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Economic Development

From humble rural 1832 beginnings when the first two settlers arrived in what is now known as Lisle, innovation has played a key role.

Today’s growing business-friendly village is rich in resources, high-tech business “pioneers” and is home to 22,390. During the day, Lisle’s population increases by thousands as employees commute to business districts and visitors travel to The Morton Arboretum and other community events and attractions.

Infused with nature and a plethora of natural greenspaces, green or sustainable initiatives are abundant throughout the community. “The Arboretum Village” is resplendent with mature trees, flowers and scenic prairie vistas. It is home to the 1,700-acre nationally renowned Morton Arboretum, which attracts more than 1 million visitors annually, as well as a number of corporate headquarters and businesses with abundant prairie plantings, ponds, and scenic grounds.

Encompassing only six square miles, the Village of Lisle often is described as having the perfect combination of a small-town community atmosphere and big-city amenities. Lisle offers businesses, residents and visitors year-round natural splendor, economic opportunity and a high quality of life.

Currently midway through the process of updating its 1999 Downtown Lisle Master Plan, the village hopes to develop a comprehensive blueprint to direct investment and development in the coming decade.

Downtown Comes Alive with Nature-Inspired Theme

Downtown Lisle recently has completed an award-winning transformation to become a pedestrian-friendly, lively retail and restaurant district that represents the heart of the community. A beautiful, new prairie-style streetscape inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright winds past unique shops and boutiques (many featuring updated prairie-style facades), one-of-a-kind restaurants and comfortable seating areas in front of the nature-themed fountain at the entrance to The Garden Walk. Mature trees, extensive planting beds filled with flowers and grasses and multiple seating areas encourage guests to linger throughout the downtown area as they shop, dine and enjoy expanded recreational opportunities.

The new 4.5-acre PrairieWalk Pond recreational area is a popular site for community activities and events, featuring lighted walking trails surrounding a two-acre pond lined with colorful plantings, a gazebo, preserved wetlands and a fantasy-filled children’s area known as

Dragonfly Landing, complete with splash pad fountains. The PrairieWalk Pond draws visitors of all ages throughout the year.

Growing A Business-Friendly Community

Lisle is a thriving community of more than 1,000 businesses. Many corporations of national prominence such as Navistar International and its 88-acre corporate headquarters, SunCoke Energy, John Morrell, Armour-Eckrich and more are located along the prestigious I-88 corporate corridor. Others including the world headquarters of Molex, Inc., are located in business and shopping districts or within office parks interspersed within the community.

New this fall, the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will employ a $20 million investment to build a meditation room and expand its presence along eight acres on Warrenville Road. The global, multi-faith organization, which strives to help individuals achieve richer inner lives and experience personal transformation through meditation and healthy lifestyles including a vegetarian diet, plans to create a 75,000-square-foot campus after a new 58,000-square-foot sanctuary connected to the 17,000-square-foot day care building is added.

An active 300-member Chamber of Commerce supports this diverse business base, offering ongoing support, educational and networking opportunities.

An abundance of technical and professional training also is available through local schools including Benedictine University and National-Louis University. Their targeted educational programs lay the foundation for an educated and 21st century-ready workforce ready to meet the high-tech needs of today’s businesses. More than 79 percent of Lisle residents are college educated and have advanced degrees, and some 77 percent are employed in professional, sales, management and financial occupations.

Location, Location, Location.

Homeowners and business planners know location is key when it comes to putting down roots. Lisle is ideally situated just 25 miles west of Chicago in prosperous DuPage County, in the heart of a major transportation network consisting of interstates, rail and bus lines and airports. Both O’Hare and Midway airports are approximately 35 minutes away. Metra commuter trains provide fast, reliable service to Chicago within 30 minutes. Pace buses provide service along the major corridors throughout the village.

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