Chicago Suburbs - Elk Grove

About Elk Grove, IL

The town was named for the Elk, also know as the “wapiti” by Native Americans, which is the most majestic member of the deer species in North America.  And as the town’s name would suggest, Elk Grove Village is still home to a small herd of elk kept in a grove at the eastern edge of the Busse Woods Forest Preserve. 

When considering the Elk Grove homes for sale as your new residence, you'll find the exception is the rule here.  From the town's strategic location and expansive industrial base to its friendly hometown spirit and rich quality of life, you will find that Elk Grove is an excellent place to live. 

Elk Grove is located near O’Hare International Airport and is just 22 miles northwest of Downtown Chicago and The Loop.   The METRA Rail Line offers a commute from the Schaumburg, Roselle, or Medinah stations to Downtown Chicago. 


The Elk Grove Park District covers approximately 473 acres.  The range of activities available includes 39 parks, three Olympic size swimming pools, and 11 public tennis courts.   The Jack A. Claes Pavilion offers a 28-foot carousel, and indoor playground, a fitness center, a banquet room, some arts and craft rooms, a dance studio, some racquetball courts, twp gymnasiums, two indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, and a cable television station. The park district also operates facilities for all ages:  a preschool, a teen center, and a senior citizen center.  For even more family fun, Elk Grove Park District offers The Rainbow Falls Water Theme Park, Pirates Cove Children's Theme Park, Fox Run Golf Course and Driving Range, and the Farmhouse Museum.

In more recent years, the village has worked to redevelop the community.  The Elk Grove Town Center offers a new library, movie theaters, and many shops and restaurants.  The village recently underwent a major beautification project, installing old-fashioned street lamps, brick-paved crosswalks, and a 60-foot tall clock tower.  Also renovated was the war veterans memorial and nearly all of the village's parks and public facilities. The Rainbow Falls Water Park was the largest renovation project.  It was completely demolished and rebuilt with the addition of a new set of waterslides and a USA Hockey Inline compliant inline hockey rink.

History of Elk Grove Village

In the mid-1950s Elk Grove became the very first planned suburban community in the Chicagoland area.  Farms and fields gave way to multi-acre business parks and suburban neighborhoods that were blended in a carefully planned, progressive community with a distinct vision for the future as Centex developers have deliberately planned locations commercial, industrial, and residential development.  The development is complete with parks, schools, and shopping centers.

The village easily doubled in size during the 1960s.  As the village expanded to the south and west, new roads, schools, and parks were added.  Rupley Elementary was among the first to be constructed in Elk Grove and in Community Consolidated School District 59 and was soon followed by the opening of Elk Grove High School, part of District 214.  The Robert E. Haskell Memorial Stadium is named after the first principal of the high school.  Since its opening, EGHS has seen continuous growth in enrollment, expansions of its facilities, and award-winning faculty. In 1996, EGHS received the Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Education. EGHS is also home to award-winning athletics and academic teams alike.

Today, because of their large commercial base, residents of Elk Grove Village enjoy one of the lowest property tax rates in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  This is one key element that makes Elk Grove homes for sale are not only desirable but very affordable as well. 

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