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Overview

Introduction to Cicero, Illinois

Cicero is bordered by Chicago and located in Cook County. It was named after Cicero, New York. The well known criminal Al Capone resided in Cicero after he established his criminal empire in Chicago.

The city has a large Hispanic community and includes a significant number of mini-malls and major retail stores. The original township consisted of six times its current acreage. Ogden Avenue was one of the first roads in the city and was formerly an Indian trail. Numerous opportunities for entertainment are located in nearby Chicago.

History

In 1848 an extension of the Chicago Union Railroad connected Cicero to Chicago. In 1869 the town was incorporated. It also experienced a significant loss in population due to the annexation of property by the city of Chicago. Being situated near several railroad lines, two railroad companies decided to establish manufacturing as well as repair facilities in Cicero. Soon, other businesses such as a silver smelting/refining company and a cotton mill were established. The new businesses caused significant population growth.

In 1904 Western Electric constructed their telephone equipment manufacturing facility which employed over 20,000 workers; an amount that was larger than the population of Cicero. The population rapidly grew with Eastern Europeans flocking to the city. Criminals from Chicago began to move to Cicero in the 1920's, including Al Capone, in order to evade the grasp of Chicago's law enforcement authorities.

Landmarks

  • St. Mary of Czestochowa features Polish Cathedral type architecture.
  • The Chodl Auditorium, situated at J. Sterling Morton High School, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Cicero Community Center is dedicated to the youth of Cicero.

Education

The elementary school district is one of the largest located outside of the Chicago city limits. Cicero residents have opportunities for higher education in Chicago.

Demographics

People

Total Population83,972
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens6.6%
Employed Population 16+35,306
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married41.3%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.3%
Median Earnings25+$26,814
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,362
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,294

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,869
% Above Poverty Level78%
% Below Poverty Level22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation12%

Housing

People Living Alone14.4%
Median Gross Rent$855
Median House Value$129,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)87.8%
Polish1.8%
Italian1.5%
German1.3%
Irish1.2%
Czech0.7%
Dutch0.3%
English0.3%
Scottish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
African0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
Arab0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Cicero Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60804
Phone Area Codes312,708,773
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.84
Approximate Longitude-87.75

Cicero 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 MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance12.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berwyn56,414$67,738
Forest Park14,137$70,021
North Riverside6,983$76,153
Oak Park51,989$123,328
Riverside8,779$122,446

Cicero Public Libraries

Cicero Public Library
5225 WEST CERMAK ROAD
Cicero, Illinois
(708) 652-8084

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Cicero Public Schools

Abe Lincoln Elem School
3545 S 61st Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-8889
Primary
Total Enrollment 961
Cicero East Elem School
2324 S 49th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-9440
Middle
Total Enrollment 833
Cicero West Elementary School
4937 W 23rd St
ZIP: 60804
(708) 780-4487
Primary
Total Enrollment 993
Columbus East Elem School
3100 S 54th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-6085
Middle
Total Enrollment 535
Columbus West Elementary School
5425 W 31st St
ZIP: 60804
(708) 780-4482
Primary
Total Enrollment 942
Daniel Burnham Elem School
1630 S 59th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-9577
Primary
Total Enrollment 1150
Drexel Elem School
5407 W 36th St
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-5532
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Goodwin Elementary School
2625 S Austin Blvd
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 765
J Sterling Morton Alternative Sch
1874 S 54th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 780-4080
High
Total Enrollment 27
J Sterling Morton East High Sch
2423 S Austin Blvd
ZIP: 60804
(708) 780-4000
High
Total Enrollment 3386
J Sterling Morton Freshman Cntr
1801 S 55th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 863-7900
Other
Total Enrollment 1225
Liberty Elem School
4946 W 13th St
ZIP: 60804
(708) 780-4475
Primary
Total Enrollment 733
Mckinley Elem School
5900 W 14th St
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-8890
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Morton Alternative Schools
1874 S 54th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 222-3080
High
Total Enrollment 56
Sherlock Elem School
5347 W 22nd Pl
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-8885
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
T Roosevelt Elem School
1500 S 50th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-7833
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Unity Jr High School
2115 S 54th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 863-8268
Middle
Total Enrollment 2750
Warren Park School
1225 S 60th Ct
ZIP: 60804
(708) 863-2220
Woodbine Elem School
3003 S 50th Ct
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-8884
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Woodrow Wilson Elem School
2310 S 57th Ave
ZIP: 60804
(708) 652-2552
Primary
Total Enrollment 853

Cicero Private Schools

Our Lady Of Charity School
3620 S 57th Ct
ZIP: 60804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 202
St Frances Of Rome School
1401 S Austin Blvd
ZIP: 60804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 230
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