Des Plaines

The Town Of Des Plaines, Illinois is your source for information on Des Plaines. If your moving to Des Plaines or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!Des Plaines is one of the original growth communities in the Chicago suburban area. Its boom years occurred in the decades that followed World War II, as expressways made suburban living attractive and practical. During that period and the decades after, Des Plaines learned to manage growth, attract business and industry, and plan for the needs of its population.

Des Plaines is a comfortable community. Its well-kept homes range from modest brick bungalows to large and elaborate executive style homes, and from cozy rental apartments to luxury townhomes and condominiums. The city boasts an extensive parks system with recreation facilities that are easily envied. Dozens of clubs and organizations, park district programs, a local drama group, and community concert band keep residents busy and entertained. Shopping is convenient, with centers scattered throughout the community for quick access from residential areas. Four highly rated public school districts serve most areas of the city and a community college is within city boundaries. Des Plaines is home to a large contingent of prominent business and light industrial firms, as well as small to medium size companies.

Des Plaines enjoys maximum travel convenience. Only five minutes from O’Hare International Airport and with direct connections to Chicago area expressways, it’s possible to get there quick, wherever there is. Multiple interchanges on I-90 and I-294, link Des Plaines to all of metropolitan Chicago and the resort areas of Southern Wisconsin, and to the entire Interstate System. In addition, U.S. highways 14,12 and 45 and State routes 58, 62, 72, and 83 crisscross the city, tying it to neighboring communities. To the south, O’Hare International, the world’s busiest airport, residents and business people have access to 23 domestic and 23 international airlines, with flights to all major cities in the U.S. and the world. To the north, private and corporate aircraft are based at nearby Palwaukee Airport, a facility with three runways, one that is 5,000 feet in length.

Des Plaines commerce and industry is served by Chicago and Northwestern, Wisconsin Central, and Milwaukee Road railways. Commuters to Chicago board fast, comfortable Metra commuter trains at one of two stations, one in the downtown area of the city, and another on the city’s northwest side. PACE buses provide mass transportation to points within the city and to neighboring communities. Both Metra and PACE are services of the Regional Transportation Authority. Taxicab service and several limousine services are available. Easy access to everywhere is one of the many advantages offered by Des Plaines.


School Address Phone Grade
Apollo School 10100 Dee Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-827-6231 Elementary Schools
Brentwood Elementary School 260 Dulles Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847- 593-4401 Elementary Schools
Central Elementary School 1526 E Thacker St, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-824-1575 Elementary Schools
Cumberland Elementary School 700 E Golf Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-824-1451 Elementary Schools
Devonshire School 1401 Pennsylvania Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018 Elementary Schools
Forest Elementary School 1375 S 5th Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847-824-1380 Elementary Schools
Iroquois Community School 1836 E Touhy Ave, Des Plaines, IL Des Plaine 847- 824-1308 Elementary Schools
North Elementary School 1789 Rand Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847) 824-1399 Elementary Schools
Orchard Place Elementary Schl 2727 Maple St, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847- 824-1255 Elementary Schools
Plainfield Elementary School 1850 Plainfield Dr, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847- 824-1301 Elementary Schools
South Elementary School 1535 Everett Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847- 824-1566 Elementary Schools
Terrace Elementary School 735 S Westgate Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847- 824-1501 Elementary Schools
Maine West High School 1755 S Wolf Rd Des Plaines, IL 60018 847-827-6176 High Schools
Algonquin Middle School 767 E Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-824-1205 Middle Schools
Chippewa Middle School 123 N 8th Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847- 824-1503 Middle Schools
Friendship Junior High School 550 Elizabeth Ln, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847- 593-4350 Middle Schools
Friendship Junior High School 550 Elizabeth Ln, Des Plaines, IL 60018 847- 593-4350 Middle Schools

Important Information For Des Plaines:

Vehicle Stickers

New residents must purchase vehicle stickers within 30 days of moving into Des Plaines. The City’s annual vehicle sticker sales begin in May of each year and must be displayed before July 1 of that same year. A standard passenger vehicle sticker is $30.00. A motorcycle tag is $20.

Pet Licenses

Cat and dog pet licenses are sold at the same time and have the same validity dates as vehicle stickers. Owner must include the animal’s current rabies tag number.