Des Plaines, IL
Des Plaines, 17 miles from the Loop, is an epicenter of varying lifestyles. Whether looking for a starter house or a showplace, house hunters will find it here. Diversity gives, “The City of Destiny”, a unique flavor. The population base is 58,720 as of the 2000 census. Because of all the businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, the residents of this fine city enjoy low property taxes with a wide variety of city services.
Boasting a central location in close proximity to not only business, but shopping, recreational and educational opportunities, Des Plaines is a convenient place to live for the commuters on the go. Des Plaines residents are within minutes of all major transportation centers including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Metra Commuter Train, Pace Suburban bus system, and various interstates. The Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), the Northwest Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) are nearby. River Road (U.S. 45) is a main north-south thoroughfare, while Golf Road (IL. 58), Northwest Highway (U.S. 14) and Rand Road (U.S. 12) are main east-west roads. Drive time to the Loop is 30 minutes.
There are two Metra Stations in Des Plaines on the Union Pacific-Northwest line. One is the in-town station in Des Plaines at 1501 Miner Street, Des Plaines. Convenient scheduling throughout the day, you can view the full schedule here.The other is right off the Cumberland Subdivision at 475 E. Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, about 1.5 miles from town.
Des Plaines has much to offer. The Des Plaines Park District maintains two golf courses, driving range center, a Mystic Waters, water park as well as a full range of programs and activities including Summer camps, trips, nature hikes along the Des Plaines River and Arts & Crafts Depending on the time of year, the schedule of classes and events encourages families to be involved in this fine city.
Des Plaines has a state of the art library where events and programs are updated consistently, with reading programs for children and adults alike. Check out the outstanding collection of books, DVDs and CDs to enhance your research, learning, entertainment and reading. There are varying different book clubs to review the latest release of books. Besides that the city has encouraged a great resource and special services division which will provide homebound delivery services, a mobile library bus, and services for nursing homes, schools and retirement homes.
The elementary school districts 62, 26, 57 and 59. Besides a traditional curriculum, the district offers a gifted program and Spanish, computer science and music classes.
Maine Township East and Maine Township West high schools, both in district 207, serve secondary education students. The mission statement reflects the School Boards attitude “Our Mission is to Improve Learning”, enjoys Average ACT composite scores of 20.4 and 20.8 (Illinois general scores were 20.1). About 75% of the high school teachers have a MA degree or beyond and class size average is around 21 students.
Oakton Community College located at 1600 E. Golf Road is located on 147 acres of woodlands and prairie, bordered on the west by the Des Plaines River. The bustling campus offers a Performing Arts Center, Business Institute, the Koehnline Visual Arts Center, A child Care Center and a gym, fitness center, library and bookstore.
I have personally used the Des Plaines Historical Museum for research on the most early times in Des Plaines. This lovely Grand Dame of Victorian Homes located near town is a treasure and the staff is so helpful. Do stop by and learn about your town.
This stately building and staff are there to preserve and present the history of Des Plaines at 789 Pearson Street. Used to educate the public, they often times offer a slide show to students depicting the history of Des Plaines that can't be found anywhere els.