Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn

A recreational haven suffused with historic luxury.


Welcome to Glen Ellyn

A recreational haven suffused with historic luxury.
Lying 24 miles west of downtown Chicago, the village of Glen Ellyn’s luxuriant forest preserves, multipurpose parks, recreational facilities, al fresco dining scene, and historic downtown make it one of Illinois's premier suburbs. Replete with gentle hills and tree-lined streets, Glen Ellyn is home to two nationally ranked high schools, the famed Village Links golf course, and an exquisite boathouse used for weddings and graduation parties. The main branch of the Illinois Prairie Path runs through town, offering miles of walking trails and biking lanes, while a Metra station near the heart of downtown gets you to Chicago's Ogilvie Station in no time.
Glen Ellyn is characterized by luxurious single-family homes in a diverse range of striking architectural styles, from massive Colonial Revival structures to sprawling Victorian estates, custom-built contemporaries, and gorgeous Italianate homes cocooned amid pruned trees.

What to Love

  • Historic downtown 
  • Family-friendly town festivals
  • Lively park district provides multiple recreation options
  • Playgrounds for kids
  • Lake Ellyn Boathouse

Local Lifestyle

Timeless architecture, lush scenery, parks, and meadows are the physical markers of this great neighborhood. Once you immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, experience the robust sense of community and friendly neighborhood character, you’ll only grow to love Glen Ellyn more. 
The town’s well-maintained environment and variety of opportunities to explore nature without having to leave town enriches the lifestyle quality here. Glen Ellyn is also convenient to highways that provide access to neighboring cities anytime you feel like. Downtown is certainly lots of fun, too, especially when festivals are happening in town! 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Locals are particularly fond of their thriving downtown, which sprawls with an appealing mix of national retail outlets and specialty boutiques. You’ll find auto-oriented shopping along Roosevelt Road and fantastic restaurants not far apart in this pedestrian-friendly business district!
Are you craving authentic Mexican flavors served in a contemporary seasonal style? Check out A Toda Madre for the freshest guacamole, yummy tacos, and esquites paired with chilled cocktails. The rustic décor, intimate ambiance, and delicious food are sure to keep you coming back!
Pick up some new on-trend fashion pieces at Jayne. Whether it’s a dazzling necklace to accentuate your going-out outfit or a six-inch stiletto, this classy boutique has plenty of pieces to choose from. Browse the fine kitchenware and exquisite home décor at Marcel’s, and stop at Blackberry Market for the most delectable cinnamon rolls and creamy lattes.

Things to Do

Indulge in the ultimate getaway from a busy day at work by taking an evening stroll around the dazzling Lake Ellyn, which is flanked by beautiful oak trees. The Lake Ellyn Boathouse is a popular venue for weddings — once you step on the glamorous deck, you’ll see why.
Join thousands of spectators to experience the excitement as handcrafted corrugated cardboard boats race around the 200-yard course on Lake Ellyn during the much-anticipated Cardboard Boat Regatta. There’s also fabulous food and refreshments on sale at the venue.
Bring your kids to the splash pad at Maryknoll Park for a fun time out. They can enjoy a little zipline adventure or match up with you for tennis and lots more! The park offers disc golf, a huge open field, a merry-go-round, and basketball courts for the perfect family outing! Be sure not to miss the Taste of Glen Ellyn Carnival, which has live performances by popular entertainers, festive foods, cold beverages, carnival rides, and a huge business expo!


Glen Ellen is served by the highly-rated Community Consolidated School District. Some of the area’s prestigious educational institutions include:

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