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Downers Grove

Downers Grove is located approximately 20 miles west of Chicago and was first settled by Pierce Downer, who came to Illinois seeking farmland in May 1832. Downers Grove was incorporated as a village in 1873.

The village's Main Street Central Business District has been a commercial center since the1800's but was revitalized in the 1990s with new streets and facades and offers restaurants, shops and banks. Weekend nights draw many residents to the historic Tivoli Theater, which features a pipe organ that is often played before shows. There is also a newer Tivoli Theater on the south end of town. The downtown area is also home to some of the most popular outdoor festivals in the suburbs, including Heritage Fest in the summer and the Ice Sculpture Fest in the winter.

The Downers Grove Public Library is also located in the downtown area. Also remodeled in the 1990s, the library's extensive collections and wide range of programming for children and adults makes it a popular place.

Established in 1946, the Downers Grove Park District maintains 46 park sites totaling nearly 600 acres of land, and offers more than 2,300 activities and events for residents throughout the year. The Downers Grove Golf Club, built in 1892, is a nine-hole course.

Most Downers Grove students attend Downers Grove Elementary District 58 but some do attend Center Cass Elementary District 66 or Woodridge Elementary District 68. High school students attend either Downers Grove North or South high schools in Downers Grove Community High School District 99.

Downers Grove is the home to Good Samaritan Hospital, providing 386 beds and 600 physicians in more than 38 medical specialties. The village is also home to many businesses in newer office developments in the northern part of the village.

Housing options range from farmhouses and twentieth-century American Four-Squares near downtown to ranches in the southern part of the village. Redevelopment has brought contemporary luxury homes to more established parts of the village. In recent years Downers Grove has attracted attention for the number of Sears catalog homes still standing. These twentieth-century homes built from mail-order kits are the focus of tours conducted by the Downers Grove Historical Museum, which also houses exhibits about earlier village history.

The village is located near major expressways providing easy access to the entire Chicago metropolitan area, with interchanges on Interstate 88 (East-West Tollway), Interstate 355 (North-South Tollway, and Interstate 55, (Stevenson Expressway). Interstate 294 (Tri-State Tollway,) is nearby. Downers Grove has three stops on the Metra Commuter Rail line from Chicago to Aurora.