Active, small-town living with access to Chicago.
Located a mere 22 miles west of Chicago lies the beautiful, active village of Downers Grove. Home to one of the region’s most bustling downtown shopping and dining scenes, Downers Grove regularly draws in visitors and prospective residents with its energetic ambiance while circumventing the high-pressure, on-the-go atmosphere of many major cities. Despite experiencing the full spectrum of famous Chicago weather, the village boasts many beautiful tree-lined streets, perfect for a stroll in summer or spending hours window shopping no matter the season.
Originally founded by Pierce Downer, a farmer from New York, the town’s name has mysteriously remained apostrophe-free since 1873 and has become somewhat of a local inside joke. Today, residential properties in the area are typically single-family homes with large lots. Like many homes in the area, these residences are built in variations of Queen Anne, Prairie, and Colonial Revival styles. However, many new developments have taken on a decidedly modern theme.
Downers Grove is home to many nearby attractions and activities. From magnificent green spaces to fine dining restaurants, the residents of Downers Grove take full advantage of the town’s entertainment offerings and are typically very active in community projects and socialization. Downers Grove residents take great pride in their quaint village, and it is visibly reflected in the beautiful streets and well-kept public parks in the area.
Downers Grove has a bright, bustling downtown, which means there are several local favorites among the region’s eateries and boutiques. One staple among Downers Grove residents is Pierce Tavern, a hip pub and comfort food restaurant that prides itself on its offerings of the three Bs: burgers, bourbon, and beer. For those in search of the perfect brew, the Alter Brewing taproom has a rotating tap list of 12 unique beers accompanied by delectable bar-style dishes. The brewery is decorated in an upscale industrial style and has plenty of room to socialize with your bar table neighbors and fellow Downers Grove residents.
Should Asian food be more to your liking, Wasabi is a ridiculously popular Downers Grove restaurant serving dishes from China, Japan, and Thailand in a sleek, modern setting. And for shopaholics and gift seekers alike, no store offers more unique, artisan-made goods than Evelyn Jane. Located in the village’s downtown, this chic boutique specializes in curated gift collections for women, babies, and the home.
Its proximity to Chicago has made Downers Grove the perfect venue for festivals and events better suited to a charming small town than a large, bustling city. The Summer Concert Series draws visitors from all over the state for several popular rock, pop, country, and oldies concerts to satisfy every musical taste. Another popular event, the Rotary GroveFest, brings live music and entertainment and a beer garden to the village and is a highly anticipated annual occurrence.
And for those who prefer more regular entertainment, Tivoli Theater, which opened in 1928 and is only the second theater in America to offer films with sound, gives visitors access to a range of exciting films. For outdoor lovers, Downers Grove Golf Club, home to America’s first 18-hole golf course, is a great place to spend the day, whether playing a round of golf, practicing at the driving range, or simply enjoying the incredible natural landscape.
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