Established by the Railroads,

Defined by Our Culture.

Located in the Western Suburbs of Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago was the first Illinois community established by the railroads. Through initial immigration to the City, the community has become a diverse community with a proud cultural heritage.

Community Profile

The City of West Chicago is a diverse, family-oriented community with a rich cultural mix and a proud heritage. It is the first Illinois community established by the railroads and continues to be a convenient transportation hub served by three major rail lines, one of Illinois’ busiest airport and three state highways.

Learn more about the West Chicago community, including specific details about the following:

  • Workforce
  • Demographics
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Quality of Life

Programs & Incentives

The City of West Chicago seeks to assess the unique needs of individual businesses with the goal of creating a mutually beneficial arrangement for prospective businesses and the community. The City strives to provide the smoothest experience for interested developers while maintaining conformance to all codes from pre-application stages to plan review stages.

Learn more about the the different incentives and programs the City offers, including:

  • Utility & Sales Tax Rebates
  • Property Tax Abatement
  • Waivers for Bidding Permit Fees
  • Image Marketing
  • Beautification/Facade Improvement Program
  • Brilliance in Business Awards Program

Site Selection

The City of West Chicago has five separate Districts for developers to review along with a number of available properties open for development. In addition, the City continues to make the necessary changes within its zoning codes to make appropriate plans for the future while staying ahead of industry trends.

If interested in developing your business in West Chicago, the City has provided details about current properties including:

  • Business Districts
  • Available Properties
  • Utility Service Fees

Development Plans

The City of West Chicago continues to stay ahead of market trends in order to provide the correct incentives and plans for future development. The City has multiple documents to guide the overall development of the City of West Chicago which are updated regularly.

The City's planning documents consists of the following:

  • The West Chicago Strategic Plan
  • The Central Main Street Redevelopment Plan


Downtown Main Street

The walkable and commuter-friendly historic downtown features an eclectic mix of small locally owned shops, restaurants, residential lofts, and condominiums with a classic feel.

North Avenue

North Avenue (IL Route 64) is a premier commercial corridor that is host to major retailers such as Menards, Starbucks, Verizon, Old Time Pottery, and family owned, Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli & Grill.

Neltnor Boulevard

Our vibrant Neltnor Boulevard (IL Route 59) is home to multiple retail centers—Tower Station, West Chicago Plaza, Sandpiper Square, amongst others—carrying professional services, grocery stores, retail banking, and more.

Roosevelt Road

A major thoroughfare Roosevelt Road (IL Route 38) offers a dynamic commercial experience. Host to Jewel-Osco, Haggerty Ford, local favorite Pal Joey’s Restaurant, and multiple flexible office buildings, make Roosevelt Road a daily destination.

Central Manufacturing District

Global and regional industry resides here, from advanced manufacturing and food processing, to, technology hubs and distribution centers; the district offers prime land for development with integrated infrastructure.