New Lenox is a quiet southwestern suburb of Chicago with a population of more than 26,700. In recent years, the town has become a popular choice to build a home for so many home buyers. Living in New Lenox offers residents a suburban, rural feel, along with prime schools and a whole range of area amenities.
New Lenox has great access to both I-80 and I-355. Midway airport is only a 30-minute car ride, while O’hare is 45 minutes and Chicago’s Loop is only 47 minutes.
Rail service is also convenient. Two Metra commuter train lines provide New Lenox with more than 25 daily trains to Chicago. The Rock Island Line can take you to Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station, while the Southwest Service Line can take you to Union Station.
Award Winning Schools
High School District 210 in New Lenox has been awarded many Academic Excellence Awards. Based on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, the New Lenox high schools consistently score in the top 10% of all high schools in Illinois.
State-of-the-Art Health Care
Silver Cross is a new, sophisticated, 289 private-bed hospital that is located at Route 6 and I-355 in New Lenox.
Beautiful Parks, Preserves and Recreation
The New Lenox Park District oversees 35 parks and an 18-hole championship golf course, The Sanctuary. In addition, the Park District offers over 300 educational programs, athletics, fitness, special events, sports leagues, travel excursions, and camp programs.
The Will County Forest Preserve District maintains the beautiful Old Plank Trail, a 21-mile path that curves its way through New Lenox. The District also has three preserves in New Lenox: Hickory Creek/Hickory Barrens Preserve, Potawatomi Woods Preserve, and Hadley Valley Preserve.
An Array of Housing Choices
Hartz Construction offers new homes for sale in many communities throughout Chicagoland. And, three of them are located in New Lenox: Shannon Estates, Leigh Creek, and Sky Harbor. Each of these subdivisions has a unique personality, so you’ll want to take a short drive through each one. The Hartz website, gives detailed information on each subdivision, including location, models, and pricing.
Shannon Estates – Single Family Homes from the low $400s
This community offers a fabulous neighborhood park complete with sand volleyball, boat rental, splash pad, fishing, walking path, pavilion and playground. Best of all, all of these amenities are maintained by the Park District and require no association fees! Families will also enjoy being close to all schools, nearby Route 30 shopping, quick access to transportation (close to Metra station, I-355 and I-80) and a short walk to Old Plank Road Trail.
Hurry in, Shannon Estates is nearing completion.
Sky Harbor – Single Family Homes from the low $400s
This community features generous lot sizes, picturesque ponds and plenty of open spaces. Sky Harbor maintains a peaceful and quiet setting, yet residents are still close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and have easy access to highways and Metra stations. Children attend the award-winning New Lenox schools.
Now entering Phase 2, residents can choosed from 8 different floor plans featuring open living areas, large mudrooms, lofts and computer niches. Enjoy a gorgeous new home nestled in a peaceful setting – while taking full advantage of everything the area has to offer, including ultra-convenient access to shopping, restaurants, highways and the top-ranked Frankfort schools.
Things to do in New Lenox
The park district has excellent facilities with lots of year-round activities.
1. New Lenox Commons – This beautifully landscaped space near Village Hall features a pond, pergola, pavilion, benches, lots of formal plantings, picnic tables and a small pier, all contributing to a scenic in-town spot to take a picnic or read a book. During the summer New Lenox Commons hosts outdoor concerts, car cruises, movie screenings, food truck nights and a sidewalk chalk art event.
During Christmas the Commons becomes a winter wonderland, with visits to Santa, a skating rink, holiday market, horse-drawn carriage rides and hot cocoa.
2. Hibernia Park – Come summer there’s plenty to do at the New Lenox Park District’s most popular park. There’s a nine-acre stocked lake, where you can fish and also rent kayaks, pedal boats, paddleboards and rowboats.
Children will have a great time at the splash pad, open throughout the season and there’s also a concession stand and spacious shelter for rental.
For a jog or easy walk, a paved walking trail winds around most of the park’s perimeter.
3. Old Plank Road Trail – Old Plank Trail offers more than 20 miles of path and travels east to west from Chicago Heights to Joliet, and crosses New Lenox at the Commons, as well as Lions Den Parkaround, half a mile south of the Metra station.
4. Sanctuary Golf Course – Sanctuary Golf Course has 18 holes in a landscape of wetlands, tallgrass prairie and tree groves. The course also maintains a first-class practice facility, with a 50-stall driving range, putting green and bunker.
5. Hickory Creek Preserve – This is the largest individual preserve in the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Here you can get onto the west branch of the Hickory Creek Bikeway, which weaves through riparian habitats, wetlands, savanna and forest before cutting south and eventually joining the Old Plank Road Trail.
The preserve is more than 1,500 acres in size and supports more than 50 bird species, notably the hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler and pileated woodpecker.
6. Pilcher Park Nature Center – This nature center by Hickory Creek is perfect for curious young minds, with well-presented indoor exhibits where children can observe wildlife from the region. The center’s staff put on plenty of demonstrations, allowing you to touch several animals like turtles and snakes. The greenhouse here is also a treat, with neat displays of exotic flora. Outside you can discover the preserve along interpretive trails, and the scene is gorgeous in spring when the woodland wildflowers are in bloom.
8. Hickory Creek Brewing – The story of this microbrewery goes back to 2014 when a local beer enthusiast converted a 150-year-old milk house on his property into a nanobrewery. In 2017 Hickory Creek Brewing moved into a property on Laraway Road and after an extensive build-out opened to the public with a taproom a few months later.
The owner Gary Meyer brews several of his beers with Cascade, Centennial and Willamette hops grown on his land.
Over the past few years Hickory Creek Brewing has produced more than 30 beers, from IPAs to Porters and Lagers, a rotating selection of which is served at the friendly taproom.