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COMMUNITY GUIDE


The West Suburbs of Chicago have so much to offer within an array of cities, towns and villages. Thriving communities have picturesque parks, trails, beaches, and nature preserves for those looking for recreational activities, and numerous shopping and dining options are readily available. A tremendous lifestyle with the best of everything awaits you. At its heart, real estate is a local business and we participate in and give back to the communities we live in and love. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, we are passionate about what we do and continually strive to be the foremost provider or superior real estate services.

Diane Glass

Mark Pasquesi

Joe Stacy

Chief Operating Officer

President of Brokerage

Senior Vice President & General Sales Manager


TABLE OF CONTENTS COOK COUNTY

Tinley Park 27

Oak Brook 50

Berkley 4

Westchester 28

Oakbrook Terrace 51

Berwyn 5

Western Springs 29

Roselle 52

Brookfield 6

Willow Springs 30

Villa Park

Warrenville 54

Burr Ridge 7 Cicero 8

53

West Chicago 55

DUPAGE COUNTY

Countryside 9

Addison 32

Westmont 56

Elgin 10

Bartlett 33

Wheaton 57

Elk Grove Village

11

Batavia 34

Willowbrook 58

Elmwood Park 12

Bensenville 35

Winfield 59

Forest Park

13

Bloomingdale 36

Wood Dale 60

Hanover Park 14

Bolingbrook 37

Woodridge 61

Hillside 15

Carol Stream

Indian Head Park

16

Clarendon Hills 39

La Grange 17

Darien 40

Aurora 64

La Grange Highlands

18

Downers Grove 41

Geneva 65

La Grange Park

19

Elmhurst 42

North Aurora 66

Maywood 20

Glendale Heights 43

St. Charles 67

Melrose Park 21

Glen Ellyn 44

Sugar Grove 68

Oak Park 22

Hinsdale 45

River Forest 23

Itasca 46

Riverside 24

Lisle 47

Frankfort 70

Schaumburg 25

Lombard 48

Mokena 71

Streamwood 26

Naperville 49

Plainfield 72

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WILL COUNTY


COOK COUNTY

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BERKLEY

15 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Berkeley via the Union Pacific West line, and Pace has bus routes in the village.

Located on the western border of Cook County, Berkeley is a village that is surrounded by neighboring Elmhurst, Hillside and Bellwood. In 1902 the Chicago, Elgin, and Aurora railroad encouraged a population boom. Berkeley was officially incorporated in 1924. Students in Berkeley attend schools in Districts 87, 93, 209, and 504. Classes and activities are offered at the Berkeley Park District, which includes volleyball courts, parks and playing fields. The Illinois Prairie Path, a 62-mile hiking, biking, equestrian, and nature trail, also runs through Berkeley.

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BERWYN

11 MILES The city of Berwyn is located about 20 minutes west of Chicago’s loop. It is a community full of culture and character. Berwyn is bustling with live music, world class cuisine, grassroots art initiatives, and tons of shops. Residents are proud to call Berwyn home with its beautiful tree-lined streets, brick bungalows, and Victorian “Painted ladies” type of homes. It is a safe, stable, and very diverse community. Berwyn is served by two school districts, District 98 and 100, and is home to numerous parks and the well-known Berwyn Gardens.

Metra trains stop at the Windsor Avenue station in Berwyn via the BNSF Railway. The area is also served by Pace suburban bus services and CTA buses.

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$101,714 COOK COUNTY | 5


BROOKFIELD

16 MILES

Metra trains are available via the BNSF Railway.

Brookfield is a serene suburb that spans 3.1 miles. The Brookfield Zoo attracts many visitors and is run by the Chicago Zoological Society. Brookfield has been a Tree City since 1981, and maintains a total tree care program that is managed by the Village’s Forestry Division. There are 10 parks and 6 recreational facilities in Brookfield. The Brookfield Recreation Department has also entered into a cooperative programming agreement with the Villages of Lyons, Riverside, North Riverside, The Community Park District of LaGrange Park, and other surrounding communities. Elementary and middle schools in Brookfield are in Districts 95, 96, 102, and 103. High School students typically attend Riverside Brookfield High School in District 208, which is recognized nationally for its educational achievements. A section of Brookfield attends Lyons Township High School.

$268,211 $200,863 6 | COOK COUNTY

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BURR RIDGE

20 MILES Established in 1956, Burr Ridge has grown steadily over the years. Burr Ridge still sports the wetlands, ponds and burr oak trees of its youth. What were once large tracts of open farmland is now a thriving village of residential, commercial and industrial area. Some areas of Burr Ridge are zoned for horses. The Kohler Waters Spa is a great place for relaxation and is located in the Burr Ridge Village Shopping Center. Elementary School Districts 62, 107, 180 and 181 and High School Districts 86, (Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central) and 204 (Lyons Township) serve the village. The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) intersect in the village.

Metra trains are available in nearby Hinsdale via BNSF Railway.

*Portions extend into DuPage County

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$423,500 COOK COUNTY | 7


CICERO

8.5 MILES

Metra trains stop at the Cicero station via the BNSF Railway line. The area is served by Pace bus services and the CTA trains and buses.

Cicero is an unincorporated town located 7 miles West of Chicago’s Loop, and is the suburb nearest to downtown Chicago. Cicero Township once occupied six times its current territory, which is about 5.5 square miles. Oak Park and Berwyn were once a part of Cicero Township, but the cities voted to split off from Cicero. Today, Cicero has been a great revival in its commercial sector. There are many new retail store and mini-malls in the area, as well as construction on new condominiums. Hawthorne Park District in Cicero offers recreation programs and opportunities for Cicero residents, and operates 5 different park sites in the area. The Park District operates two buildings to serve the residents, Hawthorne Park District Community Building and Drexel Hall. Cicero children can attend a number of schools through District 99, and High School through District 201.

$188,934 $132,074 8 | COOK COUNTY

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COUNTRYSIDE

19 MILES The land in and around Countryside was settled by early American pioneers in the beginning of the 19th century. The area remained a farming community until post World War II when it experienced growth. The City of Countryside was officially incorporated in 1960. Countryside is served by School District 105. Students attend high school at Lyons Township High School in School District 204. The Recreation Department of Countryside maintains and oversees six neighborhood parks, a Little League/Soccer Park, a Memorial Park, and a Flagship Park.

