Affluent village with elegant historic homes
Hinsdale is an upscale and affluent village of nearly 20,000 that ranks among the wealthiest communities in the United States. Hinsdale is located 20 miles west of Chicago, and Downtown Chicago is just 22 minutes away by express train. Hinsdale is picturesque and historic, with two National Register Historic Districts. The village’s exquisite properties include well-preserved Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and Victorian homes as well as high-end new construction.
Hinsdale is one of the most desired villages in Illinois comprised mostly of affluent residents with an average home value of nearly a million dollars. Most people commute to the Chicago Loop via a relatively short and convenient train ride. Hinsdale has a lively downtown area with lots of options for dining and entertainment as well as many parks for recreation. The village is complemented by some of the best schools in Illinois.
Hinsdale has a vibrant downtown area with many great dining choices spread across several blocks close to the Hinsdale train station. Page’s Restaurant and Yia Yia’s Pancake House are popular and longstanding greasy spoons where you can tuck into tasty classic diner fare. Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery sells delicious sweet and savory baked goods such as bread, coffee cakes, cookies, muffins, pizza dough, and quiche. Everything in this inviting bakery is gluten-free, and there’s also a wide variety of dairy-free, vegan, and other allergen-free options.
The rustic-chic tavern Fuller House has been voted the best bar in Chicago’s western suburbs. This lively spot serves wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, certified Angus beef burgers, and other gourmet pub eats, plus an impressive selection of beers, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails. European-style Toni Patisserie & Café offers a range of pastries and flavorful small plates for breakfast and lunch and also prepares exquisite custom cakes (including my wedding cake!).
Many small shops adorn the streets of downtown Hinsdale offering a little bit of everything: children’s clothing boutique, My Sister Kate, womenswear store Alixandra Collections and Bluemercury beauty store are some local favorites.
Hinsdale residents enjoy lots of community events throughout the year. Hinsdale Restaurant Week in March sees participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner deals. Uniquely Thursdays is a free summer concert series that runs in Burlington Park between June and August. Hinsdale Farmers Market is held at Burlington Park between June and October, with dozens of vendors selling fresh local produce and a wide range of artisanal foodstuffs. December’s Christmas Walk starts with a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa at the Village Hall and ends at Burlington Park. Along the way, visitors can enjoy holiday carolers, ice carvers, and giveaways from downtown businesses. Burlington Park also hosts the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, which showcases the work of more than 130 talented artists.
Burlington Park is one of many public greenspaces in the community. The largest is 50+ acre Katherine Legge Memorial Park. Amenities at this park include tennis courts, a frisbee golf course, a field for football and soccer, a clubhouse with meeting rooms, a children’s playground, and a hill for sledding in Winter. There’s also ice skating and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts at Burns Field, ice skating and tennis courts at Stough Park, a skate park and sports fields at Veeck Park, swimming at Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool, and more sports fields and courts at Brook Park, Pierce Park, and Robbins Park.
Hinsdale has an excellent public school system. In town there are 4 elementary schools and 1 middle school which all belong to District 181. Hinsdale’s two high schools: Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South are the only schools within highly acclaimed District 86, which is rated as the #5 district in Illinois. Hinsdale Adventist Academy is a private school option offering pre-K through high school and St. Issac Jogues is a private school for Kindergarten through 8th grade.
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