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Willow Springs

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Village of Willow Springs offers a natural blend of forested land and spacious real estate, along with the convenience of several transportation options and shopping along Archer Avenue. Businesses, similar to the generations of residents, have put down long-term roots in this thriving community of 5,500 set at the crossroads of I-294, I-55, LaGrange Road and Archer Avenue.

The Village remains a destination for small shops and fine dining, highlighted by well-known restaurant varieties including Greco’s, The Irish Legend, My Way Café, and Mo’s Willow Pub & Grub. In addition, the Village is graced by the historic Willowbrook Ballroom, one of only a handful of officially designated ballrooms in the United States.

Old Willow Shopping Center continues to attract crowds to its Archer Avenue location where the castle-like Royalty West Banquet Hall provides a unique medieval setting. The Center draws visitors from around Chicagoland to the eclectic Ashbary Coffeehouse, which features live entertainment, Blue 22 Vapor, Dead Serious Tattoo, and Tropical Sno, a destination for many for a cool summer treat.

Another local oasis, Imperial Oak Brewery, located directly across from the Village Metra Lot, has become a favorite destination for commuters and bicycle enthusiasts. Local taverns include C.C’s Grove Inn and The Friendly Tap.

Another Archer Avenue mainstay is The Illinois Billiards Club/Bonnie’s Dining and Banquets, which has thrived for more than 50 years, and Spring Forest Deli, which continues to be a regional lunchtime draw.

The Village is also home to national industrial tenants such as Rowell Chemical, Valvoline Oil and Nexeo (formerly Ashland). Rowell continues to grow and has taken advantage of the unique shipping opportunity provided by barge traffic along the I&M Canal.

Joined by the Willow Springs Road Bridge, traversing the Des Plaines River, Chicago Ship Canal and I&M Canal, Willow Springs contains a complementing mix of residential neighborhoods. Most recently developed areas of the Village are bordered on the north by Countryside and Indian Head Park and on the west by Burr Ridge. Long-established homes find themselves surrounded by The Cook County Forest Preserves in the southern area of the Village. Portions of the Village are served by Willow Springs and Pleasantdale school districts and three high schools: Argo, Lyons Township and Stagg.

Willow Springs recently upgraded its parks system which included the installation of a splash pad at Lions Park. The Village has gained notoriety for its highly successful Benefit Car Show which features live music and draws more than 400 classic autos and 3,000 spectators annually to the Village Center on the first Thursday in August.

Grasping the opportunity provided by the neighboring Forest Preserves, Willow Springs has hosted and sponsored such events as the “Illinois State Bicycle Road Race” series, “Super week Pro Tour,” and the “Prairie State Cycling Series.”

In addition, residents and visitors alike may enjoy biking and hiking along the I&M and the Centennial Trail System in Willow Springs. The Centennial Trail soon will be re-opened featuring elevated landscape. Additional plans include the installation of a Mountain Bike Trail along Cal-Sag Channel.

The Village is also a proud supporter of another popular local event, “A River Thru History,” an annual early-American settler reenactment held at Columbia Woods along the Canal.

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