It is not be a surprise to anyone living in Clarendon Hills that in 2021 the Village continued to hold its ranking on Niche.com as the #1 in Best Places to Live in Illinois, #1 in Best Suburbs to Live in Illinois, and #14 in Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in America.
The Village of Clarendon Hills is a well-established, affluent west suburban Chicago community located in eastern DuPage County, just west of I-294 and Route 83 and just south of I-88 and Ogden Avenue. Originally planned in the 1870s and later incorporated on January 22, 1924, the Village is home to approximately 8,500 people and more than 100 businesses.
The EPA ranked the Village #7 on its 2020 list of Green Power Partner Communities list.
The Village offers a high quality of life for residents, including a low crime rate, top-rated schools, high average home values and vibrant downtown served by its Metra commuter rail station.
For businesses with a regional and global perspective, Clarendon Hills offers an ideal location for access to the Chicago region and beyond. The Village has convenient access to I-88, I-294, I-55, and I-355. In addition, the Village is located between O’Hare and Midway Airports, and the Metra station provides quick access to downtown Chicago.
The Village is home to some of the top-rated schools in the state. Walker Elementary, Prospect Elementary, and Clarendon Hills Middle School are located in Clarendon Hills. Many students attend Hinsdale Central High School. In the elementary school district, District 181, more than 95 percent consistently exceed state achievement standards in core subjects, compared to 75 to 85 percent of students across the state. In 2005, Newsweek Magazine ranked Hinsdale Central High School as one of the top 200 schools in the nation. Notre Dame, a private Catholic school that teachers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is also located in the Village.
The Village boasts a vibrant community life. The Village Special Events Commission, Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Clarendon Hills Park District host a number of seasonal events throughout the year. Dancin’ in the Street, Daisy Days, Christmas Walk and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony all take place in downtown Clarendon Hills and attract people from across the Village and beyond. These events also provide additional opportunities for businesses to interact with potential customers.
Clarendon Hills continues to renew itself through supporting investment and reinvestment in its neighborhoods and commercial districts. Through its continuing sustainable planning efforts throughout the Village, its downtown, 55th Street and Ogden Avenue planning areas, Clarendon Hills is committed to making ongoing improvements to its infrastructure and municipal services to ensure that Clarendon Hills continues to attract investment and thrive long into the future. The Village remains proactive in pursuing development projects and opportunities that will promote it as a destination for new residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors while keeping true to its small-town character and appeal.
The Village is committed to maintaining a forward-thinking, cooperative approach to real estate and business development while maintaining the demand for a high quality of life from our residents. Please contact the Community Development Department to learn more.
Water Tower Photo courtesy of resident, Joe Pipek.