Introduction to Downers Grove, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 5 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center) and 20 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Downers Grove has a population of 48,724.

Downers Grove History

The area now known as Downers Grove was originally settled in 1932. Pierce Downer was the first settler in the area. In fact, the place was named after him. In 1844, the first school of this area was established. Some of the older homes of Downers Grove served as stops on the Underground Railroad. In 1862, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad first entered the village. The area was incorporated in March 1873. The headquarters of Rossi, Spiegel and Butterball, Lovejoy, Sara Lee, Travelers Insurance, ServiceMaster, Magnetrol, Swift-Eckrich, FTD, and Arrow Gear are also located in Downers Grove.

Downers Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Belmont Prairie
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Lyman Woods
  • Cosley Zoo
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park

Things To Do In Downers Grove

At Downers Grove, you can visit the Sterling North Park, Memorial Park, Doerhoefer Park, Spring Park, O'Brien Park, Fishel Park, Hummer Park, Gilbert Park, and Frankowiak Park. The Grove Shopping Center, Downers Park Plaza Shopping Center, and Downers Market Shopping Center offer facilities for shopping. You can also visit the Downers Grove Public Library and Downers Grove Historical Museum to learn more about the history of the village. All Home Theater and Arcade is also worth paying a visit to.

Downers Grove Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Downers Grove Higher Education

Midwestern University and Parker Business School are the local institutes of higher education.


Total Population 49,504
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 24,818
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 57%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.5%
Median Earnings25+ $52,399
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,904
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,260


Median Family Income $110,081
% Above Poverty Level 94.7%
% Below Poverty Level 5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 11%


People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,134
Median House Value $330,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 19.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Downers Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60515, 60516, 60517
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.77
Longitude -88.02

Downers Grove Climate

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

Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 4 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
Station AURORA
Distance 15.3 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
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clarendon Hills 8,609 $136,250
Darien 22,263 $94,863

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Downers Grove Public Libraries

Downers Grove P.l.
Downers Grove, Illinois
(630) 960-1200
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Downers Grove Hospitals

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(630) 275-5900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Downers Grove High Schools

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Serves 3,279 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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Serves 2,211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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