Metra Trains are available in nearby La Grange via the BNSF Railway.

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$143,042 COOK COUNTY | 9


ELGIN

35 MILES

Metra trains are available in Elgin via the Milwaukee District West Line.

*Portions extend into Kane County

Elgin was founded in 1836 and today is known as one of the fastest growing communities in Kane County. Known as “the city in the suburbs�, Elgin keeps its charm due in part to its four historic districts lined with Victorian mansions. A destination for the arts, Elgin has a strong base of arts organizations and a number of individual artists. School District U-46, which is nestled in the Fox River Valley and is the second largest school district in Illinois, serves the students of the city. There is no shortage of recreational space in Elgin, as the area offers over 4,000 acres of Kane and Cook County forest preserves that offer canoeing, fishing and equestrian trails. Residents can enjoy the Fox River Trail and the Illinois Prairie Path. 1,600 acres of well-equipped parks provide additional recreational options. The Grand Victoria Casino is another entertainment venue available to the community.

$251,979 $173,085 10 | COOK COUNTY

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ELK GROVE VILLAGE

24 MILES Initially settled by New England farmers in 1834, Elk Grove Village received its moniker from the native elk that roamed the northern Illinois forests. Douglas Aircraft turned the once rural community into a center of commerce by building a manufacturing plant in nearby Orchard Place during World War II. Elk Grove Village was officially incorporated in 1956 and what started as 1,500 acres is today almost 7,000 acres comprised of business, commercial, residential, parkland, and recreational space. Students have the option to attend schools in School District 54 and Community Consolidated School District 59. The Elk Grove Village Park District maintains approximately 473 acres of parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, a water park, preschool, theme park, golf course, historical museum, community center. Residents also have access to the Busse Woods Forest preserve, where a herd of elk can be found near the entrance at Arlington Heights Road and Higgins Road.

CTA Blue Line service is available in nearby Rosemont.

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$168,847 COOK COUNTY | 11


ELMWOOD PARK

16 MILES

Metra trains stop at the Grand Avenue station in Elmwood Park via the Milwaukee West line. The area is also served by Pace suburban bus services and CTA buses.

Located in Cook County about 10 miles West of Chicago’s Loop, Elmwood Park was once an open prairie. Farmers came to the area in the 1840s. Railroad tracks were laid in the township in 1870 and speculators began purchasing many of the smaller farms in the area and subdividing the land for residential development. Elmwood Park was incorporated as a village in 1914. The greatest population growth in Elmwood Park occurred between 1920 and 1928. This was due to the construction of new churches, a village hall, and a school. Population rose again after World War II, and the village built a high school and a new reservoir to accommodate. The village is served by Illinois Community Unit School District #401. For over 30 years, Elmwood Park has hosted an annual ‘Taste of Elmwood Park’ to showcase their finest local restaurants and entertainment.

$291,598 $143,950 12 | COOK COUNTY

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FOREST PARK

10 MILES When settlers first inhabited Forest Park in 1856, its boundaries included parts of Oak Park and River Forest. The Village was officially incorporated in 1907. Forest Park has a rich history and many original cobblestone streets can still be found throughout the Village. An eclectic mix of locally owned chic boutiques and specialty shops define the shopping scene in Forest Park. The village is served by School District 91 and offers four grammar schools and one middle school. Students attend Proviso East High School or Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The Park District of Forest Park boasts an Aquatic Center that includes two water slides, a volleyball court and a childrens water area.

Forest Park is serviced by both the Blue and Green Lines on the CTA, and the Metra train via the Union Pacific West Line.

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$217,014 COOK COUNTY | 13


HANOVER PARK

30 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Hanover Park via the Milwaukee District West Line.

Hanover Park’s first settlers arrived in the 1800s, and growth boomed in the 1950s, when it was officially incorporated into a village. Students have the option to attend school in Keeneyville School District 20, which has elementary and middle school options, and Hanover Park Regional High School District, which houses Hanover Park High School. Some students may also attend school in Elgin Area School District U-46, the second largest school district in Illinois. The Hanover Park Park District is bustling with 21 parks and facilities that feature an aquatic center, athletic club, and garden plots. Residents have the option of enjoying karate, soccer, fishing, biking trails, and many other activities.

*Portions extend into DuPage County

$234,162 $166,760 14 | COOK COUNTY

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HILLSIDE

15 MILES The village of Hillside is a suburb of Chicago located in Cook County. Previously known as Proviso, taken from the name of the township in which it is a part of respectfully, Hillside became its own municipality, and was incorporated in 1905. School Districts 93, 87, 88, and 209 serve the area’s student population. The Memorial Park District offers residents recreational options. Established in 1928, the Memorial Park District serves the communities within the area includes gym and workout facilities, community centers, pools, and parks. The Illinois Prairie Path, a multi-use nature trail for non-motorized public use, is within close proximity to Hillside. The Fresh Meadows Golf Course offers an option for avid golfers to swing their clubs nearby.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in nearby Berkeley or Bellwood via the Union Pacific West line.

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$80,138 COOK COUNTY | 15


INDIAN HEAD PARK

21 MILES

Indian Head Park is served by buses and a Metra stop in nearby Western Springs via the BNSF Railway.

The Village of Indian Head Park was incorporated in 1959. The Village was named after the Indian Head Golf Course that preceded it and because of the arrowheads that were left in the area by the Potawatomie Tribe. To maintain a respect towards the Native American traditions, the Indian Head Park community today strives to maintain a balance of taking care of nature and the community. Indian Head Park is served by School Districts 106 and 107. Students attend Lyons Township High School in District 204. Blackhawk Park and Sacajawea Park are both located in the Village and provide picturesque locations for recreation.

$477,554 $222,169 16 | COOK COUNTY

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LA GRANGE

16 MILES La Grange is characterized by historic homes, a downtown business district, schools, parks, public transportation, all of which contribute to the economic vibrancy of this Village. Downtown La Grange is the heart of the community, and is steeped in history. Shopping, businesses, the La Grange Theatre, and numerous dining options are within walking distance of residents’ homes. La Grange is primarily served by School Districts 106 for elementary and middle school, and District 204 for High School. High School students in La Grange attend Lyons Township High School. For recreational activities, La Grange has a recreation center that includes basketball courts, rental rooms, tennis courts, softball fields, as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

La Grange has two Metra stops via the BNSF Railway.

