Downtown La Grange is the heart of the community. Anchored by the La Grange Village Hall, downtown offers residents an opportunity to come together, socialize, and celebrate. Some of the buildings date from the 1890s when retail and commercial businesses began to flourish. Downtown La Grange for many years was one of the busiest shopping areas outside of the Chicago Loop. Even now, residents can shop, conduct business, visit a movie theater or library, and enjoy a meal all within walking distance of their homes.