A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural area, Cook County functions as a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland.
While Chicago is certainly the largest city in Cook County there are many others within the county’s limits, each of which offers something unique and exciting. A selection of some noteworthy cities other than Chicago includes; Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Western Springs, Rosemont, La Grange, Lemont, Elgin, and Burr Ridge.
Cook County Real Estate Insights
Real estate in Cook County spans from cozy single-family homes to the large manicured estates of some of the county’s more affluent areas, to the expansive Victorian Brownstones of downtown Chicago.
The median cost of a home within Cook County is $197,800 which is just slightly higher than the median home price of $189,900 in the county’s signature city, Chicago.
People & Lifestyles
Cook County is more than just Chicago. One great example is the city of Schaumburg which over the past 50 years has transformed from a small farming community into a thriving economic center that is home to more businesses in Illinois than any other community outside of Chicago. Schaumburg residents can head down to the Farmers Market in the Town Square, take in theater and other shows at the Prairie Center for the Arts, discover fun for the whole family at the Legoland Discovery Center, and enjoy minor league baseball at Boomers Stadium.
Meanwhile, the city of La Grange is known for its great shopping as well as its unique and notable events including the annual Pet Parade, Craft Show, Endless Summerfest, West End Art Festival, Halloween Walk, and Holiday Walk. The village of Western Springs offers residents a classical mid-west small-town feel and both the public and private elementary and high schools offer some of the best education in the state.
Cook County also offers an amazing array of opportunities for nature lovers with miles of pristine beachfront along Lake Michigan. In addition, thanks to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, bikers, joggers, and walkers can enjoy over 100 miles of paved bicycle trails and over 200 miles of multi-use trails in the forest preserve.