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The City of Darien is a predominantly residential community with a well-planned mix of commercial and office areas. While relatively close to Chicago (17 miles to the Loop), it offers an upscale, suburban environment with a variety of living, working, shopping and entertainment opportunities.

JoAnn'sWhile the youngest community in DuPage County (incorporated in 1969), Darien includes mature subdivisions and newer developments, providing a broad range of housing options. In addition, the City offers commercial and office development opportunities along the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and several County highways. The City’s development is guided by sound planning principals and the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Darien has one of the lowest crime rates in DuPage County; the lowest fire rating class in the State; Darien is committed to maintaining its public infrastructure; public facilities include the Darien Police Station, Darien Community Center, Darien Sportsplex (with three National Hockey League sized ice surfaces and an indoor full sized field house), Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien-Woodridge Fire District Headquarters and Tri-State Fire Station.

Superb Business Location

Darien is conveniently located in Chicago’s western suburbs. Only a 30 minute drive from Chicago, I-55 and I-355 allow easy access too many of the areas attractions. Darien is also located between two international airports, O’Hare and Midway, and Metra Chicagoland, the commuter rail service, is near Darien.

Nearby suburban attractions include Oak Brook, Yorktown, Fox Valley and the Promenade Malls, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Other nearby attractions include the Brookfield Zoo and Morton Arboretum.

Solid Businesses

Card FrenzyDarien is home to approximately 480 businesses who provide quality products and services in addition to their exceptional customer service. These businesses range from corporations such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Jewel and McDonalds, to small family businesses and office headquarters such as Wight & Company and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, offering jobs to many residents. These businesses offer support and convenience for our residents and add revenues to the city.

A strong Chamber of Commerce helps our businesses with networking, education and other opportunities for business venues.

Economic Incentives

The City of Darien can offer a number of attractive incentives that help create healthy businesses. Darien is a home rule unit of government and has a great deal of flexibility in creating economic development financial incentives. New, as well as established businesses, reap the benefits of the Village's economic development program. Darien can offer sales tax abatements, low cost financing programs, and other economic development incentives. Darien has encouraged development and expansion of the business community and is committed to a vibrant economic environment that fosters business growth.

Darien has been, and will always continue to be, committed to economic development. We seek, welcome and appreciate our businesses which range from major retail to smaller family owned businesses. We understand the needs of business and can tailor a package of economic incentives to assist with their development and expansion in Darien.

Today, Darien is a City of 24,500 that continues to enjoy healthy partnerships with business and industry. Our city government is committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents while nurturing opportunities for growth in our local economy.

For more information on Darien’s Economic Development incentive program please contact Mayor Kathleen A Weaver at 630-.353-8101 or email kweaver@darienil.gov, Bryon D. Vana, City Administrator at 630-353-8114 or email bvana@darien.il.us, or Dan Gombac, Community Development Director at 630-353-8106, or email dgombac@darienil.gov

Economic Development Mission Statement

The City of Darien is dedicated to help create opportunities for economic development through desirable business growth, expansion, retention and attraction in working as partners to develop a climate conducive in maintaining the quality of life in the City of Darien

We are dedicated to creating a more vibrant and cultivated community by:

  • Serving as a conduit between the commercial economic interests in Darien, including property managers, local business managers, government agencies, and national corporate leaders
  • Encouraging the economic well-being, retention, and expansion of the existing commercial businesses located within Darien;
  • Engaging community residents to participate in the process of attracting, developing and supporting business in Darien;
  • Supporting the local Chamber of Commerce to facilitate communication and cooperation for local businesses;
  • Responsibly assisting in developing properties within the City of Darien in an effort to both improve the aesthetics of the City and provide additional revenue; and,
  • Properly reviewing City ordinances, policies, and practices to determine their impact on existing and proposed commercial businesses.

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