The City of Wood Dale is located in the northeastern corner of DuPage County, three miles west of O'Hare International Airport and 22 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Although the City remains primarily residential, in the past 10 years the commercial and industrial EAV has increased at an average annual rate of 28%. Industrial parks on the north side of Wood Dale total 700 acres, as opposed to 35 acres in 1980.
The City's development has been aided by its access to excellent transportation systems: Illinois 53, two miles west of the City, and I-83 on the eastern border of the City, connect to the Eisenhower Expressway, I-290, which runs directly into the Chicago Loop. Convenient north-south travel is provided by I-294, located 4 miles east of the City. Other major highways located less than 10 miles from the City include the East-West Tollway (I-88), 6 miles to the south, the North-South Tollway, (I-355) 3 miles to the west of the City and the Kennedy Expressway (I-90), 8 miles north of the City. Metra's Milwaukee Central rail line provides commuter rail service to downtown Chicago.
Wood Dale elementary pupils attend schools in District 7, District 10, District 4, and District 2, while high school students go to District 88, District 100, and District 108. The College of DuPage services the continuing educational needs of the residents of the City.
The Wood Dale Park District is the primary provider of recreational activities for residents of the City. The park district serves residents on 12 park sites and 108 acres including athletic fields, and outdoor water park, and a golf course.