Forest Park, Illinois

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Forest Park, Illinois

Introduction to Forest Park, Illinois

Forest Park, Illinois is 1 mile W of Oak Park, Illinois and 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Cook county. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population of Forest Park is 15,688.

Forest Park History

The early settlers were mostly Italian and German immigrants who settled down along Oak Park Spit, which was a high sand ridge running along Des Palines Avenue. The first major land owner in this area was a French Indian trader named Leon Bourassa, who purchased around 160 acres of land in the area in 1839. He was followed by other land owners and the area was eventually incorporated in 1884 as the Town of Harlem. The name was changed to Forest Park in 1907.

Forest Park and nearby Attractions

  • Forest Park Village Hall
  • Unity Temple
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Forest Preserve Park

Things To Do In Forest Park

The Village of Forest Park has a large park district that offers a variety of amenities for recreation. The Park District includes a well equipped Aquatic Center and a tree lined picnic grove.

Forest Park Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Forest Park Higher Education

Morton College, Triton College, Wilbur Wright College and Malcolm X College are all in the neighborhood.

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High Points

Forest Park strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Forest Park Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Forest Park Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Forest Park Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Forest Park Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 12% Forest Park College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Forest Park, Illinois

Comparing Forest Park to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Age of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 4 4
Male Share of the Population 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 1
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
People Above Poverty 6 6
Median Family Income 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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Forest Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60130
Company Zip Codes 60398
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.879
Longitude -87.813

Forest Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.9 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 12.9 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 WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 13.7 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
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Forest Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,688 100%
Male 7,441 47.4%
Female 8,247 52.6%
Under 18 3,100 19.8%
18+ 12,588 80.2%
65+ 1,916 12.2%
Median Age 35.7
Average Family Size 2.94
White 8,808 56.1%
African-American 4,892 31.2%
Asian 1,071 6.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.1%
Other 440 2.8%
Mixed Race 443 2.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,230 7.8%

Estimated Forest Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,197
Growth -491
Growth % -3.1%

Forest Park Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.6%
Irish 12.2%
German 11.2%
Italian 7.3%
Polish 4%
English 3%
US/American 2.3%
Swedish 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Norwegian 0.9%
African 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
European 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Ethiopian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Kenyan 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Forest Park 15,688 $52,611
Berwyn 54,016 $51,767
Broadview 8,264 $59,568
Maywood 26,987 $46,776
Melrose Park 23,171 $46,963
Oak Park 52,524 $81,703
River Forest 11,635 $122,155

Forest Park Public Libraries

Forest Park P.l.
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Forest Park-Madison & Elgin
7231 Madison Ave

Wal-mart in Forest Park

(As of 2006)
1300 Des Plaines Aveue
(708) 771-2270
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