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Lisle, Illinois - The Arboretum Village
Lisle is a village in DuPage County, Illinois. The population was 21,182 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 28,474 as of 2007. It is part of Chicagoland and the ILLINOIS Research & Technology Corridor. 

History of Settlers
Early settlers, to what would become Lisle, were drawn by the area's rich farmland. The abundance of natural resources enticed people to put down roots, till the land and build businesses - and, in 1832, James C. and Luther Hatch established Lisle as a permanent settlement. Within two years, the First Congregational Church of DuPage was organized, John Thompson was overseeing the delivery of mail, and the first schoolhouse in the county was built in 1837.

In 1839, DuPage County was organized, splitting from neighboring Cook County, and Lisle Township was established 11 years later when the county was divided into nine townships.

By 1850, a plank road - now Ogden Avenue - connected Lisle Township to Chicago eastward and to Aurora in the west, and the arrival of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1864 served to enhance this east/west connection.

In 1956, the Village of Lisle was incorporated within Lisle Township. Local organizations have ensured that Lisle history will endure. Established in 1978, Lisle Station Park (921 School Street) is a cooperative venture run by the Village of Lisle, the Lisle Park District and Lisle Heritage Society to promote the Village's rich history. Located in downtown Lisle, the park houses the Lisle Depot Museum, the Netzley/Yender House and the Beaubien Tavern.

The Lisle Depot Museum occupies an 1874 depot building, which was the center of village life for over a century. Inside you'll see a ticket office, waiting room, stationmaster's living quarters, period rooms and seasonal exhibits. A circa 1861 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy wooden caboose also is part of the permanent exhibition.

The Netzley/Yender House provides guests with an understanding of mid-19th century architecture and family life. Built in the late 1850s by Jacob Netzley, the Greek Revival style residence housed four generations of the Netzley family. It was purchased by George Yender in 1910, and was home to members of the Yender family until 1986.

In a previous life, the Beaubien Tavern was a pretty exciting place. Built in the 1830s by William Sweet, the structure was acquired in 1840 by Mark Beaubien, who operated a tavern and a tollhouse for the SW Plank Road. Sold for back taxes in 1859, the structure was used for a variety of purposes before being relocated to Lisle Station Park in 1989.

Convenient Location
Located 25 miles west of Chicago in southern DuPage County, Lisle enjoys a central location that is near city treasures and within easy reach of rural pleasures. Its residents, businesses and visitors benefit from a close proximity to a network of interstate highways and major thoroughfares, which allow easy passage to downtown Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana and neighboring suburbs.

Accesses to Interstates 55, 355 and 88 - all of which hook up with other major highways to the north, south, and east - are within minutes of Lisle. State Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) runs through Lisle, making for short trips to adjoining towns and villages. State Route 53 provides convenient north/south access.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Lisle residents are just 40 minutes from O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Local limousine companies chauffeur travelers to and from both of the airports.

Education & Library
Served by four public school districts and a number of private and parochial schools, students in Lisle benefit from knowledgeable and committed faculties, curriculums that ensure academic and personal achievement, active parent groups and a wide range of extracurricular programs. Lisle Community Unit School District 202 operates Lisle High School, Lisle Junior High, Schiesher Elementary School and Tate Woods Elementary School. 

The district focuses on developing citizens who can think critically and strategically solve problems through engaged, collaborative learning involving real-life challenges. This is achieved through quality teaching, ability groupings in reading and math, updated curriculum with integrated technology, modern schools and teaching tools, intramural programs, inter-school athletic programs, career orientation, gifted education and extracurricular activities (band, chorus, drama, journalism and other special interest clubs). Parents and other Lisle residents join together in Home & School Organizations, the Lisle Foundation for Educational Excellence and Booster groups to help support the district's mission.

Each year as part of the Chamber's ongoing commitment to education, the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce awards a minimum of six $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education. Applicants must reside in Lisle and plan to attend a technical or trade school, a business college, or a two or four-year college or university.

In addition to its own extensive collection, the library also accesses the collections of libraries throughout the Suburban Library System.

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Colleges & Universities
Whether you're a recent high school graduate or an adult wishing to continue your education, you'll find abundant opportunities for pursuing a college education in Lisle or within the immediate vicinity.

Located in Lisle, Benedictine University has been educating students for more than a century. A co-ed liberal arts college founded in 1901, the university enrolls around 3,200 students. The university's 108-acre campus is home to a comprehensive science facility, an extensive library, residence halls, a state-of-the-art athletic center and a busy student center.

Benedictine University is ranked among the "Best Universities - Master's" and is listed in the "Top 10 in the Midwest for Campus Diversity" for the second year in a row, according to the 2004 figures recently released by U.S. News & World Report.

The university offers liberal arts degrees, and many of its students choose to major in business, biological sciences, health and education. Other top-rated programs of study include nuclear medicine technology, psychology and international business.

Located on Warrenville Road in Lisle, Northwood University Program Center provides working adults who have earned an associate's degree or significant college credit and have a minimum of three years work experience, an opportunity to conveniently complete the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree within an accelerated time frame.

New to Lisle is the National-Louis University campus at Rte. 53 and Warrenville Rd. A full range of graduate and undergraduate degrees are available in many fields, with programs designed for working adults.

