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Overview

Introduction to Des Plaines, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois, in Cook county, is 16 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is included in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Des Plaines History

The present day City of Des Plaines was once inhabited by the Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa Indians. Settlers from New England and New York arrived here around 1833. The area was named after the Des Plaines River. Des Plaines was originally incorporated in 1869 as a village. Franklin Whitcomb was the first Village President. It was reincorporated in 1873. The city form of government was adopted in 1925 and H.T. Bennet became the first mayor of Des Plaines.

Des Plaines and nearby Attractions

  • Des Plaines Historical Museum
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Blackhawk Park

Things To Do In Des Plaines

While staying in Des Plaines, you can enjoy fishing and boating on Shagbark Lake, Opeka Lake, Peterson Lake, and Des Plaines Lake. The local parks include Des Plaines Manor Park, Eton Park, Northshire Park, Kuthen Park, and Jaycee Park. You can also visit the Des Plaines History Center. Leisure hours can be spent at the Market Place Shopping Center and at the Oaks Shopping Center.

Des Plaines Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Des Plaines Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Oakton Community College and Triton College.

Demographics

People

Total Population58,755
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens18.1%
Employed Population 16+29,779
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married53.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.2%
Median Earnings25+$40,632
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,038
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,926

Wealth

Median Family Income$80,973
% Above Poverty Level91.7%
% Below Poverty Level8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation6%

Housing

People Living Alone29.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,038
Median House Value$238,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.5%
German17.2%
Polish16.6%
Irish11.2%
Italian8.5%
English3.6%
Swedish3%
Greek1.6%
Norwegian1.5%
French Except Basque1.5%
Czech1.3%
Bulgarian1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Russian0.9%
Arab0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Serbian0.8%
Romanian0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
US/American0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
African0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
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Des Plaines Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City16 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60016, 60018
P.O. Box Zip Codes60017
Company Zip Codes60019
Phone Area Codes847,224,773
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.033
Longitude-87.883

Des Plaines 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
Distance3.9 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
StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance8.6 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
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance17.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Elk Grove Village33,251$91,980
Golf533$170,500

Des Plaines Public Libraries

Des Plaines Public Library
1501 ELLINWOOD STREET
Des Plaines, Illinois
(847) 827-5551

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Des Plaines Hospitals

Maryville Academy/scott A. Nolan Center
(Non-profit)
555 Wilson Lane
(847) 768-5430
Presence Holy Family Medical Center
100 North River Road
(847) 813-3161
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Des Plaines Public Schools

Deaf/hard Of Hearing (dist 62)
1375 South 5th Ave
(847) 463-8174
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Algonquin Middle School
767 East Algonquin Rd
(847) 824-1205
Middle
Total Enrollment 664
Forest Elem School
1375 South 5th Ave
(847) 824-1380
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Central Elem School
1526 East Thacker St
(847) 824-1575
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
North Elementary School
1789 Rand Rd
(847) 824-1399
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Stevenson School
9000 Capitol Dr
(847) 298-1622
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
North Cook Young Adult Academy
2340 South River Rd
(847) 824-8300
Other
Total Enrollment 72
Chippewa Middle School
123 North 8th Ave
(847) 824-1503
Middle
Total Enrollment 636
Cumberland Elem School
700 East Golf Rd
(847) 824-1451
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Apollo Elem School
10100 Dee Rd
(847) 827-6231
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Plainfield Elem School
1850 Plainfield Dr
(847) 824-1301
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
South Elem School
1535 Everett Ave
(847) 824-1566
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Terrace Elem School
735 South Westgate Rd
(847) 824-1501
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Devonshire School
1401 Pennsylvania Ave
(847) 593-4398
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Brentwood Elem School
260 Dulles Rd
(847) 593-4401
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Friendship Jr High School
550 Elizabeth Ln
(847) 593-4350
Middle
Total Enrollment 673
Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf Rd
(847) 827-6176
High
Total Enrollment 1703
Iroquois Community School
1836 East Touhy Ave
(847) 824-1308
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Orchard Place Elem School
2727 Maple St
(847) 824-1255
Primary
Total Enrollment 359

Des Plaines Private Schools

Joseph Academy
1101 Gregory St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 152
Kiddie Junction Educational Institute
1619 E Oakton St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
The Willows Academy
1012 E Thacker St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 221
Brentwood Baptist Christian Academy
588 Dara James Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 70
Immanuel Lutheran School
832 Lee St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Science & Arts Academy
1825 Miner St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 257
Plato Academy
733 Lee St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Angel Town Private School
1920 E Touhy Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St Zachary Elementary School
567 W Algonquin Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Our Lady Of Destiny School
1880 Ash St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Kindercare Learning Center
8650 W Ballard Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Angel Town Private School
1920 E Touhy Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School
2350 E Dempster St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 77
One Hope United Child Developement
9375 W Church St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Maryville Jen School
1150 N River Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Maryville Therapeutic Day School
555 Wilson Ln
Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
Sequell Northern Illinois Academy
1150 N River Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52

Des Plaines Colleges

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