Homer Glen continues to solidify its standing as a gem of Chicago’s Southland region. Since being incorporated in 2001, the southwest suburban village of some 24,000 residents has become one of metro Chicago’s most desirable communities, providing its swelling residential population a high quality of life punctuated by award-winning schools, abundant recreational amenities, and a growing commercial scene.
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On the Map
Homer Glen sits in the northeast corner of Will County, approximately 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The village covers some 22 square miles, which makes Homer Glen one of Will County’s largest municipalities. The village is connected to the greater Chicagoland area with a pair of exits along I-355 as well as convenient access to downtown Chicago via Metra Southwest service to Chicago’s Union Station.
According to the National Citizen Survey, an objective study of residents’ feelings on community livability, nine out of 10 current Homer Glen residents rated the village as a “good” or “excellent” place to live and raise a family, while 85 percent said they would recommend Homer Glen to others. Residents awarded the village particularly stellar marks for safety, ease of travel, K-12 education, and the natural environment.
Homer Glen residents enjoy access to accomplished public schools. According to U.S. News & World Report, Lockport Township High School ranks among the top 10 percent of high schools in Illinois, while Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C, which serves some 3,800 elementary school students across six schools, outpaces state averages in preparing students for the next level and instructional spending per pupil.
On August 22, 2018, Homer Glen village officials broke ground on the 103-acre Heritage Park. When complete, the “heart of the village” will feature a 1.5-mile multipurpose trail, an interactive water feature, a nature-themed creative play area, picnic groves, courts for tennis, sand volleyball, and horseshoes, a sled hill, and a multifunctional Village Green space designed to host farmer’s markets, community celebrations, and movie-in-the-park events.
Three Local Favorites
- Located on 151st Street, Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is a fall staple that features pumpkins, pig races, a petting zoo, and a haunted barn alongside seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts and kettle corn.
- With strong ties to the patriarchs of Chicago’s famed Italian beef sandwiches, The Original Mr. Beef honors one of the Windy City’s most storied culinary traditions from its no-frills spot on 143rd Street.
- Homer Glen’s Bell Road hosts the Creamery, a tasty spot that serves up an array of sweet and savory delights, including a treasured South Side favorite – the original “Rainbow Cone.”