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Overview

Introduction to Willow Springs, Illinois

Located in Cook county, Willow Springs, Illinois, is 5 miles W of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center) and 13 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village has a population of 5,027 residents.

Willow Springs History

The Village of Willow Springs was created on January 15, 1831; the area now covered by the village was originally used by the Native Americans as their hunting and burial ground. The Joliet and Chicago railroad built a line to the area after 1854, and the Chicago, St. Louis & South - Western Railroad arrived in the fall of 1883. Willow Springs was incorporated into the state in 1892. At that time, the village was named Spring Forest. Later, in 1937, Willow Springs adopted its present name.

Willow Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Lockport Pioneer Settlement
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Willow Springs

Willow Springs is close to the Brookfield Zoo. Museums in the area include the Graue Mill and Museum, Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, American Police Center and Museum, and Chicago Portage National Historic Site. The William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Cantigny Park are less than half an hour's drive away. The churches in the area are the Grace Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church of Willow Springs.

Willow Springs Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Willow Springs Higher Education

Moraine Valley Community College, Elmhurst College, and Morton College are the local schools for higher education.

People

Total Population 5,676
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,911
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 56.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.7%
Median Earnings25+ $46,435
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $49,830
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,818

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,191
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,047
Median House Value $312,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.2%
US/American 1.7%
English 4.4%
Irish 16.3%

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

Willow Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60480
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.74
Longitude -87.86

Willow 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 4 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 11.9 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 17 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgeview 16,359 $59,604
Countryside 5,984 $71,467

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

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Station at Willow Springs between 1900 and 1905
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