New Lenox at the 'Crossroads of Opportunity' Campaign

A Welcome Message from the Mayor

Welcome to the Home Page for our newly launched Campaign, intended to increase awareness of the Village and all that we have to offer. The Village of New Lenox Board of Trustees and I welcome you to explore why we are truly the place to raise a family, locate  a business or invest your capital.  We are pleased to be known as “The Home of Proud Americans”.

New Lenox is a progressive, dynamic community.  Our central location, with excellent access to both I-80 and I-355, make New Lenox a natural location for regional shopping, entertainment, and hospitality. Hence, “the Crossroads of Opportunity”.

Additionally, the newly opened Silver Cross Hospital has made New Lenox a regional healthcare destination. As a top 100 hospital for seven consecutive years, Silver Cross boasts prestigious partnerships with the University of Chicago Cancer Treatment Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient facility, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
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Located in Will County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state with a current population that has doubled in the last decade, totaling nearly 700,000 residents, New Lenox maintains strong demographics supported by:
  • 170 Residential Certificates of Occupancy were issued in 2016 with a total of 800 issued since 2010;
  • Median household income over $99,000 (as of 2015 estimate from U.S. Census)
  • One of the lowest foreclosure rates in in Will County and;
  • A myriad of entertainment and recreational choices, from sold out Triple Play Concert Series to regional trail access.
New Lenox has a strong history of volunteerism which has been reinforced as the community has grown. Residents are continuously encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and give back. In recognition of the strong community spirit in the Village, New Lenox was awarded the Governor’s Hometown Award from 2011 through 2014 until the Award was disbanded.  Moreover, New Lenox was the ninth Community in the US to receive “Safe Community” designation from the World Health Organization and the National Safety Council and received its reaccreditation for such in 2016.  New Lenox is one of 17 safe communities in the country.

The Village Board has taken proactive measures to encourage new commerce and industry in New Lenox and has seen results along Rt. 30 by welcoming many new businesses to the area. The sales tax revenue generated by these businesses has allowed the Village to rebate a portion of the residential property tax to its homeowners. This program has been very well-received by the community.

We stand prepared to assist you in whatever way you may need. Please visit our website at www.newlenox.net to learn more about upcoming events and issues in New Lenox.

Tim Baldermann
Mayor of 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 48,000 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.


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 Inter-modal Facility: 5 min


Metra Commuter Rail

Rock Island Express Train to LaSalle Station: 63 min

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Residential Housing

Growing out of the historic 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.  New Lenox has been a leader in Will County and the Chicago Metropolitan Area for new housing starts for several years.  Established neighborhoods combined 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
  • 800 residential certificates of occupancy issued between 2010-2016;
  • Median household income over $99,000
  • One of the lowest foreclosure rates in Will County (per Realty Trac in June 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 University of Chicago’s Cancer Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Facility, and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). 


 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 4,982 average daily employees, volunteers, doctors and vendors.  Further expansion is a 13,800 square foot Outpatient Surgical Center with three operating rooms and nine recovery rooms that is expected to be completed in October, 2017.  In December, 2018, Silver Oaks Hospital is scheduled to be completed.  This 100-bed, two-story facility is a joint venture between Silver Cross Hospital and 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 a med spa, and a variety of medical doctors.

 
 
                    
 

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 I SPY.

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”.
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Education

New Lenox successfully offers a wide range of educational options to area students for public, private, and higher education institutions. Students from New Lenox attend the New Lenox or Union Elementary Districts and Lincoln-Way High School District. The Village is also home to St. Jude’s and Providence Catholic schools.


New Lenox School District 122


The award-winning elementary schools in New Lenox District 122 are home to 5,400 students from the New Lenox area attending preschool-8th grade. Over the last nine years, an average of 85% of New Lenox School District 122 students have consistently met or exceeded the Illinois Learning Standards. The District attributes the successful scores to a rigorous curriculum that not only includes reading, writing, and mathematics, but art, music, and technology skills.

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Students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of after-school activities. New Lenox School District 122 employs approximately 600 certified and support staff, who are enthusiastic about their jobs and dedicated to helping children reach their full potential.

Union School District 81


Union Elementary District 81 serves the educational needs of students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade. The professional staff is committed to providing students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to “compete in an ever-changing global community.”

Lincoln-Way High School District 210

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 serves families and citizens in a 105-square mile area at four comprehensive high schools. Two of the high schools are located in New Lenox, Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West. Ranked among the top schools in Illinois, Lincoln-Way has been honored with Academic Excellence Awards.


