University Park, Illinois

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University Park, Illinois

Introduction to University Park, Illinois

University Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 9 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village’s population is 6,662.

University Park History

Woodhill Enterprises purchased a large tract of land south of Park Forest in the late 1950s. The area was then known as Wood Hill. In 1966, Nathan Manilow, a developer of Park Forest, started purchasing land around Wood Hill. The name Wood Hill was replaced with Park City South, which was officially incorporated in 1967. Although the construction of the new planned community began with great speed, the area witnessed a sluggish growth in late 1970s due to economic and population problems. Finally, the new community was developed and was named University Park in 1984.

University Park and nearby Attractions

  • Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Grant Park
  • Robert S. Abbott House
  • Adler Planetarium

Things To Do In University Park

The Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Frankfort Historical Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum and the Matteson Historical Museum are some of the local museums and historical sites. The Chicago Portage National Historic Site, close to University Park, stands on dry land between the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers and was used as portage by traders and explorers. Grant Park, situated on 319 acres of land, includes the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium. The Adler Planetarium, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Balmoral Race Track and the Brookfield Zoo are some of the other popular attractions in the area.

University Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

University Park Higher Education

Governors State University is located in the village of University Park. Prairie State College, South Suburban College and Chicago State University are all close by as well.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy University Park Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% University Park Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of University Park, Illinois

Comparing University Park 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Male Share of the Population 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 10
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 7 8
College Educated Adults 7 9
People Above Poverty 6 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5

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University Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60466
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.592
Longitude -87.685

University 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 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 13.9 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 HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
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University Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,662 100%
Male 3,059 45.9%
Female 3,603 54.1%
Under 18 2,273 34.1%
18+ 4,389 65.9%
65+ 468 7%
Median Age 29.8
Average Family Size 3.4
White 801 12%
African-American 5,591 83.9%
Asian 22 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 41 0.6%
Mixed Race 201 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 120 1.8%

Estimated University Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,102
Growth 1,440
Growth % 21.6%

University Park 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 86%
US/American 3.2%
German 3%
Guyanese 1%
African 0.9%
Jamaican 0.9%
Italian 0.8%
U.S. Virgin Islander 0.5%
English 0.5%
Haitian 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Polish 0.3%
Swedish 0.2%
Irish 0.2%
Belizean 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
University Park 6,662 $58,902
Country Club Hills 16,169 $61,577
East Hazel Crest 1,607 $50,625
Harvey 30,000 $35,378
Hazel Crest 14,816 $54,049
Markham 12,620 $44,149
Posen 4,730 $57,727

University Park Public Libraries

University Park P.l.d.
University Park, Illinois
(708) 534-2580
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