Itasca, Illinois

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Itasca is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,302 at the 2000 census.

In 2009, BusinessWeek rated Itasca as the 'Best Affordable Suburb' in the state of Illinois. Also, Business Week rated Itasca had the #1 Best Parks.[1]

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Neighborhoods

Itasca's residential neighborhoods, for the most part, straddle the railroad tracks running through the village. The railroad splits the town into the "North Side" and the "South Side". (Itasca has two unincorporated neighborhoods west of Rohlwing Road: Nordic Hills near the intersection of Rohlwing and Bloomingdale Roads, and the Ranchettes near the intersection of Rohlwing and Irving Park Roads.)

Prior to 1995, Itasca's School District 10 had one PreK-5 elementary school on each side of town: Franzen School on the North Side and Washington School on the South Side. (Upon entering 6th grade, all students attend Peacock Jr. High (Currently Peacock Middle School) on the town's North Side. Itasca is served by High School District 108, Lake Park High School in nearby Roselle.)

Beginning with the 1995-1996 school year, the elementary schools were consolidated: Benson Primary School, formally Washington School would become PreK-2nd Grade; Franzen Intermediate School would become 3rd-5th Grades.

St. Peter the Apostle Church and School has offered elementary education in Itasca since the 1960s.

St. Luke Lutheran Church and School dates back to 1885. The Church and school were relocated to their current location at Washington and Rush street in 1961.

There are only four railroad crossings in Itasca, from west to east: IL 53/Rohlwing Road, Catalpa Street, Walnut Street, and CR 10/Prospect Avenue.

Walnut Street, between Bloomingdale Road and Division Street, is generally regarded as Itasca's "downtown". There is a 7-11, dry cleaners, dog gromers, Cuicina Casale Italian Restaurant , Keans Bakery, train station, a Starbucks, Tree guys pizza pub, Delia's Deli and Ice Cream Shop as well as Wine With Me and a new catering business is located in top of village hall which are located in the Old Village Hall. New business is Itasca Diner located next to Keans Bakery. The town's landmarks include Itasca Baptist Church and Usher Park, which is on Walnut Street and river walk and Gigi Gruber lane a tribute to former mayor Gigi Gruber. Irving Park Road between Interstate 290 and First Street is also a commercial corridor, as well as the home of the town's Municipal Campus (library, museum, pool, fire station, and police station/village hall). West of I-290, Irving Park Road remains commercial, but with more national chain businesses (Holiday Inn, Subway, Truffles Grove etc.) The Itasca post office is also on this stretch.

Geography

Itasca is located at 41°58′29″N 88°1′7″W / 41.97472°N 88.01861°W / 41.97472; -88.01861 (41.974678, -88.018513)[2].

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