Introduction to Hillside, Illinois

Hillside, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

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 8,190
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,649
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $54,145
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%


People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $976
Median House Value $157,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74%
US/American 0%
English 1.4%
Irish 3.9%

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

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 19,190 $59,161
Berkeley 5,217 $77,704
Broadview 7,957 $63,484
Elmhurst 45,469 $120,697

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

Hillside Public Libraries

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Hillside High Schools

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

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