Find the Perfect Home for Your Growing Family in Niles

Niles is a place where you and your family can grow. Learn more about the exceptional schools, homes with growth potential and family-centered services and parks you'll find when you make Niles your home.

On the edge of Chicago, Niles offers homes with yards, plenty of parks and green space and a wide array of village services not often found elsewhere. As a Niles resident, you can access an indoor recreation center, a top-shelf library and specialized programs for teens, seniors and mental health services.

When you make your home in Niles, you will find neighbors who love Niles — and welcome you. You will also discover first-rate schools where teachers care about every child.

Great schools

Niles kids go to five elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools — Maine East (ranked in the top 1,500 nationally), Maine South (ranked 11 in Illinois) or Niles West (ranked in the top 1,000 nationally) — across five school districts, or one of several private schools, including Notre Dame College Prep. In addition to Niles, students come from Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Skokie, Morton Grove, Glenview and Rosemont.

Many families move to Niles when they are just starting out, and they fall in love with the elementary and middle schools. “The class sizes are small (18 students per classroom) and the special education programs are phenomenal. The education is outstanding and there is a strong sense of community in the school,” says parent and Niles resident Anna Harris, about Culver Elementary School District 71. “Teachers really know the kids, and the kids are comfortable being themselves and learning together.”

“Maine East Township High School District 207 has a highly diverse student population and a great career exploration program,” says District 207 Director of Communications Brett Clark. Partnering with 700 local businesses for internships and career experiences, Maine East “teaches kids how their education translates to their future. AP courses and a dual-credit program with local colleges and universities are also part of it.”

Growable homes

When Harris and her husband moved to Niles, they wanted to expand their home as their family grew to make it their own.

“My home is a family home,” says Harris. “Kids have their own bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, and we can entertain and relax downstairs. I was able to remodel my home exactly how I want it.”

The Village of Niles encourages remodeling and expansion of homes. With the Grow Your Home program, the Village will waive up to $5,000 in permit fees for home expansion projects. Niles is one of a few communities in the country with its own design district. So, when you need an addition or a new kitchen or bath, Niles has a dozen businesses concentrated on Milwaukee Avenue.

And a lot more, too

The Grow Your Home incentive is one example of a Village that cares about its residents. Niles Family Services is another, offering counseling services in multiple languages to all Niles residents. The Niles Teen Center offers dances, game nights and movie nights. And Niles Public Works is regarded as one of the best at plowing the streets free of snow — the department even won a national award for it.

Getting outdoors is easy in Niles. The Niles Park District — which maintains 25 parks, the historic Tam O’Shanter Golf Course and Oasis Waterpark — and the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve are family-friendly places to explore, hike and get outdoors.

For families starting out, looking for first-rate schools, homes with room to grow, friendly neighbors and a community that cares, Niles makes it possible.

Make Niles your home — and you will love Niles.

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Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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