Bartlett Village in Illinois is an affluent community of 41,545 people located northwest of Chicago. It occupies 15.63 square miles in portions of three counties: Cook, DuPage, and Kane. The Village places a high priority on maintaining quality of life with fiscal responsibility to its residents.
The modern history of Bartlett begins in the mid-nineteenth century when the Bartletts, a farming family from Massachusetts, settled in the area. During the 1870s, when the Chicago and Pacific Railroad expanded service to nearby Elgin, the Bartletts donated a portion of their land for the construction of a depot. The Village of Bartlett was officially incorporated in 1891.
• History of the Village of Bartlett
• Bartlett Depot Museum
Bartlett is cooler than the average U.S. city. The average low temperature in January is 14°F and the average high is 29°F. The average high temperature in July is 84°F, and the average low is 63°F. Precipitation amounts are close to average for U.S. cities, although with a little more snow; the Village gets about 32 inches of white stuff annually.
• Sperling’s Climate Report for Bartlett, Illinois
• AccuWeather Forecast
Primary motor routes serving the area are: Northwest Tollway (four miles north); East-West Tollway (10 miles south); I-290 (10 miles east); and Elgin-O’hare Expressway (one mile east). Route 59 takes you through the heart of the Village, and Route 20 runs along the norther border. METRA provides commuter rail service accessible from a station downtown. Bartlett is convenient for air travel; it is located five miles from the Schaumburg Airport, six miles from DuPage Airport, and 35 miles from Chicago O’Hare. The average commute takes 34 minutes.
• Schaumburg Airport
• METRA Commuter Rail
Cost of Living in Bartlett
Bartlett is one of the more expensive communities in Illinois, with overall living costs about 18 percent more than the national average. Both the general sales tax and state income tax are significantly above national averages. Housing accounts for the biggest chunk of a family’s expenses—almost 50 percent more than in the typical U.S. city. The median household income (2011 to 2015) is $100,105. How far will your earnings go in Bartlett? Use the links below.
• Cost of Living Wizard from Salary.com
• Cost of Living Calculator from Money.cnn.com
School District U-46 provides public education for residents of Bartlett with 10 schools serving students K-12. There are also six private schools. For higher education, several community colleges are in close proximity, including Elgin Community College and College of DuPage. An online search finds more than 90 colleges and universities located within 50 miles.
• U-49 Public Schools in Bartlett
• Wheaton College
• Bartlett High School
There are more than 90 hospitals within 30 miles of Bartlett. The nearest is St. Alexius Medical Center, a 339-bed acute care facility in Hoffman Estates. It is rated high-performing in two adult procedures/conditions. The region’s highest rated medical center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is 35 miles away. It is nationally ranked in 13 specialties and rated high-performing in nine procedures/conditions.
• Alexian Brothers Health
• Best Chicago Hospitals (U.S. News & World Report)
Bartlett Real Estate
The most recent census finds about 14,500 housing units in Bartlett and an owner-occupied rate of 90 percent. The median value of these homes is $254,600, and homeowners with a mortgage pay $2,171 a month in selected costs. The median gross rent in Bartlett is $1,272.
• Bartlett Homes for Sale (Zillow)
• Apartments for Rent in Bartlett
You’ll find several popular hotel names near Bartlett. The pet-friendly Extended Stay America (Chicago Hanover Park) provides economical suites with free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. It’s located on the eastern edge of the Village. The Chicago Marriott Northwest, just to the north of Bartlett in Hoffman Estates, is a more upscale lodging choice with bar, restaurant, indoor pool, and fitness center. If you’ll have time for a round of golf, consider the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes with an 18-hole course, two pools and a spa.
• Crest Motel in Bartlett
• Pet-Friendly Lodging (Bring Fido)
Many ethnic eateries dot Bartlett, as well as those serving traditional American fare. Savor pan and thin-crust Chicago-style pizza at Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. Sample a different Mexican special every day of the week at El Faro, where the Parrillada is big enough to feed three hungry amigos. Breakfast is always special at the Savoury Cafe. You’ll love their wide selection of delicious pancakes, waffles, griddle creations, and crepes.
• Savoury Cafe
• Bannerman’s Sports Grill
• Village of Bartlett Dining Guide (pdf)
Things to Do in Bartlett
Bartlett offers some interesting attractions. The Villa Olivia is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding and tubing in season. It is also home to a championship golf course. Or visit Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve in Hanover Park with a thousand acres of unspoiled habitat and one of the nation’s largest tracts of grassland. And be sure to tour the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Temple and grounds—it’s one of the more popular tourist attractions in the Village.
• Villa Olivia
• BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Temple
• Bartlett Parks