Neighborhood Spotlight: Elk Grove Village

Elk Grove Village is a suburban community northwest of Chicago, near O’Hare International Airport. Residents are near I-290, which makes it incredibly connected to the entire Chicagoland area. The area is jam packed with employment opportunities, exciting attractions, shopping centers and great food.

Elk Grove Village is home to the largest consolidated business park in North America. The business park comprises 5.9 square miles (3,776 acres) and continues to expand. There are nearly 3,600 businesses operating in the business park, employing nearly 100,000 people.

Employment in Elk Grove Village has skyrocketed, causing a massive influx of renters who want to be within a short proximity to work. Fast-growing companies like Tiesta Tea are moving into buildings and warehouses in Elk Grove Village. This expanded work force leads to more renters.

This area has the largest concentration of logistic freight companies in the United States and the second largest source of manufacturing in the state of Illinois – second only to Chicago. The village has numerous large data centers that rely on the convergence of national fiber optic networks in Elk Grove Village, unique outside of major cities.

Elk Grove Village is very well-connected to major thoroughfares and the Metra. The Itasca Station, on the Milwaukee District West Metra Line, takes passengers east to Chicago’s Union Station with suburban stops along the way. Chicago-bound commuters arrive at Union Station in 45 minutes. O’Hare International Airport is a short, 22-minute drive, and downtown Chicago is a 37-minute drive.

For food, Elk Grove Village is teeming with family-owned restaurants that specialize in authentic ethnic cuisine. Peapod is a family-owned eatery that’s been serving Cantonese and Mandarin dishes for years. Ma’s Oriental Express is a utilitarian mainstay for traditional Chinese dishes. Jimmy’s Charhouse Elk Grove is an American chophouse and lounge. And Tapalpa Restaurant is a Mexican restaurant with a festive atmosphere and live mariachis on the weekend.

According to 2017 information from Nielsen, the total population of Elk Grove Village is 32,168 people; 48 percent are men and 52 percent are women. The average household income is $87,578.

Woodfield Mall is a 10-minute drive from Elk Grove Village. The retail center has nearly 300 stores. The 2.1 million square foot mall is also home to restaurants and a comedy club. Nearby, Streets of Woodfield has both the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Loews Theatres. Just to the north of the mall is a massive IKEA outlet, one of only two in the Chicagoland area.

The downtown area of Elk Grove Village, along the Biesterfield Road corridor east of I- 290 and west of Arlington Heights Road, has the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex (Village Hall), which was renovated in 2009. The LEED-certified structure houses the Elk Grove Public Library, Jack A. Claes Pavilion Recreation Facility, Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Julian Emyard Catholic Church. It is also the home to Veterans Memorial Park, Elk Grove Theatre and the headquarters for Elk Grove Park District.

Other attractions in the area include the following: Busse Woods is a 3,700-acre preserve with a 590-acre lake and 11.2 miles of bicycle and running trails; Rainbow Falls Water park has a leisure pool, lazy river, vortex pool, diving board and four body slides; the children’s theme park Pirates Cove (with a maze of tunnels and slides, has served the community for more than 25 years; and Fox Run Golf Links is a sprawling, 124-acre golf course with a newly renovated clubhouse.

Residents living on the western portion of Elk Grove Village attend James B. Conant High School (part of the largest high school district in Illinois) and Frederick Nerge Elementary School. U.S. News ranked James B. Conant the 29th best high school in Illinois. Additionally, Queen of the Rosary Catholic School was recently named by Chicago magazine as one of the top 25 private elementary schools in the Chicago area.

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