Why La Grange?

Professional Government

The Village of La Grange was incorporated on June 11, 1879, and operates under a Board-Manager form of government. La Grange is a non-home rule municipal corporation governed by the Village President and six trustees, who are elected on a non-partisan basis to serve four-year overlapping terms. The Village Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and is appointed by the Board of Trustees, by an ordinance passed and adopted January 9, 1961. The Village Board is responsible for establishing Village policy which, in turn, is implemented on a day-to-day basis by the Village Manager and staff. The Village employees approximately 100 full-time employees in six operating departments: Administration, Finance, Police, Fire, Community Development, and Public Works.

Strategic Location

Located approximately 14 miles west of Chicago, in Cook County, the Village occupies a land area of approximately 2.5 square miles and has an estimated population of 15,550.

The Village of La Grange's strategic location has the advantage of being easily accessible from every direction. Four State highways penetrate and cross its boundaries on two major routes: Route 12, 20, and 45 (La Grange/Mannheim Road) and Route 34 (Ogden Avenue).

La Grange Road, the main street through the center of the Village, boasts 26,000 cars traveling on a daily basis. Interstate 290, Interstate 55 and the Tri-State Tollway (294) provide easy vehicular access to La Grange. O'Hare International Airport, Midway Airport, and the Chicago Loop are each accessible within 30 minutes.

Public transportation is provided by Metra, which has approximately 5,000 boardings daily from the La Grange Road Train station and the Stone Avenue Station. Amtrak and PACE bus service also serve the area.

In 2012, the Village of La Grange was named the top transit suburb of Metropolitan Chicago by the Chaddick Institute. 

Historic and Diverse Housing

The Village's housing stock is primarily made up of quality single-family homes ranging in price from $350,000 to more than $1 million. Homes within the Village are well-preserved and maintain their architectural and historic significance through sensitive restoration. A historic district designated by the National Trust for Historic Places is located within the Village.

Vibrant and Engaging Downtown

Downtown La Grange on any day or night is bustling with activity and features a myriad of dining, shopping and entertainment options including a multi-screen movie theater.

La Grange is an award-winning Village, featured prominently in several magazines such as Chicago Magazine and West Suburban Living, including a Best Downtown and Best Places to Live designation.

Signature Events

La Grange is known for its unique and notable events including the annual Pet Parade, Craft Show, Endless Summerfest, West End Art Festival, Halloween Walk and Holiday Walk. Please visit the La Grange Business Association for more information regarding these events.

Quality of Life

La Grange is served by an excellent educational system anchored by nationally ranked Lyons Township High School, which serves an enrollment of over 2,800 students. Six elementary and two junior high schools serve over 2,500 students. The nearby College of DuPage offers a wide variety of technical and professional courses.

The community also serves as the home for the 270-bed La Grange Amita Health Adventist Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center.

Recreation facilities and activities for Village residents are provided by the Park District of La Grange, a separate unit of government that operates 11 parks covering 69 acres.

The Village is also served by the La Grange Public Library and 19 churches representing 16 denominations.

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