VW of Highland Park is located near Des Plaines, IL
In Des Plaines, you'll find elementary and secondary schools are nationally acclaimed, art and theater guilds, a community concert series, a fine public library system, and a historical museum. The city is home to the headquarters of several major corporations and has easy access to downtown Chicago with nearby expressways and Metra lines.
The City of Des Plaines is located approximately 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago near O'Hare International Airport. It is a vibrant, diverse collection of residential, commercial, and industrial land uses, encompassing roughly 15 square miles of land area. Our neighboring communities include Park Ridge, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Rosemont, and Chicago. Des Plaines is also next door to the O'Hare International Airport and the town has worked with airport officials to develop meaningful methods of reducing the impact of aircraft noise on our surrounding neighborhoods. It is the home of the first franchised McDonald's opened by Ray Kroc, which is preserved as a "museum" on Lee Street, north of downtown.
No one is a stranger for long in Des Plaines. Relative newcomers work right alongside people who have lived here their entire lives to keep this community growing and progressing . . . and all opinions are valued. Our perseverance and convictions also keep us moving forward, through good times and bad. We are connected to this town, and to each other, and that connection is evident everywhere.
In fact our breadth of accessible, affordable and connected neighborhoods is one of our greatest assets. In Des Plaines, downtown high-rise condos take the stress out of living and commuting. When cities are no longer a good fit for growing families, our single-family neighborhoods are welcoming and friendly. And when it's important that the cost of moving up doesn't require you to live beyond your means, we invite you to enjoy our first class amenities and affordable way of life.
The staff of the Des Plaines Public Library has been working hard for over 100 years to be an essential resource for the people of Des Plaines. Whether it's through the items they buy for the collections, the programs they run for enrichment or fun, or the partnerships they foster within the community, the Des Plaines Public Library wants to be a valuable part of the daily life of village residents.
The Des Plaines Park District looks to protect our open spaces as they plan, develop, and finish major projects across the district. They're meeting the challenge of creating new and exciting programs for a more culturally diverse audience, to ensure that all residents of Des Plaines can enjoy recreational activities, leisure time, educational and cultural opportunities, classes, and events that enhance their lives. The Des Plaines Park District is second to none, and having celebrated their 95th Anniversary, "Enriching lives everyday" is their main vision and constant goal.