Des Plaines, IL
Des Plaines Neighborhoods
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Around Des Plaines
Homebuyers are attracted to Des Plaines for quite a few reasons. As an “inner-ring” suburb of Chicago, it’s close enough to the big city to easily commute and enjoy the world-class culture and entertainment that Chicago has to offer. Still, Des Plaines has maintained much of its small-town character. While the Des Plaines downtown area has been revitalized into a high-rise condo and entertainment district, its neighborhoods are full of well-kept single-family homes on tree-lined streets, and the city hosts numerous events that bring the community together throughout the year.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Des Plaines is slightly higher than that of Chicago, which can be attributed to housing costs, the desirability of suburban schools, and convenience of commuting. Still, Des Plaines tends to be more affordable than some neighboring suburbs, including Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, and Glenview. Des Plaines also offers a mix of housing options, from downtown condos to residential single-family homes at a range of price points.
I-90 runs along the southern edge of Des Plaines, and I-294 runs along the eastern border. Both provide access to downtown Chicago, but commute times can exceed an hour during the morning or afternoon commute rush. Many commuters prefer to use the convenient Metra train station located in downtown Des Plaines, where the UP-NW line cuts the commute into Chicago down to about 30-45 minutes. Several bus routes also run along some of the major streets, like Busse Highway, Rand Road, and River Road, providing transport around the community. For airline travel, O’Hare International Airport is next door, and the airport’s passenger terminal is about a 15-minute drive from the center of town.
Elementary School District 62, Elementary District 59, River Trails School District 26, Main Township High School District 207, and Elk Grove Township High School District 214 oversee 21 schools that serve the area, providing numerous options for education. There are also six private schools that serve the city, including the Science and Arts Academy, a school for gifted children, and Willows Academy, an all-girls academic institution. Harper Community College and Oakton Community College are also nearby, providing higher education and educational advancement opportunities to students and residents.
There’s no shortage of activities or events in Des Plaines. Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center is one of the most popular spots in the summer months, featuring two 37-foot water slides, a lazy river, and discounted admission for residents. The Des Plaines Park District manages a number of other recreational programs, swimming pools, public golf courses, and fitness centers. Des Plaines is bordered by several large forest preserves that offer about 700 acres of parks and open space, with lakes, horseback riding trails, walking and biking paths, golf courses and dog parks available to residents. Lake Park, on the banks of Lake Opeka, offers sailing, boating, and fishing, along with summer camps and festivals.
The city sponsors various events throughout the year, including the annual Taste of Des Plaines festival, the Independence Day Parade, a holiday tree lighting ceremony, and summer concerts. Rivers Casino offers a range of gaming, dining, and nightlife options, and the nearby Allstate Arena is one of the largest entertainment venues in the Chicagoland area, hosting sporting events, concerts by major artists and other touring acts throughout the year.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.