Introduction to Harwood Heights, Illinois

Harwood Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Skokie, Illinois and 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. 

Harwood Heights History

The earliest inhabitants in the area were the Potawatomi Native Americans. In 1770, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, a black man, came with his family to settle here and opened a thriving business with the Potawatomi. The name of the town is actually a combination of two words- Har for Harlem Avenue, and wood; derived from Norwood Park Township, where Harwood Heights is located.

Harwood Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Cantigny Park
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Loyola Park Beach

Things To Do In Harwood Heights

Local museums include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Morgan Art Gallery. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Edgebrook Golf Course. Popular parks around the city include the Loyola Park Beach, Cantigny Park and Lincoln Park. These parks offer a number of recreational activities like hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming and camping. Other well known attractions in the area include the Sears Tower, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Cosley Zoo, the Merrick Rose Garden and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.

Harwood Heights Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Harwood Heights Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Columbia College Chicago, Triton College, North Park University, National-Louis University, Wilbur Wright College and Northeastern Illinois University.


Total Population 8,649
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,205
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $39,394
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,750


Median Family Income $62,185
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.7%


People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $950
Median House Value $246,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
US/American 1.4%
English 0.9%
Irish 4%

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

Harwood Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60630, 60634, 60656, 60706
Phone Area Codes 773
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.967
Longitude -87.807

Harwood Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.7 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
Distance 11.6 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 16.9 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
Elmwood Park 24,971 $66,715

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

Harwood Heights Public Libraries

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Harwood Heights High Schools

A Special Education School
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

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