Village of Glen Ellyn

Community Profile

Population: 26,200 (2010)
Distance to Downtown Chicago: 23 miles
Train Commute to Downtown Chicago: 45 minutes

Average Drive Times: 50 minutes to Chicago Loop; 45 minutes to O’Hare Airport; 50 minutes to Midway Airport

Average Home Listing Price: $404,460 (Spring 2011, source:
Median Home Sale Price: $336,850 (includes condominiums/townhouses)

Originally settled in 1834 by Deacon Churchill, and first known as Babcock’s Grove, Glen Ellyn had become a resort town for Chicago residents by the turn of the century. Lake Ellyn, a 10-acre man-made lake, was the site of a popular hotel that attracted visitors from the city. Although the old hotel no longer exists, many charming homes from that era have survived gracefully, and Lake Ellyn is the site of state and national speed skating competitions. Vintage architecture, tree-lined streets, rolling terrain, and charming antique and specialty shops all add to the community’s quaint New England flavor.

Photos of Glen Ellyn, Illinois

HOUSING: Housing styles vary from Victorians, Georgians, and colonials to newer two-story, split-level, and ranch type homes. Distinctive older homes and new construction on tear-down sites are located in and around the downtown area while a wide variety of homes are found in adjoining neighborhoods. Single family homes range in price from $250,000 to over $3,000,000 with the widest selection selling between $300,000 and $700,000. Condominiums and town homes range from $120,000 to $500,000 with newer, two to three bedroom units selling from $500,000 to $700,000.

SCHOOLS: Glen Ellyn is served by elementary school Districts 41 and 89 and high school District 87. The village has eight elementary schools, two junior high schools, two high schools, and two Catholic grade schools. These schools consistently rank among the finest in the state and nation. The College of DuPage, a junior college, has an enrollment of 36,000 and offers a wide curriculum and extensive student facilities.

PLACES OF WORSHIP: Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship are well represented in the area.

RECREATION: The Glen Ellyn Park District oversees 26 parks and nature preserves and has programs to suit all ages and abilities. Golfers can enjoy the Glen Ellyn Village Links, a 27-hole championship golf course. Lake Ellyn provides scenic recreation for all seasons – ice skating, playgrounds and picnic areas, and special events throughout the year. The BR Ryall YMCA and private Glen Oak Country Club are located in Glen Ellyn. Other facilities include the Sunset Pool and Water Park, tennis and racquetball courts, and numerous ball fields.

GOLF: The Village Links of Glen Ellyn features a top-rated 7,200-yard championship 18-hole course that has long been recognized as one of the elite layouts in the Midwest. A regulation 9-hole course that is ideal for casual play, completes one of the Chicago area’s most popular golf courses. The course has hosted several top tournaments and qualifying including the 1986 Illinois Open Championship, 25 Western Open Qualifying, and 5 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.

SHOPPING: Modern shops, restaurants, boutiques, and numerous specialty and antique shops are clustered in the downtown area. Yorktown Mall in Lombard, Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, and the elegant Oak Brook Center are all within 20 minutes of Glen Ellyn and offer a wide variety of shops and department stores.

MEDICAL SERVICES: Hospitals are conveniently located in Winfield (Central DuPage Hospital), Glendale Heights (Glen Oaks Hospital), Elmhurst (Elmhurst Hospital), Downers Grove (Good Samaritan Hospital), and Glen Ellyn (Glen Ellyn Clinic) which offers emergency care.