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$220,951 COOK COUNTY | 17


LA GRANGE HIGHLANDS

19 MILES

Metra service is nearby via the BNSF Railway.

La Grange Highlands, named for its high elevation, is a residential community situated on approximately 600 acres southwest of the Village of La Grange and has the distinction of being one of the largest unincorporated areas in Cook County. An active Civic Association encourages residents to be good neighbors, awards college scholarships and has an active Women’s Club that sponsors local charitable activities. Housing in La Grange Highlands ranges from single family residences, many of which grace half acre lots, to attached homes. Students living in La Grange Highlands attend District 106 schools for elementary and middle school and District 204 Lyons Township High School, which has two campuses. Recreational activities are plentiful in nearby La Grange, Hinsdale, Countryside, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

$392,392 $135,000 18 | COOK COUNTY

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LA GRANGE PARK

15 MILES Incorporated in 1892, La Grange Park is known as the Village of Roses, a theme that is blended into annual events and festivities throughout the year, including an annual spring rose show. La Grange Park is bounded on two sides by forest preserves, instilling natural beauty throughout the Village. La Grange Park is served by School Districts 102 and 95. Students attend Lyons Township High School in District 204 and Riverside/Brookfield High School in District 208. Recreational facilities in La Grange Park include six parks, ten athletic playing fields, ten tennis courts, and an ice rink. La Grange Park also has easy access to the 6.5 mile Salt Creek bicycle trail.

La Grange Park is serviced by the Metra via the BNSF Railway.

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$124,086 COOK COUNTY | 19


MAYWOOD

12 MILES

Metra trains offers service via the Union Pacific West stop and Pace buses are also available.

Maywood is a village located in Cook County and is named for May, the daughter of Colonel William Nichols, the founder of Maywood. He came to Illinois from Vermont and formed the Maywood company, which developed the village in 1881. Students in Maywood can attend classes in two school districts, 89 and 209. There are many recreational options for residents, including eleven parks, the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center as well as trails for hiking and running. The multi-use nature trail Illinois Prairie Path runs through Maywood.

$155,980 $64,100 20 | COOK COUNTY

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MELROSE PARK

14 MILES Melrose Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois. It is located approximately 14 miles from Chicago’s Loop. It is the current home of Maywood Park Racetrack, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Stern Pinball, Inc., the largest manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines. Melrose Park is served by school District 89 with numerous public grade and high schools that are shared with neighboring Oak Park and Maywood. Each year, residents gather for the annual Melrose Park Taste, which is the home of the Melrose Stuffed Peppers. Members of the community can take advantage of popular attractions, the Cernan Earth & Space Center, the Trailside Museum of Natural History, and the nature walks at Thatcher Woods.

Metra trains stop at the Main Street station in Melrose Park via the Union Pacific West line and Pace buses.

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$190,147 COOK COUNTY | 21


OAK PARK

10 MILES

Train service available in Oak Park includes the Metra via the Union Pacific West Line and CTA blue and green Lines.

In 1839 Joseph Kettlestrings, a native of England, settled on a section of land now bounded by Lake Street, Chicago Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, and Harlem Avenue. The home he built on the southwest corner of that tract was the first house in Oak Park. The Village of Oak Park was officially incorporated in 1902 and today has a thriving community of 52,000 people. Oak Park attracts architecture buffs and others to view the many Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes found in the village. In fact, the largest collection of Wright-designed residential properties in the world is located within Oak Park. Oak Park is in District 200 and the public high school is Oak Park and River Forest High School. Elementary and middle schools are located in District 97 and include 8 elementary schools and two middle schools. The Park District of Oak Park was created in 1912 and serves the recreational needs of the village residents. The District offers two outdoor pools, an indoor ice rink, the Oak Park Conservatory, seven recreation centers, and 13 parks.

$493,282 $209,156 22 | COOK COUNTY

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RIVER FOREST

10 MILES River Forest was incorporated as a village in 1880. Original homes were built along the east-west rail line, but with the introduction of the automobile, homes started being built further away from train stations in the village. River Forest Public Schools are in District 90 and include Oak Park River Forest High School. River Forest also has two universities: Concordia University and Dominican University and Triton College is in nearby River Grove. The River Forest Park District maintains 10 parks including baseball fields, soccer fields, open space, illuminated tennis courts, climbing wall, sled hill, and a walking path.

Metra offers train service in River Forest via the Union Pacific West Line and the CTA green Line also runs from River Forest to Chicago.

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$207,159 COOK COUNTY | 23


RIVERSIDE

13 MILES

Metra of fers train ser vice in Riverside via the BNSF Railway line.

Riverside was one of the first planned communities and is a National Historic Landmark. Settled in 1836, the Riverside Improvement Company was incorporated in 1869 and given the task of developing the village. Frederick Law Olmstead was selected as the architect to lead the project, and he shaped the community of Riverside that is known today. Riverside has many local tours and attractions. Village historical tours include the Olmstead Society of Riverside, the online Historic Landmark Tour and the history of Riverside can also be enjoyed at the Riverside Museum. Riverside schools are in School District 96 and include four elementary schools and one middle school. High school students attend Riverside Brookfield High School in School District 208, which has been recognized nationally for its educational achievements. The Parks and Recreation Department in Riverside offers over 200 programs aimed at both children and adults. There are 8 parks in Riverside that offer softball fields, baseball fields, and playgrounds.

$451,133 $187,908 24 | COOK COUNTY

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SCHAUMBURG

33 MILES The Village of Schaumburg was incorporated in 1956, after settlers arrived in the area as early as 1835. Schaumburg expanded in the 1960s and changed the community dramatically. Commercial, industrial and retail growth continued throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the present day. Woodfield Mall has a fine collection of department stores, specialty shops and restaurants. Schaumburg is served by three elementary school districts, one high school district, a community college, and two universities. Schaumburg Park District operates three community centers, three fitness centers, three outdoor pools, an indoor aquatic center, two golf courses, and the Spring Valley Nature Center, which is 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Schaumburg via the Milwaukee District West Line.

