Wheaton is a suburban city in Milton and Winfield Townships and is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, United States.
Wheaton boasts a vibrant downtown with many restaurants, shops and services. The Downtown Wheaton Association hosts many events throughout the year to promote local businesses. Downtown Wheaton is home to perhaps one of the narrowest stores in the Chicago area. The Little Popcorn Store on Front Street was formerly an alley between two buildings, and features the exposed brick walls of its neighbors. Danada Square West and Danada Square East, named after Dan and Ada Rice, are located on the north side of Illinois Route 56, and the two shopping districts are situated on the west and east side of Naperville Road. Rice Lake Square, another shopping center, is located next to Danada Square East Shopping Center on the north side of Illinois Route 56. The city is also home to the historic Grand Theater, built in 1925.
The Wheaton Park District has received the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence from the National Recreation and Park Association four times, in 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2005. It boasts 52 parks covering more than 800 acres. The Chicago Golf Club is a prestigious private golf club on the southside of Wheaton. It is the oldest 18-hole golf course in the nation. It has hosted numerous U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Golf Championships in its history. Cantigny Park and Golf Course is the former estate of Chicago Tribune owner Robert R. McCormick, is in southwestern Wheaton. The park contains a championship 18-hole public golf course that was the site of the 2007 US Amateur Public Links. The Illinois Prairie Path runs throughout Wheaton, including the intersection of the Aurora Branch and Elgin Branch, just west of downtown near the railroad tracks.
Wheaton is part of Community Unit School District 200 and Community Consolidated School District 89. The Wheaton public school system is regularly listed among the finest in the United States. A few families in the northeast corner of Wheaton enroll their children in Glen Ellyn School District 41. Wheaton College is located not far from downtown Wheaton, on the east side of the city near its border with Glen Ellyn. The Wheaton Public Library is frequently ranked as one of the top ten libraries in the nation compared to other libraries serving similarly sized populations.