Many Lisle college students, both teenagers and adults, take advantage of the affordable tuition and wide range of classes scheduled at the College of DuPage, a community college based at a 273-acre campus in nearby Glen Ellyn. The college offers associate degrees in business, humanities, horticulture, natural sciences, social/behavioral sciences and occupational and vocational education.

After completing their course requirements at the College of DuPage, students are fully trained in a trade or profession or prepared to transfer as juniors to a four-year college or university.

When they transfer, Lisle students still won't need to travel far for a four-year degree. In addition to Benedictine University, Lisle residents are served by North Central College (Naperville), Wheaton College (Wheaton), Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) and Robert Morris College (Aurora). Only a train ride away, Chicago colleges and universities (such as DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Columbia College and the Illinois Institute of Technology) supply superior academic experiences for the college-bound.


Parks & Recreation
For a look at our living, growing and flourishing natural history, head outdoors to The Morton Arboretum, on Route 53, just north of I-88. Open 365 days a year, the arboretum is worth at least one visit during every season of the year.

Established in 1922 by Joy Morton (1855-1934), the owner of Morton Salt Company, the 1,700-acre botanical garden and world-renowned research facility showcases a large variety of plant collections and natural areas including oak woodlands, wetlands, maple and elm collections and a restored native prairie. Whether you're hiking the arboretum's 14 miles of trails, touring the display gardens, marveling at century-old oaks, watching the leaves change, enrolling in a class or enjoying a family activity you're sure to come away with treasured memories and an expanded knowledge of the plant world.

The Lisle Park District ensures that you and your family will have loads of opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation. The Park District takes pride in the quality, variety and maintenance of its 42 parks and facilities. It oversees more than 500 acres of land, including the 110-acre Community Park the districts centerpiece. The park (1825 Short Street) is home to VanKampen Stage outdoor amphitheater, pond fishing, sledding hills, 2.2 winding miles of paved trails and the award-winning Sea Lion Aquatic Park.

The Sea Lion Aquatic Park maintains a large open swim area that slopes upward to a zero-depth shallow end, five waterslides, sand play, three whirlpool spas and many other amenities. The newly remodeled facility opened in the summer of 2004.

Community Park is also home to Community Park Fitness Center, which features a full-service line of circuit-training equipment, cardiovascular equipment, free weights and a beautiful view of the park.

Lisle Park Distracts River Bend Golf Course (5900 S. Route 53) is one of the top-rated nine-hole courses in the Chicago area. The courses link-style layout features scenic wetland areas, and water comes into play on eight of the nine holes. The par 36 design can play up to 3,500 yards. River Bend Golf Course also has a PGA-approved clubhouse, offering a full line of custom equipment and apparel. A new clubhouse opened in summer 2003, and features full food and beverage service, an improved pro shop and other golfing amenities.

For more information about the Lisle Park Districts parks and year-round programs, please call 630-964-3410 or visit

In addition to athletic programs sponsored by the park district, ball players can hone their skills by signing up for instruction at the Bulls/Sox Training Academy, owned and operated by the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. League play is available year round. When the snow flies, strap on a pair of skis and schuss down the ski hills at Four Lakes Village.


Arts & Entertainment
No matter the season, Lisle offers plenty of entertainment opportunities for the entire family. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Lisle hosts the "Eyes to the Skies" annual celebration. Hot-air balloons float skyward during morning and evening launches, and the night sky is lit by firework displays. A carnival, cuisine from local restaurants, a craft show, activities for children and top-name entertainment round out the festival. 


Throughout the summer months, the Lisle Community Band performs free concerts at Lisle Community Park. Lisle keeps its guests and residents busy in the fall with celebrations. Lisle Smile Days/Depot Days - a three-day event sponsored by the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Lisle Heritage Society and Lisle Park District - stages a carnival, food and drink courts, a craft fair, art displays, sidewalk sales and musical entertainment. Depot Days pays especial tribute to our railroad heritage with historical entertainment, site tours, special exhibits and demonstrations. The Morton Arboretum has various seasonal festivals.

The Lights of Lisle Celebration is celebrated each December. Carolers provide the soundtrack to the lights, the holiday tree and luminary that set the downtown area and Lisle Station Park aglow. 


Lisle is home to a wide range of healthcare providers, and offers easy access to quality healthcare throughout the area.

Located in nearby Naperville, Edward Hospital and Healthcare Services is one of the fastest growing hospitals in Illinois and in the United States. In addition to supplying full-service inpatient and outpatient medical service, the hospital complex houses an educational center, a medically-based health and fitness center and medical office buildings. The hospital also offers behavioral health services, innovative children's programs and sports medicine programs.

Good Samaritan Hospital of Downers Grove, is a leading provider of health and wellness services in the western suburbs. With more than 700 physicians and 2,300 employees, "Good Sam" operates the only Level I Trauma Center in DuPage County. The 312-bed facility also operates a nationally recognized Level III Parental Center and is noted for its cardiac and oncology unit; women and children's services, and surgical services. It is a member of Advocate Health Care, based in Oak Brook, Illinois - the largest fully integrated healthcare delivery system in metropolitan Chicago. Advocate is recognized as one of the top 10 healthcare systems in the country, treating more than a million Chicago-area residents each year.
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