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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 6,963
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,572
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 27.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,866
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 41 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 15.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,005
Median House Value $109,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.6%
US/American 0%
English 0.2%
Irish 1.7%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PARK FOREST
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
Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Country Club Hills 16,806 $57,752
East Hazel Crest 1,611 $46,719
Harvey 25,773 $35,292
Hazel Crest 14,195 $71,473

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

University Park Public Libraries

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University Park, Illinois
(708) 534-2580
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