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Mount Prospect is one of the many beautiful suburban communities in the northwestern Chicagoland. Offering some of the best schools, natural parks, and good public transportation outside of the city, Mount Prospect residents love their community.
The Mount Prospect homes offer beautiful style, structure, and unique designs to each block. Property in Mount Prospect can be affordable middle class homes or large country club estates with beautiful views.
Transportation offers easy access to the city of Chicago or to Milwaukee from highways and tollways. Downtown Mount Prospect adds the bonus of being very walkable for residents without cars.
Nightlife and restaurants offer fun bars for recent college graduates or relaxing blues bars for a night out without children. Mount Prospect residents live in low crime neighborhood and dozens of parks and outdoor activities keep residents healthy and having fun.
Mount Prospect is a beautiful community with people who care about making friends with their neighbors and keeping their kids active in athletic associations. Mount Prospect is family friendly with all the variety and fun nightlife the weekends could offer.
With block parties, movie theaters, golf clubs, fitness centers, and festivals, Mount Prospect offers a great suburban lifestyle and happy comforts.
Mount Prospect is located about 20 miles northwest of Downtown Chicago and about 10 miles north of O’Hare International Airport. Mount Prospect is located west of the Des Plaines River and part of the suburban communities of Chicago.
Neighboring suburbs include Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Glenview, Schaumburg, and O’Hare.
Mount Prospect residents enjoy the convenience of well maintained local roads like US Route 12, US Route 14, and US Route 45. To the south of Mount Prospect is Interstate 90, and to the Northeast Tollway 294 provides a fast connection to Milwaukee and other parts of Chicago land.
The winner of the ninth season of American Idol, Lee DeWyze was born and raised in Mount Prospect.
Ian Brennan was raised in Mount Prospect, and he went on to co-write and create the hit TV show Glee, inspired by his experiences as a member of Show Choir when he attended Prospect High School.
Previous to Black Hawk War, the Potawatomi tribe inhabited the land now known as Mount Prospect. After the 1833 treaty with the Potawatomi tribe, settlers moved into the Chicagoland area, but by 1850, the people settled in Mount Prospect moved on to go farther West.
The second group of settlers to arrive in Mount Prospect were German immigrants. When train began to be built in the surround areas of Chicago, Mount Prospect farming and agriculture flourished. Ezra Eggleston began planning the construction of a train station and gave Mount Prospects its name.
With the addition of a train station, businesses were established, and by 1917, the population of Mount Prospect reached 300 and became officially incorporated as a village.
Today, the population of Mount Prospect has grown to over 50,000 residents. The middle-class suburb of Chicago attracts more people each year for its comfortable, safe, and family-friendly community. Furthermore, Mount Prospect has grown out of a farming community and many business offices provide good employment opportunities.
Mount Prospect homes for sale and single family residences are beautiful and stylish and can range in price from $150,000 to $900,000 homes in country clubs. The homes in Mount Prospect come in every variety and style including prairie, split-level, ranch style, cottage, or neoecletic.
Median price of homes is $217,700 and other the great advantage of being apart of a safe community with good schools and friendly neighbors. Many of the moderately priced homes feature hardwood floors, large backyards, fireplaces, large windows providing natural light, finished basements, and many more amenities.
Ranging in price from $125,000 to $350,000, Mount Prospect Condos can be found in both low-rise and mid-rise buildings. Many of the condos in Mount Prospect contain elevators, balconies, large and spacious bathrooms, downtown locations, and indoor garage parking.
Renting apartments in Mount Prospect are affordable and comfortable and can cost $750 – $1,300 monthly. Other rental properties include Mount Prospect homes for rent and can cost anywhere between $1,300 and $2,500. Renting property in Mount Prospect is an easy way to become part of this fun and friendly community before purchasing a house of your own.
Parking in Mount Prospect is prohibited on village streets from 2am to 6am and after 2 inches of snowfall. Downtown Mount Prospect offers private parking spaces for residents without off street parking and employees working in local business. Contact the Finance Department at (847) 392-6000 for more details.
One of the reasons Mount Prospect grew so fast in population is the Union Pacific / Northwest Metra Trains. The commuter trains give residents easy access to downtown Chicago and Ogilvie Transportation Center and other Northwestern suburban communities.
