Why New Lenox?

Community Highlights

Ease of Transportation

Superior access to regional transportation routes is one of the most attractive aspects of living in or doing business in New Lenox.


With the completion of the I-355 extension in 2007 from Bolingbrook to I-80, access to New Lenox improved dramatically.  The convenience of the Rt. 30 and I-80 interchange and the Rt. 6 and I-355 interchange allows travel in all directions. We are literally 12 miles from Bolingbrook (I-55 to the north), 11 miles to I-57 to the east and 12 miles to I-55 to the west. Traffic counts show over 120,000 vehicles/day at I-80 & I-355.

New Lenox is served by two Metra commuter rail lines affording easy commuting options to Chicago with over 25 trains per day. The Rock Island Line offers service to the LaSalle Street Station from Cedar and Rt. 30, while the Southwest Service Line has Union Station as its destination from the Laraway Station.


PACE Bus serves the area with
public bus transportation and the New Lenox Township handles the Dial-a- Ride program for local residents.


Car Commute Estimates:

Village Hall to Chicago Loop: 47 min

Village Hall to Oak Brook: 25 min

Village Hall to Indiana State Line: 20 min

Village Hall to O'Hare: 45 min

Village Hall to Midway: 30 min

Village Hall to Centerpointe Intermodal Facility: 5 min


Metra Commuter Rail

Rock Island Express Train to LaSalle Station: 63 min

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Accolades

  • The 100th Safest Community in the United States, according to NeighborhoodScout;
  • Newsweek's 2016 list of the Best Public High Schools in the USA (which number 15,800+) include Lincoln-Way West (at No. 349) and Lincoln Way Central (at No. 434) High Schools;
  • One of the five Best Cities for Young Families in Illinois, according to NerdWallet and;
  • One of the Best Cities for Young Couples in the Chicagoland area, according to Movoto.


Residential Housing

Growing out of the historical center of the Village, New Lenox has emerged as a regional leader in high-caliber residential development.

The goal is to provide housing to all sectors of the market with an emphasis on quality. Established neighborhoods combine with new subdivisions provide for comfortable family living and individual lifestyles.

Regional developers and custom home builders offer a wide array of housing options. From multi-family to maintenance-free living, or starter homes to spacious dream homes, New Lenox offers it all.



Quick Housing Facts
  • Ranked 7th in Chicago Metro as of 3Q 2016 and 2nd in Will County for Housing Starts as of 11/2016
  • Median household income over $93,000 (per 2010 Census)
  • The third lowest foreclosure rate in Will County (per Realty Trac, January 2017)



Health Care Destination

The combined efforts of the numerous health care options have helped make New Lenox a “health care destination.”


New Lenox is the proud home of Silver Cross Hospital’s new, 289 private-bed facility. Completed in 2012, the hospital is conveniently located at Rt. 6 and I-355.

With Silver Cross came partnerships with world-class organizations such as Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Facility, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center.


 Silver Cross
Additionally, another 200,000 sq. ft. of medical offices are located under the campus’ roof. Expansion continues at the hospital which now has over 3,500 employees, volunteers and doctors and houses the Center for Women’s Health.   The daily average number of patients, employees, volunteers, doctors, doctors, doctors' office staff, and vendors at the  Silver Cross Hospital Campus is 4,547 per day as of October, 2015.  Silver Cross announced in 2016 that it will build an ambulatory surgical center and in 2017 that a 100-bed behavioral health, inpatient and outpatient hospital to be called Silver Oaks Hospital will be built in partnership with US HealthVest.

 Womens Center

In 2013, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center completed its Healing Arts Pavilion on Rt. 30. Within the 55,000 sq. ft. facility, Presence offers a variety of convenient services, including immediate-care, a med spa, and a variety of medical doctors.

 
 
                    
 


Public Safety

Safe Communities Award

The National Safety Council and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion designated the Village of New Lenox as a “Safe Community” on April 27, 2010. New Lenox was the 9th community in the United States to receive this prestigious designation.  The Safe Communities America designation is awarded to communities that demonstrate leadership in promoting safety, reducing injuries, and preparing their citizens for natural and man-made disasters.

Police Department

The New Lenox Police Department proudly serves its residents and visitors each day. Each member of the Police Department is committed to providing a high level of law enforcement services to residents, businesses and visitors.


The Police Department is organized by the Police Chief and two Deputy Police Chiefs to provide efficient and effective law enforcement service by the 37 officers in their employ.  Additionally, the public safety component, coordinated by the Public Safety Division Chief, offers ancillary programs and services to New Lenox citizens that have proven to be of great value.
Police Dept
The Department offers the ability to register online for community and emergency alerts. Additionally they offer many opportunities for involvement as a resident through the Citizen’s Police Academy, CERT (Citizen’s Emergency Response Team) and ESDA (Emergency Services & Disaster Agency).


New Lenox Fire Protection District

The New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) has four fire stations which cover 36 square miles utilizing about 50 firefighter/paramedics.


The firefighters of the NLFPD are dedicated to the safety of the communities they serve, training everyday on various skills and techniques for both fire and EMS. The NLFPD is proud that nearly 100% of the NLFPD firefighters have advanced their skills from EMT to paramedics. In addition to their mandated training, many of the firefighters and paramedics continue to train for additional certifications in skills such as: technical rescues, water rescue, and HAZMAT. Station 4 is home to Red, the NLFPD’s Certified Search and Rescue Bloodhound. He is also constantly training with his three handlers and each year is re-certified. He has been credited in helping find several people in New Lenox and the surrounding areas.

Fire Department

In addition to providing fire and ambulance services, NLFPD offers various free and minimally priced programs and services to the public. These include:

  • Classes: CPR/First Aid/Babysitting Academy/Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Fire Cadet Program
  • Full Complement of Senior Programs
  • Child Car Seat Safety Inspections
  • NLFPD Open House and Family Fun Day
  • Fire & Life Safety Education to area schools
  • Waste Oil, Fire Extinguishers and Propane Tank Disposal
  • Military/Community Firefighter Program and Soldier Welcome Home
  • Active Participant in Community Programs
Other Safety Awards
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) awarded New Lenox with the “National Citizen Corp Council Achievement Award” celebrating resilient communities in 2010
  • Designated a “Storm Ready Community” by the National Weather Service in 2010 and 2013


Events and Entertainment

New Lenox is widely known for world-class concerts held in the “Commons” and those are only a fraction entertainment and events offered to the community.


In recent years, the Triple Play Concert Series has drawn sold-out crowds of 5,000 to the Commons outdoor venue, adjacent to Village Hall. The Concert Series truly is a community event, with the food provided by local New Lenox restaurants. In addition to the Triple Play Concerts, many other programs are planned by the Village, including:

  • Wine & Jazz Nights
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Christmas in the Commons
  • Weekly Movies in the Park
  • Fourth of July Celebration
Triple Play  
New Lenox businesses, organizations, and residents also make use of the Commons, hosting a myriad of events from 5K runs to weddings.
New Lenox is also fortunate to have festivals and activities planned by other groups in the Village. The Park District offers great activities and hosts ‘Proud American Days’. Likewise, the Chamber of Commerce plans family fun activities like the Annual Halloween Trunk and Treat.

The Village of New Lenox has much to offer - quality businesses, thrilling entertainment, exciting community programs, and superb dining choices. The Village puts its residents and businesses first, making New Lenox a wonderful place to call “home”.
 




 
 
 

 
Contact Us
Village of New Lenox
1 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
Phone: (815) 462-6400
Village Hall Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
 
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