Introduction to Lincolnwood, Illinois

Lincolnwood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles S of Skokie, Illinois and 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Lincolnwood History

This area was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians, who vacated it after the Indian Boundary Treaty of 1816. The earliest European settler was Johann Tess, who purchased 30 acres of land in this area and settled down with his family in 1856. Initially, Lincolnwood was named after him. In 1911, the area was incorporated as the Village of Tessville. It went on to form a reputation for drinking and gambling, but the election of Henry A. Proesel changed that. He made efforts to regulate the sales of liquor and changed the name to Lincolnwood in 1936.

Lincolnwood and nearby Attractions

  • Bryn Mawr Country Club
  • Lincolnwood Town Center
  • Lincoln Park
  • Skokie Heritage Museum
  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Things To Do In Lincolnwood

The Village of Lincolnwood has a recreation department which regularly organizes a variety of entertainment and cultural programs. The village also has 13 parks that are spread across 34 acres of land. These parks offer facilities like baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a community center and an outdoor pool. County forest preserves are nearby and offer picnic areas, bike trails and golf courses.

Lincolnwood Transportation

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

Lincolnwood Higher Education

Northeastern Illinois University, National-Louis University and the School of Art Institute of Chicago are institutes offering opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 12,666
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 23.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,693
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 61.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $106,481
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5%


People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,790
Median House Value $365,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.2%
Irish 4.5%

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

Lincolnwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60645, 60646, 60659, 60712
Phone Area Codes 773
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.004
Longitude -87.73

Lincolnwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.3 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 21.7 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
Distance 34.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lincolnwood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Chgo (60712)

North Town (60645)

Northtown (60659)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Evanston 75,603 $104,904
Golf 474 $165,625

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

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