*Portions extend into DuPage County

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$184,295 COOK COUNTY | 25


STREAMWOOD

36 MILES

Metra trains in Bar tlett and Hanover Park ser vice Streamwood.

In the 1830s, Streamwood was a dairy farm community known as Hoosier Grove. Following a construction boom to meet demand for housing after World War II and the Korean War, the Village of Streamwood was established and billed as the Town of Tomorrow. Honoring our military, an American Veterans Memorial, was dedicated in 1991. It recognizes each branch of the military and all conflicts since the Revolutionary War. Students who live in Streamwood attend School District U-46, Elementary School District 54 and High School District 211. The Streamwood Park District offers a wide array of leisure opportunities including Hoosier Grove Park, Park Place Family Recreation Center, 9 and 18-hole disc golf courses, the 4-acre Freedom Run Dog Park, Hoosier Grove Barn and Banquet facility and the Hoosier Grove Museum. Sports enthusiasts may also enjoy the 9-hole championship Streamwood Oaks Golf Club or the Streamwood Cricket Club. The annual Streamwood Stride is an endurance race held each June.

$233,118 $172,898 26 | COOK COUNTY

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TINLEY PARK

32 MILES Tinley Park is a village located in Cook County, with a small portion in Will County. Incorporated in 1892, the village rapidly grew due to the railroad expansion of the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad lines. The namesake of the village, Samuel Tinley Sr. honors the railroad boom as he was the village’s first railroad station’s agent. School Districts 228, 146 and 140 serve the students of Tinley Park. There is no shortage of recreational options for the residents of the village. The Tinley Park-Park District includes a sports complex, performing arts center, recreation center with a fitness center, off leash dog park, and Town Point Park, which has 15 acres of wetlands and a boardwalk. Tinley Park is also home to the Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, a wellknown outdoor music venue.

Metra trains offers ser vice at two stops within Tinley Park via the Rock Island District line.

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$171,829 COOK COUNTY | 27


WESTCHESTER

15 MILES

Westchester offers bus routes that connect to the CTA Blue Line.

Samuel Insull purchased the land now known as Westchester, with visions of creating an old English style town. Westchester public schools are served by District 92 ½ and has a primary school, intermediate school, and middle school. Students in Westchester attend Proviso West High School in District 209, which also serves surrounding villages. The Westchester Park District consists of parks and athletic fields, as well as a community center, recreational center, community swimming pool, and fitness center.

$250,833 $280,710 28 | COOK COUNTY

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WESTERN SPRINGS

21MILES Incorporated in 1886, Western Springs received its name from the water of its clear, cool springs which inspired the name of its largest park, Spring Rock Park. Western Springs has evolved into a quaint village with beautiful homes on various sized lots. The downtown area of Western Springs is a thriving mix of retail, commercial, and serves as a gathering place. School District 101 serves Village residents and some residents of Hinsdale and includes three elementary schools and one middle school. School District 106 is a combined elementary and middle school campus and serves some of the Village residents. Lyons Township High School’s South Campus is located in the Village and serves the freshman and sophomore classes, while the North Campus serves the juniors and seniors classes and is located in nearby La Grange. The Western Springs Park District owns more than 90 acres of land in 13 parks.

Metra of fers train ser vice in Western Springs via the BNSF Railway Line.

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$515,385 COOK COUNTY | 29


WILLOW SPRINGS

19 MILES

Metra Trains offer ser vice in Willow Springs via the Heritage Corridor.

Willow Springs is a village with a population of about 5,000. Quiet and quaint, Willow Springs is highlighted by its beautiful backdrops of the Forest Preserves incorporated in 1892. The Village has a vibrant dining and shopping area. Willow Springs is served by School Districts 107 and 108. Students attend either Lyons Township High School in District 204 or Argo Community High School in District 217. Recreational facilities in Willow Springs include three parks, four athletic playing fields, and an ice rink.

*Portions extend into DuPage County

$265,431 $193,026 30 | COOK COUNTY

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ADDISON

22 MILES

The area is served by Pace bus services and the Chicago Transit Authority “L” trains and buses.

Addison is a city in DuPage County, located about 20 miles west of the Chicago Loop. It was a popular German area in the 1800s, and was originally named Dunklee’s Grove. The village is located on Salt Creek, and was originally named after 18th century writer, Joseph Addison. The Addison Industrial District was, for a while, the proposed location for the reconstruction of Comiskey Park. The vote was turned down, but the Addison Industrial District is still a popular office research and industrial area today. There is tons to do in Addison like visiting on of its many restaurants, an indoor ice rink, a golf range, outdoor nature preserves and parks, and more.

$297,288 $189,721 32 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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BARTLETT

40 MILES Luther Bartlett traveled from Conway Massachusetts to Illinois via Michigan in 1843. In order to create easy access to a train station, the Bartletts gave up half of their 40 acres to have a train depot built in what is now known as the Village of Bartlett. Today, Bartlett covers over 16 square miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties. The Village is served by School District U-46, which is the second largest public school district within Illinois. The district has 40 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and five high schools. The Bartlett Park District has an elaborate park system that includes 380 acres of park land, indoor and outdoor pools, golf courses, ski facility, skate park, and playgrounds.

Metra trains are available in Bartlett via the Milwaukee District West Line.

*Portions extend into Cook and Kane Counties

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BATAVIA

50 MILES

Metra trains are available in nearby Geneva via the Union Pacific West Line.

Founded in 1833, Batavia is the oldest city in Kane County. The founder, Christopher Payne, also played a part in the founding of nearby Naperville and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Nicknamed “the Windmill City�, the city was known as the windmill manufacturing capital of the world during the turn of the century. Today, Batavia is home to hundreds of manufacturing, warehouse, and research firms. Batavia School District 101 serves the students of the area and is regarded as one of the most educationally advanced systems in Illinois. Established in 1969, the Batavia Park District spans over 400 acres and includes a skating/skateboarding park, aquatic facility, museum, playing fields, and tennis and basketball courts. The Batavia Riverwalk offers a beautiful additional recreational area.

*Portions extend into Kane County

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BENSENVILLE

22 MILES Bensenville is a village located in DuPage County with a portion of it in Cook County. Incorporated in 1884, it was formally established along the Milwaukee Road Railway. Students in Bensenville can attend classes in School Districts 100 and 2. The village has a Recreation & Community Programming Department, which provides community activities and operates numerous facilities that include the Redmond Recreational complex, Edge Ice Arenas, an outdoor ice rink, Water’s Edge Aquatic Center, and a theater.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Bensenville via the Milwaukee District West line, and Pace has bus routes in the village.

