Neighborhood Spotlight: Carol Stream, IL

Just to the west of Chicago, tucked between Bloomingdale and Wheaton along North Avenue, is Carol Stream – a thriving Chicago suburb with high graduation rates and ample local amenities. Members of this neighborhood pride themselves on phenomenal education, and CNN’s “Money Magazine” ranked Carol Stream 49th on its list of the 100 best places to live in the United States in 2011.

The College Avenue Metra Station (Wheaton) takes passengers east to Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) with suburban stops along the way. Chicago-bound commuters arrive at OTC in 45 minutes. North Avenue and I-355 both connect to I-290, which grants access throughout the suburbs. It is a 28-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport and a 40-minute drive to downtown Chicago. Pace bus routes 709 and 711 operate in Carol Stream for nearby transportation.

Local area attractions include Brunswick Zone, K1 Speed and Coral Cove. Brunswick Zone offers an interminable expanse of bowling lanes, flashy arcade games, a sea of green billiard tables and a battlefield for those who want to duke it out playing laser tag. K1 speed is a premier, indoor go-kart racing facility that provides entertainment on and off the track. And because it’s indoors, you can race rain or shine. Coral Cove, on the other hand, is a water park that only operates during shine (namely June through September). The park has a large swimming pool, a deep-water pool, a dry playground, an interactive water playground and a poolside café.

Retail, Dining & Grocery:
Woodfield Mall is a 20-minute drive from Carol Stream, directly north on I-355. The retail center has nearly 300 stores, including Nordstrom, Apple, the country’s largest Sears, Lord & Taylor and JCPenney. The 2.1 million square foot mall is also home to restaurants and a comedy club. Nearby, The Streets of Woodfield is home to LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Loews Theatres.

Notable grocery stores in the area include the Logan Square Farmers Market on Milwaukee, Fresh Market Place on Western and the Tamazula Food Market on Moffat Street. The area is even receiving a flagship Jewel Osco grocery store within the next year. Logan’s Crossing, a 130,680-square-foot development that will replace Logan Square’s Mega Mall, will have the chain grocery within its massive boundary. This is also significant because this will mark the first big-box, commercial grocery store to hit Logan Square.

According to information from Nielsen, the total population of Carol Stream is 39,093 people. There are 13,894 households, all with an average income of $97,494. The median age of residents in Carol Stream is 36.7, and 71 percent of the population is employed.

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