Quality of Life
Shorewood has all of the components that provide for a healthy commercial/retail economy. The proof is the rapid population growth in the area resulting in the location of regional and national retailers along the state highways that run through Shorewood.
2010 Census = 15,615
2006 Special Census = 13,822
2003 Special Census = 10,003
2000 Census = 7,686
The future looks bright for continued growth as Will county’s population is projected to double, reaching 900,000 by the year 2020 making it the fastest growing county in Illinois.
Shorewood is developing a strong industrial foundation. Located only 40 miles from downtown Chicago, adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 80, Shorewood is truly situated at the “Crossroads of the Midwest”. Easy access is afforded by two interchanges off I-55, with transportation being further aided by state Highway Routes 52 and 59, which intersect in the heart of the Village. The EJ&E Railroad serves the Shorewood area, and the Village is working with METRA for the siting of a commuter rail station in Shorewood.
Growing out of its origins as a resort community along the scenic DuPage River, Shorewood has emerged as a regional leader in high-caliber residential development. Established neighborhoods combine with new subdivisions provide for comfortable family living and individual lifestyles.
Regional developers and custom homebuilders offer a wide array of housing types. From multi-family to maintenance-free living, or starter homes to spacious dream homes, Shorewood offers it all.
Excellent public schools are another key element to Shorewood’s prosperity. Students from Shorewood attend the Troy or Minooka elementary districts and Joliet Township or Minooka High School districts. These districts continually receive high rankings on standardized tests and have excellent and well-deserved reputations. Support of the public education system is evidenced by successful bond referendums and Village Ordinances requiring school impact fees from builders, which are needed to respond to the growing student populations. These achievements benefit the Village in the present, and bode well for the future. Shorewood also successfully offers a variety of educational options with private, religious-based schools located in Shorewood.
Various recreational opportunities are available for all ages. Passive and active recreation is provided by a combination of neighborhood tot lots, larger community parks with ball fields showcased in our 45 acre Four Seasons community park, and the 305-acre Hammel Woods Forest Preserve.
Natural wooded settings along the DuPage River speak to the resort heritage of Shorewood and lend themselves to a variety of recreational activities including, hiking, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, and picnicking under the majestic oaks. Shorewood is part of the Regional DuPage River Bike Trail, which is in the development process.
Organized team sports include youth soccer, baseball, softball, and football. Three public golf courses are located within 5 minutes of the Village. Shorewood stands committed to the further development of recreational facilities for our resident.
Shorewood is one of the leading and most desirable communities, not only in Will County, but in the Chicagoland area. Shorewood’s strength is its residents, who have proven themselves to be community-minded. Numerous active civic and service organizations serve Shorewood and add to the quality of life for all of the citizens, allowing new residents many opportunities to get involved.
The Village is served by the Shorewood Police Department, staffed with well-trained, community-oriented officers. Community policing has become an integral part of the department’s philosophy and had prompted numerous programs:
Neighborhood Watch Program
Citizen’s Police Academy
Bicycle Patrol Unit
COPS (Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood)
The department is also praised for instituting the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the local grade schools.
The Troy Fire Protection district provides both fire and paramedic service for Shorewood and the surrounding area. Highly regarded for response time and advanced training, the volunteer fire department remains one of the strongest unified groups within Shorewood. Fire safety training for the community is also a priority for the department via in-school programs and the department’s “smoke house”.
Numerous physicians, with various specialties, maintain offices within Shorewood. The population growth in the area has prompted expansion of practices and the movement from leased offices to physician-owned buildings. A regional full-service medical center is located within 5 miles of the Village and world-renowned facilities exist in nearby Chicago.