Wheaton has racked up more than its share of awards; if there’s a “top 25” list, you can bet the suburb 25 miles west of downtown Chicago is on it.
The affluent community ranks among the “top 25 highest earning towns” and one of the best places to live by Money magazine.
The Wheaton Public Library regularly is ranked among the top 10 in the nation for its size. In addition to its extensive catalog of books and digital content, the library also has a small restaurant, Café on the Park, just inside the library’s park side entrance.
The Wheaton Park District, with 52 parks and more than 800 acres, has won several National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence from the National Recreation and Park Association. The park district includes the 135-acre Lincoln Marsh Natural Area with over 300 species of prairie and wetland plants and animals and a ropes course; the Cosley Zoo, which houses more than 200 animals; and the 27-hole Arrowhead Golf Club.
Wheaton is home to the prestigious Chicago Golf Club, the oldest 18-hole course in the country and host of numerous U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Golf Championships; and the Cantigny Park and Golf Course, the former estate of Chicago Tribune owner Robert R. McCormick, which includes a championship golf course and two museums. The county also owns the Danada Forest Preserve and Equestrian Center, once an estate and home to a Kentucky Derby winner.
In addition to the great outdoors and world-class golf, residents enjoy plenty of entertainment and shopping. Wheaton’s vibrant downtown shopping area includes several shops, restaurants and businesses including an old-fashioned popcorn store that has been around since the 1920s. Several area shopping centers offer national retailers, movie theaters and restaurants. Wheaton also is home to the DuPage County Fairgrounds, which attracts major entertainers.
The community has seen considerable residential and business development including its landmark, the Wheaton Center, a six-building apartment complex downtown that includes two 20-story high-rise buildings.
Wheaton boasts two prestigious school districts: Community Unit School District 200, which includes the nationally renowned Wheaton North High School, and Community Consolidated School District 89. A number of private schools are also located nearby, including St. Francis High School and Wheaton Academy.
Metra has two stops along the Union Pacific/West Line in Wheaton, providing convenient transportation to and from downtown Chicago, as well as easy access to Interstates 88 and 355.