Introduction to Melrose Park, Illinois

Melrose Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Melrose Park History

In 1873, the Melrose Land Company subdivided the land now known as Melrose Park. The village of Melrose was established in 1882. The area was renamed Melrose Park in 1894. A number of manufacturing companies operated in this area. Among these were National Malleable and Steel Castings, Edward Hines Lumber Company, and the American Brake Shoe and Foundry Company. Kiddieland, the oldest amusement park of the region, was built in Melrose Park in 1929.

Melrose Park and nearby Attractions

  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Ernest Hemingway Museu
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Wonder Works

Things To Do In Melrose Park

While staying in Melrose Park, you can visit the Kiddieland Amusement Park. You can also visit the Eisenhower Park, Bataan Park, Fleck Park, and Bulger Park. You can enjoy shopping at the Winston Plaza Shopping Center. The Melrose Park Methodist Church and Melrose Park Bible Church are also worth visiting. The Brookfield Zoological Park and the McFetridge Sports Center at California Park are nearby.

Melrose Park Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is close to the village.

Melrose Park Higher Education

Triton College and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College are nearby.


Total Population 25,491
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 11,341
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 43%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,661
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,557
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,020


Median Family Income $49,419
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%


People Living Alone 22.9%
Median Gross Rent $864
Median House Value $170,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77%
US/American 0%
English 1%
Irish 3.1%

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

Melrose Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60160, 60164, 60165
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60161
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.9
Longitude -87.856

Melrose 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 6.5 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 12.3 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 16.5 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

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

Melrose Park Public Libraries

Melrose Park P.l.
Melrose Park, Illinois
(708) 343-3391
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Melrose Park Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1225 LAKE ST
(708) 938-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(708) 450-4949
Emergency Service: Yes

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