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Wheaton is known internationally as the home of Wheaton College. This faith-based institution has produced numerous famous alumni and serves as the centerpiece of the city. Wheaton's downtown region is beloved by residents and visitors for its small-town feeling and beautifully preserved historic homes nestled among streets lined with mature trees. As the county seat, the city is also home to the county fair grounds, along with a diverse and unique range of public parks, forest preserves, and museums.
Cost of Living
Living in Wheaton comes at an above average cost compared to nationwide standards and a slightly above average cost compared to similar cities in the region. A well-funded public education system and large number of houses of worship contribute to a higher than average property tax burden on residents. Homes in Wheaton typically see growth in their value over the years due to the city's overall desirability as a place to live.
The city lies near both I-88 and I-355, making traveling throughout the Chicagoland area easy for both work or leisure activities. It is also served by two Metra stops along the Union Pacific/West Line -- one downtown at West Street and another along College Avenue serving Wheaton College and the surrounding area. Illinois Route 38, part of the Lincoln Highway System and known locally as Roosevelt Road, bisects the city and is the area's primary site of commercial developments, restaurants, and medical facilities.
Wheaton is part of Community Unit School District 200, which is comprised of 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. It is routinely lauded as among the best in the country with many schools receiving a rating of eight or better by GreatSchools. There are also a number of very good private schools, notably St. Francis High School and Wheaton Academy. Wheaton College is the city's most well-known center of higher education and the Illinois Institute of Technology has a satellite campus in the city limits. The College of DuPage is also nearby and offers both degree-track and continuing education programs to community members.
The abundance of parks and outdoor recreation facilities in Wheaton make it a destination for residents of Northern Illinois and beyond. There are 52 public parks managed by the Wheaton Park District covering more than 800 acres. Cantigny Park, including its namesake golf course, was once the estate of a wealthy newspaper magnate and now hosts a museum dedicated to World War I veterans. Danada Forest Preserve is beloved by equestrians, while the Chicago Golf Club, the oldest 18-hole course in the country, often hosts professional tournaments. For year-round entertainment, the Grand Theater and several facilities on Wheaton College campus host musical performances, stage productions, and guest lecturers.
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