Mount Prospect, IL
Mount Prospect Neighborhoods
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Around Mount Prospect
Mount Prospect is lauded as one of the best places to raise children thanks to its excellent schools and diversity. Mount Prospect’s residents come from all sort of backgrounds. The village celebrates that diversity at an annual culture festival, where residents roll out their dances, food and customs to share with everyone.
Cost of Living
The village’s housing costs and overall cost of living are higher than the state and national averages, much like most of Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Home prices range significantly higher in Mount Prospect than in nearby Prospect Heights or Des Plaines, but lower than in Arlington Heights. Mount Prospect’s property taxes are similar to surrounding communities.
At the village’s center is a Metra train station providing service to downtown Chicago. The trip is about 30 minutes but can be as high as 45 minutes during peak hours. Parking at the station lot is limited, but there are several parking lots nearby. There are a couple of Pace bus routes that run along Central Road and Northwest Highway which have stops at the train station, but the majority of local commuters walk to the station or drive. While the neighborhoods make for ideal leisure walking, getting around the village for shopping and errands requires a car.
Mount Prospect has six school districts administering to eight elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Various Mount Prospect schools have earned recognition at the state and federal levels for academic excellence and environmental education. The schools are usually rated highly by the major independent school ranking services. In addition to the public schools, there are several parochial schools and Christian Life College within the village’s boundaries.
There isn’t much in Mount Prospect that draws in visitors from other places, but there certainly are enough places in and near the village to keep residents entertained. Golfers have the Mount Prospect Golf Club, a public course recognized by Golf Digest as offering “the most bang for your buck”. The park district recreational facilities feature a wave pool, dance studio and gym. Programs include martial arts, fencing and ballet as well as youth and adult athletic leagues. Shopping and dining venues can be found on Rand Rd along with a movie theater and bowling alley. For even more dining and night life options, downtown Arlington Heights is just a few minutes away by car. Nature lovers have several large forest preserves in nearby communities to visit.
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.