Wayne Illinois Real Estate

Wayne Illinois Real Estate

 

Located in both Kane and DuPage counties, the village of Wayne was founded in 1958.  Originally known as “Wayne Station”, Wayne built its reputation from horse breeding and farming research.  Population started increasing shortly after World War 2, due to the rise of subdivisions being built outside of Chicago.  Today, Wayne is known as an equestrian city with historic charm and landmarks that preserve a part of its proud past.      

 

Parks and Recreation of Wayne Illinois

Wayne is home to the largest forest preserve in the county in Pratt's Wayne Woods.  With over 3,400 acres, the preserve is home to over 1,000 different plants and animals.  Residents can take advantage of the many activities available at the preserve, such as hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding and skiing.  Among these activities, there is also ample opportunity for bird watching. 

There are also many miles of horse trails throughout the town that riders can utilize year-round.  Known for its equestrian heritage, there are many opportunities for horseback riding in Wayne.  Locations such as Wayne Equestrian Center and Lamplight Equestrian Center offer riders lessons, boarding, and various events and derbies throughout the year.

 

Wayne Illinois School/Health/Transportation

Wayne is a part of both the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, and U-46 school district, which serves 11 different communities in the area.  District 303, which has been rated A+ and is in the top three schools in the county, serves about 12,660 students and is comprised of 11 elementary, two middle and two high schools.  Among the 408 districts in the state of Illinois, District 303 is in the top 15 for athletes.  District U-46 is comprised of 40 elementary, 8 middle and 7 high schools and serves almost 40,000 students district wide.  

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, located in Geneva, serves the town and is about nine miles away.  Traveling outside of Wayne is easily accessible with the local airports, Amtrak and the Metra stations.  Being 40 miles from Chicago, residents can choose to get downtown by driving or taking the Metra’s red – line out of Geneva.  For getting out of town, the Amtrak out of Naperville is only 30 minutes away.  Those needing to fly to their destination can get to just about anywhere in the world by flying out of O'Hare International Airport or Midway International.  

 

Shopping/Dining Options in Wayne Illinois

There are many dining options in the area, especially next door in St. Charles.  From high – end national chains in the area to fine dining, there is a restaurant to please anyone.  A nationally recognized restaurant that serves a quality menu with the likes of New York Strip or homemade Gnocchi, Cooper's Hawk is also known for its unbeatable wine selections and pairings.  There are also wonderful pizzerias in the area such as Neo Pizzeria, known for its family friendly, yet modern atmosphere and La ZaZa Trattoria a more upscale experience.  Other popular high-end restaurants in the area, such as Mia Francesca, St. Charles Place and E&S Fish CompanyTaste of Himalayas and Vino THAI's bring their customers an authentic dining experience and excellent service.  

There is also optimal shopping just 10 minutes away from town.  Downtown St. Charles has become a go-to shopping district with over 30 unique boutiques and retailers.  Shoppers can find trendy fashions and unique clothing items at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop and boutiques such as the Curious Fox Gift Shop offer clothing, along with home goods and candles.  You can also find bigger retailers in town such as TJ Maxx and World Market.  Also, with Wayne being less than an hour away from one of the biggest shopping districts in the country, Chicago, shopping options are unlimited.   

 

Living

With a population of 2,424 and home values increasing 8.5% in the last 10 years, Wayne is a charming town on the outskirts of Chicago that provides its residents with the small town feeling that many crave, while having access to everything that a large city has to offer.  The unemployment rate is 3.3%, which is slightly lower than the national average of 3.9%.  66% of the town’s residents are married, 29.8% of which have children living with them.