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Glen Ellyn, located in Northern Illinois, is a quaint town with a tight-knit community. It is a suburb of Chicago, allowing residents easy access to big-city amenities as well as the hometown feeling of a small village. In addition, its proximity to quality health care and outdoor recreation make it popular among active adults.
Climate and Geography
Glen Ellyn experiences about 39 inches of rain and 33 inches of snow per year. Summer temperatures reach the mid 80s while winter temperatures fall below 20 degrees.
Glen Elllyn, located in DuPage County, is near the DuPage River and Salt Creek, and the terrain consists of mostly flat prairieland.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Top outdoor attractions near Glen Ellyn include the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Maryknoll Park, The Morton Arboretum, and Cantigny Park. There are also several local golf courses, including the Village Links of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Oak Country Club.
For arts and entertainment, residents head to McAninch Arts Center, Stacy’s Tavern Museum, and the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.
Additionally, Glen Ellyn is only a short train ride or drive from Chicago.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Glen Ellyn is higher than the national and state averages because of high housing costs.
Illinois does not tax Social Security benefits, and income from retirement plans is generally exempt, including 401(k)s, pensions, and IRAs. Furthermore, homeowners over the age of 65 may be eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $5,000 or to have their assessed property value frozen.
The Chicago metro area ranks in the top 85 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Residents in Glen Ellyn have access to premier health care facilities with 10 miles, including the U.S. News nationally ranked Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Other nearby high performing hospitals include Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Amita Health Adventist Medical Center-Hinsdale, and Edward Hospital.