Glen Ellyn is an affluent, suburban village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The first landowner in Glen Ellyn was Deacon Winslow Churchill. He and his family moved to Glen Ellyn from New York in 1834. Other newcomers to the area built town necessities such as a tavern and school.
The town went through several names, including Babcock’s Grove (named for three brothers that settled there), DuPage Center, Stacy’s Corners (after the Stacy family), Newton’s Station, Danby (after Danby, Vermont, a local landowner’s birthplace), Prospect Park, and finally Glen Ellyn. The name Glen Ellyn is based on the Welsh version of the name of the then–village president Thomas E. Hill’s wife Ellen, preceded by glen, referring to the local geography.
Glen Ellyn is the setting for the novel The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson. The protagonist lives in the Lake Ellyn area of the village. After a virus kills all adults on the planet, she, with several other children, moved into Glenbard West High School. Glen Ellyn and Glenbard West High School were used as the setting in the movie Lucas, Winona Ryder’s first movie, also starring Charlie Sheen. The Fox Network documentary/reality show Yearbook was filmed At Glenbard West. Glen Ellyn was also used in June 2007 for the movie Witless Protection, featuring Larry the Cable Guy. The film was released in 2008. Glen Ellyn is the home of the fictional character Joe Patroni, the TWA engineer in the novel Airport and played by George Kennedy in the movie Airport.