Bartlett, IL, is a small, wooded town of picturesque scenery, clean air and beautiful homes. With the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve and Paul Douglas Forest Preserve to the north, and the Cook County Busse Woods Forest Preserve to the east, Bartlett is immersed in, and surrounded by, natural beauty. Home to three striking golf courses, including the Villa Olivia Country Club, as well as over 40 parks, residents of Bartlett homes have plenty of outdoor recreational activities right outside their doors. With a variety of entertainment and nightlife options, great schools, quick access to downtown Chicago, an affluent community and tranquil natural beauty, it’s no surprise Bartlett is one of the fastest growing Chicago suburbs.
Bartlett is located mostly in DuPage County and Cook County with a small portion of its western border in Kane County. It’s just 35 miles west of the Chicago Loop, and 21 miles to O’Hare International Airport.
Neighboring towns include Elgin and Schaumburg to the north, Hanover Park to the east, Carol Stream to the south and South Elgin to the west.
Bartlett has the largest Little League program in the United States.
The Bartlett Hills Golf Club won the Bride’s Choice Award in 2009 from Wedding Wire.
Bartlett is home to the largest Hindu mandir built of stone and marble in the nation, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
Population (2000) - Total 52,500
Density 2,477.9/sq mi
African American 1.98%
Native American .14%
Hispanic/ Latino 5.51%
Median income $99,215
Luther Bartlett founded the town in 1844 after he purchased 320 acres of farmland in Wayne Township, along with his brother.
In 1873 Bartlett donated half of the land to the Chicago & Pacific Railroad in exchange for a train station and switching yard. Because of the donation the town was officially named after him.
After the station was built, butter and cheese making operations sprouted up around Bartlett. In 1891, Bartlett was incorporated.
In 1915 Villa Olivia was created when attorney Charles Erbstein purchased a 210-acre estate along present-day Lake Street. The estate was named after his daughter. In 1922, Erbstein began a radio broadcast from the estate.
In 1924 and 1926, two private 9-hole golf courses were built at Villa Olivia. The estate was turned into a county club upon Erbstein’s death.
In 1915 Bartlett was still a tiny village with only 716 residents. The end of the 1970s saw a large influx of housing developments, with nearly 3,500 homes having been erected.
The growth of residential developments continued through the 1980s and 1990s, and annexations ensued, causing the population to eventually skyrocket to over 36,000 by the year 2000.
Bartlett homes and condos are set amongst a rustic, wooded and picturesque environment. Having preserved much of its architectural history, Bartlett real estate is a charming mix of Victorian houses, farmhouses, bungalows, and even Sears mail-order houses.
Newer subdivisions of Bartlett consist of large, luxurious houses, while the older areas and downtown of Bartlett consist of smaller, more moderately-priced homes.
Some Bartlett property managers include: Bartlett Properties, ABC Property Managers Inc., American Community Management, American Property Management, Care Property Management and Prominent Property Management.
Single-family Bartlett homes range in cost of $120,000 to $750,000. Condos and townhouses range in cost of $60,000 to $500,000. Bartlett apartment rentals range in monthly rents of $750 for a 1 bedroom, $1000 for a 2 bedroom, and $1300 for a 3 bedroom.
Route 20 and Route 59, as well as expressway I-290, provide access to Bartlett and the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
METRA runs service to and from downtown Chicago, which is approximately a 50-minute commute. The train station is conveniently located in downtown Bartlett.
Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Bus services are available by contacting the Bartlett Township.
All the public schools of Bartlett are within the Elgin Area School District U-46. With nearly 40,000 children in the district, U-46 is the second largest school district in Illinois. Bartlett schools are known for instilling, very early on, a desire to attend college.
Bartlett and its neighboring towns offer plenty of nightlife opportunities. Whether it’s strutting to country, bouncing to DJs, or simply grabbing a drink with a friend to watch the Cubs or Blackhawks, residents of Bartlett homes can count on having a fun-filled evening seven nights a week.
Cadillac Ranch (1175 W Lake St, 630-830-7200) is Bartlett’s premier lounge, dance club and afterhours hotspot. Most nights until 2 a.m. you can dawn your Stetson and hit the dance floor in your cowboy boots to strut your stuff to lively country music. Once the clock hits 2 a.m., though, Cadillac Ranch turns into a Top 40 and pop classics dance club. Cadillac Ranch has three large bars, great drink specials, and is open until 4 a.m.
Elgin Public House (219 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL, 847-468-8810) is known for their extensive beer selection. Elgin Public House also sports and ever-changing events calendar featuring night of “rum dinner pairings,” book signings, IPA tastings, wine dinners, and “Irish Sessions”. Their menu is also a winner with their fried pickles being a big hit.
The Wild Bull Bar & Grill (1819 W Golf Rd, Schaumberg, IL, 847-285-3333) is a lively and energetic sports bar and pub. Friends and families alike visit The Wild Bull to watch a game on one of their huge TVs, grab a pint, and take advantage of their daily specials. Sunday through Wednesday they offer 39-cent wings and on Tuesdays you can get a domestic draft for just $2.
Ovi’s Pub and Restaurant (1075 W Stearns Rd, 630-289-2333) is a welcomed addition to Bartlett. With terrific location, a Hungarian-based menu, live entertainment, and plenty of room for dancing, Ovi’s Pub has quickly become a favorite of the locals.
