Western Springs encompasses 2.32 square miles. The Village's population is mostly professionals including lawyers, doctors, engineers, and other management personnel. The Burlington Northern commuter trains takes people downtown. Residents who can walk to the station should consider themselves lucky; there's at least a one-year wait for permit parking.
Students in the city are served by Western Springs School District 101 with three elementary schools and one junior high. These schools are within the Village. La Grange Highlands School District 106 includes one elementary and one junior high campus, LaGrange Highlands School, lies immediately adjacent to the community and serves about one-quarter of the Village residents. District 204, Lyons Township High School District, has two campuses. South High School is located in the Village and serves the freshman and sophomore classes. North High School serves the juniors and seniors and is located in nearby LaGrange.
The Theatre of Western Springs is an area highlight that has received critical acclaim time and again. Shopping is convenient. Plaza shopping facilities are available at the Garden Market, and a picturesque downtown shopping district continues to grow with ample parking available. Oak Brook Center, Yorktown and Orland Square malls are easily accessible.
PARKS & RECREATION
The Recreation Department offers a full range of activities through its two recreation centers and numerous programs in the parks. Programs range from summer camps, tennis instruction, sports, after school activities, basketball classes, early childhood and toddler groups, dance, music, day care, science, adult fitness and leagues. The Park District maintains over 80 acres of parks and provides 10 neighborhood parks, one community park, 15 tennis courts, and several soccer and ball fields.
A community pool is available on a membership-fee basis. The Bemis Woods Forest Preserve is north of the Village along Salt Creek and offers picnic areas, bike trails, toboggan runs, cross country skiing, and nature studies. Nearly a dozen golf and country clubs are within five miles of the community.
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