Located in the center and downtown district, the Mount Prospect Metra Station offers daily service downtown and parking. For Metra parking information, please visit Metra Station Commuter Parking Information.
Public transportation within Mount Prospect is maintained by Pace Bus services. Pace Bus Route 694 – Central Road-Mt. Prospect Station offers fast and convenient service to the Metra station Monday through Friday.
Pace Bus Route 221 – Wolf Road and Pace Bus Route 223 – Elk Grove – Rosemont CTA Station offer connection from Mount Prospect to the CTA Blue Line Rosement Train station.
Pace Bus Route 234 – Wheeling – Des Plaines offers stops along the Union Pacific – Northwest Metra train line for fast connection between the different stations.
For connection from Mount Prospect, Des Plaines Metra stations, and Jefferson Park Blue Line Station, Pace Bus Route 226 – Oakton Street offers plenty of service stop Monday through Friday.
Pace Bus Route 230 – South Des Plaines provides transportation to the neighboring community of Des Plaines, Metra stations, and even the Prairie Lakes Park Community Center.
Also providing service to Woodfield and the Woodfield Mall, Pace Bus Route 208 – Gold Road is the best option for Oakton Community College students looking for economical transportation to class.
For many business and corporate headquarters in the suburbs, Pace Bus Route 606 – Northwest Limited offers service stop at Hyatt Regency Woodfield, IL Department of Employment, Meadows Corp. Center, Pace Headquarters, United Airlines Headquarters, Woodfield Corporate Center, and more.
For public transportation service toward the western suburbs, Pace Bus Route 696 – Randhurst / Woodfield / Harper College offers stops to Harper College and Woodfield Shopping Mall, one of the biggest shopping centers in suburban Chicago.
Walking is another great transportation option for those living in downtown Mount Prospect and scores 86% on the Walk Score scale. The average score throughout the suburban community is 49%–making the downtown area the best neighborhood for residents without cars.
Mount Prospect schools have great teachers and staff that create the comfortable and nurturing classroom environment needed by growing families. Prospect High School in Mount Prospect offers a high graduation rate of 95% and of these graduates, 97% go on to colleges and universities.
Oakton Community College 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Christian Life College 400 East Gregory Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
William Rainey Harper College 1200 W. Algonquin Road Palatine, IL 60067
Trinity International University 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
DeVry Institute of Technology 1221 N. Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101
Mount Prospect School District 57
Lions Park Elementary School (1-5) 300 E. Council, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Fairview Elementary School (2-5) 300 N. Fairview Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Lincoln Middle School (6-8) 700 W. Lincoln Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Westbrook School (PK-1) 103 S. Busse Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Consolidated School District 59
Forest View Elementary School (PK-5) 1901 Estates Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Holmes Junior High School (6-8) 1900 W. Lonnquist Blvd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056
John Jay Elementary School (K-5) 1835 Pheasant Trail, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Robert Frost Elementary School (PK-5) 1308 S. Cypress Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
River Trails School District 26
Euclid Elementary School (K-5) 1211 N. Weeling Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
River Trails Middle School (6-8) 1000 N. Wolf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Indian Grove Elementary School (PK-5) 1340 Burning Bush, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Alexander G. Bell Montessori School 9300 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090
St. Emily Catholic Grade School (PK-8) 1400 E. Central Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
St. Paul Lutheran School (PK-8) 18 South School Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
St. Raymond Catholic Grade School (PK-8) 300 S. Elmhurst Ave, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
St. Viator Catholic High School (9-12) 1213 East Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Mount Prospect offers fun and relaxing nightlife like most suburban communities. Most bars and pubs in Mount Prospect are relaxed and casual but a few of the bars are night clubs with dancing.
Dick’s River Roadhouse has great daily drink specials that draws in large crowds during the week and a menu that includes 13 different flavored hot wings. Also different from most traditional bar menu, a breakfast menu is included and served all day. Also try the deep fried Twinkies. Located near the Des Plaines river, Dick’s is a great night out for younger crowds but with affordable pub prices. 702 N River Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 298-7200.
