Community Resources

Our Communities

Our Chamber serve members in 65 zip codes. The communities that support the WSCCI and that make up the region include Brookfield, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, McCook, Western Springs, and Willow Springs, which collectively encompass an area of over 100 square miles and support a growing population of 70,000+.  

Perks of the Western Suburbs

These vibrant communities work together to offer economic prosperity, outstanding educational and business opportunities for people of all ages, a high level of health care, superior recreational activities and a rich diversity of entertainment, civic organizations and cultural attractions–across the entire region. We truly do have something for everyone. After learning about the west suburban region and what these communities have to offer, you will find that we are one of Chicagoland’s most desirable and attractive areas in which to live, work, visit and raise a family. 

Location & Transportation

The West Suburban region is easily accessible from every direction. Interstate 290, Interstate 55, Interstate 355 and the Tri-State Tollway (294) provide easy auto and truck access. O’Hare International Airport, Midway Airport and the Chicago Loop are both about 30 minutes or less away.  Milwaukee can be reached within 2 hours.

Daily commuter rail service is provided in Brookfield, LaGrange and Western Springs by METRA on the Chicago to Aurora line and in Willow Springs on the Joliet to Chicago line. Amtrak also serves the area and PACE has numerous bus routes which connect each of the communities to the rest of the West Cook County area. Rail freight service is provided by the Indiana Harbor Belt Line and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line. Barge traffic can be accommodated on the sanitary canal.

Distance to Key Locations
  • Chicago City Limits – 8 mi.
  • Chicago – Downtown – 17 mi.
  • O’Hare Airport – 22 mi.
  • Midway Airport – 8 mi.
  • Detroit, MI – 283 mi.
  • Milwaukee, WI – 75 mi.
  • Springfield, IL – 180 mi.
  • St. Louis, MO – 298 mi.
Community Organizations & Associations

We are fortunate to have many outstanding civic and community organizations that contribute to make the west suburban Cook County area a better, more stimulating place to live and work.  There are well over 100 local community-based organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs, as well as local VFW and American Legion chapters.  There are five business associations, specialized groups for specific industries and networking needs, and many humanitarian affiliations.  This area is very giving and does much to affect the well-being of the neediest residents and others within the state.

Utilities

Most communities are supplied with water from Lake Michigan.  Sanitary sewer service is through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  We are also part of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan which provides storage of excess waste water in the deep tunnel until treatment can take place.  Industrial waste pick-up is contracted through private companies.  Electricity is provided through ComEd.  Natural gas is provided by Northern Illinois Gas.

Weather
  • Average Spring temperature: 47 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average Summer temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average Fall temperature: 53 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Winter is cold but not as cold as most people are led to believe.
Health & Medical Facilities
  • UChicago Medicine/Advent Health
  • LaGrange Memorial Hospital 274 beds 385 physicians
  • Hinsdale Hospital 440 beds 500 physicians
  • If you have an emergency, call 911 and the nearest paramedic units will be dispatched.
Recreation

Each of our individual communities offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for residents, from preschoolers to retired citizens, through their individual park districts.  In addition, the region has a number of health clubs, tennis clubs, golf courses, two country clubs and county bike paths. The I & M Canal, a man-made waterway which has been transformed into an urban recreational park, runs through the community of Willow Springs. The area is also blessed with an extensive network of county forest preserves.  

Schools

Our area is served by public high schools such as Lyons Township High School, Riverside-Brookfield High School, Argo-Summit High School and J Sterling Morton High School. Each of the elementary schools feed into these schools and many of the schools are Blue Ribbon winners. There are numerous private elementary schools, as well as Nazareth Academy, a parochial high school, in our area.  In addition, there are church-operated elementary schools throughout the communities.

Religious Facilities

There are more than 50 places of worship in the West Suburban region.  They represent most all of the major religious groups and smaller denominations.  

Daycare Programs

Daycare programs are available through the local churches and through privately owned facilities, many of whom are members of the WSCCI. Check our online membership listings.

Social Service Programs

The west suburban Cook County area has a wealth of social service programs to meet the needs of local employees and employers. Please go to the listing of Chamber members for immediate referrals.