Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is located in Cook County and DuPage County in the northeast part of the state. It is situated west of O’Hare International Airport and east of Schaumburg. As of the 2015 Census estimate, the population numbered 33,238. Nicknamed “The Exceptional Community,” a claim to fame is the village’s industrial park, the largest in North America.
Elk Grove Village History
Elk Grove Village takes its name from the great antlered animals that once roamed wild in northern Illinois. The community dates its beginning to 1834 when pioneer farmers from the New England states settled in. Thanks to the efforts of urban developers in the 1950s, Elk Grove Village took off as a planned development and grew with its proximity to transportation and economic activity throughout the region.
Elk Grove Village Weather
Elk Grove Village is located in a humid continental climate zone with warm summers. The annual average rainfall is 32 inches, and average snowfall is 24 inches. The average high temperature in July (86°F) mirrors the national average, while the average low temperature in January (12°F) is about eight degrees cooler than the national average.
Elk Grove Village Transportation
Elk Grove Village is well connected via air, highway, and rail. It is close to the following airports: Schaumburg Regional (10 minutes), O’Hare International (20 minutes), Chicago Executive (20 minutes), and Chicago Midway (45 minutes). Major highways include U.S. Interstates 90, 355, and 290 as well as Illinois state roads 53, 72, and 83. The primary public transit provider is Pace, which operates buses, van pools, and dial-a-ride programs. Rail options include the Metra Rail System and Chicago Transit Authority. The average commute for workers is 26 minutes.
Cost of Living in Elk Grove Village
According to Area Vibes, living in Elk Grove Village costs about 16 percent more than the average city. The biggest difference is in housing, which carries a 38 percent premium compared to the rest of the state. You’ll also pay more in taxes; the general sales tax in Illinois is 6.25 percent and the state income tax rate is a flat 3.75 percent of net income. How far will your paycheck go? Use the links below to find out.
Elk Grove Village Schools
You’ll find public and private options for eduction in the village, with nine elementary schools and five junior high schools. There are two high schools serving families, one located in the village and one in nearby Hoffman Estates. Harper College offers technical programs and two-year degrees and certificates. Dominican University operates a satellite campus on the grounds of Alexian Brother Medical Center. These are but two of more than 90 colleges and universities within 50 miles.
Elk Grove Village Hospitals
Elk Grove Village is located within 30 miles of 97 hospitals. In the village itself, Alexian Brothers Medical Center is a 371-bed general medical and surgical facility. It is highly rated in five adult procedures and conditions by U.S. News and World Report, which also ranks it number 12 in Illinois. The next closest hospital is Northwest Community Healthcare in neighboring Arlington Heights, a 489-bed facility with a network of over 1,000 physicians throughout northwest Chicago.
Elk Grove Village Real Estate
According to the most recent census (2010) the village had 13,782 housing units and an owner-occupied rate of 73.8 percent. The median value of owner-occupied homes was $257,200. Owners with a mortgage incurred median monthly costs of $1921, and the median amount for gross rent was $1,085.
Elk Grove Village Hotels
As you would expect by its proximity to O’Hare International Airport, Elk Grove Village offers a wide choice in lodging. According to TripAdvisor, the two highest rated mid-range hotels are the Wyndham Garden Elk Grove Village/O’Hare and the Country Inn & Suites at I-290. In the budget category, consider a stay at the the Super 8 Chicago O’Hare.
Elk Grove Village Restaurants
What are you hungry for? While the range of dining options in the village may pale in comparison to the myriad choices throughout Chicagoland, you’ll find plenty to please your palate. For a “twist on traditional Italian,” check out RoccoVino’s on Nerge Road just east of Rohlwing Road. For American fare, consider a visit to Shelby Campbell’s “Almost Famous” restaurant and dip your spoon into a bowl of their award-winning chili. For barbecue, Sweet Baby Ray’s is hard to beat.
Things to Do in Elk Grove Village
Among the attractions in Elk Grove Village is the Ned Brown Preserve, aka Busse Woods with 3,700 acres of natural splendor for hiking, biking, and running. During the warmest months, the Rainbow Falls Water Park is a “fountain of fun” for young and old. If you enjoy golf, you’ll enjoy the Fox Run Golf Links 18-hole course.