About Des Plaines
Located northwest of downtown Chicago, just north of O'Hare International Airport, The Des Plaines River Valley was first settled by the Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa Native Americans. The area was initially named the Town of Rand after Socrates Rand, one of the region's first settlers, and later renamed Des Plaines after the river that runs through the community. Des Plaines expanded rapidly after World War II as a result of the development of the nearby airport.
Des Plaines real estate consists of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes. In 2012, the average sales price for a single-Family home in Des Plaines was $208,138, while a condominium was $94,784 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
The town is primarily served by Des Plaines School District 62 and Community Consolidated School District 59. High school students attend Maine West High School, which is part of Township High School District 207. Oakton Community College is also located in Des Plaines. The Northwest Tollway and the Tri-State Tollway provide convenient commuting options for residents and visitors, as well as Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line.
Des Plaines offers ample recreational opportunities thanks to the Des Plaines Park District and the Mt. Prospect Park District. The park districts, along with the Cook County Forest Preserve, provide residents with 18-hole golf courses, a mini golf course, boating, swimming pools, a health club, horseback riding trails and nearly 700 acres of parks and open space. Residents enjoy a number of popular attractions such as Allstate Arena and Rosemont Theatre, which are located just north of the community in Rosemont. Des Plaines is also recognized as the home of the McDonald's #1 Store Museum, which is a replica of the original McDonald's restaurant.