As a town situated on the BNSF Railway Metra train line to Chicago and only about 18 miles from downtown Chicago, you can get to the city from La Grange via express train(s) in only 18 minutes from two centrally located stops at the La Grange Road and Stone Ave stations.

For many La Grange residents, the train stops are walkable and/or bikeable, which has made bike commuting very popular, even during winter months.

Add to that an increasingly environmentally conscious population, biking to the train has become an attractive alternative to driving.

While there is often a waiting list for train parking permit and many of the metered spots fill up fast and early during rush hour commuting times, there is always room to park/lock your bike at the station…and either park it at the station or take it safely on the train.

Some tips to make your bike commuting experience in La Grange safe and easy:

For other great tips on safe bike commuting, visit

And, for more information from the Village of La Grange on bike commuting, including how to attach your bike to Pace buses or board it on Metra trains, check out the brochure Bike to Metra available for download at

La Grange boasts more than 74 acres of park space and recreation centers. With 12 parks, including playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, tot lots, walking tracks and lush green spaces, you can find a park typically within just a short distance of your home. Whether you are moving to La Grange from Chicago or from another suburb, you and your family will enjoy the variety of parks – from small to large – all over town.

These parks are in addition to the walking and biking trails, picnic areas, park space, ponds, lakes and rivers of the Cook County Forest Preserve that surround La Grange and La Grange Park, including Bemis Woods and the Salt Creek Trail System. For a detailed map of bike trails visit

Below is a complete list of La Grange parks with highlights of amenities:

Deming Park (4903 S Willow Springs Rd)

Stone Park (10 N Stone Ave)

Rotary Centennial Park

Community Center & Park

*Field and/or courts are lighted

Tilden Park (Ogden & Tilden Ave)

*Field and/or courts are lighted

Sedgewick Park (49th & 10th Ave} *

*Field and/or courts are lighted

Spring Ave Park (Springs Ave and 53rd)

Gurrie and Spring Ave Schools (Spring Ave. between 52nd and 53rd)

Recreation Center (536 East Ave)

Elm Park (Elm & Stone Ave)

Gilbert Park (Gilbert Ave.) *

*Field and/or courts are lights

Waiola Park (between Stone and Waiola)

Additional details are available from the La Grange Park District at

For more than two decades, Smothers Realty Group retained a leadership position in La Grange. In 2018, that includes Cathy Bier, Shannon Kutchek and Helen LaLonde as three of the Top 10 Brokers in La Grange.

The brokerage, founded by Managing Broker/owner Joan Smothers in 1996 and now with about 30 full-time Brokers, has consistently held leading market share positions over the competition, including national and global real estate offices in the same trading area who, in some cases, have more than four times as many Brokers.

Smothers attributes the long-term success of the brokerage to the community connections, partnerships and on-the-ground insights her Brokers have cultivated that allow them to share a more in-depth knowledge about the community and the inventory with clients than other Brokers.

Following are additional 2018 year-end highlights for Smothers Realty Group:

In addition to its long-time success in greater La Grange market, Smothers Realty Group has broadened its business in recent years throughout the western suburbs, including Westchester, Western Springs, Darien, Naperville and Aurora, to name a few.


*All statistics via MLSNI, 1/1/2018-12/31/2018.



As we celebrate our 20 year anniversary, we would like to thank you for making Smothers Realty Group #1 in LaGrange Residential Sales for 20 consecutive years!


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