Downers Grove is a south-western suburb located 30 miles from the Chicago Loop. It is easily accessible to transportation, with multiple Metra commuter rail train stops within the downtown area, as well as several nearby highways. Downers Grove has a bustling downtown with local restaurants, shops and businesses, as well as a small movie theatre, called the Tivoli Theatre. There are almost 150 community events and festivals for its residents and nearby visitors, one of the largest being weekly summer antique and specialty car shows. For many of these reasons, Downers Grove’s downtown was ranked by the Chicago Tribune on the ‘Top 10 List of Downtowns’ and one of America’s Friendliest Towns by Forbes. The estimated population of Downers Grove is roughly 48,867 people with the estimated median home value of 330,000.
This suburb is known for excellent schools in the area, including twelve public elementary schools, two public middle schools, as well as the Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High Schools, both of which are part of District 99. There are two K-8 Catholic Schools, St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s, as well as the highly awarded Avery Coonley School, a K-8 math, science and arts preparatory school. Downers Grove even goes to the college level, with Midwestern University and DeVry University.
Downers Grove is home to many local and national businesses, with both headquarters and regional satellite corporation offices. Downers Grove is a relatively large suburb, with two forest preserves, Lyman Woods and Maples Grove, and was named a ‘Tree City USA’ over 25 times by the National Arbor Day Foundation. There are also hundreds of acres filled with parks, offering hundreds of recreational activities during the year. It also has associated history, with the 25 Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes from the early 1900’s, as well as the 1846 Blodgett House which was part of the Underground Railroad.