Introduction to Hillside, Illinois

Hillside, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village has a population of 8,155.

Hillside History

Hillside was incorporated in 1905. The earliest settlers in this area were Thomas Reed Covell and his family, who came to live here in of October 1833. In the 1840s, German Lutheran immigrants developed farms and established Hillside’s first school and church. Railroad construction contributed immensely to the development of this region.

Hillside and nearby Attractions

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Chicago children's Museum
  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Grant Park
  • Brookfield Zoological Park
  • Whealan Pool Aquatic Center

Things To Do In Hillside

Local museums include the Adler Planetarium, the Chicago children's Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. The Turtle Island Children's Water Park, Adventure Bay Water Park and the Hillside Commons are some popular local recreational spots.

Hillside Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Hillside Higher Education

Dominican University, Elmhurst College, the College of DuPage and Triton College are all accessible from Hillside.


Total Population 8,192
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,764
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $38,568
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,837
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,659


Median Family Income $60,433
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.6%


People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $893
Median House Value $167,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.1%
US/American 0%
English 1.6%
Irish 4.7%

Hillside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60162, 60163
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.877
Longitude -87.902

Hillside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.3 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 9.4 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
Distance 18.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellwood 19,149 $59,329
Berkeley 5,219 $78,168
Broadview 7,956 $63,671
Elmhurst 45,105 $117,344

Hillside Public Libraries

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Serves 2,538 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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