10 Things We Love About Western Springs
Rich in history and community pride, Western Springs seems like a storybook town. The village continues to grow and thrive through community events, local attractions, a bustling downtown that boasts popular shops and restaurants, and a convenient location that’s just a short train ride from downtown Chicago.
Here are just a few things we love about this historic, idyllic town:
Entertainment for All
Stepping onto the scene in the late 1920s, the internationally-recognized Theatre of Western Springs has grown in both size and reputation. There is truly something for everyone here, thespians and spectators alike. For those who prefer to be entertained, enjoy classics like The Great Gatsby or stand-up comedy from local celebrities like WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo. Aspiring actors can take advantage of programming such as the TWS Bootcamp. You can learn more about their Studio 1 class here.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs is a great program for the community’s youngest stars. Kids of all ages can jump into classes, camps, and productions while learning the ropes from theatre pros.
Gathering on the Green
One of the town’s signature events is Gathering on the Green, where everyone joins together for a day filled with food, live entertainment, and activities near the historic water tower. We’re talking bounce houses, mega slides, and dunk tanks, just to name a few. No wonder it’s one of the community’s most anticipated events!
Want to live in Western Springs, but work downtown? Not a problem. Metra’s express train from Western Springs can get you to Chicago’s Union Station in just over 20 minutes. To put that into perspective, your commute is faster than a pizza delivery.
Students of Western Springs have access to some of the best schools in the state. One of the most notable is Lyons Township High School, which is ranked 38th in Illinois. The high school has two campuses, with freshmen and sophomores attending the south campus, and juniors and seniors heading to the north campus in La Grange. All students have access to Advanced Placement coursework as well as a variety of activities, countless clubs, intermural sports, and athletics.
Homes with History
From spacious single-family homes to condominiums and townhomes, Western Springs has quite the mix of housing. What’s even more impressive is how residents take pride in their town’s history, and it shows in the preservation of older homes and buildings.
The Western Spring Historical Society recognizes owners for thoughtful restoration or preservation of homes in town. While keeping up with times and styles, all seem to take into consideration the town’s historical style, foundation, and charm.
Delicious bites always make our top 10, and Western Springs is no exception. Go to Vie for contemporary American cuisine, Salerno’s for their infamous original pizza, Hillgrove Tap for tavern favorites, and Hash Stacks Café & Market for a delectable brunch.
While Davanti Enoteca is a rustic Italian joint, you might be surprised to hear that the restaurant is also known for their burger. Topped with bacon jam, roasted tomatoes, cheese curds (yes, ON the burger), and garlic aioli, it’s as mouthwatering as its sounds.
Boutiques and Markets
The picturesque downtown is filled with local shops and markets. Pop over to Clever Girl for everything from clothing to home décor to vintage pieces, all under one roof. Looking for the perfect gift? Visit Uptown Shop for collectables, popular pieces from Nora Fleming, and accessories.
Don’t forget to grab your reusable bag and head into town for fresh produce at the Fruit Store, deli items at Casey’s Market, and the perfect floral arrangement from Marley’s Flowers. No matter your plans, these markets have everything you need to make an incredible meal for any occasion.
Spring Rock Park
The Western Springs Park District maintains over 80 acres of land, with 41.7 acres belonging to Spring Rock Park. While kids burn off energy at the playground, you might find other park-goers enjoying a picnic lunch, strolling through the walking paths, or playing a game of soccer, tennis, baseball, or basketball. With plenty of lush green space, this community park has everything to make your outdoor dreams come true.
Every Sunday from May through October, stroll through the French Market in front of the water tower. Just picture it now: the sun shining as you browse a sea of delicacies (or pick up items to create your own!). You’ll find a variety of produce, breads, cheeses, pastries, and much more from local and regional vendors.
Historic Springs Water Tower
The Historic Springs Water Tower once housed the village police department and offices before transforming into a museum courtesy of the Western Springs Historical Society. Inside, you’ll find both permanent and rotating exhibits such as replicas of the train depot and objects from earlier village life. The museum serves as a reminder of the community’s past, while the tower itself continues to be a point of pride for residents.