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Overview

Introduction to Bellwood, Illinois

Bellwood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village. Bellwood is home to some 20,535 residents.

Bellwood History

Bellwood was home of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon. An interesting part of Bellwood's history is the changing demography of its population. Until the 1970s, the African-American population of this area was a mere 1%; however, during the following years, it rose dramatically. It reached 35% during the 1980s and 70% during the 1990s.

Bellwood and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels
  • La Grange Park
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum

Things To Do In Bellwood

The Village of Bellwood offers a high quality lifestyle through a wide range of facilities and services. The park district is well facilitated and allows for a diverse range of activities. The village also has a well stocked library that caters to recreational, as well as educational, interests. There are several museums around the area worth visiting for their interesting subjects and collections.

Bellwood Transportation

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

Bellwood Higher Education

The Triton College, Elmhurst College, and Wilbur Wright College are all nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,146
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+9,216
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married33.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.6%
Median Earnings25+$34,159
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,245
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,654

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,823
% Above Poverty Level86.4%
% Below Poverty Level13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation9.1%

Housing

People Living Alone22.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,064
Median House Value$116,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)87.4%
African1.8%
German1.8%
Italian1.1%
Irish1.1%
West Indian0.6%
Polish0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Nigerian0.2%
English0.2%
Czech0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Bellwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60104
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.88
Approximate Longitude-87.87

Bellwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berkeley5,201$81,553
Broadview7,915$64,589
Hillside8,165$52,117
Maywood24,029$53,816
Melrose Park25,422$49,914

Bellwood Public Libraries

Bellwood Public Library
600 BOHLAND AVENUE
Bellwood, Illinois
(708) 547-7393

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Bellwood Public Schools

Early Childhood Cntr/lincoln Primary
3519 Wilcox Ave
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-2815
Primary
Total Enrollment 222
Jefferson Elementary School
225 46th Ave
ZIP: 60104
(708) 449-3165
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Lincoln Elementary School
3420 Jackson St
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-3373
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Mckinley Elem School
3317 Butterfield Rd
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-5230
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Roosevelt Middle School
2500 Oak St
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-3318
Middle
Total Enrollment 491
Thurgood Marshall Elem School
2501 Oak St
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-6995
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
West 40-sr. Plus
2701 Washington Blvd
ZIP: 60104
(708) 544-4890

Bellwood Private Schools

Little Achievers Child Care Development Center
539 Bellwood Ave
ZIP: 60104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Living Word Christian Academy
501 Bellwood Ave
ZIP: 60104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 170
Meca Christian Elementary School
425 Bohland Ave
ZIP: 60104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
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