Willowbrook is a village and Chicagoland suburb, located in Dupage County, Illinois. Its prime location and tight knit community atmosphere have made it an attractive option for retirees. The town is also home to plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and historic attractions.
Climate & Geography
Willowbrook is situated in Northern Illinois, southwest of the city of Chicago. The climate type in this region is humid continental, meaning there are all four seasons with summers that are hot and humid, while winters can be snowy and cold to freezing. Residents can also expect slightly more rain than the national average.
Like most of Illinois, Willowbrook is built mostly on prairieland. The town is home to plenty of residential subdivisions and nature areas.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Those looking for small town charm and tight-knit community can be sure to find that in Willowbrook. The town is home to many local antique shops, breweries, restaurants, as well as larger shopping centers such as The Promenade Bolingbrook and Oak Brook Center.
Willowbrook also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. These include, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Timber Lake Park, and Salt Creek Forest Preserve. Each of these are ideal locations for hiking, biking, sightseeing, and even skiing in the winter. Another notable attraction is the Morton Arboretum, an outdoor museum and public garden.
Not to mention, Willowbrook is in driving distance of the famous city of Chicago, where residents can find plenty more amenities and world-class attractions.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Willowbrook is about the same as the national and state averages. The housing cost is slightly higher than the U.S median.
Social Security benefits and income from most retirement plans are exempt from taxation in Illinois. The average property tax rate in Illinois is the second highest in the nation. Although, residents who are 65+ qualify for several tax breaks such as a homestead exemption of up to $5,000. The sales tax rate in Illinois is 6.25 percent and Willowbrook does add a 0.75 percent tax on that rate.
There are four highly rated hospitals and medical centers within a 10-mile radius of Willowbrook. They are Amita Health Adventist Medical Center-Hinsdale, Amita Health Adventist La Grange Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Palos Community Hospital. In its neighboring town, Maywood, residents can find Loyola University Medical Center which is nationally ranked in four adult specialties and rated high performing in five more adult specialties.