Introduction to Des Plaines, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois, in Cook county, is 16 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is included in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Des Plaines History

The present day City of Des Plaines was once inhabited by the Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa Indians. Settlers from New England and New York arrived here around 1833. The area was named after the Des Plaines River. Des Plaines was originally incorporated in 1869 as a village. Franklin Whitcomb was the first Village President. It was reincorporated in 1873. The city form of government was adopted in 1925 and H.T. Bennet became the first mayor of Des Plaines.

Des Plaines and nearby Attractions

  • Des Plaines Historical Museum
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Blackhawk Park

Things To Do In Des Plaines

While staying in Des Plaines, you can enjoy fishing and boating on Shagbark Lake, Opeka Lake, Peterson Lake, and Des Plaines Lake. The local parks include Des Plaines Manor Park, Eton Park, Northshire Park, Kuthen Park, and Jaycee Park. You can also visit the Des Plaines History Center. Leisure hours can be spent at the Market Place Shopping Center and at the Oaks Shopping Center.

Des Plaines Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Des Plaines Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Oakton Community College and Triton College.


Total Population 58,930
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 29,811
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,221
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,355


Median Family Income $79,636
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 6.4%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,058
Median House Value $234,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.8%
Irish 11.6%

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

Des Plaines Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60016, 60018
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60017
Company Zip Codes 60019
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.033
Longitude -87.883

Des Plaines Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 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
Distance 8.6 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 17.7 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
Elk Grove Village 33,333 $88,125
Golf 474 $165,625

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

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Des Plaines High Schools

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1755 S WOLF RD
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,233 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

A Non-traditional School
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

A Special Education School
Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

A Special Education School
Serves 65 students.

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