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    Community Resources

    REGIONAL FACTS

    The nine communities that comprise the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry include Brookfield, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, McCook, Western Springs and Willow Springs, which collectively encompass an area of over 100 square miles and support a growing population of 65,000+.  These vibrant communities offer economic prosperity, outstanding educational and business opportunities for people of all ages, a high level of health care, superior recreational activities and a rich diversity of entertainment, civic organizations, and cultural attractions.

    We truly do have something for everyone!

    Location and Transportation

    The West Suburban region is easily accessible from every direction. Interstate 290, Interstate 55, Interstate 355 and the Tri-State Tollway (294) provide easy auto and truck access. O'Hare International Airport, Midway Airport and the Chicago Loop are both about 30 minutes or less away.  Milwaukee can be reached within 2 hours.

    Daily commuter rail service is provided in Brookfield, LaGrange and Western Springs by METRA on the Chicago to Aurora line and in Willow Springs on the Joliet to Chicago line. Amtrak also serves the area and PACE has numerous bus routes which connect each of the communities to the rest of the West Cook County area.

    Rail freight service is provided by the Indiana Harbor Belt Line and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line. Barge traffic can be accommodated on the sanitary canal.

    The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is located in the west suburban area of the City of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, and in the United States of America.

    Distance to Key Locations

    • Chicago City Limits - 8 mi.
    • Chicago - Downtown - 17 mi.
    • O'Hare Airport - 22 mi.
    • Midway Airport - 8 mi.
    • Detroit, MI - 283 mi.
    • Milwaukee, WI - 75 mi.
    • Springfield, IL - 180 mi.
    • St. Louis, MO - 298 mi.

     

    Community Organizations and Associations

    We are fortunate to have many outstanding civic and community organizations that contribute to make the west suburban Cook County area a better, more stimulating place to live and work.  There are well over 100 local community-based organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs, as well as local VFW and American Legion chapters.  There are five business associations, specialized groups for specific industries and networking needs, and many humanitarian affiliations.  This area is very giving and does much to affect the well-being of the neediest residents and others within the state.

    Utilities

    Most communities are supplied with water from Lake Michigan.  Sanitary sewer service is through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  We are also part of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan which provides storage of excess waste water in the deep tunnel until treatment can take place.  Industrial waste pick-up is contracted through private companies.  Electricity is provided through ComEd.  Natural gas is provided by Northern Illinois Gas.

    Weather

    • Average Spring temperature: 47 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Summer temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Fall temperature: 53 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Winter is cold but not as cold as most people are led to believe.

    Newspapers

    • The DesPlaines Valley News
    • The Doings
    • Press Publications
    • The Southtown Economist
    • Business Ledger
    • The Suburban Life
    • The Chicago Tribune
    • The Chicago Sun-Times

    Radio

    • Various Chicago stations

    Cable TV

    • Comcast
    • AT&T

    Annual Area Events

    Spring & Summer

    • The Tower Trot
    • The I & M Canal Rendezvous
    • LaGrange Park Rose Festival
    • Countryfest
    • Endless Summer
    • The LaGrange Area Pet Parade
    • Experience LaGrange Weekend
    • Swing into Summer
    • Willow Springs Car Show
    • Arts and Crafts fairs
    • Please call the Chamber offices (708-387-7550) for a current update.

    Fall & Winter

    • LaGrange West End Art Festival
    • Halloween Walk
    • Christmas Walks
    • Please call the Chamber offices (708-387-7550) for a current update.

    Health and Medical Facilities

    • AMITA Health System
    • LaGrange Memorial Hospital 274 beds 385 physicians
    • Hinsdale Hospital 440 beds 500 physicians
    • If you have an emergency, call 911 and the nearest paramedic units will be dispatched.

    Recreation

    Each of our individual communities offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for residents, from preschoolers to retired citizens, through their individual park districts.  In addition, the region has a number of health clubs, tennis clubs, golf courses, two country clubs and county bike paths. The Greater LaGrange YMCA is located in LaGrange Park.  The I & M Canal, a man-made waterway which has been transformed into an urban recreational park, runs through the community of Willow Springs. The area is also blessed with an extensive network of county forest preserves.  Please call the Chamber (708-387-7550) for information and recommendations.

    Religious Facilities

    There are over 50 places of worship in the West Suburban region.  They represent most all of the major religious groups and smaller denominations.  The list of churches is a part of this website.  For additional assistance, please call the Chamber at 708-387-7550.

    Daycare Programs

    Daycare programs are available through the local churches and through privately owned facilities.

    Social Service Programs

    The west suburban Cook County area has a wealth of social service programs to meet the needs of local employees and employers.

    Please go to the listing of Chamber members for immediate referrals.  You may also call the Chamber (708-387-7550) for answers to your questions.

    Schools

    Our area is served by public high schools such as Lyons Township High School, Riverside-Brookfield High School, Argo-Summit High School and J Sterling Morton High School. Each of the elementary schools feed into these schools. There are also a number of private elementary schools, as well as Nazareth Academy, a parochial high school, in our area.  In addition, there are church operated elementary schools throughout the eight communities.