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BLOOMINGDALE

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Metra trains offer service in nearby Roselle via the Milwaukee District West line.

Bloomingdale is located in DuPage County and is surrounded by the neighboring communities of Roselle, Medinah, Keeneyville, Addison, and Carol Stream. The roots of Bloomingdale can be traced to the Meacham family farming the area. In 1837 a post office built, which eventually led to the villages of Bloomingdale, Roselle, and unincorporated Medinah being established in 1945. School Districts 13, 87, 108, 93, 20, 15 and 11 serve the students in the area. The Bloomingdale Park District offers a number of resources for activity that include over 160 acres of open space, programs, parks, a recreation center, and a water park. The park district also oversees the museum, which is Bloomingdale’s oldest building and houses art exhibits.

$377,316 $230,886 36 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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BOLINGBROOK

30 MILES Residents of Bolingbrook describe their community, located 25 miles southwest of the Loop, as a vibrant place with a big city pulse and a small town heart. Tree-lined streets and well-groomed lawns, open parks, peaceful neighborhoods and high quality schools make Bolingbrook a most desirable place to call home. The Village’s main streets feature wide, landscaped medians and flowering trees, which earned Bolingbrook the designation of “Tree City U.S.A.,” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Park District offers more than 1,200 recreational programs. Most students attend Valley View Community Unit School District 365-U, which offers K-12 education in 16 different elementary, middle school or high school buildings. Some students will be enrolled in Downers Grove, Naperville and Plainfield school districts.

Metra trains are available in nearby Lisle and Lemont via the BNSF Railway and Heritage Corridor Lines.

*Portions extend into Will County

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CAROL STREAM

34 MILES

Metra trains are available in nearby Schaumburg or Wheaton via the Union Pacific West and Milwaukee District West Lines.

Jay Stream founded Carol Stream in 1959. Purchased originally as unincorporated farmland, and now offering education, parks and infrastructure, Carol Stream is a lovely place to call home. Carol Stream has a wide selection of parks and recreational activities from which to choose, with 36 parks and playgrounds, an outdoor water park, two recreational centers and a mini-golf course. Students in Carol Stream are served by the Benjamin School District 25, CCSD 93, the Elgin Area School District U46 and Wheaton School District 200. Throughout the surrounding area, Carol Stream has seven elementary schools, one middle school, and four high schools.

$285,072 $188,770 38 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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CLARENDON HILLS

22 MILES Planned in part by Frederick Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park, Clarendon Hills is a “picture book small-town community.” Not quite two square miles in size, the Village projects a distinct charm and style. Residents and local organizations take an active role in maintaining the beauty of their community. District 181 houses two elementary schools. High school students generally attend Hinsdale Central High School in District 86. Four parks, two man-made lakes, a golf course, tennis courts and several playgrounds are maintained within the village.

Metra rail service to the Loop is available from the local station via the Burlington Northern railroad.

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DARIEN

18 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in nearby Westmont via the BNSF railway.

Darien is a city within DuPage County that is a planned community with a balance of private and multiple residential buildings. Neighboring communities include Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Lemont, Willowbrook, Westmont, and Woodridge. Darien’s roots trace back to the 1830s, when fields of wild asparagus were paved over and Cass and Lace combined to create one new city. Many schools in Darien fall within Districts 61, 63, 66, and 86. The Darien Park District offers many activities for its residents through 130 acres of parks, 15 recreational facilities, and the newest addition, the Darien Sportsplex, which includes two ice rinks, field house and a food court.

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DOWNERS GROVE

23 MILES Downers Grove traces its name to Pierce Downer who settled the area on 150 acres in 1832. The arrival of the railroad in 1864 brought new opportunities and stimulated growth. The mid-1960s to the mid-1980s saw a boom period in which the population doubled. Abundant trees, parks and greenery earned Downers Grove the nickname, “Village of Trees.� Students attend elementary schools in District 58 or 69, and high school at Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South (District 99). Downers Grove has park sites totaling 500 acres. More than 500 programs are coordinated by the Park District and are devoted to sports, recreation, leisure and learning, including fully-developed programs for people with disabilities. The downtown area has a thriving shopping district, new construction condos, and entertainment venues that include the Tivoli Theater.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Downers Grove via the BNSF Railway Line.

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ELMHURST

18 MILES

Elmhurst has a Metra train stop via the Union Pacific West Line and is close to the expressway.

Elmhurst offers the advantages of suburban living with a metropolitan atmosphere. Stately trees line the parkways and frame a variety of well-built homes. The community is well-established, has great respect for its historical district and harbors plans for future development. Downtown Elmhurst is an outstanding place to shop. From boutiques to major appliances and from jewelry to hobbies, Elmhurst has it all. Elmhurst is home to seven elementary and three junior high schools. York High School is known by the state as “representative of excellence” in education. If students wish to further their education, they needn’t go far; Elmhurst College is a private and renowned liberal arts college located right in town. Between the local YMCA and the Park District, Elmhurst has a wide variety of special events scheduled year-round.

*Portions extend into Cook County

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GLENDALE HEIGHTS

30MILES Glendale Heights is a village located in DuPage County. It was largely a rural farming area until 1958, when Midland Enterprises bought two farms and the first houses were built on Glen Ellyn Road and Larry Lane. A year later a petition was circulated to officially incorporate the village with the name Glendale taking its roots from two close by neighbors, Glen Ellyn and Bloomingdale. School Districts 15, 16, 41, and 87 serve the area’s students. The Glendale Heights Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department works to preserve open space and provide quality recreational and leisure services. They help to maintain over 20 parks, a fitness center, and an aquatic center.

Pace Buses and Metra trains offer service in nearby Glen Ellyn, via the Union Pacific West line.

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GLEN ELLYN

25 MILES

The Metra offers a stop in Glen Ellyn via the Union Pacific West Line and the area also offers a commuter shuttle bus.

