Chicago Parent Top Town: Village of Niles

Families love Niles. It’s close to the city with first-rate schools, homes with room to grow, arts, culture and a community that cares. Find out what puts the Village of Niles at the top of the list for Chicago parents.

Niles welcomes you

When Anna Harris and her family were looking for a place to call their own, she says they wanted more than a house and neighborhood — they wanted to make a home. “We wanted to stay close to the city, have great schools, plenty of space and friendly neighbors. And we found it in Niles. We love it here.” A village of 30,000, Niles is small enough to know your neighbors but big enough to find all you need in schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation.

In Niles, make your home your own. The village makes it easy for homeowners to build up or build out through the Grow Your Home program, waiving up to $5,000 in permit fees so you can put that money back into your home. For home design and improvement projects, visit the Niles Design District along Milwaukee Avenue.

Here, kids come first. The education system is focused on the success of every kid. Attentive teachers nurture students in diverse classrooms with small class sizes. High school students benefit from a career exploration program where they discover how their education translates into future career paths. Niles high schools are ranked in the top 3% nationally, offering AP courses and dual-credit programs with local colleges.

Experience arts and culture

In Niles, you will connect with neighbors who love Niles and welcome everyone. A family-friendly community, Niles nurtures arts, history, culture and diversity.

With 17th-century restored bells ringing on the hour, Niles has a magnificent photo op — the Leaning Tower of Niles. This half-size replica of the original earned a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Niles is a growing hub for muralists, painters, sculptors and musicians to make their mark. Thanks to the Village’s Arts & Culture Master Plan, new art pops everywhere from bus stops to outdoor murals. Recently, local artists contributed to a series of mini–Leaning Tower replicas, each uniquely painted and displayed around town.

The “Niles At Our Table” community photo project celebrates the diversity of Niles residents through cooking, family and eating dinner at home. From kebabs to kimchi to pierogies, the project shares traditions, with the underlying message that all are welcome here. Residents and visitors can also explore an incredible array of international options at local restaurants, from Arirang Korean BBQ to Niles Polish Deli to Pho Tam Vietnamese — and everybody’s favorite: Oak Mill Bakery, the go-to for special occasion cakes. Shop daily essentials, international imports and fresh food at Patel Brothers, H-Mart and Jerry’s Fruit & Market.

Love the location

Niles residents love that everything is within reach. All within a quick commute to downtown Chicago (15 minutes!), Niles offers the benefits of a small hometown community.

Niles also offers plenty of green space and a variety of village services not found anywhere else. Take the Niles Teen Center, which provides a community for sixth to 12th graders to participate in engaging activities in a supportive, structured and welcoming environment. Niles Family Services provides mental health and wellness services in multiple languages to all Niles residents 24/7.

Explore the outdoors at one of the Niles Park District’s 25 parks or play a round at historic Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. The Bunker Hill Forest Preserve offers family-friendly places to hike, bike, picnic and enjoy nature. Oasis Waterpark and Fun Center is an affordable amenity with a splash pad, three slides, diving boards and a zero-depth pool. Bring your family for the day and begin to discover why residents love to call Niles home.

Come to Niles. Experience the possibilities. You will love it here.

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Claire Charlton
Claire Charlton
An enthusiastic storyteller, Claire Charlton focuses on delivering top client service as a content editor for Chicago Parent. In her 20+ years of experience, she has written extensively on a variety of topics and is keen on new tech and podcast hosting. Claire has two grown kids and loves to read, run, camp, cycle and travel.


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