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Overview

Introduction to Forest Park, Illinois

Forest Park, Illinois is 1 mile W of Oak Park, Illinois and 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Cook county. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Forest Park History

The early settlers were mostly Italian and German immigrants who settled down along Oak Park Spit, which was a high sand ridge running along Des Palines Avenue. The first major land owner in this area was a French Indian trader named Leon Bourassa, who purchased around 160 acres of land in the area in 1839. He was followed by other land owners and the area was eventually incorporated in 1884 as the Town of Harlem. The name was changed to Forest Park in 1907.

Forest Park and nearby Attractions

  • Forest Park Village Hall
  • Unity Temple
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Forest Preserve Park

Things To Do In Forest Park

The Village of Forest Park has a large park district that offers a variety of amenities for recreation. The Park District includes a well equipped Aquatic Center and a tree lined picnic grove.

Forest Park Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Forest Park Higher Education

Morton College, Triton College, Wilbur Wright College and Malcolm X College are all in the neighborhood.

People

Total Population 14,194
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,756
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,068
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 25%

Housing

People Living Alone 49.8%
Median Gross Rent $958
Median House Value $220,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.5%
US/American 0.4%
English 4.2%
Irish 13.5%

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

Forest Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60130
Company Zip Codes 60398
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.879
Longitude -87.813

Forest Park 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 OHARE INTL AP
Distance 8.9 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
Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 13.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwyn 56,706 $63,151
Broadview 7,957 $63,484

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

Forest Park Public Libraries

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Forest Park P.l.
7555 JACKSON BLVD
Forest Park, Illinois
(708) 366-7171

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