Introduction to Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Glen Ellyn village is located in DuPage County and is considered to be part of the Chicago Metro area. Glen Ellyn is approximately 20 miles away from Chicago. The village takes its name from a local glen as well as Ellyn Hill whose husband established the village.


In 1834 Deacon Winslow Churchill and his family arrived in what is now known as Glen Ellyn. They are recognized as the first landowners in the area. In 1849 a railroad was constructed to run through the village. A few years later the postmaster named the village Danby which was his place of birth in the State of Vermont. In 1862 the first Congregational church was established.

More than 60 years later St. Petronille and the Maryknoll Seminary were constructed by Roman Catholics. Lake Ellyn was created in 1889 by constructing a dam on the stream that flowed near the village. The official name of Glenn Ellyn was given to the village in 1891 when the area was promoted as a suburb as well as a health resort of Chicago.


O'Hare airport is in the vicinity of Glen Ellyn village. The PACE bus system offers transportation to nearby cities including Wheaton and Lombard. Residents can reach Chicago by a Metro commuter train.


Glen Ellyn is home to the main campus of the community college; College of DuPage. The college offers the following degrees:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Engineering Sciences
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Fine Arts degrees in Art and Music

Attractions and Activities

  • The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County was created in 1915 in order to prevent the deletion of woodlands in the area. The District offers various educational programs. The area also provides visitors with opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding as well as cross-country skiing.
  • The Village Links of Glen Ellyn is a 7200 yard championship golf course that is considered to be one of the premier golf courses in the Midwest. The golf course has been the location of several premier golf tournaments.
  • Stacey's Tavern, located in Glen Ellyn was a stagecoach inn constructed in 1846. The building has been restored and features numerous artifacts.
  • Lake Ellyn is located close to the downtown area.
  • The Taste of Glen Ellyn is an annual event which features crafts, numerous vendors, music and a carnival.


Total Population 27,890
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 13,193
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 60.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.4%
Median Earnings25+ $56,432
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,534


Median Family Income $130,677
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 9.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 10.4%


People Living Alone 26.4%
Median Gross Rent $972
Median House Value $394,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
US/American 0%
English 11%
Irish 20.7%

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

Glen Ellyn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Wheaton, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60137
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60138
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.87
Longitude -88.06

Glen Ellyn 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 3.7 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 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 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomingdale 22,261 $90,741
Glendale Heights 34,497 $64,925

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

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Historic Glen Ellyn


Glenn Ellynn i.e. Glen Ellyn (a suburban residence) between 1880 and 1899

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Glenn Ellynn i.e. Glen Ellyn (a suburban residence) between 1880 and 1899

Glen Elynn i.e. Ellyn (C & N.W. Ry. station) c1898.

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