Des Plaines is a suburb of Chicago in Northern Illinois. Residents of Des Plaines enjoy the many amenities in the city, including a vibrant downtown that has local shops, restaurants, and a farmers market. In addition, the nearby Des Plaines River and Lake Opeka offer residents plenty of outdoor recreation in the form of fishing, hiking, and camping.
Climate and Geography
The humid continental climate in Des Plaines means residents experience cold winter temperatures and 36 inches of snow. Summers are warm and sometimes hot. The city also receives 36 inches of rain and 187 sunny days each year.
The Des Plaines River flows through the city, and the surrounding terrain is mainly flat.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Des Plaines residents looking to get outside have plenty of options. The Des Plaines River Trail is a popular for biking, hiking, and camping along the river. Residents and fish and boat at Lake Opeka, and the Wildwood Nature Center offers educational tours and scenic views.
Local attractions include the Big Noise Theater and Leela Arts Center, where residents can catch shows and concerts. Downtown features local businesses, eateries, and boutiques with plentiful pedestrian lanes and walkways. The city also hosts a large farmers market as well as a summer flea market.
Living in Des Plaines also makes it easy to travel to all the attractions of Downtown Chicago. Residents can either drive or take the Metra, both of which take a half-hour.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Des Plaines is higher than the state and national averages primarily due to the high costs of housing and transportation.
Illinois does not tax Social Security benefits, and income from retirement plans is exempt. Furthermore, homeowners over the age of 65 are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $5,000, helping to alleviate the state's high property taxes. The city's combined sales tax rate is 9 percent, which is higher than average.
The Chicago metro area ranks in the top 85 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
The main medical center in Des Plaines is Presence Holy Family Medical Center. Nearby hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News include Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Amita Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago, and Northwest Community Hospitals, all within 6 miles of Des Plaines.