Shorewood, Illinois

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Shorewood, Illinois

Introduction to Shorewood, Illinois

Shorewood, Illinois, in Will county, is 6 miles W of Joliet, Illinois and 37 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village’s population is 7,686.

Shorewood History

Shorewood was originally known as Troy. Horace Haff, from Troy, New York, was the first European settler in the community. He arrived in 1830 and suggested naming the community West Troy. The village began as a small resort and fishing community. In 1926, Albert H. Bruning purchased farmland from Anna and Richard Meyer. He sold small portions of the land after subdividing it for summer cottages. The Shorewood Beach Improvement Association filed a certificate of incorporation in 1931. Shorewood was officially incorporated as a village in 1957.

Shorewood and nearby Attractions

  • American Police Center and Museum
  • Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • Millennium Park
  • Farnsworth House

Things To Do In Shorewood

The Statesville Haunted Prison and the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery are popular local recreational spots. The Shorewood Plaza Shopping Center is the local shopping mall. Local museums include the Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum, the Matteson Historical Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the DuPage Children's Museum and the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum. The Brookfield Zoo and the Cosley Zoo are nearby as well.

Shorewood Transportation

Chicago Midway International is the local airport.

Shorewood Higher Education

Wheaton College, Joliet Junior College and Benedictine University are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

Shorewood strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Shorewood People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Shorewood Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Shorewood Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Shorewood College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Shorewood, Illinois

Comparing Shorewood to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Racial Diversity 6 8
Age of the Population 5 4
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Short Commute Times 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Shorewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60431, 60435, 60436
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.52
Longitude -88.201

Shorewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.7 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
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Shorewood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,686 100%
Male 3,838 49.9%
Female 3,848 50.1%
Under 18 2,292 29.8%
18+ 5,394 70.2%
65+ 472 6.1%
Median Age 35.9
Average Family Size 3.3
White 7,126 92.7%
African-American 184 2.4%
Asian 102 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 21 0.3%
Other 152 2%
Mixed Race 100 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 341 4.4%

Estimated Shorewood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,114
Growth 4,428
Growth % 57.6%

Shorewood Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 21.8%
Irish 13.4%
Italian 12%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
Polish 9.9%
English 7%
US/American 3.7%
Slovene 2.8%
Swedish 2.5%
Slovak 2%
Greek 1.8%
Hungarian 1.2%
Czech 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1%
European 1%
Danish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Russian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Croatian 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Scottish 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slavic 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cresthill (60435)
Stateville (60435)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Shorewood 7,686 $81,759
Channahon 7,344 $74,481
Crest Hill 13,329 $54,709
Joliet 106,221 $55,870
Minooka 3,971 $81,190
Plainfield 13,038 $86,417
Rockdale 1,888 $47,232

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