Downers Grove : Illinois

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What it's Like to Retire in Downers Grove

Downers Grove is a Chicago suburb with a population of about 50,000. It has a vital downtown with many shops and restaurants which attract tourists from the Chicago area. It hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. The Orange Lyman Home is purported to have been a stop on the Underground Railway. Photo of Orange Lyman House courtesy of Wikipedia and Angech01.


Where to Retire in Downers Grove and Home Prices

Downers Grove has a large collection of Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes, built using purchased kits between 1908 and 1940. It has also seen many smaller homes demolished and replaced with larger homes, much to the consternation of some residents. There are active adult and senior communities in the area. According to Zillow the median price of a home was $259,600 in early 2016.


What is special about Downers Grove

There are over 140 community events and festivals which attract thousands of visitors each year. In fact the Chicago Tribune named Downers Grove as one its “Top 10 List of Downtowns.” There are over 600 acres of parks with 450 recreational activities are available throughout the year.  The Sears Roebuck houses are a distinguished feature of the past.

What is not special about Downers Grove

Real estate is expensive and winters are cold. Illinois is a high tax state with a difficult financial position.

Who will like retirement in Downers Grove

People who want to remain in the Chicago area in a livable town with lots to do.

Local economy is driven by

Advocate Samaritan Hospital is the largest employer.

Climate and Physical Environment

Downers Grove is a suburb in the Chicago area. The average January low temperature is 14.  The highest temperature ever recorded here was 104.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The downtown is quite vital with many nice shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The Tivoli Theatre hosts many cultural events. See Things To Do In Downers Grove.


The crime rate is less than half the U.S. average.

Medical facilities

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital serves Downers Grove; there are many other hospitals in the area as well.


Downers Grove has bus service and there are three stops on the Metra commuter rail for trains to Chicago.


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  • State: IL
  • Environment: Suburban,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 0 -20
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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