Wheaton is a suburb of Chicago in Northern Illinois. Residents of Wheaton enjoy its tight-knit downtown area that hosts community events and a weekly French Market. In addition to these amenities, its proximity to numerous nature preserves makes Wheaton popular among active adults seeking outdoor recreation.
Climate & Geography
Wheaton experiences a humid continental climate with a wide range of temperatures. Summers are hot and often humid while winters are cold and with below-freezing temperatures. Residents can expect 39 inches of rain, 30 inches of snow, and 186 sunny days per year.
Wheaton is surrounded by natural areas and greenspaces, including Blackwell Forest Preserve, Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, and more. Spring Brook and Winfield Creek run through the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
There are multiple ways for active adults to enjoy the outdoors in Wheaton. Popular destinations include Cantigny Park, Cosley Zoo, and The Morton Arboretum. Residents can also walk and biking through the trails at Prairie Path Park and Central Park. In addition, the numerous forest preserves surrounding the city offer more hiking trails as well as boating and fishing opportunities.
Downtown Wheaton has local boutiques, eateries, and theaters for live performances. History buffs can visit the DuPage County Historical Museum, the DuPage Art League, and the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Other local amenities include numerous breweries, a weekend French Market, and seasonal community events.
Residents looking for more brand-name shopping and dining can head to Chicago, which is an hour's drive away or a 45-minute train ride.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Wheaton is higher than the state and national averages because of high housing and transportation costs.
Illinois subtracts Social Security benefits, pensions, and retirement savings accounts from taxable income, making it tax friendly for retirees. Property taxes are very high, but retirees over 65 may qualify for an additional homestead exemption to help alleviate these taxes.
The Chicago metro area ranks in the top 85 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
Residents of Wheaton have access to multiple health care providers. Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is located within the city, and nearby Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News. Other high performing hospitals within 10 miles include Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, and Elmhurst Hospital.