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Niles is home to the Leaning Tower of Niles, a notable landmark in this suburb that is a smaller replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The suburb is also home to many businesses, manufacturers, and distributors, and is a hub for retail activity in the Chicago area. Niles offers residents plenty of options for local shopping and employment and is only miles away from the Chicago Loop.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Niles is slightly higher than the state and U.S. averages, but is similar to many northwest suburbs. Located in Cook County, residents can expect to pay higher than average property taxes, but home prices in Niles tend to be more affordable than in neighboring Park Ridge and Glenview. The suburb offers the advantage of a short commute into Chicago, quality services for residents, and a mix of home styles, ranging from ranch homes to condominiums.
Niles benefits from the major roadways that run along its borders and its ample public transportation. Residents can access the Milwaukee District North Line and the Union Pacific District Northwest Line for access to downtown Chicago, with express trains reaching the Loop in about 25 minutes. The Pace Bus system also runs between Niles and Chicago and offers routes that connect Niles to surrounding suburbs. I-294, I-90, and I-94 all border the suburb, and O’Hare International Airport is located only eight miles away.
Elementary and middle school students are served by one of five districts, including East Maine School District 63, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, Golf School District 67, Niles Elementary School District 71, and Fairview School District 72. High school students attend either Maine Township High School District 207 or Niles Township Community High School District 219. The public schools in Niles tend to be ranked highly by Greatschools, and Niles also offers a handful of private school options, providing all levels of education to students.
The Niles Park District maintains parks, facilities and open space around Niles, providing tennis clubs, golf, skating, summer camps, and community-wide recreation programs. The Bunker Hill forest preserve offers hiking and biking paths with green open space for picnicking, and the nearby Des Plaines River Trail runs through parts of Lake and Cook County and offers walking, biking, and equestrian trails and winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling paths. The suburb also sponsors a handful of events and festivals for residents, including the Niles Cycling Classic, the Holly Jolly Market and Festival, and the Fourth of July Parade. The nearby Golf Mill Shopping Center is home to many major retailers and specialty shops, providing residents and visitors access to shopping and entertainment 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.