Moving to Glendale Heights, IL

Incorporated as a village in 1959, Glendale Heights is located in DuPage County, Illinois, 30-miles east of downtown Chicago. It occupies five and a half square miles between the towns of Glen Ellyn and Bloomingdale. Per the 2015 census estimate, the population is 34,435. The community is known for being ethnically diverse, a “proud and progressive village for all people.”

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Glendale Heights History

Glendale Heights is a relatively young entity, established as a village in 1959. The rural community at that time was home to about 100 folks. Its name borrows parts of neighboring towns Glen Ellyn and Bloomingdale, with “Heights” an allusion to the varying elevation of its topography. A claim to fame: Glendale Heights is the home of rock’s Billy Corgan of the group “Smashing Pumpkins.” 

Glendale Heights Weather

The comfort index for the climate in Glendale Heights is equal to the average for all U.S. cities. It is similar to the rest of the midwest, with humid continental air and warm summers.  The average high temperature in July is 86°F and the average low during January is 14°F. In a typical year, Glendale Heights gets 36 inches of rain and 33 inches of snow. 

Glendale Heights Transportation

Highway access to Glendale Heights is served primarily by I-355, which runs north and south just east of the village. Public transportation in Glendale Heights is provided via Pace (bus service) and Metra (rail systems).  ADA transportation and vanpool programs also operate. The average one-way commute is 27 minutes, close to the national average. There a several airports in the area, including DuPage (20 minutes away) and O’Hare International Airport (about 30 minutes away). 

Cost of Living in Glendale Heights

The cost of living in Glendale Heights is right in line with the national average. You’ll pay a little more for transportation, utilities, and health care, but you’ll save on housing. Illinois taxes your personal income at a rate of 3.75 percent and charges an effective sales tax rate of 8.25 percent. Use the links below to get an idea of how living in Glendale Heights will affect your pocketbook. 

Glendale Heights Schools

Two public systems operate schools in Glendale Heights: Marquardt School District 15 (four elementary schools and one middle school) and Queen Bee School District 16 (three elementary schools and one middle school). There is also a K-8 Catholic school, St. Matthew. High schoolers attend Glenbard West in nearby Glen Ellyn.  Although there are no colleges in Glendale Heights, there are almost 100 within 50 miles. The closest are Chamberlain College of Nursing (Addison) and Wheaton College, each only three miles away.

Glendale Heights Hospitals

While Adventist GlenOaks is the only hospital in Glendale Heights, you’ll find seven others within 10 miles, and more than 100 within 30 miles. Among highly rated hospitals in the region are Northwestern Memorial Hospital (nationally ranked in 13 specialties and high-performing in nine procedures/conditions) and Rush University Medical Center (nationally ranked in nine specialties and high-performing in seven procedures/conditions).

Glendale Heights Real Estate

As mentioned above, housing costs in Glendale Heights compare very favorably with the rest of the country. According to U.S. Census data, the median value of owner-occupied housing units is $168,400 and the median monthly costs of ownership with a mortgage are $1,703. Renters typically pay $718 for selected monthly costs.

Glendale Heights Hotels

If you’re looking for lodging in Glendale Heights, your choice is limited to the Armada Hotel and Conference Center. However, you’re only minutes away from several higher-rated choices by popular lodging names. The Courtyard Chicago Bloomingdale and Residence Inn Chicago Bloomingdale are both three-star options, as is the Hilton Chicago/Indiana Lakes Resort (and it has a golf course).  

Glendale Heights Restaurants

Given the diversity of Glendale Heights, it’s not surprising to find several choices for ethnic food, such as Vegetarian Fast Food, serving pure Swaminarayan (no onion or garlic) and Jain (no underground vegetables) cuisines. For Mexican fare, check out La Campana in nearby Bloomingdale, where they feature authentic dishes and tropical cocktails. If you’re in the mood for Asian, MoonSun Restaurant features fresh sushi, Chinese, Thai, and Japanese dishes, dine in or carryout. 

Things to Do in Glendale Heights

If you enjoy golf, Glendale Lakes Golf Club offers 18 challenging holes designed by acclaimed course architect, Dick Nugent. The village has a vibrant department of parks and recreation, with programs for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities year round. For a fun family outing, check out Brunswick Zone with 32 bowling lanes, arcade, and sports bar.