Lisle is a suburb of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois. It is popular among retirees for its easy access to outdoor recreation, nature preserves, and golf courses. Besides this, residents enjoy its revitalized downtown area, local museums, and boutique shopping.
Climate and Geography
Lisle has a humid continental climate. Summers are hot and humid while winters are cold with below-freezing temperatures.
The terrain in Lisle is mainly flat. There are several natural preserves to the north of the city, including Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Danada Forest Preserve, and Hidden Lake Forest Preserve. The East Branch DuPage River bisects the city from north to south.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Lisle residents have access to many recreational activities. One of the city's most popular attractions is the Morton Arboretum, which has numerous walking trails throughout its natural exhibitions as well as seasonal festivals. Active adults can also go boating at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve or tee off at several golf courses and clubs in the area.
There are several historic spaces and art centers in Lisle as well, including the Museums at Lisle Station Park, the Juricha-Suchy Nature Museum, and ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center. Retirees looking for local boutiques, galleries, and eateries head to Downtown Lisle, a recently renovated district next to a 4.5-acre recreational area called the PrairieWalk Pond.
For even more entertainment, sporting events, and high-end shopping, retirees can travel 30 minutes by car or an hour by train to Chicago.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Lisle is higher than the state and national averages because of high housing and transportation costs.
Illinois does not tax Social Security benefits, and income from retirement plans is generally exempt, including 401(k)s, pensions, and IRAs. Property taxes in the state are high, but homeowners over the age of 65 are eligible for an additional homestead exemption. Lisle has a sales tax rate of 6.25 percent.
The Chicago metro area ranks in the top 85 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
Lisle residents have access to several hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News, including Edward Hospitals and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, located in Winfield, is nationally ranked.