The community of Bartlett has stayed true to its motto: “Pride in progress.” Progress first came to the town thanks to settlers Luther and Sophia Bartlett who offered half of their 40-acre woodlot to land a railroad station here, as the railroad made its way west from Chicago to Elgin.
In those days, a train depot could put a town on the map. That was the case for the Village of Bartlett, 35 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop.
Today a modern Metra commuter railroad station in downtown Bartlett offers a 50-minute commute to the Loop.
The community offers plenty of wide-open spaces and recreation. The Bartlett Park District includes more than 380 acres of parklands with pools, skate and ski facilities and playgrounds. Residents can ride along a 19.6-mile bike path, visit a 541-acre state park and two forest preserves and enjoy a round of golf at the village’s 18-hole municipal golf course.
Bartlett has a wide variety of dining options, ranging from national chains to fine dining to eateries unique to the Village.
Bartlett’s population has grown from 360 in 1900 to more than 41,000, covering more than 16 square miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties. Students attend Elgin Unit 46 (U-46)
Bartlett is proud of maintaining its small-town feel and charming downtown while welcoming progress including shopping centers along the Route 59 corridor and three business and light industrial parks.