Introduction to Wheeling, Illinois

Wheeling, Illinois, in Cook county, is 4 miles NE of Arlington Heights, Illinois (center to center) and 24 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Wheeling History

Originally, Wheeling served as an overnight stop for Chicago travelers heading to the Wisconsin Territory. A number of taverns, inns, and eateries were established, in present day Restaurant Row of Wheeling, during the 1830s. The Wisconsin Central Railroad ran through the area in 1886. The Village of Wheeling was incorporated in 1894. The area was named after Wheeling, West Virginia.

Wheeling and nearby Attractions

  • Woodland Trails Park
  • Arlington Park
  • Wheeling Historical Museum
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Six Flags Great America
  • The American Toby Jug Museum

Things To Do In Wheeling

While staying in Wheeling, you can visit Northside Park, Husky Park, Heritage Park, Childerly Park, Horizon Park, and Last Four Acres Park. The Wheeling Park District-Arctic Splash is also worth visiting. You can enjoy shopping at Wheeling Shopping Center, Riverside Plaza Shopping Center, and Lynn Plaza Shopping Center. In addition, the village organizes a number of special events including the Wheeling's Freedom Fest celebration and Lighting of the Lights festival.

Wheeling Transportation

The nearest international airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Wheeling Higher Education

Worsham College is the local college. Other colleges and universities offering higher educational facilities include Oakton Community College, Trinity International University, National - Louis University, Triton College, and William Rainey Harper College.


Total Population 37,982
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 20,328
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.9%
Median Earnings25+ $35,208
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,051
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,346


Median Family Income $64,591
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,104
Median House Value $172,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.6%
Irish 5.8%

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

Wheeling Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Arlington Heights, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60070, 60090
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.139
Longitude -87.928

Wheeling Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington Heights 75,802 $102,734
Buffalo Grove 41,591 $116,579

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

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Serves 1,926 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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