Imagine a place that is invigorating yet serene, where the beauty of community parks and gardens can be enjoyed day or night, and the aroma from main street cafes lure you to stay just a little longer. America’s main streets are just 20 miles west of Chicago in DuPage County, offering a unique blend of urban sophistication and small-town charm.

Locally-owned boutiques, coffee shops, breweries, and eateries are just a few reasons to visit DuPage’s charming downtowns, each with their own character and flair. Enjoy leisurely shopping along tree-lined Main Streets in a family-friendly setting. Be entertained by the seasonal events held throughout the year, such as summer concerts, food festivals, and antique car shows.

Leave the car behind and take it to the trails, as DuPage is home to the Illinois Prairie Path, the first successful rail-to-trail conversion in the United States. The trail is considered a main artery connecting several DuPage downtowns, making it possible to explore forest preserves and take in the scenic beauty along the way. Another great option is Metra, the commuter train system that conveniently makes it possible to visit multiple DuPage main streets in one day.  

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Many people grow up in DuPage and never leave, forever drawn to its hometown feel. Nationally, DuPage ranks #5 for Best Counties for Families and #8 for Best Counties to Live in America, alongside ranking #1 in Illinois in both categories. This quality of life also makes DuPage a great place to visit. Once considered a countryside oasis for Chicago’s elite evolved into a flourishing destination for all, welcoming visitors to experience a unique combination of history, architecture, sophistication, and what DuPage residents cherish — the charm of their hometown. 

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