Originally settled in 1834, and first known as Babcock’s Grove, Glen Ellyn was a resort town for turn-of-the-century Chicago residents. Vintage architecture, tree-lined streets, rolling terrain, and charming antique and specialty shops add to the community’s New England flavor. Glen Ellyn is served by elementary school Districts 41 and 89, and high school District 87. The village has eight elementary schools, two junior high schools, two high schools. The College of DuPage offers a wide curriculum. The Glen Ellyn Park District oversees 26 parks as well as the Village Links, a 27-hole championship golf course. Lake Ellyn provides scenic recreation including ice skating, picnic areas, playgrounds, and special events. The YMCA as well as two indoor ice rinks are also located in Glen Ellyn.

$483,328 $247,894 44 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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HINSDALE

21MILES Founded in 1873, historic Hinsdale is one of the Western Suburb’s most prestigious communities. Gently rolling lawns and quiet streets are bordered by oak, maple and elm trees. Downtown Hinsdale is a charming destination that offers fashionable boutiques and plentiful dining options that range from casual to upscale. In addition to several local plazas and the central business district offers charming shops and small businesses. Hinsdale Schools include Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools, a middle school and five public elementary schools. The Village is home to parks that span over 120 acres and include tennis courts, a swimming pool and playgrounds. Cross-country skiing, swimming, archery and horseback riding are among the offerings.

Metra trains of fer t wo stops in Hinsdale via the BNSF Railway Line.

*Portions extend into Cook County

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ITASCA

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Metra trains of fer ser vice in Itasca via the Milwaukee District West Line.

Settlers first reached Itasca in 1841 and it was officially incorporated as a village almost 50 years later. The Village has made an effort to preserve its structures in an effort to stay true to its mantra of “Committed to our future, inspired by our past.� In 1985, the Historical Commission was created to help retain the historical sites of Itasca. The Village is served by Itasca School District 10, which includes elementary and middle schools, and Itasca Independent School District, which includes Itasca High School. The Itasca Park District offers many avenues for recreational activities that include a waterpark, fitness center, museum, a nature center, outdoor ice rink, and playing fields. The Itasca Riverwalk creates a sense of community by starting at the Village Hall, winding through the Spring Brook Nature Center, and ending at the Municipal Complex in the park. Itasca also has the largest fireworks display in the Chicagoland area!

$372,459 $257,367 46 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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LISLE

27 MILES Early settlers to Lisle were attracted by the prime timber, agricultural land and plentiful water resources available. In 1850 Lisle Township was created, but the Village of Lisle was not incorporated until 1956. Today Lisle is situated at the crossroads of two major interstates in the heart of DuPage County’s High Tech Corridor. The town offers an ideal setting for residents, businesses and visitors alike. Lisle is served by two public school districts, Community Unit School District 202 and Naperville 203. Benedictine University is located within the Village and College of DuPage and North Central College are located nearby. The Park District maintains a community fitness center, an aquatic park and golf course in addition to the many park facilities found in the area.

Metra trains offer service in Lisle via the BNSF Railway Line.

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LOMBARD

22MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Lombard via the Union Pacific West Line.

The Village was named for Josiah P. Lombard, a landowner, in 1869. Lombard is now known as the “Lilac Village� and, in its honor, an internationally famous Lilac Festival is held each spring that attracts thousands. Lombard is home to Yorktown Center, an indoor shopping center. District 44 maintains seven elementary schools and one middle school; District 45 has three elementary schools serving the community. The Lombard Park District has over 450 acres of land designed for playgrounds, bike paths, and athletic fields, as well as numerous ponds and lagoons. Lilacia Park is an 8.5 acre horticultural showcase.

$301,853 $174,063 48 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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NAPERVILLE

31 MILES As the oldest town in DuPage County, Naperville was the center of rural DuPage County life for over a century. In fact, it falls in DuPage and Will Counties. By the 1970s, it had become the fastest growing city with a population that tripled in two decades. A 50-block area of old Naperville, comprised of vintage homes, has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Naperville’s central business district is home to many charming shops and cafes, supplemented by a number of local plazas and shopping centers. School Districts 203 and 204 serve the community and acclaimed colleges are also available in Naperville or neighboring suburbs. Naperville’s 1,200-acre Park District has won the Sports Foundation gold medal for outstanding recreational programs and facilities. Created exclusively through local volunteer contributions, the Riverwalk is a unique park overlooking the DuPage River.

There are two Metra train stations within Naperville via the BNSF Railway Line.

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OAK BROOK

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Metra train service is available in nearby Hinsdale via the BNSF Railway Line.

*Portions extend into Cook County

Founded by famed sportsman and captain of industry Paul Butler, Oak Brook has evolved into a thriving, sophisticated community. A modern commercial and retail base is complemented by abundant woodlands, ponds, streams, gently rolling hills and stately homes on tree-lined streets. Oakbrook Center has a growing reputation as Chicagoland’s premiere shopping site. Eight school districts serve the Oak Brook community. Most elementary students attend schools in District 53. Area high schools include Hinsdale Central (District 86), Downers Grove North (District 99) and York High School in Elmhurst (District 205). An avid polo player, Paul Butler was responsible for the polo field, which is home to the Butler National Polo Tournament. The village-owned Oak Brook Golf Club, sprawling 1800 acre Fullersburg Park, and the Oak Brook Sports Core with tennis and soccer facilities are popular recreational options for residents. The Park District coordinates numerous seasonal activities for the enjoyment of all age groups.

$866,484 $344,529 50 | DUPAGE COUNTY

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OAKBROOK TERRACE

20 MILES Oakbrook Terrace is a popular destination for business and residential developments, with easy access to four major highways. Home to a number of convention centers, corporate headquarters for numerous companies, Oakbrook Terrace also serves as an ideal place for residential living with condominiums, new construction homes, and tree-lined streets. Students attend schools in Districts 48, 45, and 88. The Drury Lane Theater provides entertainment for residents and surrounding communities, and is located by Oakbrook Center, a venue with numerous retail stores and restaurants. The Oakbrook Terrace Park District offers parks, trails and facilities to the community.

Metra trains offer service in nearby Lombard via the Union Pacific West Line.

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ROSELLE

30 MILES

Milwaukee District West Metra Line has a stop in Roselle.

