Downtown Glen Ellyn


Choose Glen Ellyn's downtown if it’s an inviting home town setting with distinction you want for your business.  Our historic, yet progressive downtown offers your business:

  •  An authentic central business district with character that is uniquely Glen Ellyn
  • Inclusion in a defined and cohesive retail area with convenient walking access to all shopping and dining, inviting shoppers to make new discoveries
  • An address that conveys upscale style and flair to discriminating shoppers throughout the Chicago area
  • A retail environment of independently-owned shops specializing in personalized service
  • Established businesses that draw a preferred repeat clientele
  • A Home Design Destination: A substantial cluster of stores and studios focus on the home – decorating, gift-giving, design and furnishings
  • An eclectic retail mix that also offers apparel, accessories, gourmet foods, books, bicycles, gifts, and antiques; a bit of everything from appliances to yarn!
  • Proximity to outstanding restaurants
  • Attractive streetscape with historic facades, potted flowers, benches and antique light poles


  • In-town condominiums and town homes surrounding the downtown place residents at the doorstep of retailers
  • Downtown office workers and clients of service businesses contribute daytime traffic
  • The DuPage Medical Group, a physician-owned healthcare practice and the largest downtown employer, brings in over 250,000 patient visits annually
  • The downtown commuter rail station, one of the busiest on the West Line, serves nearly 2,000 commuters daily
  • Diverse selection of restaurants and cafes
  • The Glen Art Theater offers art genre and main stream films on 4 screens drawing evening and weekend entertainment traffic
  • People-drawing special events including Taste of Glen Ellyn, Farmer’s Market, Jazz Fest, Holiday Walk, and more
  • The Illinois Prairie Path, a 45-mile long regional bike trail, passes through the center of the downtown
  • The Glen Ellyn Public Library, reporting over 570,000 check outs annually, is a strong draw for downtown traffic
  • The post office and Civic Center (city hall) are both located in the downtown
  • Glenbard West High School with 2,100 students, sports and performing arts events is located on the east side of the downtown
  • McChesney & Miller Grocery & Market, established in 1862 and the oldest grocer in DuPage County, is known for its fine meats
  • Retailers offering customer friendly store hours that include late Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
  • Welcoming business owners who are enthusiastic about referring business to their neighbors


  • Free 3-hour on-street parking for customers only
  • Conveniently located public parking lots
  • Helpful directional signage to parking lots
  • Discounted parking permits for employees


  • Locating shops and services is easy via the sidewalk directory kiosk on Main Street and the complementary pocket shopper’s guide available from stores and businesses.