Many retail businesses as well call West Chicago home. Small shops and restaurants are located along the city’s charming Main Street in the heart of the community, adjacent to the historic buildings housing the Chamber of Commerce offices, Community Center and Metra rail station.
Downtown merchants have formed the Downtown Business Association and pool resources to create special promotions and events and bring shoppers to the area. Tax increment financing has enabled continuing downtown improvements in streetscape and building facades; a new redevelopment plan for downtown West Chicago is in the works to enhance its charm and convenience even further.
A number of Hispanic-owned businesses add an international flair to shopping and dining.
Three modern shopping plazas – two at the southern edge of the city (Roosevelt Rd. and Joliet St.), and Oliver Square at the northern border (Route 59 at North Ave.) are anchored by major grocery stores (Jewel-Osco, Dominick’s and Family Foods) with several smaller retail stores, restaurants and services.
Three regional enclosed shopping malls are also just a short drive away: the new Charlestowne Mall on North Ave. (Route 64) in neighboring St. Charles; Fox Valley Shopping Center on Route 59 in Aurora; and Stratford Square in Bloomingdale. Neighboring Geneva and St. Charles provide a wealth of antique shops.