*Portions extend into Cook County

In 1833, the Meacham brothers settled in what is today Roselle. In 1868, Rosell Hough, the town’s name sake retired from a successful career in Chicago as an Alderman and business owner. He grew flax in the thriving farmland and started the Illinois Linen Company. He was also the first president of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company. The community has a rich history documented in archives at the Roselle Historical Foundation and History Museum. Students in Roselle attend Keeneyville School District 20 or Medinah School District 11, whose middle school is located in the Village. Parts of northern Roselle fall within Schaumburg School Districts 54 and southern within Bloomingdale School District 13. Recreational offerings are plentiful in Roselle with 18 parks including Kemmerling Pool, Clauss Recreation Center, a skate park, splash pad, disc golf, bike paths and recreation trails. Special events and festivals in Roselle include the Rose Festival, Rose Parade and Run for the Roses, Taste of Roselle and Concerts in the Park series.

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VILLA PARK

20 MILES Villa Park is known to residents as the garden village. Playgrounds, garden plots and lagoons can be found in the Village’s parks. A nine-hole golf course features a sevenacre pond. The community has access to the Illinois Prairie Path, a 45-mile linear bike trail. An active Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors special events with other community organizations such as the Villa Park Historical Society. Elementary School Districts 45 and 48 serve the community. The Village has an after-school sports program at three elementary schools and other village facilities. Students continue their education by attending Willowbrook High School in District 88. Villa Park’s Recreation Division offers more than 600 programs. The Village owns two community centers, two swimming pools, eight tennis courts, two sled hills, three fishing lagoons and a golf course.

Metr a tr ains of fer a s top in Villa Park via the Union Pacific West Line.

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WARRENVILLE

32 MILES

Metra offers train service in nearby Winfield via the Union Pacific West Line.

Founded by Daniel Warren and his family in 1834, the town quickly grew when two mills were erected and a plank road was constructed to connect the town with Naperville and Winfield. The 1980s sparked growth from the Chicagoland area. Bower Elementary School, Clifford Johnson School, Hubble Middle School and Wheaton Warrenville South High School are the elementary, middle and high schools that serve the village. Warrenville is home to 10,000 acres of open space and contains approximately 30 miles of off-road bike paths. With such large open areas, opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, tubing, and camping are plentiful. A District Recreational Facility and a Lifetime Fitness facility are options in Warrenville. DuPage Forest Preserve, Silver Lake campgrounds and trails are also located in Warrenville.

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WEST CHICAGO

38 MILES Established as a village due to the trains that ran through the area, West Chicago still has the lively feel of a mini city while still having a quiet and quaint atmosphere. The West Chicago educational system is served by the Elementary School District 33, Benjamin School District 25, St. Charles School District 303, the Community High School. Twisting through West Chicago is the great Illinois Prairie Path, a 61-mile recreational nature trail system that is available for all to use. West Chicago also offers a wide range of classes such as yoga, kickboxing, karate, tumbling and more through The Fitness Station. Many parks and trails are also available.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in West Chicago via the Union Pacific West Line.

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WESTMONT

23 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Westmont via the BNSF Railway Line.

Incorporated in 1926, Westmont has continued to grow dramatically as a result of booming industry in nearby communities. Most students attend school in District 201. High School students attend Westmont High School, Hinsdale Central, or Downers Grove High Schools. The Westmont Park District maintains 65 acres of land incorporating parks, playgrounds, playing fields and a community center.

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WHEATON

26 MILES Founded in 1838 by the Wheaton brothers, the village was incorporated in 1890. The prairie homes of the Wheaton brothers still stand today. In addition, there are boutique shops in downtown Wheaton. Wheaton School District 200 comprises several elementary schools. Students either go on to Edison Middle School or Hubble Middle School then on to Wheaton North High School or Wheaton Warrenville South High School. The Wheaton Park District operates recreational facilities in 50 parks on more than 800 acres including the Rice Pool & Water Park and a community center. There are many recreational programs and a variety of tennis courts, soccer fields, picnic areas and baseball diamonds.

Metra of fers train ser vice in Wheaton via the Union Pacific West Line.

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WILLOWBROOK

22 MILES

Metra train service is offered in nearby Clarendon Hills via the BNSF Railway Line.

Originally the Ridgemoor Homeowners Association, the village of Willowbrook, whose name is aptly taken from its scenery, was incorporated in 1960. Gower West School serves grades K-4. The Holmes School and Maercker Elementary School serve grades 3-5. Gower Middle School serves grades 5-8 and Westview Hills Middle School serves grades 6-8. High school students attend Hinsdale Central High School or Hinsdale South High School. The Willowbrook Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to offer residents 10 park sites on more than 56 acres.

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WINFIELD

29 MILES Originally a hidden gem behind the neighboring towns of West Chicago, Wheaton, Warrenville and Naperville, Winfield experienced enormous suburban growth after 1960 when the toll roads were created. Now, Winfield is a magnificent Village that has an energetic community, known for its lively business district and quiet neighborhoods. Students from the Winfield community attending public schools are enrolled in Districts 33, 34, 94 and 200. The Winfield Park District serves an almost five square mile area in west central DuPage County. The park facilities include various sport fields and courts, numerous hiking areas and a picnic area.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Winfield via the Union Pacific West Line.

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WOOD DALE

24 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Wood Dale via the Milwaukee District West line.

Wood Dale is a city within DuPage County that borders Elk Grove Village, Bensenville, Addison, and Itasca. Following the Civil War, a group persuaded Chicago and Pacific Railroad to build a track that could be accessible to existing properties. By 1873 the line stretched from Chicago to Elgin, and eventually residents wanted the name of the station changed to Wood Dale. This led to the area being officially incorporated. School Districts 7 and 100 serve the area’s students. Recreational activities abound in Wood Dale, with the Wood Dale Park District offering residents 139 acres of park land that encompass 15 park sites and facilities, an 18-hole golf course with banquet facility, a water park, and community center.

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WOODRIDGE

30 MILES Careful planning by village administration has maintained a peaceful small-town environment in Woodridge, along with the recent rapid growth of its business sector. A combination of convenience to Chicago and DuPage County’s “High Tech Corridor” and generous open living space attracts an increasing number of homebuyers to the area. Local grade schools are found in Districts 58, 65, 66, 68 or 203. High Schools include Hinsdale South (District 86), Downers Grove South (99), or Naperville Unit School (203). Some 250 acres of park land encompasses 11 playgrounds and 18 parks. A community center, two pools, two lakes, lighted tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course and a variety of Park District sponsored events are available.

