Villa Park, Illinois, Higher Education and Village Information

Villa Park, Illinois, is a suburb of the largest city in the American Midwest, Chicago. Villa Park is conveniently located near such world-class institutions as the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, as well as a variety of private colleges and technical schools. Read more below.

Information about Villa Park

Villa Park is located about 20 miles west of the Chicago Loop. This village was incorporated in 1914 and occupies a little less than five square miles of land area. As of 2014, slightly more than 22,000 people called Villa Park home, the majority of whom were Caucasian (81%, as of 2010), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Hispanics, however, comprise a growing portion of the population, measured at nearly 18% in 2010.

Local residents have access to a variety of cultural and entertainment attractions, including the Odeum Sports and Expo Center. This facility hosts many concerts, sporting events and trade shows each year. Nineteen parks are found within the village limits, offering amenities such as picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, sledding hills, playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts. There are also two outdoor swimming pools available for use during the warmer months. Local residents as well as visitors enjoy biking and hiking along the 61-mile-long Illinois Prairie Path, which runs through the heart of the village.

Higher Education

Villa Park does not have any 2-year or baccalaureate schools, but nearby Elmhurst is home to Elmhurst College, a private, 4-year Christian school that enrolled more than 3,000 students, as of Fall 2014. Other colleges and universities in the area include Northwestern University in the northern suburb of Evanston and the University of Chicago. Other towns and villages in the metropolitan area are home to a variety of community colleges, such as Oakton Community College in the city of Des Plaines.

Economy and Employment

Villa Park is home to Conxall Corporation. Per 2012 census data, retail trade employed about 1,700 people in the town. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed about 1,000 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 800 people. Many Villa Park residents also have the potential to commute to other areas within the Chicago metropolitan region, including Chicago itself.

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