An Insider's Guide


Community Insights

These quintessential train towns date back to the 1850's-when pioneers settled along the route from Chicago to Galena. Today, they represent the perfect mix of old and new-preserving the past while offering world class amenities and easy access to downtown Chicago. 

Here, we share some of our favorite local spots, traditions and insider tips. Get to know Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and beyond.

Glen Ellyn's 4th of July: What to Know?

  • Sat, 6/30 - Cardboard Regatta & food trucks @ Lake Ellyn 
  • Wed., 7/4 - Freedom 4 Race, afternoon parade down Main Street, fireworks extravaganza @ dusk.

Great Places to Break a Sweat

Local Preschools To Check Out 

Parks We Love 

  • Northside Park - sledding in winter, tennis, pool, fishing, walking path,camps building 

  • Maryknoll-extensive playground with ziplines, splash park, minature golf & more 

  • Lilac Park-playground, baseball fields, festivals and more 

Our Favorite Seasonal Hidden Gems

Spots to Channel Your Inner Artist


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Brian & Jen

Griffin Harvey Group got us the highest price per square foot for all of Glen Ellyn for the entire year. What more could you ask for? Oh, they sold it pre-market, thorough their connections-which meant no showings for our busy family! 

We listed our home during a slow time. Hiring Stacey & Lindsey was a godsend-they used their connections in the community to find us a buyer quickly and for asking price. 

When we decided to list our home, we envisioned a lengthy process. The market conditions were tough and inventory high. Much to our surprise, Griffin Harvey Group quickly got us an offer for our asking price.  We are so thankful for their expertise and can't recommend their services enough. 

Moving to the suburbs was a giant leap for our growing family. So many decisions to make. We lucked out finding Griffin Harvey Group. Not only did they find us a house we love, they gave us so many resources to make the transition seamless.

Stacey & Lindsey have been such an asset with my investment properties. Their knowledge of the local area-what’s a good deal, what’s overpriced and all of the insider insights have been just invaluable. We’ve worked together on multiple properties and continue to do so.

I have worked with Stacey & Lindsey multiple times. Most recently, they got us the highest price per square foot for the year in Glen Ellyn. Can't beat that! 

Stacey and Lindsey are an incredible team and they worked with all parties seamlessly, giving us full confidence in their representation. Most importantly, we appreciated how genuinely kind and supportive they were throughout the home buying process. They recognized the importance of this decision to our family and gave steady assurance that we would find the perfect fit--and sure enough, we did! 

They're the best ever. They took the stress out of selling out of selling our home. I completely recommend.  They incentivized agents and buyers and were willing to go over and beyond the call of duty to make sure our house sold.

Neighborhood Guide


  • Winter: Looking for a great sledding hill? Head to our favorite spot-on the north side Lisle Senior HS. (1800 Short Street, Lisle)
  • Spring: Have a hungry, growing kid(s)? Try the all-you-can-eat buffet at Wheaton College. Not your average college food, open to the public and choices galore. (Cafe Bon Appetit, 9421 Chase Ave., Wheaton) 
  • Summer: Fight the crowds and traffic at the Glen Ellyn Fireworks. Set up shop in our favorite spot with lots of elbow room-the east parking lot of St. Petronille Church. (420 Glenwood, GE) 
  • Fall:  Love to camp in a non-roughing it kind of way? Check out the Family Campout night at the Morton Aboretum. Fireside stories, night hiking and early morning play in the Childrens' Garden. (4100 Rt. 53, Lisle )


  • RISE : boutique studio offering group classes- barre, kettlebell, HIIT, yoga, TRX, Zumba & cycle (499C Penn. Ave, GE)
  • Healthtrack: full-service health club with all the bells and whistles- tennis courts, pool, indoor track, multiple studios for group classes and on-site spa. (875 E Roosevelt Rd, GE)
  • IL Prairie Path: miles of tree-lined views and a healthy dose of vitamin D. Perfect for running/biking/dog walking. (Pick up spots in GE, Wheaton & beyond) 

Local Preschools to Check Out 

  • Glen Ellyn Park District: (ages 2 - K) with extended day option. Some classes have option eat lunch there, which they love.  (Main Street Recreation Center, 501 Hill Ave)
  • Westminster Preschool: (ages 2+ through K)  on-site music & gym, nurturing environment. Stay after/come early for Victory Sports classes too. (First Presbyterian Church, 500 Anthony St., GE)
  • Castle: (ages 3-5) matches preschoolers with enthusiastic high school mentors in enriching enviornment. (Glenbard West High School, 670 Crescent, GE)
  • Diamonte Montessori: (ages 2-6) half and full day programs with a Montessori curriculum. School has its own garden.  (625 Hillside, GE)

Local Spots to Channel Your Inner Artist 

  • Dupage Art League, Non-profit art school & gallery in downtown Wheaton with classes for all ages. (218 W. Front Street, Wheaton)
  • Art Life Gallery, Studio in downtown Lombard with classes, kids camps & adult paint & sips. (425 S. Main Street, Lombard)
  • HeART-Felt Create, Hands-on working studio in downtown Glen Ellyn with workshops focused on paper, fabric & paint. (485 Main Street, Glen Ellyn)