This Cook County community, 16 miles west of the Loop, is one of Chicago’s more mature suburbs.
Western Springs takes its name from the mineral springs that first attracted settlers to the area, and have since withered away. The village is home to one of the nation’s largest community theaters. The Theater of Western Springs was founded is 1929.
The community is small and almost exclusively residential with a population of almost 12,000. Most houses are large on rolling lots.
Most elementary students attend schools in District 101, except in the newer section, where they attend District 106. The schools feature a strong and multifaceted curriculum. High School students attend the two branches of Lyons Township High School. The curriculum is broad-based. A Catholic High School, Nazareth, is in the area. There is also one Catholic elementary school, Saint John of the Cross, in Western Springs.
Medical services are concentrated in the surrounding communities, i.e. Hinsdale and LaGrange. Modern plaza shopping facilities are present in the Garden Market, and a picturesque downtown shopping district has ample unmetered parking available.
Western Springs Park District operates 8 neighborhood parks. The district provides 13 tennis courts, 8 baseball diamonds, as well as recreational programs for all ages. A community pool is available, and one area is flooded for winter ice- skating. Nearly a dozen golf and country clubs are within 5 miles of the village.
The majority of elementary students attend District 101, but some attend Districts 106 and 107. Students attend Lyons Township High School, District 204.
The drive to the Loop is 16 miles, via either the Stevenson Expressway (1-55) or Eisenhower Expressway (I-29O). The Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is convenient for north-south driving. It is only 15 minutes to Midway Airport, and a 30 minute drive to O’Hare Airport. Railroad commuter can take the Burlington Northern either in Western Springs or LaGrange.