About Des Plaines
There are no strangers in Des Plaines, at least not for long. The city prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming place for newcomers as well as lifelong residents.
Located about 17 miles northwest of Chicago, near O’Hare International Airport, the city has a mix of residential, commercial and industrial making it a good place to live, work and play.
Des Plaines has several affordable and connected neighborhoods – from downtown high-rise condominiums to single-family neighborhoods.
Metropolitan Square, a new mixed-use center, is a block away from the city’s Metra station with convenient transportation to downtown Chicago on the Union Pacific/Northwest line. The Square includes 135 condominiums and lofts near local eateries as well as a large grocery store and more than 80,000 square feet of retail and office space.
The Des Plaines Park District offers numerous recreational programs, facilities and services from water slides, swimming pools and ice skating to 18-hole golf courses, bike trails and boating. The city has 37 parks and more than 300 recreational programs and events.
High School students attend Maine Township High School District 207 including Main East High School and Maine West High School; and Elk Grove Township High School District 214. The city also is home to Harper Community College and Oakton Community College.