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WILLOWBROOK

 

Willowbrook is located about 18 miles outside of Chicago. The village’s easy access to Route 83 (Kingery Highway) and Interstate 55 (the Stevenson Expressway) make it a popular location for professionals who work in the city or in corporations in the county. But the village also prides itself on creating green spaces for recreation.

 

The village grew from the Ridgemoor subdivision, which voted to incorporate in 1960. Willowbrook took its name from the willow trees surrounding the area, and remain the village symbol today.    

 

Open space has always been a priority in the village. The Willowbrook Parks and Recreation Department operates more than 55 acres of parks. Many of the parks are linked by trails, and the parks department has an active program in place to encourage residents to walk the village. Recreation programs include activities for children, teens, adults and seniors.

 

A cultural center of the community, the Indian Prairie Public Library moved into a brand new 43,000-square foot building in the 1990s and has more than 111,000 books on its shelves. The library district serves 44,000 people in the area with adult and children’s programs. Concerts and other programs round out the library’s offerings.

 

Housing in the village includes ranches and newer two-story homes on large lots as well as townhomes and high-end condominiums.

 

Elementary students attend either Gower Elementary District 62, Maercker Elementary District 60 or Hinsdale Elementary District 181. High school students attend either Hinsdale Central or Hinsdale South High School in District 86.

 

Interstate 55 provides residents with access to Interstate 294 (the Tri-State Tollway) to the east or Interstate 355 (the North-South Tollway) to the west. Pace Suburban Bus Service offers commuters access to the Hinsdale or Clarendon Hills train stations.