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Overview

Introduction to Western Springs, Illinois

Western Springs, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area. Western Springs contains a population of approximately 12,493.

Western Springs History

The village was incorporated in 1886 by a small farming community. Soon, Swedish immigrants started moving in. In the late 1880s, John Charles Vaughan started building greenhouses in the village. Consequently, the village of Western Springs became known for its production and export of high-quality seeds.

Western Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Thomas Ford Memorial Library
  • Garden Market Shopping Center
  • Western Springs Village Hall
  • All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Rock Springs Park

Things To Do in Western Springs

The village boasts of a number of beautiful parks, such as Ridge Acres Park, Ridgewood Park, Rock Springs Park and Springdale Park. These parks are ideal picnic spots. The Garden Market Shopping Center is also a popular shopping spot.

Western Springs Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Chicago Midway International Airport.

Western Springs Higher Education

Elmhurst College and Moraine Valley Community College provide higher education to the people of Western Springs.

People

Total Population 13,125
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,808
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 70.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 77.8%
Median Earnings25+ $82,674
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $80,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,216

Wealth

Median Family Income $166,781
% Above Poverty Level 98.7%
% Below Poverty Level 1.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 22.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 18%
Median Gross Rent $1,626
Median House Value $507,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.5%
Irish 36.1%

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

Western Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60558
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.809
Longitude -87.9

Western Springs 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 CHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance 8 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 8.6 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 AURORA
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookfield 18,964 $84,931
Countryside 5,984 $71,467

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

Western Springs Public Libraries

Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 CHESTNUT STREET
Western Springs, Illinois
(708) 246-0520
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