The Chicago suburbs are known for having some of the best golf in the nation, and Bartlett is no exception. With first-class courses at the Villa Olivia Country Club and Bartlett Hills Golf Club, as well as the 9-hole community course at the Apple Orchard Golf Course, locals and visitors alike are treated to challenging and fun golfing experiences.
The Villa Olivia Country Club (1401 W Lake St, 630-289-1000) is set amongst the serene scenery of conifers, duck ponds, rolling greens, gazebos and blooming flowers. The Villa Olivia Country Club offers Sunday brunch and lunch Tuesday through Friday. Home to a world-class 18-hole course, the Villa Olivia also has skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing during the winter months.
The Bartlett Hills Golf Club (800 W Oneida Ave, 630-213-3103) is a pristine, well-maintained course of open greens and oak trees. The Bartlett Hills Golf Club also features seasonal events like the Valentine Tea Party, the “Cabin Fever” Crop Party, Friday Night Fish Fry, Girls Night Out, and more.
In Bartlett and its neighboring towns other entertainment options abound, such as comedy clubs, movie theaters, playhouses and terrific shopping experiences.
Zanie’s Comedy Club (230 Hawthorne Village Commons, Vernon Hills, IL, 847-549-6030) has been making residents of Chicago’s north suburbs laugh for 18 years now. Zanie’s Comedy Club has featured the comedic talents of Anthony Clark, Richard Lewis, Norm Macdonald, and Tom Green.
Picture Show (324 W Army Trail Rd, Bloomingdale, IL, 630-529-8603) gives locals the chance to see the latest blockbuster for the low, low price of $1.75. And on Tuesday a movie is just $1. They even offer inexpensive movie meal deals.
The Stratford Square Mall (152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108) is one great option for one-stop shopping near Bartlett. At Stratford Square Mall you’ll find all your favorite stores like Express, Forever 21, Hot Topic, and more. The mall also has great dining options, a Cinemark Theatre, and GlowGolf.
The Arboretum of South Barrington (100 W Higgins Rd, South Barrington, IL, 847-426-6200) is an upscale, outdoor shopping center. Set amongst a lush landscape of trees and gardens, The Arboretum of South Barrington is a mix of fine dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. Stores include Arhaus, Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor LOFT, and Spa Bleu. Top-notch entertainment options include Gold Class Cinema, and Pinstripes Bowling Bocce & Bistro.
Bartlett and surrounding Chicago suburbs showcase a great mix of restaurants, from casual meatloaf and mash places to sophisticated fine-dining restaurants. Whatever the craving is, Bartlett restaurants are sure to satisfy.
TL’s Four Seasons (110 W Bartlett Ave, 630-830-1988) is a favorite of Bartlett residents. This restaurant promises a “Harmonization of Mix & Match,” offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisines. With so much to choose from, diners can stop by for a lunch of fried rice and won ton soup and return for a dinner of sushi and deep fried soft shell crab.
JC’s Mexican Restaurant (130 W Bartlett Ave, 630-483-4065) is known for great prices and huge portions. Serving up Bartlett’s best authentic, homemade Mexican cuisine, popular items from the JC’s Mexican Restaurant menu include the chile rellenos, chicken fajitas, steak chimichanga, and, of course, their margaritas.
Sansaveria Creperie & Steakhouse (778 W Bartlett Rd, 630-835-3374) pleases the palette with savory French cuisine. A perfect place for brunch, Sansaveria offers made-to-order signature breakfast crepes, homemade scones, muffins and croissants, and more. The Lobster Sansaveria with Port Wine Medallions and the Grilled Pork Chop Tuscano are just a couple highlights from their dinner menu.
Bistro59 (941 S. Route 59, 630-540-2855) treats its guests to a comfortable, rustic atmosphere and fresh, beautiful American and European cuisines. Bistro59 is also a great place to stop by and sip a martini by the fireplace or enjoy a pint and a game at their full bar.
In 2009 the Bartlett Park District was among the final four finalists for a National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. With over 40 small parks and large parks, residents of Bartlett homes find plenty of open green space for picnicking, playing, relaxing and other recreation.
Sunrise Park, between Foster Avenue and Struckman Boulevard, is one Bartlett’s largest and most scenic parks. This park includes a fishing pond, a disc golf course, two basketball courts, and more.
Trails End Park, between Longford Road and Millwood lane, features a playground, full-size baseball field and a paved trail for hiking, biking, jogging and roller skating.
Schrader Park, on Fairfax Lane, has a soccer field, picnic area, and a wetland area full of native plants, water fowl and other wildlife.
Bartlett Skate Park, at 620 W Stearns Road, gives teenagers and children a great place to hone their skills in a safe environment. This 10,000 square foot skate park contains ramps, ledges, rails a beef/box pyramid and more.
Splash Central, at 700 S Bartlett Road, is a terrific indoor aquatic facility with something for the whole family. The facility features a lap/diving pool, a leisure pool with a children’s slide and water spray feature, as well as whirlpools and party rooms.
Bartlett is also home to a couple great summer festivals. Arts in Bartlett has presented Bartlett’s only judged art fair for much of the last decade. The Annual Bartlett Festival of the Arts showcases high-quality art that is also affordable, bring residents and visitors out looking to add to their art collections. It’s held downtown, outdoors, at the Town Center. The Bartlett Festival of the Arts also has activities for the kiddies, music, dance, drama, and artist demonstrations.
The Bartlett Summerfest, held at Bartlett Plaza, is another entertaining summer event. The Fest features a car show, a pet show, the “Best of Bartlett Taste-Off,” a bazaar, a flea market, children’s activities, and DJs