Introduction to Summit, Illinois

Summit, Illinois, in Cook county, is 4 miles S of Berwyn, Illinois and 9 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Summit has a population of 10,637.

Summit History

Summit is located along the Illinois & Michigan Canal. In 1845, canal commissioners sold a lot of land in the area to make up for various construction costs. Peter Kern bought much of what would become Summit in 1851. Summit was incorporated in 1890.

Summit and nearby Attractions

  • Summit Village Hall
  • Summit Public Library
  • Antioch Baptist Church
  • LaGrange Cemetery
  • Unity Temple
  • Brookfield Zoo

Things To Do In Summit

Summit is home to some beautiful churches. Antioch Baptist Church, Archer Avenue Christian Reformed Church and Argo Temple Church of God all attract tourists with their gorgeous architecture. Hanover Park and Summit Park offer various recreational facilities in the midst of greenery.

Summit Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Summit Higher Education

Morton College, Moraine Valley Community College, Loyola University Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology provide higher education to the people of Summit.


Total Population 11,367
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 8.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,734
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 45%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,821


Median Family Income $50,518
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%


People Living Alone 14.4%
Median Gross Rent $854
Median House Value $160,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 3.6%

Summit Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60501
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.788
Longitude -87.81

Summit Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 13.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Argo (60501)

Summit Argo (60501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bedford Park 604 $63,750
Bridgeview 16,550 $58,696

Summit Public Libraries

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Summit, Illinois
(708) 458-1545

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Serves 1,687 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Historic Summit


Fishermen at Summit between 1900 and 1905

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Fishermen at Summit between 1900 and 1905

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