'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”.
Tim Baldermann
Additionally, the Village is proud that Silver Cross Hospital has made New Lenox a regional healthcare destination. As a top 100 hospital for eight consecutive years, Silver Cross boasts prestigious partnerships with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer CenterAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Northwestern Medicine Neurosciences, and US HealthVest (Behavioral Healthcare). 

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:
  • 147 Residential Housing Permits were issued between January 1st and December 31, 2018.  Approximately 1,000 residential housing permits were issued between 2013 and 2018;
  • Median household income over $99,357 (as of 2019 estimate from Esri)
  • One of the lowest foreclosure rates in in Will County and;
  • A myriad of entertainment and recreational choices, from the Triple Play Concert Series, Fridays After Five, Live on the Lawn, Octoberfest, Ladies Night Out, Bands & Brew, and Play Day in the Commons.   Regional trail access is also available
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 20 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 & Other Infrastructure

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.

The Village acquired property for a new regional wastewater treatment plant on Laraway Road, west of Gougar Road.  The new treatment plant will increase the Village’s overall treatment plant capacity from 3.5 million to 5.5 million gallons per day.  In addition, water main was replaced on 2.3 miles of Cedar Road this summer between Illinois Highway and Francis Road and plans to replace water main on Route 30 in 2019.  Lastly, the Village is thrilled that federal and state funding has been allocated to make improvements to the I-80 interchange at Route 30.   Additional stacking as well as dual left/dual right turn lanes are intended for this project.  Work in 2019 year will consist mostly of work on I-80 and the bridge.  Work on Route 30 should begin in 2020 with a 10/29/2021 completion date for the project.

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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

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 Demographics
  • Daytime population of 76,690*;
  • Median household income over $96,309*;
  • 30,974 households* and; 
  • One of lowest foreclosure rates in Will County (per Realty Trac in June 2019).

*According to Esri estimates in July, 2019 within a five-mile radius on a Route 30 tenant space

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, 302 private-bed facility. In addition, there are 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 Medicine Cancer Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Facility, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Northwestern Medicine Neurosciences, and US HealthVest (Behavioral Health).  Expansion continues at the hospital which as of March, 2019 has 5,279 average daily employees, volunteers, doctors, and vendors accessing the campus.  See https://www.silvercross.org/ for more information.


Silver Cross 

 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.  Presence partners with Physicians Immediate Care in a separate, extended hours facility also on Route 30.  See https://www.amitahealth.org/location/amita-health-medical-group-family-medicine-new-lenox for more information.  


Events and Entertainment

New Lenox is widely known for world-class concerts held in the “Commons” and those are only a fraction of the 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 the 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:

  • Fridays After Five
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Christmas in the Commons
  • Weekly Movies in the Park
  • Cruise in the Commons
  • National Night Out
  • Chalk Walk
  • Fourth of July Celebration
  • Octoberfest
  • Bands & Brews
  • Live on the Lawn
  • Play Day in the Commons
Triple Play   Santa - Christmas in the Commons
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 Trunk 'n Treat and an Expo where residents can interact with local businesses, and the New Lenox Library offers reading programs for all ages as well as a Spring Arts Festival and "Ghouls and Golf" activities.
Visit https://www.newlenoxparks.org/ for more information.

 Proud American Days 2018



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 District 122 or Union Elementary District 81 and Lincoln-Way High School District. The Village is also home to St. Jude’s Elementary and Providence Catholic High 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 District 122 students have consistently met or exceeded the Illinois Learning Standards.  

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Union School District 81

Union Elementary District 81 serves the educational needs of students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade. In November, 2018, Union School District received the Exemplary Designation from the Illinois State Board of Education, which was attained by less than ten percent of schools across the state.  As of 2019, Union School District is in the top 10% of schools in the State of Illinois.
Union School District 81

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.  

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  In April, 2019 U.S. News & World Report released their 2019 Best High Schools rankings, and for the first time, all three Lincoln-Way high schools made the list. 

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

On their 2019 rankings, Lincoln-Way East ranked 1,330 nationally (61 in Illinois), Lincoln-Way Central ranked 1,625 nationally (72 in Illinois), and Lincoln-Way West ranked 2,673 (104 in Illinois).


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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. ProvidenceCatholic High School has been located in New Lenox since 1962 and currently serves approximately 1,100 students.


Providence Catholic High School Logo

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 68,000 New Lenox and surrounding park district boundary residents. The District provides a wide range of recreational activities, a championship-quality golf golf -- The Sanctuary -- banquet facilities, numerous district-wide special events as well as managing 39 park sites on 357 acres.


The Sanctuary, an 18-hole golf course located on 235 acres 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.  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.


Sanctuary Golf Court

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.  The forest preserve offers outreach programs, events and exhibitions, and provides education and interpretation programs to more than 20,000 individuals in 2017.

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 20 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. 

The Public Safety Division Chief offers ancillary programs and services to New Lenox citizens that have proven to be of great value.New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition
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.  
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.


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

      The following data, derived from the U.S. Census Bureau, is forecasted by Esri for 2019.  The data is calculated within a five mile radius of Route 30 and Cedar Road.



      Median Income

      Median Age

      Bachelor's Degree or Higher

      White Collar Occupation:  67.2%
      Blue Collar Occupation:  19.3%
      Service Occupation:  13.5%

      Owner Occupied Housing Units

      Renter Occupied Housing Units

      Median Home Value

      Community Highlights

      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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