Western Springs

Single Family Homes in Western Springs


About Western Springs

Encompassing almost three square miles, Western Springs is an affluent village located west of downtown Chicago in Cook County. With a nod to its historic local water tower, Western Spring's motto is “A Village of Towering Character.”

First inhabited by Potawatomi Native Americans in temporary campsites in the early 1800s, Western Springs' was settled by Elijah Wentworth. In 1834, New York farmer Joseph Vial built a cabin along present day Plainfield Road, which served as the hotel, general store, stagecoach station, and post office for the entire area. Western Springs was officially incorporated as a village in 1886.

Western Springs is bordered by US Route 34 Ogden Avenue, the Tri-State Tollway, and Wolf Road, providing easy access to major Illinois thoroughfares. Daily commuter trains run from Aurora to Chicago through Western Springs, and along with Amtrak service, up to 145 trains come through the village on an average day. Local public transportation is also provided by Pace bus service. The 2012 average sales price for a single-family home in Western Springs was $513,281, and $251,382 for a condominium.

Two public elementary school districts and one public high school district serve area students. Lyons Township High School offers two campuses: one for freshmen and sophomores at the south campus in Western Springs, and another for juniors and seniors at the north campus in LaGrange.

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl, and Christian evangelist Billy Graham have all called Western Springs home.