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11. Elk Grove Village

The options and opportunities are endless for children born in Elk Grove Village, and it starts at birth: Alexian Brothers built one of its two award-winning hospitals in this city, and it houses a comprehensive maternity and pediatric ward with spacious private delivery rooms, dedicated postpartum mental health care, and a kids-only emergency room.

According to the health system’s website, which offers a 360-degree, virtual tour of the maternity ward and nursery, thousands of Illinois families come to Elk Grove Village for the Alexian Brothers Medical Center on Biesterfield Road.

The committed park district of Elk Grove Village actually created a water park, Rainbow Falls, which gives local families a safe, fun and creative place to cool off for the summer. According to its online map, the park’s exciting and custom-designed features include Calypso Twist, a tangle of four giant slides that end side-by-side, as well as a relaxing Reptile River, all of which are adjacent to the Community Center in front of the complex.

The city didn’t stop at the water park, either; Elk Grove Village parents can also take their children to Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park.

This affordable venue is designed to stimulate creativity and curiosity among Elk Grove Village children, and its online map includes replicas modeled after 18th century pirate ships, paddle boats that kids can race themselves, a massive climbing area with a tall rock wall, a Safari Express train ride, a carousel, and even a castle playhouse where kids can step back into the medieval era right in the suburbs.

Elk Grove Village prioritizes every member of its community; in addition to its kid-geared recreation, the parks district also throws neighborhood block parties throughout the year and offers several off-leash dog parks, in addition to its many well-maintained public parks and playgrounds.

The Busse Woods Forest Preserve gives residents 11.2 miles of trails to bike, walk or run; meanwhile Fox Run Golf Links, the town’s golf course has 124 acres of greens and driving ranges, as well as touch-screen slot machines in its bar and grill area, the Fox Den.

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