Located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, Wheaton is an affluent community that has been ranked by Money magazine as one of the top 25 earning towns in the nation and one of the best places to live.
Wheaton was first settled in the 1830s when Erastus Gary, Jesse Wheaton and Warren Wheaton traveled to the area from Connecticut and claimed hundreds of acres of land. The Galena and Chicago Railroad expanded its operations to Wheaton in 1848, establishing the Wheaton Depot and ultimately giving the community its name. The region soon began to grow rapidly, and Wheaton was officially incorporated as a village in 1859.
Housing stock in Wheaton real estate includes a variety of architectural styles, such as Victorians and ranch homes. Condominiums and townhomes can also be found in the community. In 2012, the average sales price for a single-family home was $341,698 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Wheaton boasts two prestigious school districts: Community Unit School District 200, which includes the prestigious 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. Two Metra stops along the Union Pacific/West Line provide convenient transportation to and from downtown Chicago, as well as Interstates 88 and 355.
With 52 parks spread across more than 800 acres of land, Wheaton offers endless recreational opportunities. The community is also home to the private Chicago Golf Club, the oldest 18-hole golf course in the country. The Town Square Shopping Center is the town's outdoor mall, featuring a number of boutiques, big box retailers and restaurants. Wheaton has been home to several famous residents, including late comedian John Belushi and his brother Jim Belushi.