Wheaton has racked up more than its share of awards. The affluent community ranks among the “top 25 highest earning towns” and one of the best places to live by Money magazine.
The Wheaton Public Library is regularly ranked among the top in the nation. The Wheaton Park District, with 52 parks and more than 800 acres, has won several National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence from the National Recreation and Park Association. The park district includes the 135-acre Lincoln Marsh Natural Area with over 300 plant and animal species; the Cosley Zoo, which houses more than 200 animals; and the 27-hole Arrowhead Golf Club.
Wheaton is home to the prestigious Chicago Golf Club, the oldest 18-hole course in the country and host of numerous U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Golf Championships; and the Cantigny Park and Golf Course, the former estate of Chicago Tribune owner Robert R. McCormick, which includes a championship golf course and two museums. The county also owns the Danada Forest Preserve and Equestrian Center, once an estate and home to a Kentucky Derby winner.
The community has seen considerable residential and business development including its landmark, the Wheaton Center, a six-building apartment complex downtown that includes two 20-story high-rise buildings.