Clarendon Hills, tight-knit village rooted by a railroad.Originally planned in the 1870s and later incorporated in 1924, Clarendon Hills really began to take shape when the railroad arrived, bringing commerce and tourism to this area. There was a boom in the 1950s as well when The Lions Club built the village’s first swimming pool on land donated by one of Clarendon Hills’ wealthy settlers. By the 1970s, the population of Clarendon Hills had reached 8,000. Today, Clarendon Hills is characterized by many unique village events. Community beautification programs also keep this suburb clean and connected.
Vibrant community life.With its gently rolling hills and open fields, the landscape of Clarendon Hills is undoubtedly beautiful. And a number of seasonal events keep this community connected: Daisy Days celebrates the village’s humble beginnings as a daisy field every June; Dancin’ in the Streets is an eight-week concert series hosted during the summer months. There’s also an annual Oktoberfest, Christmas Walk, and Holiday Tree Lighting—all events that contribute to the culture and economy of Clarendon Hills.
Charming, family-oriented.There’s a great school system here: Newsweek Magazine ranked Hinsdale Central High School as one of the top 200 schools in the nation, and Notre Dame, a private PK-8 Catholic school, is also located in the village. The neighborhoods are affluent, and town officials are continually investing time and money into Clarendon Hills’ commercial districts.
Big-box stores.Small business dominates in Clarendon Hills. Mom-and-pop hardware stores, clock shops, and other family-run stores make up the heart of the village, and although you’ll find a Starbucks and Target nearby, corporate-owned stores only make up a small part of the economy here.
Single-family homes and new construction.Clarendon Hills was a big contributor to Chicago’s “tear-down-phenomenon,” which saw many of the area’s smaller homes replaced with newer, larger ones. Therefore, buyers here will come across a wealth of new construction, large single-family residences that are only about 20 years old. Some older, modest homes still exist, though, offering good value in this community.
Small, friendly community.A quiet respite from the city, Clarendon Hills offers sufficient value for homeowners interested in a reasonable commute and suburban lifestyle. There are plenty of roots and character here that contribute to this community’s charm.