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Visitors arriving via I-88 or I-355 will likely notice the sprawling Morton Arboretum at the northern end of the city. This public garden covers more than 1,700 acres and offers visitors peaceful natural space, holiday festivities, and educational events. Lisle is also home to Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports, one of the area's only man-made ski hills. In the summer, the Eyes to the Skies Festival draws close to 80,000 visitors from around the region with its hot air balloons, food, concerts, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the year, the quaint and historic downtown area is the site of cruise nights, farmers markets, and other public events.
Lisle is served by Lisle CUSD 202, with a portion of students attending schools in Naperville CUSD 203. Both school districts are renowned as among the best in the region, typically earning GreatSchools rankings between eight and 10. In addition to excellent public schools, Lisle is also home to Benet Academy, a private high school serving the area since 1887. There are several institutions of higher learning in the area, including Benedictine University and a satellite location of National Louis University.
Those who commute to Chicago or nearby suburbs appreciate that Lisle is conveniently located at the junction of I-88 and I-55. Easy access to the region's major highways makes getting to and from work or other activities quite easy. The BNSF Metra line also serves this area and its comprehensive schedule, which includes express routes, is popular with commuters. Both O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport are within 30 miles.
Cost of Living
Homebuyers looking to live in DuPage County, without paying too high a premium, are happy to discover Lisle. This city offers a very similar quality of life to its neighbors, but with a lower overall cost of living. The overall tax burden in Lisle is slightly lower than neighboring communities, though it remains above the national average, which is consistent with the majority of cities in DuPage County.
Lisle is noted for its unique public attractions, excellent public and private schools, and for hosting the corporate headquarters of several major companies. Residents appreciate the easy access to transit, both rail and road, which makes this an ideal city for commuters. Impressive public parks, summer festivals, and a unique entertainment complex at the southern edge of the city, all ensure that there's plenty for residents to do throughout the year.