A fresh look in downtown Downers Grove

It may take some getting used to, but in Chicago's western suburbs "Downers" refers to a place rather than a type of drug: the Village of Downers Grove.

Suburbs around the country, with varying degrees of success, have invested heavily in revitalizing often moribund downtown areas. Downers Grove, as you'll see in the above video, has succeeded in attracting a mix of shops, restaurants, movies, events and more to an area that centers on one of Metra's busiest stops.

If you're house hunting in Downers, the annual Downtown Downers Grove Market will let you absorb the flavor of the community. This year's event is Saturday, September 25, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

More than 750 homes and condos are currently listed for sale in Downers, ranging from a 1-bedroom condo at $49,900 to a 5-bedroom custom home priced at $4,299,000.

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