Glen Ellyn

Charming, small-town living in a friendly Chicagoland community.

Welcome to Glen Ellyn


Overflowing with small-town charm and beautiful, tree-lined streets, Glen Ellyn is a suburban homemaker’s dream. Boasting an active, involved community and a picturesque downtown home to lovely cafes and enticing restaurants, Glen Ellyn has much to offer its residents. The village’s beautiful real estate offerings, picturesque streets, and larger-than-life energetic ambiance draws people from all over Illinois in hopes of one day calling the village home. Located a mere 25 miles from the Chicago Loop, Glen Ellyn is the perfect location for a prospective property owner looking for a quiet existence with the option of quickly and easily tapping into the buzz of a major city. 

Although originally owned by two brothers, the land on which Glen Ellyn rests has a vibrant and interesting history leading up to the boom in development that turned it into the sought-after village it is today. With most houses built in Queen Anne, Italianate, and Gothic Revival styles, the residential parts of Glen Ellyn are just as quaint as its historic and downtown districts. Home to retirees, empty nesters, professionals, and young families alike, Glen Ellyn has something to offer everyone regardless of their personal taste or preferences.

What to Love

  • Idyllic small-town charm with quick access to Chicago
  • Beautifully kept historic district
  • Attractive homes and a sought-after real estate market
  • Charming downtown region with many chic cafes and restaurants

Local Lifestyle

With beautiful parks, tranquil streets, and a plethora of easily accessible amenities and attractions, most Glen Ellyn residents have plenty of civic pride and love for their community. Life in Glen Ellyn can be as fast-paced or as laidback as you require, with the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s streets just a short drive away.  With a population of only 28,000, the village of Glen Ellyn is relatively tight-knit, and community involvement is expected from nearly all its residents.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Typical of Chicagoland’s suburban villages, Glen Ellyn is home to a popular and unique brewery that keeps locals coming back for more. The Two Hound Red Brewing Co, established in downtown Glen Ellyn, is popular for its innovative beers paired with classic American bar-style and comfort food. Besides food and drinks, the venue also sells branded merchandise and is available for private events. Another popular destination in Glen Ellyn is Marcel’s Culinary Experience, which stocks kitchenware, houseware, decor, and gourmet food. Plus, the store offers regular cooking classes for foodies looking to expand their recipe books. 

For those looking to spice up their life a little, A Toda Madre offers guests seasonal Mexican cuisine bursting with flavor in every bite. And for Italian food lovers, fire + wine serves incredible authentic Neapolitan pizzas, antipasto, and imported wines in a cozy, relaxed setting.

Things to Do

Glen Ellyn hosts a plethora of things to do no matter your personal preferences. The beautiful Lake Ellyn Park, on the banks of the park’s namesake lake, is surrounded by incredible natural landscapes and is the perfect location for a sunset stroll or afternoon picnic. If the outdoors is where you’re happiest, Glen Ellyn is also home to an active Park District, which offers various outdoor activities, programs, and get-togethers from mini-golf and tennies to bocce ball and sand volleyball.  

The Glen Art Theater, built in the 1920s, offers movie lovers access to the latest films in a charming, retro setting. And for festival lovers, the annual Festival of the Arts is a curated fine arts show that’s sure to entrance art lovers and admirers alike. 


There are many excellent schools and further education opportunities available to Glen Ellyn residents, including: 

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