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Overview

Introduction to Cicero, Illinois

Cicero is bordered by Chicago and located in Cook County. It was named after Cicero, New York. The well known criminal Al Capone resided in Cicero after he established his criminal empire in Chicago.

The city has a large Hispanic community and includes a significant number of mini-malls and major retail stores. The original township consisted of six times its current acreage. Ogden Avenue was one of the first roads in the city and was formerly an Indian trail. Numerous opportunities for entertainment are located in nearby Chicago.

History

In 1848 an extension of the Chicago Union Railroad connected Cicero to Chicago. In 1869 the town was incorporated. It also experienced a significant loss in population due to the annexation of property by the city of Chicago. Being situated near several railroad lines, two railroad companies decided to establish manufacturing as well as repair facilities in Cicero. Soon, other businesses such as a silver smelting/refining company and a cotton mill were established. The new businesses caused significant population growth.

In 1904 Western Electric constructed their telephone equipment manufacturing facility which employed over 20,000 workers; an amount that was larger than the population of Cicero. The population rapidly grew with Eastern Europeans flocking to the city. Criminals from Chicago began to move to Cicero in the 1920's, including Al Capone, in order to evade the grasp of Chicago's law enforcement authorities.

Landmarks

  • St. Mary of Czestochowa features Polish Cathedral type architecture.
  • The Chodl Auditorium, situated at J. Sterling Morton High School, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Cicero Community Center is dedicated to the youth of Cicero.

Education

The elementary school district is one of the largest located outside of the Chicago city limits. Cicero residents have opportunities for higher education in Chicago.

People

Total Population 84,361
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 6.1%
Employed Population 16+ 34,927
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,230
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,857

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,825
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 11.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.4%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $126,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.9%
US/American 0%
English 0.4%
Irish 1.5%

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

Cicero Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60804
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.845
Longitude -87.753

Cicero 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 7.9 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 9 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 CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwyn 56,706 $63,151
Forest Park 14,194 $68,068

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

Cicero Public Libraries

Library
Cicero P.l.
5225 W. CERMAK ROAD
Cicero, Illinois
(708) 652-8084
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Cicero High Schools

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J STERLING MORTON EAST HIGH SCH
2423 S AUSTIN BLVD
708-222-5751
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 4,071 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

J STERLING MORTON ALTERNATIVE SCH
1874 S 54TH AVE
708-222-3080
A Special Education School
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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