Metra train service is offered in nearby Downers Grove and Lisle via the BNSF Railway Line.

*Portions extend into Will and Cook Counties

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AURORA

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Metra trains are available in Aurora via the BNSF Railway Line.

Aurora is nicknamed the “City of Lights�, for being the first city in the U.S. to use electric lights for publicly lighting the entire city. Joseph McCarty was a pioneer from New York who started the first campfire in 1834 in the place that is now downtown Aurora. It has since grown to become the second largest city in the state of Illinois. Aurora is served by six school districts; Aurora East 131, Aurora West 129, Indian Prairie 204, Batavia 101, Oswego 308, and Kaneland 302. The Fox Valley Park District offers Aurora a number of recreational options including an aquatic center, fitness center, community center, sports complex, parks, trails, and tennis courts.

*Portions extend into DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties

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GENEVA

44 MILES Geneva is located in Kane County, between St. Charles and Batavia. Known for its historical architecture, unique stores, restaurants, and scenic views, Geneva is a picturesque destination. Settled in the 1830s by Daniel Shaw Haight, it was incorporated as a village in 1867. Geneva Community School District 304 serves the area and is comprised of one high school, two middle schools and six elementary schools. Geneva Commons provide a bustling shopping option and the downtown historic district offers numerous dining and independent retail venues. The city has a number of recreational spaces that include Fabyan Forest Preserve and the Fox River Bike Trail.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Geneva via the Union Pacific West Line.

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NORTH AURORA

40 MILES

Metra serves the area via the Union Pacific West Line.

North Aurora was originally known as “Schneider’s Mills” after John Peter Schneider, a businessman who created several mills along the banks of the Fox River in the mid1800s. Today, the community is known for residential neighborhoods and a growing business district. North Aurora students attend West Aurora Public School District 129, Batavia School District 101 and Kaneland School District 302. For High School, students attend West Aurora High School in Aurora. Recreational offerings include parks, Valley Green Golf Course and bike trails along the river. The North Aurora River District Alliance provides residents with a lively public gathering space and programming including the Rhythm on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series at Riverfront Park, a Run for the Riverfront and an Evergreen Holiday event. North Aurora Days is a summer festival that offers something for everyone.

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ST. CHARLES

44 MILES The Fox River that runs through downtown St. Charles inspired the city’s slogan, “Pride of the Fox”. Along the river is the highly recognizable white granite St. Charles Municipal Center. Built in 1940, the Arte Moderne building was designed by R. Harold Zook and D. Coder Taylor. Originally inhabited by Pottawatomie Native Americans, Pottawatomie Park, pays homage to that early heritage. Initially known as Charleston, the name was changed to St. Charles in 1839. The quaint downtown features the Arcada Theatre that opened in 1926 and the historic Hotel Baker that opened in 1928. There are 12 elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools in St. Charles. It is part of Community College District 509 which is served by Elgin Community College. Annual events in St. Charles include the Kane County Fair, the Kane County Flea Market, the Dragon Boat Festival, Festival of the Fox and Scarecrow Festival. Students in St. Charles attend Community Unit School District 303. The St. Charles Park District offers something for everyone. There are many parks including a sculpture park, an aquatic park, a pool, a skate park, Primrose Farm, Pottawatomie Golf Course, a miniature golf course, a sports complex, Hickory Hills Discovery Center, a Teen Center and extensive trails including the Great Western Bike Trail, nature preserves, woods and wetlands.

Metra train service is available in nearby Geneva via the Union Pacific West Line.

*Portions extend into DuPage County

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SUGAR GROVE

46 MILES

Metra services nearby Aurora. Sugar Grove is accessible to I-88, US 30 and Routes 47, 56, and 110.

The Village of Sugar Grove was settled in 1834 and incorporated in 1957. Originally a farming community, the area began to see development in the 1960s. Students who live in Sugar Grove attend Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 or West Aurora School District 129. Grades K-5 attend Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove or Kaneland McDole Elementary School in Montgomery. Middle School students attend Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove and Kaneland High School in Maple Park. Celebrated for more than 50 years, the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a four day festival that features live entertainment, activities for kids and even a car show. With bike trails, paths and many parks and athletic courts and fields, the Sugar Grove Park District easily offers something for everyone.

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FRANKFORT

36 MILES

Metra trains of fer ser vice in nearby Mokena via the Rock Island District line.

Previously ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing suburbs, the village has experienced rapid growth. It was founded in 1855 and incorporated in 1879 and the historic downtown area is home to year-long community events. Students typically attend schools in Districts 161, 157C and 210 for high school. There are many recreational options for the residents of the village that include the Old Plank Road Trail, over 20 miles of a picturesque bike path that winds through Frankfort. Prairie Park offers over 13 acres of preserved native prairie, and the Frankfort Park District has a number of parks, an ice rink, and a sledding hill.

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MOKENA

38 MILES Mokena is a village within Will County that neighbors Frankfort, Orland Hills, Tinley Park, Gilletts and Homer Glen. School Districts 210, 159, 122, 157C, 159, and 161 serve the area’s students. The Mokena Community Park District offers many options for recreation for its residents. Over 15 parks are within the area, including the main community park campus that has the Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, and the Oaks Disc Golf Course, a 27-hole course. The Hickory Creek Preserve is part of Will County Forest Preserve District and is located on the south east side of Mokena, and offers trails and picnic areas.

Metra trains of fer ser vice in Mokena via t he Ro ck Island District line.

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PLAINFIELD

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Metra trains offer service in nearby Romeoville via the Heritage Corridor Line.

The Village of Plainfield is Will County’s oldest community. Settlers first arrived at Plainfield in the 1820s and constructed a sawmill on the DuPage River. It was officially incorporated in 1834. Plainfield claims to be the home of the very first ice cream sundae. Today, downtown Plainfield serves as a vibrant destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Students attend school in District 202, which includes a number of elementary, middle and high school options. Operating since 1966 in both Will and Kendall Counties, the Plainfield Park District covers more than 27,545 acres and is the 9th largest in Illinois according to population served. The Park District offers parks and trails, an Equestrian Center, and a recreational center to the community.

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