Mount Prospect is one of the many beautiful suburban communities in the northwestern Chicagoland. Offering some of the best schools, natural parks, and good public transportation outside of the city, Mount Prospect residents love their community.
Homes off unique structure and style and range in affordability from standard 1950's ranch styles to large country club estates with beautiful views. Conveniently located with easy access to both I-90 and I-294, residents can quickly visit the city of Chicago or Milwaukee. In addition Mount Propsect offers a variety of nightlife, restaurants as well as coffee shops and bakeries. A beautiful community, Mount Prospect is family friendly with block parties, movie theaters, golf clubs, fitness centers, and festivals. Mount Prospect offers a great suburban lifestyle to all of its residents.
Mount Prospect is located about 20 miles northwest of Downtown Chicago and about 10 miles north of O’Hare International Airport, west of the Des Plaines River and part of the suburban communities of Chicago.
Neighboring suburbs include Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Glenview, Schaumburg, and O’Hare.
Mount Prospect residents enjoy the convenience of well maintained local roads like US Route 12, US Route 14, and US Route 45. To the south of Mount Prospect is Interstate 90, and to the Northeast Tollway 294 provides a fast connection to Milwaukee and other parts of Chicago land.
The first inhabitants of the Mount Prospect were Native Americans.The first American settlers to the area and the first to clear the land and establish farms were the Yankees, followed by German immigrants. It was the German immigrants that had the greatest influence on the city in terms of population and cultural traditions.
After the train came in 1850, it brought with it an increase in farming. And once the train station was built along with stores and homes, there was increase in population. In 1917 the village incorporated and from there, a baby boom hit with land speculations in the 1920s followed by a the suburban movement after the second World War.
In 1960, Randhurst, the first indoor air-conditioned mall in the upper Midwest was built. Now known as Randhurst Village it houses many retailers, both national and regional as well as cinema, office space a hotel and restaurants.
Today, the population of Mount Prospect has grown to over 50,000 resident of many nationalities, award-winning schools, churches, etc. The village still stand behind its slogan of "Where Friendliness is a Way of Life."
Mount Prospect homes for sale and single family residences are beautiful and stylish and can range in price from $150,000 to $900,000 homes in country clubs. The homes in Mount Prospect come in every variety and style including prairie, split-level, ranch style, cottage, or neoecletic.
Median price of homes is $217,700 and other the great advantage of being apart of a safe community with good schools and friendly neighbors. Many of the moderately priced homes feature hardwood floors, large backyards, fireplaces, large windows providing natural light, finished basements, and many more amenities.
Ranging in price from $125,000 to $350,000, Mount Prospect Condos can be found in both low-rise and mid-rise buildings. Many of the condos in Mount Prospect contain elevators, balconies, large and spacious bathrooms, downtown locations, and indoor garage parking.
Renting apartments in Mount Prospect are affordable and comfortable and can cost $750 - $1,300 monthly. Other rental properties include Mount Prospect homes for rent and can cost anywhere between $1,300 and $2,500. Renting property in Mount Prospect is an easy way to become part of this fun and friendly community before purchasing a house of your own.
Parking in public lots is free on the weekends, during holidays and after 6pm. There are over 2,535 public parking spaces with the commuter lots featuring pay stations with access to a mobile app.To learn more about parking in Mount Prospect, you can access their Public Parking Options page in their website.
Mount Prospect's train station is for the Union Pacific / Northwest Metra Trains. The commuter trains give residents easy access to downtown Chicago and Ogilvie Transportation Center and other Northwestern suburban communities. You can access the Ventra app on your mobile phone for schedules, information and tickets.
Public transportation within Mount Prospect is maintained by Pace Bus services. Pace Bus Route 694 - Central Road-Mt. Prospect Station offers fast and convenient service to the Metra station Monday through Friday. There are many Pace Buses that come through the city and can take you to Woodfield Mall, many businesses and other neighborhoods.
Walking is another great transportation option for those living in downtown Mount Prospect and scores 86% on the Walk Score scale. The average score throughout the suburban community is 49%--making the downtown area the best neighborhood for residents without cars.
