The popularity of Vernon Hills, 38 miles north of the Loop, has increased rapidly in recent years, and for good reason. Some of the family-centered, Vernon Hills life style include affordable housing, a highly regarded school system, a fine park district, an on-going tree-planting program and continual development of business parks. Businesses are attracted to Vernon Hills because of the community’s fast approval process and high development standards. Corporate Woods Parks and Continental Executive Park are two of Vernon Hills’ business parks, spanning more than 800 acres. The community is also known as a large retail center.

With the fine and expansive Hawthorn Center and a number of newer of newer strip malls boasting such stores as Carson Pirie Scott, Circuit City, Kohl’s, and Marshall Field’s, the Vernon Hills retail community has much to be proud of. There are two large, movie theater complexes and a nice and varied selection of restaurants in town, as well. The park district has a community center and 314 acres of parks.

Other facilities include fourteen ball fields, seven picnic shelters, ten playgrounds, multi-use athletic fields, three outdoor skating rinks and a sled hill. The village provides a nine-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, and a new $1.5 million aquatic center featuring a zero-depth pool and sand play area. The community also offers the Arbor Theater, a $1.5 million outdoor theater surrounded by lush gardens.

Housing

Vernon Hills offers homes to accommodate nearly all budgets and tastes. Styles include traditional and contemporary as well as Colonials, ranches, split-levels and Cape Cods.

Schools

Vernon Hills is served by school District 73,128 and 125. Most elementary age students attend Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73. High school students attend Libertyville and Stevenson High School in District 128 and 125.

Transportation

The Tri-State Tollway (I-94) is nearby. U.S. 45 and Milwaukee Avenue (I-21) run through Vernon Hills. Travel time to the Loop is 50 minutes. Drivers reach O’Hare in 30 minutes, and Midway Airport is 90 minutes away. Metra commuters board the train at the Vernon Hills station and arrive in the Loop in about 55 minutes. Bus service is available.

Village Hall 847-367-3700 | www.vernonhills.org