Introduction to Maywood, Illinois

Maywood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 10 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area.

Maywood History

The Village of Maywood was founded on April 6, 1869, and organized on October 22, 1881. The community was named after May Nichols, daughter of T. Nichols, founder of the village. Maywood was home to the 33rd Tank Company, Illinois National Guard (Company B). One hundred and twenty-two men from this Company became part of the famous 192nd Tank Battalion during World War II. The notorious "Bataan Death March" in April 1942 took the lives of most of these men with only around 40 of them returning to Maywood.

Maywood and nearby Attractions

  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Silver Creek
  • Maywood Park

Things To Do In Maywood

The Chicago Portage National Historic Site is near the village of Maywood. One can also visit Unity Temple, an early 20th century church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Cernan Earth & Space Center and the Ernest Hemingway Museum are also close by. Another museum called Wonder Works offers interactive exhibits ranging from stage and costumes to outdoor explorations. In addition, one can take a look around the various beautiful churches of this village. The banks of Silver Creek and local parks, such as Maywood Park and the Memorial Park, are other popular tourist haunts.

Maywood Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Maywood Higher Education

For higher education, residents of Maywood can enroll at Triton College, City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College, Morton College, or Elmhurst College.


Total Population 24,138
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,261
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 34.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $28,191
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,363


Median Family Income $52,543
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 7.5%


People Living Alone 23.8%
Median Gross Rent $894
Median House Value $133,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.8%
US/American 0%
English 0.6%
Irish 1.1%

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

Maywood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60153, 60155
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.879
Longitude -87.843

Maywood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.1 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 WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 12.3 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
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellwood 19,190 $59,161
Broadview 7,957 $63,484
Forest Park 14,194 $68,068

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

Maywood Public Libraries

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Maywood Hospitals

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(708) 216-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Maywood High Schools

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807 S 1ST AVE
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,314 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

1636 S 10TH AVE
A Special Education School
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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