Introduction to Niles, Illinois

Niles, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles W of Skokie, Illinois (center to center) and 13 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village.

Niles History

The village of Niles was officially incorporated on August 24, 1899, when it had a population of approximately 500 people. According to a 1929 edition of the Chicago Tribune, the name "Niles" was taken from the "Niles Register," a newspaper published in the 1820s out of Washington, DC. The community of Niles was the first to establish a free ambulance service in Illinois in the year 1946.

Niles and nearby Attractions

  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Niles Public Library
  • Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels
  • Skokie Heritage Museum
  • Millbrook Shopping Center
  • Jozwiak Park

Things To Do In Niles

While in Niles, one can visit the nearby historical sites such as the Frances Willard House and the Charles Gates Dawes House. There are also a number of museums in the neighborhood including Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels, Skokie Heritage Museum, Niles Historical Museum, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and the Irish American Heritage Center. There are sevearl churches and cemeteries dotting the streets of this village. One can also visit the parks that offer a host of recreational facilities. Shopping centers such as the Golf - Milwaukee Plaza Shopping Center, Dempster Plaza Shopping Center, Millbrook Shopping Center, and Four Flags Shopping Center are other popular tourist spots.

Niles Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Niles Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by Oakton Community College, National-Louis University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College.


Total Population 29,955
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 26.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,929
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.5%
Median Earnings25+ $37,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,380
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,076


Median Family Income $66,820
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 6.5%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $981
Median House Value $256,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31%
US/American 0.2%
English 2.3%
Irish 6.9%

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

Niles Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60714
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.018
Longitude -87.802

Niles Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.4 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 8 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 19.5 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
Golf 474 $165,625
Harwood Heights 8,649 $62,185

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

Niles Public Libraries

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