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Westchester is a community-oriented suburb, where neighbors know one another and families are involved in local events and activities. The Westchester Park District maintains parks and open space that surround the suburb, offering beautiful play areas, a community center, a community pool, a fitness center, day camps and sports programs.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Westchester is reasonable for Illinois and very affordable compared to nearby suburbs, such as Oak Brook and Hinsdale. Homes prices are a bit above the state average, but residents here tend to have a higher than average income, helping make home prices more affordable. The town offers many free and reasonably-priced events through the park and school districts, and the cost of services and products are on average with the state.
The Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) runs near the northern border of the village, providing an accessible commute to downtown Chicago and neighboring suburbs. The Forest Park Transit Center is home to the “L” Blue Line, offering direct transportation to the Chicago Loop. Pace Bus route 317 provides daily service to the Forest Park Transit Center and the surrounding communities of Bellwood, Maywood, River Forest and River Park. I-294 runs to the west of the suburb, providing access to northern suburbs and O’Hare International Airport, which is only about 10 miles away.
The Westchester community is served by three schools in Westchester School District 92½. Students in preschool through the second grade can attend Westchester Primary School, third through fifth grade attend Westchester Intermediate School, and sixth through eighth grade attend Westchester Middle School. Westchester high school students have both public and private high school options; St. Joseph High School, a private institution, is located in the Westchester village boundaries, and Proviso West High School, a public high school, is located just outside Westchester Village and is sister schools with Proviso East High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
Westchester is also home to a handful of parochial schools, including the Divine Infant Catholic School, the Divine Providence Catholic Parish and School, and the Immanuel Christian Academy. Nearby colleges include Dominican University and Elmhurst College, and higher education options around the Chicago area are easily accessible.
Westchester offers many family-friendly activities throughout the year, including the Westchester Fest, a July 4th parade, and music festivals. The annual Westchester Fest takes place in July and features performances by local bands, an array of food from local businesses, carnival rides, and fireworks. A parade kicks off the beginning of the little league season each year, and the Westchester school band performs at the annual tree lighting ceremony. Local churches also host events around the holidays and encourage community participation.
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.