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Thank you for your interest in exploring our city, whether you live here, work here, play here, or want to come for a visit! 

We are home to award-winning schools and parks, beautiful walking and biking trails, friendly neighborhoods, community festivals, more than 100 diverse restaurants, a vibrant downtown with a recently-renovated historic theatre featuring live entertainment and so much more! Des Plaines is also home to a world-class gaming experience and excellent dining at Rivers Casino.    

Our City has been recognized as a Better Business Town (2021), a Best Place to Live (35 out of 100, 2017) and a Best Place to Retire (one of 8 in the U.S., 2018).  

A Little More About Us

  • Population: More than 60,000 residents (as of the 2020 U.S. Census). We are a safe, diverse community made up of people from many different countries and cultures. 
  • Location15 square miles located 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago with close proximity to O'Hare International Airport and convenient access to interstates and rail. We have a vibrant downtown with dining and entertainment, plenty of free parking and easy access to a Metra train. We have many welcoming and friendly, affordable neighborhoods, as well as high-rise condos with all the amenities right outside their doorstep.
  • Local Economy: We are a growing community at the center of commerce and transportation. About 1,500 businesses are located here and 39,000 private sector jobs, of which 40% represent industrial, manufacturing and transportation sectors. New development and our sales tax growth are positive indicators of a strong, local economy, along with rising property values, with the average home valued at $282,000 (2020) up significantly from 10 years ago.

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