About Downers Grove
Located in DuPage County, Downers Grove is approximately 22 miles west of downtown Chicago. The community has been ranked by CNN as one of the best places in the U.S. for a healthy retirement due to the community's numerous parks as well as doctors and hospitals. Forbes also ranked Downers Grove #8 on its list of America's friendliest towns, and according to the 2010 American Community Survey, Downers Grove was noted as having some of the nation's most educated citizens, with over 50% of its residents holding a Bachelor's degree or higher.
The community was established in the 1830s by Pierce Downer of New York. Incorporated in 1873, the village gained notoriety for its unusual spelling — “Apostrophe Free since 1873” — and is said to have provided housing to help slaves escape through the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
Downers Grove is served by Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Center Cass School District 66, and Community High School District 99, which consists of two public high schools — Downers Grove North and South. The community is also home to the highly prestigious Avery Conley School, founded in 1906 and located in the village since 1929.
A varied housing stock exists in this robust community, ranging from historic homes from the mid-1800's, a large amount of teardowns which have been the topic of local controversy, and even an assortment of Sears Roebuck Catalog Homes, which were built between 1908 and 1940 from purchased kits. The 2012 average sales price of a home in Downers Grove real estate was $339,534 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Metra's BNSF railway has three stations in Downers Grove, providing direct transportation to Chicago. Veterans Memorial Tollway and Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway pass through the community as well. Along with ample boutique shopping and upscale dining, Downers Grove hosts over 140 community events and festivals, attracting visitors and earning the village a place on the Chicago Tribune's “Top 10 List of Downtowns.”