Introduction to Deerfield, Illinois

Deerfield, Illinois, in Lake county, is 8 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center) and 23 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Deerfield History

The present day village of Deerfield was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Native Americans. In 1835, the area was first settled by the whites. Horace Lamb and Jacob B. Cadwell were the first settlers. They named the area "Cadwell's Corner" and during the 1840s the area was renamed "Leclair." Later on, the name of the village was changed to Deerfield, after a town in Massachusetts. The home of Lyman Wilmot in Deerfield served as the Underground Railroad stop in the 1850s.

Deerfield and nearby Attractions

  • Briarwood Nature Area
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Highland Park Historical Society Museum
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Wheeling Historical Museum

Things To Do In Deerfield

The outdoor museum of Deerfield Historic Village includes five historic buildings. Parks include Deer Spring Park, Woodland Park, John Blumberg Park, Cumnor Court Park, Wilmot Park, Jaycee Memorial Park, Jewett Park, and James C Mitchell Park. Nearby attractions include the Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl's Children's Museum, and the Cuneo Museum and Gardens.

Deerfield Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Deerfield Higher Education

Trinity International University is the local university. Oakton Community College and National - Louis University are also nearby.


Total Population 18,588
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,084
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 63.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 76.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $167,575
% Above Poverty Level 97.1%
% Below Poverty Level 2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 10.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 10.6%


People Living Alone 21.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,686
Median House Value $496,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.7%
Irish 9.4%

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

Deerfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60015
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.171
Longitude -87.844

Deerfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bannockburn 1,390 $150,208

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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