DuPage County, Illinois ranks second in population, outranked only by neighboring Cook County. The county was formed out of the western portion of Cook County in 1839, and named after the local DuPage River. Its small area landmass of 336 square miles is home to a dense population with nearly one million residents. Wheaton is its county seat, and Aurora its largest city.
Although its landmass was originally thriving agricultural farmlands, DuPage County has been transformed into one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. The county has the state’s highest income per capita with household incomes throughout nineteen major towns averaging more than $100,000. Adjacent counties to DuPage include Kane County to the west, Kendall County to the southwest, Cook County to the east, and Will County along its southern border.Getting Around
DuPage County is situated just west of the Chicago, where County residents have access to the extensive transportation system throughout the metropolitan area. This includes access to federal roadways including interstates 290, 294 and 355 heading north and south, and Interstate 88 traveling from Western Illinois into Chicago. In addition, residents have access to State Highway 59 (north and south), along with 38 and 56 (east and west).
Local commuters can take the Chicago Metro in many of DuPage County’s cities and towns including Aurora, Naperville, Bloomingdale, Wheaton, Lombard, Addison, Downers Grove, Woodridge, Darian and others. County residents and visitors can also take the Pace bus offering extensive service in and around Chicago suburbs. Express service is also available during rush hour, along with the local popular Park n’ Ride program, making an easy commute to work every day.
Residents have access to the DuPage County Airport located at 2700 International Dr., West Chicago. In addition, O’Hare International (ORD) is less than 30 miles away, and Midway International (MDW) is less than 40 miles away in Cook County.DuPage County Medical Care
Local residents have access to six major hospitals and medical care facilities throughout DuPage County, Illinois. These medical facilities providing acute care include Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield), Edward Hospital (Naperville), Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove), Adventist Glenoaks (Glendale Heights), Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Elmhurst), and Hinsdale Hospital (Hinsdale).
Other hospitals in the county include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (Hinsdale), Concentra Immediate Care Center (Lombard), Glendale Heights Community Hospital (Lombard), Wyngarden Health Center (Wheaton) and Lyndon Oaks Hospital (Naperville).Advanced Education
DuPage County offers a variety of higher education options including major universities and colleges. The county is home to Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian college along with Benedictine University, North Central College, and Elmhurst College.
In addition, prominent universities and colleges in the surrounding area include:
- Robert Morris University (Aurora)
- DeVry University (Oak Brook, Addison & Naperville)
- North Baptist Theological Seminary (Lombard)
- National University of Health Sciences (Lombard)
- Midwestern University (Downers Grove)
- Westwood College (Woodridge)
- Illinois Institute of Technology (Wheaton)
DuPage County Courthouse is situated at Wheaton, Illinois at 505 N. County Farm Road. The state of Illinois Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court handles a variety of legal matters including domestic relations, felonies, misdemeanors and civil lawsuits. Wheaton, Glendale Heights, Downers Grove and Addison all maintain their own traffic court, and all federal bankruptcy hearings are held at the DuPage County Courthouse.Economic Development
Situated about 20 miles to the west of the downtown Chicago Metropolitan area, DuPage County has a desirable geographic location. Its dense population is home to a highly skilled work force. As a result, there has been unprecedented growth over the last 20 years, with an even brighter economic future in the years ahead.
The county has offered various tax incentives and inducements as a way to spur continuing economic growth by attracting industrial, retail and office spaces, along with numerous commercial business prospects to meet the needs of North Illinois. County leaders have offered a variety of stimulate programs to generate desirable work opportunities for the residents of the county.
Because of its continuing growth, there is adequate available space for investors, businesses, companies and entrepreneurs hoping to relocate to the Chicago Metropolitan area. Major employers in the community include OfficeMax, Dover Corporation, Navistar International, McDonald’s and others. The county’s close proximity to two international airports (O’Hare & Midway), low property taxes for commercial enterprises, and a well-educated labor force, are the main reasons why many companies are choosing DuPage County as a new home.Retail Shopping
The Oak Brook Center is located at 100 Oak Brook Ctr., Oak Brook and is home to over 160 Stores. These include Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sears. It offers the largest outdoor shopping experience in the entire out Midwest.
The Stratford Square Mall is located at 152 Stratford Sq., in Bloomington. This major shopping hub is home to Burlington Coat Factory, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, JC Penny, Kohl’s and Macy’s. Elmhurst City Center at 2 City Ctr. in Elmhurst has more than 70 retail outlets and 40 restaurants.Area Attractions
DuPage County has lots to discover and enjoy. Its major attractions include Morton Arboretum (Lisle), Cantigny (Park (Wheaton), Tivoli Theater (Downers Grove), Drury Lane Theatre (Oak Brook Terrace), Cantigny Golf Club (Wheaton) and the Sea Lion Aquatic Park (Lisle).
Other attractions within driving distance to DuPage County include:
- Six Flags Great America
- Chicago Line Cruises
- Millennium Park
- Garfield Park Conservatory
- Chicago Botanical Gardens
- The Navy Pier
- Museum of Science and Industry
The 39 local communities of Chicago Metropolitan area’s western suburbs offers the ideal location for pleasure, business, fine dining, retail shopping and major attractions. The small cities and villages throughout the county each have their own distinctive style. Some of these communities include:
- Villages of: Addison, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Westmont and Willowbrook
- Cities of: Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Naperville, Oak Brook Terrace, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton and Wood Dale
The county is known for its street fairs, farmers markets, public block parties, live concerts, spelling bees and weekly events year-round. This includes fairs, festivals, historical reenactments, and sporting events in many of the cities and towns in the county.
Do You Have a Question About a DuPage County Personal Injury or Medical Malpractice Case?
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If you are looking for information on how cases in DuPage County get evaluated look at our DuPage County Personal Injury Settlements.
For information on cities in and around DuPage County, please look at the pages below:
- Addison Accident Attorneys
- Aurora Accident Attorneys
- Bloomingdale Accident Attorneys
- Carol Stream Accident Attorneys
- Darien Accident Attorneys
- Downers Grove Accident Attorneys
- Glendale Heights Accident Attorneys
- Glen Ellyn Accident Attorneys
- Lisle Accident Attorneys
- Lombard Accident Attorneys
- Villa Park Accident Attorneys
- Westmont Accident Attorneys
- West Chicago Accident Attorneys
- Wheaton Accident Attorneys