Located 25 miles west of Chicago, Wheaton is in the center of DuPage County. Wheaton is 45 minutes away from Chicago’s two major airports, Chicago O’Hare Airport and Midway International Airport. Because of its convenient transportation options, DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development named Wheaton No. 6 on its list of the Top Transit Suburbs of Metropolitan Chicago.
Easy access to many locations in the Chicago metropolitan area is provided by two nearby tollways: Interstate 88 (the Reagan Memorial/East-West Tollway) and Interstate 355 (the North-South Tollway). Illinois drivers may purchase I-Pass devices through the Illinois Tollway in order to use I-Pass lanes on the tollways. Using these devices saves drivers time and money. See real-time Illinois road conditions on the Illinois Department of Transportation's traffic conditions map.
Two local train stations transport more than 3,000 commuters to downtown Chicago on the Metra Union Pacific West Line. The downtown Wheaton station is located at Front and West streets, and the College Avenue station is at College Avenue and President Street. Metra now welcomes bicycles on trains. Read Metra's bicycle policy.
Pace Suburban Bus Service transports residents to the train stations and other locations throughout the suburbs.
Wheaton is served by four taxi cab companies:
- 303: 847-303-0303
- American Taxi: 847-253-4411
- Mento's Taxi Service: 630-615-9988
- Center Ice Taxi: 630-278-0433
In addition, seniors are eligible for a discounted fare program. Special rates are available to and from Chicago’s two major airports.
Three branches of the Illinois Prairie Path meet in Wheaton, providing miles of scenic nature trails. The multi-use nature trail runs along the former Chicago, Aurora & Elgin electric railroad. The path includes 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties.
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve includes 7 miles of trails, and visitors can also fish, boat, ride horses or have a picnic.
Danada Forest Preserve offers 3 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. Fishing is available in Rice Lake.