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Directions from Plano, Illinois to ETI School of Skilled Trades


ZIP Codes: 60545
Population: 11,847 (2020)
Area codes: 630/331

Plano is a city near Aurora in Kendall County, Illinois, United States, with a population of 11,847 as of the 2020 census. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area, about 55 miles from Chicago.

It’s just a short drive from the West around the Plano areas to ETI School of Skilled Trades!

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ETI in Willowbrook, Illinois is now enrolling HVAC students and welding students!


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ETI is accepting students from the following High Schools to the West of ETI around Plano and near Willowbrook, Illinois!

Things to do in and near Willowbrook, Illinois

Willowbrook is a small village, known for its exceptional services and convenience to the metro Chicago region. Willowbrook’s prime location and accessibility to many popular attractions and locations make it an attractive location to live, work and go to school. Despite its small size, Willowbrook is well served by an abundance of attractions and retail centers, including the Willowbrook Town Center. Willowbrook has ten well-kept community parks and is nearby the Waterfall Glen and Salt Creek Forest Preserves.

Here are some of the best things to do in Willowbrook, Illinois.


Saganashkee Slough Woods

Sunset picture over lake

Just as humans are drawn to Saganashkee Slough’s vistas and breathtaking sunsets, a great variety of birds, particularly waterfowl, are attracted to this large, open water body. During spring and fall migration, the slough is a stopover for loons, herons, grebes, mergansers, white-winged scoters, double-crested cormorants, goldeneyes, and many others. Bald eagles have been known to roost in the area. Perching birds such as cedar waxwings, red-eyed vireos, and blue-gray gnatcatchers fill the woods with their calls.

Like other backwater lakes in the Palos Forest Preserve system, the Saganashkee Slough is noted for birdwatching and fish. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County states that loons, herons, grebes, mergansers, and many other types of waterfowl have been seen at or flying over the slough. Fish listed by the Forest Preserve District include the bullhead, crappie, various types of catfish, largemouth bass, yellow bass, and northern pike.

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Waterfall Glen Preserves
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is a 2,492-acre (1,008.5-hectare) preserve in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The preserve’s varied topography is comprised of prairies, savannas, wetlands, waterfalls, and oak/maple woodlands. Because of the variety of landscapes, there are over 300 species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles found here, as well as migrating birds, that thrive within the preserve.

There are also a wide variety of outdoor activities available to visitors. There are four mapped trails that hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers have access to, and which cover some of Waterfall Glen’s most scenic areas. Visitors on foot can explore the narrow, unmarked footpaths that crisscross through Waterfall Glen. Several old quarries scattered throughout the preserve offer still fishing waters. There are also two youth-group campsites, each sharing a shelter and a large grill.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum
Covering 1,700 acres (688 hectares) is a public garden and outdoor museum. Its grounds include a cataloged collection of trees and other living plants, gardens, and restored areas, a library, and a herbarium. It is also a place of recreation, with hiking trails, roadways for driving and bicycling, a 4 acre (1.6 hectare) interactive children’s garden and a 1 acre (.4 hectare) maze. The arboretum offers an extensive nature-centered education program for children, families, school groups, scouts, and adults.

Graue Mill and Museum

Graue Mill
An operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead, is the only operating waterwheel gristmill in the Chicago area. The mill, a major center of economic life during the 19th century, was used by Fred Graue to hide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, on their way to Canada. Graue, who immigrated from Germany, operated the mill for 70 years until modern milling methods made the old mill obsolete and, at which point, the mill was abandoned. The Frederick Graue House stands adjacent to Graue Mill and Museum and was built for the Graue family, between 1858 and 1859. In 1975, Graue Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1981, it was recognized as an Illinois Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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