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.

Darien History

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.

Darien Transportation

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.


Total Population 22,251
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 10,862
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 56.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.3%
Median Earnings25+ $48,855
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,120
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,955


Median Family Income $93,900
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%


People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,119
Median House Value $297,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0%
English 3.8%
Irish 13.5%

Darien Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60561
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.75
Longitude -87.97

Darien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burr Ridge 10,678 $150,789
Clarendon Hills 8,548 $131,596
Downers Grove 49,372 $110,180

Darien Public Libraries

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Serves 1,845 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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