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Dolton is known for its location. It seems like it’s in the center of practically everything. Getting into the Loop and the South Side is fairly easy thanks to the nearby expressways and rail lines. There are a half dozen forest preserves, three golf courses and two large shopping malls within a 15-minute drive of the village.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Dolton is about the same as the rest of the metropolitan Chicago area with the exception of housing costs. The average home price in Dolton is significantly lower than in Chicago and suburbs further to the south, such as South Holland. It is comparable to those in neighboring Calumet City, Riverdale, and Burnham.
The village has easy access to I-94 and I-57 so getting to downtown Chicago is about a 30-minute trip, but during rush hour it can be as much as an hour. There are Metra train stations close by in Riverdale and Hegewisch, which cuts rush hour commuting down to around 30 to 40 minutes. Getting over to northwest Indiana is easily done by way of I-94 or Sibley Boulevard.
While there is a small shopping hub in the village with a grocery store, most errands and getting around requires a car. There are several Pace bus routes that run through or near Dolton linking business and shopping areas in nearby communities and one of them provides commuters a link to the CTA’s Red Line train which is an alternative to Metra service.
Children in Dolton attend schools in either Dolton School District 149 or Dolton-Riverdale District 148. Together they administer to 5 elementary and 2 middle schools within the village’s boundaries. There are also several private schools in the area which have kindergarten through 8th grade and high school programs. Thornridge High School is the only public high school in Dolton.
Chicago State University, DePaul University-Oak Forest, and Purdue University-Hammond are the closest universities to Dolton. There are also nearly a dozen colleges offering two and four-year degrees and specialized education in fields such as nursing, business, and technology.
Though Dolton may be a small village, it still has a lot to do. The park district has a number of programs for youth which include basketball, boxing, dance, and aikido. Little league baseball and football programs are affiliated with the district. There’s also a golf driving range which also doubles as an archery range where youth and adults can take lessons in both sports. The newly built Shaw Recreation Center is a multi-purpose facility that houses basketball courts and a fully-equipped fitness room.
For nightlife, The Dorchester Banquet Center hosts a very popular stepping and line dancing event monthly. There’s also the Dolton Bowl which prides itself as one of the premier bowling centers in the Midwest. The nearby shopping malls host a movie theater and a range of casual dining options.
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.