Welcome to “Wheaton Snapshot”—a quick take on the latest in Wheaton.

This series covers a variety of topics, such as events, operations of the city, new business openings, financial updates, and more. Stay tuned for additional updates in the months to follow.

Wheaton Snapshot | 2023 Recap

As we wrap up 2023 and look forward to 2024, it is important to take a pause to look back at the wonderful achievements and programs Wheaton brought to life this past year.

  • As a result of strict expenditure management and a strong fiscal policy, Wheaton is one of only 22 municipalities in Illinois to earn the top AAA credit rating by Standard & Poors Global Ratings.
  • The City invested $676,000 to help residents prevent sewer back-ups through three key programs.
  • Wheaton completed the Dorset Flood Improvement Project, the first capital improvement project identified in a comprehensive study of flood-prone areas.
  • To promote pedestrian safety and walkability, the City continued its new sidewalk program, adding 5.2 miles of new sidewalks.
  • 2023 marked the conclusion of a multi-year, $35 million investment in the heart of our City. Part of that project, the Downtown Pavilion, serves as a new event and gathering space, and it hosted this year’s Christmas Tree lighting.
  • Much of the cityscape project focused on replacing decades-old infrastructure, such as sewer pipes, roads, street lights, and sidewalks.
  • New amenities helped make Downtown Wheaton a destination, drawing both residents and visitors.
  • This landmark project incorporated sustainability through native plants, permeable pavers, solar panels on the pavilion, LED street lights, and features to encourage biking and walking.
  • The lead service line replacement project continued on both City and private property (with owners’ permission).
  • In 2023, Wheaton completed the construction of the Creekside Drive bridge.
  • As part of the City’s goal to promote Wheaton as a safe city, the Wheaton Police and Fire Departments continued developing opportunities to build relationships within our community.
  • Wheaton added two additional firemen, and Robert Brill became Wheaton’s new Fire Chief.
  • In 2023, businesses thrived in Wheaton. Numerous restaurants were opened, including Babam, Chipotle, Proof No. 5, Nautical Bowls, Q-Currys, and more. In addition, Wheaton welcomed new residential developments, barber shops/salons, financial groups, a bank, a fitness center, retail shops, and more. The partial list includes Ann Taylor, J. Crew Factory Outlet, Pickled, The Main Antiquarian, Liberty Square Flats, and, coming soon, Nordstrom Rack.
  • Looking forward to 2024, Wheaton will not raise the tax levy for the 5th consecutive year.
    • The 2024 financial plan includes no new taxes and an anticipated $5.9 million 2023 budget surplus.
    • The budget of $120 million for 2024 will include $30 million in capital improvements.

“Each resident, business, and organization in our community makes Wheaton the remarkable place that it is—we are fortunate to call Wheaton home. Thank you for your support of our community and your involvement.”
—Wheaton Mayor Phil Suess

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