Neighborhood Spotlight: Itasca, IL


Overview:
Itasca is a northwestern suburb of Chicago and part of DuPage County. Local attractions like the Itasca Park District, Medinah Country Club and Woodfield Mall are just a few of the incredible resources this community offers. The Village of Itasca is near recreation, shopping, major thoroughfares, local schools and employment hubs. Plus, according to GreatSchools.org, Itasca schools have an incredible 9 out of 10 ranking.

Connectivity:
Itasca is well-connected throughout the suburbs and into Chicago via major thoroughfares and the Metra. The Medinah Station of the Milwaukee District / West Line Metra takes southeast passengers to Union Station and northwest passengers to Big Timber Road. Chicago-bound commuters arrive at Union Station in 40 minutes. Drives can also take both I-355 and I-290 to get around.

Entertainment:
There’s always something to do in and around Itasca. Woodfield Mall is a 12-minute drive from Itasca. Located in Schaumburg, the retail center has nearly 300 stores, including Nordstrom, the country’s largest Sears, Lord & Taylor and J.C. Penny. 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.

In terms of general entertainment, Itasca is covered. Strike Ten Lanes is the perfect place for a fun evening with friends or family. Bowling. Pizza. Soda. Don’t go too crazy. Then there’s the Itasca water park. The park is open daily and has pools for both kids and adults. Or try catching a movie at one of the numerous theatres in the area. Classic Cinemas Elk Grove Theatre opened in 1987 and was the first to implement the Kodak Digital Cinema system in the country.

Additionally, Itasca is known for some of the best country clubs in the Midwest. One of which, Medinah Country Club, hosted the 2006 PGA Championship and the 2012 Ryder Cup. And every year Medinah hosts its member-guest classic Especially as the weather begins to warm, golf is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and spend some time with friends on the links. In total, there are 32 golf courses in DuPage County, most of them only a short jaunt from Itasca.

Retail, Dining & Grocery:
Itasca has a bevy of renowned restaurants – enough options for even the most particular palate. The gastropub Fox & Turtle specializes in high‑end bar food and craft beer, great for a classier night out without a huge price tag. There’s also Shula’s Steak House, a locale that purportedly serves the best steaks in Itasca. Or try some authentic Vietnamese pho at nearby Pho Ha. Grab a slice at Doughboys or Marino’s Pizzeria and Italian Café. There’s even a Portillo’s and a Scooby’s Red Hots for a Chicago dog fix.

And after a classy outing to get drinks, check out the Lynfred Winery, which offers tastings seven days a week – plus specials during holidays. There’s also the Red Arrow Tap Room. They serve a wide variety of craft brews and even offer pour passes (like loyalty cards) that enable patrons to grab their own drinks without waiting in lines or for a waiter. And for more of an event, try painting while sipping on a glass of wine at the Paint & Pour offered by the Itasca Park District. They provide all the supplies necessary.

Demographics:
According to information from Nielsen, the total population of Carol Stream is 9,053 people. There are 3,439 households, all with an average income of $100,349. The median age of residents in Carol Stream is 42, and 64 percent of the population is employed.

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