Introduction to Mount Prospect, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois, in Cook county, is 20 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Mount Prospect History

The present day Mount Prospect was first settled by Yankee farmers after 1833. The Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad ran through the village around 1854. The real estate agent, Ezra Carpenter Eggleston, established a four block residential subdivision in 1871. The area was named Mount Prospect by Eggleston. Mount Prospect was incorporated in May 1917 as a village. A local storeowner named William Busse became the first village president.

Mount Prospect and nearby Attractions

  • Dietrich Friedrichs House and Museum
  • Arlington Park
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Cantigny Park
  • Six Flags Great America

Things To Do In Mount Prospect

In Mount Prospect, you can visit the Evergreen Trails Park, Countryside Park, Fairview Park, East Wedgewood Park, Emerson Park, Lions Park, Gregory Park, and Owen Park. You can also spend your leisure time at Mount Prospect Public Library exploring the history and culture of the village. In addition, Mount Prospect has a number of churches such as Saint John's Episcopal Church, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary, Saint Johns Church, and Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church. The Randhurst Shopping Center, Crystal Court Shopping Center, Golf Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, Colony Square Shopping Center, and United Plaza Shopping Center are also worth visiting.

Mount Prospect Transportation

You can reach Chicago O’Hare International Airport within a few minutes.

Mount Prospect Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by ITT Technical Institute, Oakton Community College, Trinity International University, and William Rainey Harper College.


Total Population 54,710
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 28,048
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.7%
Median Earnings25+ $41,805
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,391
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,422


Median Family Income $82,803
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $974
Median House Value $290,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.6%
Irish 12.3%

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

Mount Prospect Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60056
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.066
Longitude -87.937

Mount Prospect Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.8 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 9.2 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 18.5 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
Arlington Heights 75,802 $102,734
Des Plaines 58,930 $79,636
Elk Grove Village 33,333 $88,125

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

Mount Prospect Public Libraries

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Serves 2,009 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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