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Overview

Introduction to Bridgeview, Illinois

Bridgeview, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles NW of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area.

Bridgeview History

Until the 1830s, the area now known as Bridgeview was populated by Native American people. German and Italian settlers began arriving by the 1870s, and they built up a farming community here. By the time the Dutch had migrated to the area in the 1920s, farming had begun to take a backseat. Instead, real estate and industries began to develop. With the availability of the water of Lake Michigan, the population of Bridgeview expanded rapidly. It was officially incorporated in 1947.

Bridgeview and nearby Attractions

  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Bridgeview Public Library
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Wierzba Park

Things To Do In Bridgeview

There are many historic sites in and around Bridgeview including the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, the Chicago Stock Exchange Building and Comiskey Park. There are also a number of museums in the neighborhood, including the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and the American Police Center & Museum. In the village itself, one can pay a visit to the Bridgeview Public Library and the Bridgeview Village Hall. A variety of entertainment facilities are provided by the Southfield Plaza Shopping Center and the Bridgeview Court Shopping Center.

Bridgeview Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Bridgeview Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the Moraine Valley Community College, the City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J. Daley College, Morton College and Loyola University Chicago.

People

Total Population 16,359
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,619
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $33,344
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,666

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,604
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $894
Median House Value $162,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bridgeview Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60455
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.75
Longitude -87.804

Bridgeview Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bedford Park 646 $63,750
Burbank 29,157 $61,117

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bridgeview Public Libraries

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Bridgeview P.l.
7840 W. 79TH ST.
Bridgeview, Illinois
(708) 458-2880
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