According to the Village of Mount Prospect, the community is rated the “best place to raise kids” (Business Week 2009), Mount Prospect’s six elementary school districts and one high school district consistently rank high in comparative analysis. In addition, college and graduate level courses are available from a variety of community and four- year colleges and universities in the surrounding area.
Mount Prospect offers fun and relaxing nightlife like most suburban communities. Most bars and pubs in Mount Prospect are relaxed and casual but a few of the bars are night clubs with dancing.
For a great meal and drinks, you can check out Brick City Tavern on South Main Street. Or, Emerson's Ale Houseon Emerson Street is another great place to check out. They offer over 332 different draft beers and a great selection from local breweries. They boast the best burgers in town using hand packed patties and fresh midwest natural beef.
Karaoke Pub Nina is one spot in Mount Prospect that you can’t find in every suburban community. With a stage and a huge selection of karaoke songs and comfy lounge chairs, Nina’s is a fun and relaxing night out that attracts mainly an older crowd but its good for groups. There is a $10 minimum of purchase per person, but it can be used towards food, drinks, and karaoke songs. 1776 W Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 427-0027.
Randhurst Village has long been an important part of Mount Prospect shopping including Michael's, Home Depot, Costco anded Bath & Beyond.
In addition to the shopping, Randhurst Village hosts two movie theaters: AMC Randhurst 16 and the AMC Randhurst 12. Dining at Randhurst Village has many national retailers including Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera Bread and Chick Fil A.
Downtown Mount Prospect has many shops as well.
Located in the neighboring community of Arlington Heights, the Metropolis Performing Arts Theater provides local live theater productions, drama school, music school, and dance school in the Northwest suburbs. Recent productions of famous stories like the Diary of Anne Frank, Wizard of Oz, or Pinocchio have been reviewed as delightful, entertaining, and fun for the whole family.
Mount Prospect restaurants and dining offer a variety and many high quality without the long trip to downtown Chicago. Many of the restaurants have delicious dinner menus, full bars, outdoor patios, and live music entertainment. From Mexican with Mia's Cantina to a great breakfast place withLe Peep. And, let's not forget a neighborhood staple like Mrs. P & Me.
For the best steak and sushi in one place, Kampai Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar is a great dining spot in Mount Prospect. Recommendations off the menu include everything from the spicy scallop, golden shrimp, chicken teriyaki, and known best for its egg yolk sauce that is delicious and melts in your mouth. After dinner, head to the bar for hot sake, cold beer, and karaoke.
Jameson’s Charhouse has one of the largest menus filled with wines, steaks, pasta, kabobs, and entrees for every appetite. The Charhouse only uses the freshest ingredients for all of their menu items, including the delicious and healthy salads. Most people love the relaxing atmosphere of the dining room and the friendly staff who serve each patron.
For the best Thai food in the northwest suburbs, Pad Thai Restaurant is favorite among the Mount Prospect community and surrounding area. Whether you chose carry out and dine in, try one of their delicious bubble teas with 12 different flavors to choose from. 2310 S Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 472-9000.
Salerno’s Pizzeria is one of Mount Prospects many pizzeria's and offers some of the best thin and thick crust pizzas with plenty of specialty toppings that include the Pizza Prosciutto or the Pizza Venenzia or speciality pasta like stuffed shells. Salerno’s offers great catering food for parties small and large. 1716 E Kensington Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 699-2822.
Mount Prospect hosts two festivals a year. The Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival takes place during the 4th of July weekend and features a car show, carnival rides, bake sale, beer garden, fireworks display, 4th of July Parade, games, food, and plenty of family-friendly fun. The festival is a favorite family outing for Mount Prospect residents of all ages.
The second Mount Prospect festival is the Mount Prospect Arts Fest and Blues on the Green. For one weekend in June, the festival brings some of the best local Blues music to the community and alongside the live Blues music is the fine arts festival. At the fine art festival, local artists sell their paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and other works of art.
Mount Prospect parks and bike trails are maintained by both the Mount Prospect Park District and the River Trails Park District. Both park districts operate community pools, athletic associations, ice rinks, fitness centers, sledding hills, and much more.
Mt. Prospect Golf Club is another integral part of recreation in Mount Prospect. The club includes a grill and restaurant, pro shop, banquet facilities, driving range, private golf lessons, and golf courses for all skill levels. 1000 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 255-5380.