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Overview

Introduction to Chicago Heights, Illinois

Chicago Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 8 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 24 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Chicago Heights History

Chicago Heights was settled in by the whites in 1833. Absalom Wells was the first European settler of the area. However, Adam and Phoebe Brown were the first permanent settlers of Chicago Heights. At that time, the area was known as Thorn Grove. In 1836, the first school of the area was established. In December 1843, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Thorn Grove was established. The first railroad entered Thorn Grove in 1853. The area was renamed Chicago Heights in 1892 and was incorporated as a village. It was reincorporated in 1900 as a city.

Chicago Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Sauk Trail
  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Hollywood Park - Crestwood
  • Midwest Carvers Museum

Things To Do In Chicago Heights

While in Chicago Heights you can visit the Euclid Park, Seiter Park, Landeen Park, Petrarca Park, and Beacon Hill Park. You can enjoy shopping at the Olympia Plaza Shopping Center. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Chicago Heights Park District Golf Course and Chicago Heights Country Club. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is also worth paying a visit to. In addition, Chicago Heights organizes a number of recreational programs and special events throughout the year.

Chicago Heights Transportation

Air transportation is available from Gary/ Chicago Airport.

Chicago Heights Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Prairie State College, Governors State University, Chicago State University, and South Suburban College.

People

Total Population 30,428
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,420
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 36.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $32,033
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,079
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,576

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,711
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 5.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $856
Median House Value $104,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.6%
US/American 0%
English 1.6%
Irish 4.3%

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

Chicago Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60411
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60412
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.506
Longitude -87.635

Chicago Heights 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chicago Heights, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Otto Mall (60411)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ford Heights 2,780 $30,117
Glenwood 8,923 $61,599

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

Chicago Heights Public Libraries

Library
Chicago Heights Free P.l.
25 W. 15TH STREET
Chicago Heights, Illinois
(708) 754-0323
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Chicago Heights High Schools

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BLOOM HIGH SCHOOL
101 W 10TH ST
708-755-1122
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

BLOOM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
22331 COTTAGE GROVE
708-758-7000
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,468 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

SPEED SEJA 802 PAL PGRM
1125 DIVISION ST
708-481-6100
A Special Education School
Serves 193 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

DIST 206 ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
100 W 10TH STREET
708-754-4095
A Special Education School
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

Chicago Heights Colleges

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