Overview

Introduction to Harwood Heights, Illinois

Harwood Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Skokie, Illinois and 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. 

Harwood Heights History

The earliest inhabitants in the area were the Potawatomi Native Americans. In 1770, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, a black man, came with his family to settle here and opened a thriving business with the Potawatomi. The name of the town is actually a combination of two words- Har for Harlem Avenue, and wood; derived from Norwood Park Township, where Harwood Heights is located.

Harwood Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Cantigny Park
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Loyola Park Beach

Things To Do In Harwood Heights

Local museums include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Morgan Art Gallery. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Edgebrook Golf Course. Popular parks around the city include the Loyola Park Beach, Cantigny Park and Lincoln Park. These parks offer a number of recreational activities like hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming and camping. Other well known attractions in the area include the Sears Tower, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Cosley Zoo, the Merrick Rose Garden and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.

Harwood Heights Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Harwood Heights Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Columbia College Chicago, Triton College, North Park University, National-Louis University, Wilbur Wright College and Northeastern Illinois University.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,552
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens21%
Employed Population 16+4,324
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married52.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.6%
Median Earnings25+$46,359
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,311
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,261

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,036
% Above Poverty Level87.9%
% Below Poverty Level12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation10.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.3%
Median Gross Rent$966
Median House Value$260,000

Ancestry

Polish27.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.5%
Italian7.5%
German5.1%
Greek4.6%
Irish4.1%
Arab3.4%
Ukrainian3.1%
Serbian2%
English1.8%
Swedish1.3%
Moroccan1.2%
Palestinian1%
French Except Basque0.9%
Austrian0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Czech0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Albanian0.3%
Jordanian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
African0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Harwood Heights Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyCook County
Standard Zip Codes60706, 60656
Phone Area Codes22,47,73,872, 70, 82, 24, 773
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.96
Approximate Longitude-87.8

Harwood Heights 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
Distance5.7 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
StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance11.6 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
Distance16.9 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
Elmwood Park24,680$73,971
Niles29,640$76,391
Norridge14,888$79,319
Park Ridge37,764$139,167
River Grove10,148$62,907

Harwood Heights Public Libraries

Eisenhower Public Library District
4613 NORTH OKETO AVENUE
Harwood Heights, Illinois
(708) 867-7828

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Harwood Heights Public Schools

Union Ridge Elem School
4600 N Oak Park Ave
ZIP: 60706
(708) 867-5822
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
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