Plainfield : Illinois

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What it's Like to Retire in Plainfield

Plainfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is a growing town of 41,734, (2013 census), located in Will County. The area was orginally called Walker' Grove until its incorporation in 1834. The median household income is very high and reported to be over $108,000.  The DuPage River which runs along the town, provides outdoor recreation. Plainfield has a historic district, and is also home to the Lake Renwick Heron Rookery where visitors can view egrets and herons.  Picture of Flanders House listed on the National Register of Historic Places and picture of Village Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Studiofox. Picture of 1928 Standard Oil Gas Station, also on the National Register of Historic places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Teemu08.


Where to Retire in Plainfield and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value to be $233,000 in late 2017, and considers it a "Hot Market" during the year with home prices going up over 5%.

What is special about Plainfield

Plainfield calls itself a village and has a historical district;  It is working toward becoming a "Green Village" by practicing environmentally friendly management and committing to urban sustainability; Settlers' Park is located in Historic Downtown Plainfield and boasts an amphitheater, a History Walk, and a lake.  


What is not special about Plainfield

High taxes, not a walkable community, and Plainfield is cold during the winter months.


Who will like retirement in Plainfield

Those who want to retire in a mid-sized town with easy access to a large city and transportation may enjoy living here.


Local economy is driven by

The economy is driven by financial and professional services.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 28 degrees and the average July temperature is 74 degrees. Plainfield gets an average of  25 inches of snow each winter.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Plainfield has several parks for outdoor recreation and is host to events such as the Plainfield Festival, the Irish Parade, and Candlelight Christmas.  Chicago is just 35 miles away for a great cultural scene. 



The crime rate here is low.


Medical facilities

Edward Elmhurst Health Center



Weekday bus service to Chicago is available; Dial-A-Ride provides rides for seniors as does Plainfield Township Senior Shuttle Service; Amtrak is about 10 miles away in Joliet; Chicago's Midway International Airport is 30 miles away and O'hare is 40 miles from Plainfield; it is not considered a walkable community.


Valuable Links

Village of Plainfield

Plainfield Chamber of Commerce


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