A mother and children walk across the main street in Downers Grove.

Courtesy of See You Downtown, Downers Grove

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 88
Demographics 43
Economy 54
Education 79
Health 75
Housing 61
Infrastructure 45

#46. Downers Grove, IL

Contrary to its name, Downers Grove is a happy and tight-knit community just 20 miles west of Chicago.

With a strategic location near the Interstate 88 and 355 corridors, the city is known for its business-friendly environment and strong economy that continues to expand in areas like manufacturing and technology. Downers Grove is actually categorized as a village, with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital anchoring its healthcare system and award-winning public schools.

Two lush forest preserves and several residential parks have resulted in the village earning a Tree City USA designation, and the scenic downtown area houses more than 70 shops and restaurants along with multiple entertainment venues and nightspots. Downers Grove residents tend to be highly involved in improving their community, which earned the city high marks in the social-civic category.

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