Wheaton, 23 miles west of the Loop, was named an All-American city in 1968. It is a well- established community with a blend of rich heritage and individual character. It is the county seat of DuPage, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. It has attracted many professionals to the area for both work and residence.
The city has developed and maintained a variety of community events throughout the year, including:
“Cream of Wheaton” – in the Spring, an annual “Family Fun Day”
Fourth of July Parade
Autumn Harvest Festival
Several Christmas Festivals
Wheaton with over 30 churches is an important international center of religious activity. The Lincoln Marsh Natural area presents a course conceived to foster self-esteem, cooperation, communication and teamwork among various groups. Wheaton Park District maintains 47 parks which covers almost 800 acres. There are 750 programs, including crafts, athletic training, senior citizen activities, and art classes. Northside Pool on the city’s northern edge maintains 10,000 square feet of water. Rice Pool and Water Park has a capacity of 2,000 entrants. Eighty percent of the water park is less than four feet deep, though some portions are 18 feet deep. The pool’s water-surface area is 28,3OO square feet. Three water slides are available, one being a 200 foot long inner tube slide. There are three diving boards. There are two sand volleyball courts, sand play area with waterfalls, and a sunning hill.
There is also Cosley Animal Farm and Museum, which informs visitors about the types of domestic and wild farm animals. It also maintains an old train depot, an antique railroad caboose, a barn more than 125 years old, and several horse- drawn vehicles.
There are three golf courses located in the city; one, Arrowhead Golf Club, is a public course run by the park district. Cantigay Golf and Tennis and Chicago Golf Club are the two private clubs. In addition, Wheaton is the home of the DuPage County Fairgrounds. It is close to Morton Arboretum and other recreational and educational facilities and areas.
Wheaton College is located in the city. District 200 serves both elementary and high school students. Wheaton- Warrenville South and Wheaton North are the two area high schools. Students who live 1.5 miles or more from school are provided free bus transportation to the school they are assigned to attend. Free “busing for safety’ is provided for students who live within the 1.5 mile limit, but whose walking route to school is considered hazardous according to state guidelines. The District operates 12 elementary schools (grades K-5), three middle schools (grades 6-8), and two high schools (grades 9-12). There are many private schools in the area as well, including: Wheaton Christian High School, Wheaton Christian Grammar School, St. John Lutheran, St. Francis High School, and St. Michael Elementary School.
Wheaton is 40-45 minutes from downtown Chicago via the RTA Bus Service and the Chicago North/Western Railroad. (two train stations), or the Eisenhower Expressway and The East- West Tollway (I-88). It is 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Midway Airport is less than an hour away.