Located near the Fox River, 34 miles west of Chicago, the town of Wayne is a 20th century residential community striving hard to maintain the essence of its 19th century origins.
Largely made up of sprawling old world estates and wooded horse farms, so far the village has been successful in keeping many of the intrusions of modern-day living at bay. There is a noticable absence of strip malls, fast food franchises, video stores and convenience stores with only a general store, a real estate office, a travel agency and a gas station to be counted among the very few businesses in the town.
Some growth can be seen in Wayne's population figures, however, which have increased from 1,344 in 1988 to the current 1,900. The median age of a Wayne resident has also gone up since 1988 when it was 28 years. Today the average resident is 37 years old and has an estimated average income of $122,536.
Although multi-acre estates and upscale custom built homes are predominant in Wayne, more moderately priced single family ranches, colonials and two-stories can also be found. However, there are no rental apartments, condos or townhomes in the village.
Home prices range from $230,000 to over $2 million for larger properties, with the average selling price currently at $1,941,905.
The East-West Tollway (I-88), the Northwest Tollway (I-90) and the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) are all easily accessible to drivers, who can expect a 75-minute drive to downtown Chicago or a 60- and 40-minute drive to Midway and O'Hare airports, respectively. Train travelers have their choice of catching the Union Pacific line in either West Chicago or Geneva or traveling the Milwaukee Road line from Elgin or Bartlett. A commute to Chicago's Union Station is 65 minutes on a local run, 57 minutes by express train.