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District 210 students choose from a diverse curriculum including 100 elective offerings and 34 advanced placement (AP) courses, as well as others not available at other high schools. Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous clubs, activities, and athletic teams.
Over the past four years, Lincoln-Way students have continued to excel on the State's ACT test. In 2016, graduating seniors' composite ACT score was 23.1 -- the highest composite score to date.  The state average is 20.8.

Lincoln-Way High Schools consistently rate in the top ten academically across the state.  Newsweek Magazine ranked Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West as two of America's top 500 high school schools.


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St. Jude's School


St. Jude’s School opened in September 1950 and has a tradition of providing an education environment in which students are taught the Christian message and are given the opportunity to live what they learn, especially the Gospel values of love, respect, and service to others. Serving children in kindergarten through 8th grade, the school curriculum is approved by the Diocese of Joliet’s Catholic Schools Office and meets state requirements.

St. Jude
Providence Catholic High School

Providence Catholic High School is a Catholic, co-educational, diocesan secondary school. A Providence Catholic High School education is intended to provide each student with a four-year college preparatory program. The school is staffed by both religious and lay people. Providence Catholic High School has been located in New Lenox since 1962 and currently serves approximately 1,100 students.


Higher Education Institutions

Residents of New Lenox enjoy quality higher education close to home. Joliet Junior College (JJC), established in 1901, is the nation’s oldest community college. JJC offers classes at several convenient locations, including Lincoln-Way East High School. University of St. Francis in Joliet and Lewis University in Romeoville provide both bachelors' and masters' degree programs.


Parks and Recreation

The residents of New Lenox are fortunate to have their park and recreational needs addressed in a number of different ways. Through the New Lenox Park District, the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and many volunteer youth sports organizations.

New Lenox Park District

The New Lenox Community Park District is proud to serve over 62,000 New Lenox and surrounding park district boundary residents. To serve this community, a strong group of individuals consisting of five Park Board Commissioners, a hard-working staff of 33 full-time and over 240 part-time employees, are dedicated to serving this community’s activities. The District provides a wide range of recreational activities, a championship-quality golf golf -- The Sanctuary -- banquet facilities, district-wide special events which number 50 annually as well as managing 38 park sites on approximately 353 square acres.

The Park District’s programming options continue to grow with each seasonal catalog. Published three times per year, the catalog offers over 300 different educational programs, athletics, fitness, special events, sport leagues, travel excursions, child care services for students attending New Lenox School District #122, and numerous summer camp opportunities.
 Float Your Boat

The Sanctuary, an 18-hole golf course located on Marley Road is a quality, “links style” golf course which provides a challenge for all skill levels. The Sanctuary has a full-service golf shop, an excellent grass practice range, short game area, and putting green.  For the past six years, the course achieved 30,000 18-hole rounds of golf.  The championship level course at an affordable price as well as the success and size of the Junior Golf League is attributed to the popularity of the course.



Will County Forest Preserve
 

Residents and visitors of New Lenox enjoy the benefits of Old Plank Road Trail, which runs directly through the Village. The 21-mile, multi-use trail runs from Joliet to Park Forest and was a former railroad route.

Forest Preserve


Additionally, there are three forest preserves within New Lenox: Hickory Creek/Hickory Barrens Preserve (home to historic Schmuhl School), Potawatomi Woods Preserve, and Hadley Valley Preserve. Hadley Valley Preserve is also the location of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail that runs under I-355 north of Rt. 6.



Youth Sports Organizations


Many young families are drawn to New Lenox to start their families and raise their children. Consequently, there is a full range of volunteer driven youth sports options to meet the needs of New Lenox residents. Whether it is football, baseball, softball, or soccer, these groups add greatly to the recreational opportunities in the community.


       


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.   The Village was reaccredited for this prestigious designation in 2016.  New Lenox was the 9th community in the United States to receive this accolade and there are only 17 designated safe communities in the country.  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 for 45,000 residents 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.

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





      Demographics
      The following data, derived from the U.S. Census Bureau, is forecasted by Esri for 2017.  The data is calculated within a five mile radius of Route 30 and Cedar Road.

      Population
      87,882

      Households
      29,224

      Median Income
      $91,077

      Median Age
      37.8

      Bachelor's Degree or Higher
      35.6%

      White Collar Occupation:  64.2%
      Blue Collar Occupation:  21.8%
      Service Occupation:  13.9%

      Owner Occupied Housing Units
      83.5%

      Renter Occupied Housing Units
      13.0%

      Median Home Value
      $281,754


       
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      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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