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Overview

Introduction to West Chicago, Illinois

West Chicago, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 4 miles W of Wheaton, Illinois and 28 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area.

West Chicago History

West Chicago was first settled in by Europeans in the 1830s. However, Alonzo Harvey, who visited the area in 1842, was the first permanent settler of West Chicago. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad first entered the area around 1849. The area was initially named Turner, after the president of the G&CU, John B. Turner. He donated his land for the construction of a Congregational church in 1855. The Turner Public School was opened in 1873 and was renamed the Northside School in 1887. The name Turner was changed to West Chicago in 1896. It was incorporated as a city in 1906.

West Chicago and nearby Attractions

  • West Dupage Park Forest Preserve
  • Cosley Zoo
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • First Division Museum
  • Kline Creek Farm

Things To Do In West Chicago

While staying in West Chicago, you can plan a day trip to the Kline Creek Farm at Timber Ridge Forest Preserve. The Reed - Keppler Park and West Chicago Prairie County Forest Preserve are also worth visiting. The Fox River Trolley Museum, DuPage Children's Museum and Cosley Zoo are also nearby.

West Chicago Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

West Chicago Higher Education

Wheaton College, Elgin Community College, North Central College, and Elmhurst College offer opportunities for higher studies to residents of West Chicago.

People

Total Population 27,461
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 8.2%
Employed Population 16+ 13,042
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,006
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,924
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,062

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,022
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 14%
Median Gross Rent $980
Median House Value $229,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 6.8%

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

West Chicago Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Wheaton, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60185
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60186
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.88
Longitude -88.2

West Chicago 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 WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 8.1 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
Station CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance 16.2 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
Station JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance 26.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Northwoods (60185)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carol Stream 40,253 $89,783
Geneva 21,704 $110,764

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

West Chicago Public Libraries

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West Chicago P.l.d..
118 W. WASHINGTON STREET
West Chicago, Illinois
(630) 231-1552
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West Chicago High Schools

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
326 JOLIET ST
630-876-6200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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