shopping and upscale dining, Downers Grove hosts dozens of community events and festivals, attracting visitors and earning the village a place on the Chicago Tribune’s “Top 10 List of Downtowns.” The community is also home to the Downers Grove Museum, which includes the historic Blodgett House. Downers Grove is served by Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Center Cass School District 66, and Community High School District 99, which consists of two public high schools — Downers Grove North and South. The community also boasts the prestigious Avery Coonley School, founded in 1906 and located in the village since 1929. Metra's BNSF Railway has three stations in Downers Grove, providing direct transportation to Chicago.
The Village of Western Springs was named for its clear, cool springs. The springs may be gone, but the community continues to thrive. The affluent community offers beautiful homes, a short commute and plenty of parks and recreation. Homes here include a mix of spacious single-family homes as well as condominiums and townhomes. The village has a number of new construction homes and remodeled homes featuring additions and updates. The Western Springs Park District maintains more than 80 acres of land in several neighborhood parks, and offers sports programs and classes sponsored by the recreation department. Residents can also find restaurants and shops in the picturesque downtown district along with plaza shopping facilities at the Garden Market. The Thomas Ford Memorial Library and the Theatre of Western Springs are two local attractions. The Theatre hosts classes and summer camps as well as 10 performances a year for adults and children. Area students attend public elementary and junior high schools and Lyons Township High School, which has two campuses. Freshmen and sophomores go to the south campus; juniors and seniors go to the north campus in La Grange. Western Springs is bordered by several major thoroughfares including the Tri-State Tollway. The community also has its own Metra station, offering train service to downtown Chicago.
All roads lead to La Grange, just one of the reasons the suburb is a popular place to call home. Named one of the Chicago area’s top transit suburbs, La Grange has two Metra train stations providing direct transportation to Chicago’s Union Station. Two major highways also run through the village and intersect with I-294 and I-55, putting the community within easy reach of airports and the city.
Of course, location is not all that La Grange has to offer. The community also has notable historic homes, top-rated schools, a charming downtown and a historic district designated by the National Register of Historic Places. La Grange has a variety of single-family homes in a range of styles and prices. Many homes are architecturally significant and have been carefully restored to preserve their original charm, including Victorian, Queen Anne and Prairie School-style homes. The village has a few homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including a “bootleg” house that Wright designed on the side while working for architect Louis Sullivan. With dining, shopping, nightlife and a movie theater, La Grange has a vibrant downtown, earning the village a place on Chicago magazine’s list of best neighborhoods and suburbs. A number of events are held each year, including the annual Pet Parade, craft show, Endless Summerfest and West End Art festival, along with seasonal celebrations. Residents also enjoy abundant recreation, with the community’s park district maintaining dozens of acres of parkland.
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