For the best late night bar and live music, Blues Bar provides live blues music and themes their decor after the Blue Brothers. Local favorite on the menu is the pulled pork sandwich with Bourbon sauce. Blues bar typically draws in older crowds and has a full beer menu with a variety of craft beers. 2 West Busse Ave, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 788-9977.
Karaoke Pub Nina is one spot in Mount Prospect that you can’t find in every suburban community. With a stage and a huge selection of karaoke songs and comfy lounge chairs, Nina’s is a fun and relaxing night out that attracts mainly an older crowd but its good for groups. There is a $10 minimum of purchase per person, but it can be used towards food, drinks, and karaoke songs. 1730 W Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 427-0027.
Another great bar and pub is Famous Freddie’s Roadhouse. At Freddie’s, the weekly drink special draw the biggest crowd on Wednesdays with $1 Call/Domestic Drafts/Well Drinks. The menu offers everything from burgers, chili, sandwiches, tacos, delicious kabobs, and private party rooms. 1799 S Busse Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 593-2200.
Randhurst Shopping Mall has long been an important part of Mount Prospect shopping. The mall is currently closed and being renovated as an outdoor shopping center in Spring 2011. Currently some stores do remain open; Borders Books Music & Cafe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Carson Pirie Scott, and Home Depot.
Also at the Randhurst Shopping Mall is the AMC Randhurst 16 Movie Theater. For the best new release films, this AMC theater also has the traditional concession stand with buttery popcorn, candy, soft drinks, soft pretzels, and cheesy nachos. Some movies here are offered in RealD 3D.
Located in the neighboring community of Arlington Heights, the Metropolis Performing Arts Theater provides local live theater productions, drama school, music school, and dance school in the Northwest suburbs. Recent productions of famous stories like the Diary of Anne Frank, Wizard of Oz, or Pinocchio have been reviewed as delightful, entertaining, and fun for the whole family.
Mount Prospect restaurants and dining offer a variety and many high quality without the long trip to downtown Chicago. Many of the restaurants have delicious dinner menus, full bars, outdoor patios, and live music entertainment.
For the best steak and sushi in one place, Kampai Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar is a great dining spot in Mount Prospect. Recommendations off the menu include everything from the spicy scallop, golden shrimp, chicken teriyaki, and known best for its egg yolk sauce that is delicious and melts in your mouth. After dinner, head to the bar for hot sake, cold beer, and karaoke. 2330 S Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 640-6700.
Jameson’s Charhouse has one of the largest menus filled with wines, steaks, pasta, kabobs, and entrees for every appetite. The Charhouse only uses the freshest ingredients for all of their menu items, including the delicious and healthy salads. Most people love the relaxing atmosphere of the dining room and the friendly staff who serve each patron. 1702 W Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 956-1500.
For the best Thai food in the northwest suburbs, Pad Thai Restaurant is favorite among the Mount Prospect community and surrounding area. Whether you chose carry out and dine in, try one of their delicious bubble teas with 12 different flavors to choose from. 2310 S Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 472-9000.
Salerno’s Pizzeria is one of Mount Prospects many pizzeria’s and offers some of the best thin and thick crust pizzas with plenty of specialty toppings that include the Pizza Prosciutto or the Pizza Venenzia or speciality pasta like stuffed shells. Salerno’s offers great catering food for parties small and large. 1716 E Kensington Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 699-2822.
Mount Prospect hosts two festivals a year. The Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival takes place during the 4th of July weekend and features a car show, carnival rides, bake sale, beer garden, fireworks display, 4th of July Parade, games, food, and plenty of family-friendly fun. The festival is a favorite family outing for Mount Prospect residents of all ages.
The second Mount Prospect festival is the Mount Prospect Arts Fest and Blues on the Green. For one weekend in June, the festival brings some of the best local Blues music to the community and alongside the live Blues music is the fine arts festival. At the fine art festival, local artists sell their paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and other works of art.
Mount Prospect parks and bike trails are maintained by both the Mount Prospect Park District and the River Trails Park District. Both park districts operate community pools, athletic associations, ice rinks, fitness centers, sledding hills, and much more.
Mt. Prospect Golf Club is another integral part of recreation in Mount Prospect. The club includes a grill and restaurant, pro shop, banquet facilities, driving range, private golf lessons, and golf courses for all skill levels. 1000 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 255-5380.
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