Awards & Recognition
There are many reasons why Wheaton is a great place to live and work. Here are some of the honors the city has received that recognize the distinctive, award-winning community:
Tree City USA, 1986-2015, National Arbor Day Foundation: Wheaton has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the past 29 years because of its high-quality tree program led by the City’s Forestry Division.
Chicago Magazine Best Places to Live, 2014: Rated among the top 12 suburbs, recognized for low crime, great homes and more. More information
Ranked among Top Walkable Cities in Chicago Area, 2014, George Washington University School of Business study: "Foot Traffic Ahead: Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros."
Government Programming Award - Seniors Category, 2012, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA): The Video Division received a government programming award for its documentary "Wheaton Remembers: Growing Up in the '40s and '50s." More information
Money Magazine 100 Best Places to Live, No. 78, 2012: Money Magazine publishes an annual list of the best places in the U.S. to live. Wheaton ranked No. 78 on its list for 2012 and was one of only three Illinois cities included in the top 100.
Top Transit Suburb, 2012, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development: A DePaul University study ranked Wheaton as the sixth best suburb for transit out of more than 200 Chicago suburbs. Wheaton ranked high due to its train stations, walkable downtown amenities and transit use in the community.
Government Programming Award - Documentary Profile Category, 2011, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA): The Video Division received a government programming award for its documentary "Wheaton Remembers: Robert Macht." More information
Award of Excellence, "Coexisting with Coyotes," 2011, City-County Marketing and Communications Association (3CMA): The Communications Department received the Award of Excellence for its communications campaign to educate residents about how to deal with coyotes. More information
2011 National Make a Difference Day City Award Winner, USA WEEKEND Magazine: The magazine selected Wheaton as one of three communities nationwide to receive its city award for Wheaton's participation in Make a Difference Day. Community organizations, individuals, businesses and students all contributed to a number of projects to help feed less fortunate families, support troops overseas and more. More information
Distinguished Budget Award, 2003-2017, Government Finance Officer’s Association of the United States and Canada: The City of Wheaton’s Finance Department received this award for the 15th consecutive year for the City’s FY 2016-17 Annual Budget. It recognizes government units that publish an exceptional budget.
Governor's Home Town Award, 2010, Sesquicentennial Celebration: The City received the state's Governor's Home Town Award in the History & Historic Preservation category for its creation of the yearlong celebration of Wheaton's 150th anniversary, organized entirely by volunteers. More information
UPPCC Excellence in Achievement Award, 2008-2012, and Sterling Agency Award, 2008-2010, Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council: The City's Purchasing Department received this award in recognition of Wheaton's commitment to procurement excellence. The Sterling Agency Award is given for the achievement of the UPPCC Certified Agency Award for three consecutive years.
Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year, 2009, Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association: Public Works Fleet Superintendent Morris Anderson received the 2009 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year for his work in this field. More information
Honorable Mention, "Wheaton Remembers" Television Program, 2009, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors: The Video Division of the Communications Department received an honorable mention for its program "Wheaton Remembers" in the category of interview/talk show. More information
Wheaton Earns Spot on National List of Best Places to Live, 2008, Money Magazine: In a national listing of the best small cities in America, Wheaton ranked No. 54 on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. The magazine noted Wheaton's diverse group of organizations and outstanding park district and library. The ranking was based on statistics such as median income, housing, education, quality of life, health, leisure and culture. More information
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 1983-2015, Government Finance Officer’s Association of the United States and Canada: The Finance Department has received this award for 33 consecutive years, the latest of which was for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2015. The award recognizes that the Finance Department published an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report.
Wheaton Volunteers Featured in Newsweek, July 4, 2005: More than 200 Wheaton volunteers were featured in the July 4, 2005, edition of Newsweek for their efforts to create a new customized home for Sgt. Joel Gomez. The Wheaton soldier was paralyzed while serving in Iraq, and community members rallied to raise money and build a new home that met Gomez’s needs.
Top 10 Library, 2006, Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings: The Wheaton Public Library earned the No. 9 spot for U.S. communities with populations of 50,000-99,999. The rating is awarded by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings based on data collected from more than 9,000 libraries related to their circulation, materials, services, funding, staffing and hours open. The library ranked No. 9 out of about 535 libraries in its population category.
Wheaton Named Healthiest of Chicago’s Largest Suburbs, 2005, Chicago Magazine: In the October 2005 edition of Chicago Magazine, Wheaton was ranked the healthiest of Chicago’s largest suburbs based on its evaluation of Wheaton’s public health, safety and environment. The magazine cited Wheaton’s low property crime rate, vast open spaces and thriving downtown business district as important contributing factors.
News Series Honorable Mention, 2005, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors: The Communications Department’s monthly television show “Wheaton Works” received an honorable mention in the news series category for NATOA’s 2005 Government Programming Awards.
Pegasus Award of Excellence, 2004, 2005, 2007, Entertainment Recognition Group LLC: The Communications Department received the Pegasus Award for “Wheaton Works,” its Channel 10 newsmagazine show.
Cable Office Website Honorable Mention, 2004, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors: The City of Wheaton’s Media Communications website received an honorable mention in the website category of NATOA’s 2004 Government Programming Awards.