Clarendon Hills is a village in the western Chicago suburbs known for its excellent schools, low crime, high average home values, and a charming downtown with a Metra commuter train rail station. The estimated population of Clarendon Hills is roughly 8,500 residents with the estimated median home value of $526,930. Clarendon Hills was declared the second best place to live in the Chicago area in 2012 by West Suburban Living, only preceded by the neighboring town Hinsdale. One of the most notable features of this village is its many winding tree-lined streets, unlike the standard grid system of roads and home lots in most other areas.
Clarendon Hills is part of the District 181 public schools and feeds into the highly regarded Hinsdale Central High School. In 2017, Hinsdale Central was ranked 7th for high schools within Illinois, only 2nd for public high schools. Additionally, The Chicago Sun Times ranked Hinsdale Central as the #1 suburban high school in Illinois in 2013. Clarendon Hills is home to the Clarendon Hills Middle School, which is ranked in the top 2% of Illinois middle schools. CHMS was also recently ranked as the 14th best middle school in Illinois by The Chicago Tribune based on exam scores. Notre Dame, a private Catholic school for kindergarten through eighth grade, is also located in Clarendon Hills.
The centrally located downtown area is quaint and features several cafes, restaurants and shops. Clarendon Hills hosts “Dancin’ in the Street” festivals weekly every summer, which won the 2012 Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award. Clarendon Hills has a several parks, most notably Prospect Park, and houses the prestigious Hinsdale Golf Club.