Welcome to Lyons, the “Gateway to the West”, where thousands of early settlers once traveled across a small area of land connecting the Chicago River and the Des Plaines River, paving the way for Chicago to become a center of trade.
Explorer Louis Joliet envisioned a canal connecting the two waterways. 200 years later, that became a reality with the opening of the Illinois — Michigan Canal. Today a statue stands at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site located just north of I-55 along Harlem Avenue.
The community has one of the most impressive historical sites in the area, the Hofmann Tower, an eight-story concrete castle built by George Hofmann Jr. in 1908. Once the tallest building west of The Loop, it offers a breathtaking view of Chicago and surrounding areas.
The tower is at the center of the village’s sprawling recreational area. Residents enjoy canoes, picnicking and powerboat rides as well as dancing, orchestra concerts and a beer garden.
Nearby La Grange Park District operates the parks in Lyons as well as the surrounding community with over 50 acres of parkland with recreational centers, playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields and jogging paths.
Five area elementary schools feed into George Washington Middle School. High school students attend J. Sterling Morton West High School or Lyons Township High School.
Metra service to Aurora and downtown Chicago is available at stations in nearby Riverside and Berwyn, on the BNSF Railway.