Introduction to Darien, Illinois
Darien, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 6 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center) and 18 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Darien has a population of 22,860.
The earliest settlers in this area came from the New England States. The Thomas Andrus family was the first to settle here. They settled along a stage coach line and Thomas Andrus opened the Andrus Inn. The Inn served 15 stage coaches and also had a post office and a tavern. Andrus selected Cass as the name of the area. The Village of Lace was founded in 1890. Later the city of Darien was formed from the communities of Cass and Lace. It was incorporated as a city in 1969.
Darien and nearby Attractions
- National Shrine of St. Therese
- Carmelite Visitor Center
- Morton Arboretum
- Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
- Graue Mill and Museum
- Green Meadows Golf Course
Things To Do In Darien
The Darien Park District has over 130 acres of parkland. The parks' facilities offer a variety of activities such as sports, fitness activities, and picnics. Recreational activities, and other special events, are regularly organized by the people of Darien. The city also has excellent golf courses. The surrounding areas also have interesting museums and parklands.
The Chicago Midway International Airport offers air transportation facilities.
Darien Higher Education
Higher education can be availed from Benedictine University, College of Dupage, Lewis University, and Elmhurst College.