Known as "The New England of the Midwest," Glen Ellyn is an exceptionally wonderful place to live, work, and play. Verdant parklands, Lake Ellyna 10-acre natural wondergracious homes on tree-lined boulevards, and a vibrant downtown and southern business district create a Village that uniquely blends hometown appeal with up-to-date convenience.
Since the first settlers arrived in the 1830s, Glen Ellyn has continued to draw families looking for a distinctive way of life. It is a place where time slows down, neighbor knows neighbor, and residents work together to preserve the past, support the schools, parks, and library, and improve the community. Volunteer opportunities abound with our many civic and service organizations. A tour around town takes you past architecturally significant homes built between the 1860s and 1930, the cupola-topped village hall, Glenbard West High School, locally known as the Castle on the Hill, and the recently constructed public library.
The "spirit of history" is alive and well at Stacys Tavern, a restored 1840s tavern located at Five Corners. Formerly a way-station for travelers heading east to Chicago and west to the Fox River, Stacys Tavern is now home to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, which schedules a variety of educational programs and re-enactments honoring Glen Ellyns mid-19th-century origins. With a population of 26,000 and a short commute to the hustle and bustle of Chicagos downtown Loop, Glen Ellyn has successfully maintained its small town character, making it always a great place to come home to.
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