They don’t call Lisle the “arboretum city” for nothing. Naturally it’s home to the famed Morton Arboretum, but that’s not where the trail ends in the DuPage County village.
In addition to Morton Arboretum, the community is home to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the award-winning PrairieWalk Pond.
The two-acre PrairieWalk Pond includes scenic overlooks, lighted walking paths, a nature walk, children’s play area and wetlands. The nature park includes more than 100 varieties of native plants and wildlife including cranes, ducks gees, turtles, frogs, fish, butterflies and dragonflies.
The Garden Walk connects the park to downtown Main Street, which features nature-inspired colorful streetscapes, planting beds with flowers and grasses and dramatic fountain.
In addition to enjoying the view, residents and visitors have a variety of local shops, boutiques and eateries to enjoy indoors and out. Many of the businesses are Green by Choice members dedicated to preserving natural resources. In addition to small local businesses, the area has attracted large corporations seeking a convenient alternative to downtown Chicago.
It’s no wonder Lisle was ranked by Money magazine as one of the 100 Best Places to Live. The community hosts several popular festivals including Lisle Cruise Nights throughout the summer when Main Street becomes a massive block party. The village also hosts the popular Eyes to the Skies annual hot air balloon festival and Depot Days, which includes tours of the community’s historic museums and working blacksmith shop.
Students are served by two public school districts as well as St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, Lisle Public High School, and Benet Academy Catholic High School. Three universities also are located in Lisle, including Benedictine University, National-Louis University, and Northwood University.
The village is located just off the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway, Lisle has a Metra station, which provides direct access to downtown Chicago.