The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum, which is constructed on 1,700 acres of land, provides a perfect setting for many types of outdoor, recreational, entertainment, and commercial activity. Walkers and runners can explore the arboretum's wetlands, prairies lakes, and meadows. The Children's Garden and The Maze offer different nature-themed classes and "theater walks" and in the winter, there is cross-country skiing for young ones. Yearly events include the Hot Air Balloon and Lights of Lisle Holiday Festival and there are the French Market and Midwestern Eatery and Tap for those who love to explore what Lisle has to offer in terms of food and drink.
Downtown Lisle is the apple of the community's eye in terms of both its scenery and retail business. In the past few years, downtown has been reconstructed as a pedestrian-friendly hub for retail shopping, high-quality dining, and scenic urban-style strolling. The shaded streets and benches as well as The Garden Walk offer a nice break from the hustle-and-bustle of shopping and errands. The prairie-style flower beds and, at night, streetlamps, call to mind a past era of local and friendly stop-and-chats and commercial activity. All in all, downtown Lisle provides an inviting place for passers-through to stop, shop, and gaze.
Schools and Education
Adding to Lisle's appeal is the fact that it is the home of three nationally recognized institutions of higher learning: Benedictine, National-Louis and Northwood Universities. Because of this, Lisle is proportionally high in the number of local residents who hold advanced degrees. Additionally, approximately 79% of residents hold college degrees. Many have professional jobs in industries such as sales, management, and finance. In terms of K-12 public schools, there are two school districts for Lisle schoolchildren. Two highly regarded private elementary and high schools, St. Joan of Arc and Benet Academy, also provide local options for high standards of learning.