Introduction to University Park, Illinois

University Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 9 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois.

University Park History

Woodhill Enterprises purchased a large tract of land south of Park Forest in the late 1950s. The area was then known as Wood Hill. In 1966, Nathan Manilow, a developer of Park Forest, started purchasing land around Wood Hill. The name Wood Hill was replaced with Park City South, which was officially incorporated in 1967. Although the construction of the new planned community began with great speed, the area witnessed a sluggish growth in late 1970s due to economic and population problems. Finally, the new community was developed and was named University Park in 1984.

University Park and nearby Attractions

  • Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Grant Park
  • Robert S. Abbott House
  • Adler Planetarium

Things To Do In University Park

The Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Frankfort Historical Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum and the Matteson Historical Museum are some of the local museums and historical sites. The Chicago Portage National Historic Site, close to University Park, stands on dry land between the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers and was used as portage by traders and explorers. Grant Park, situated on 319 acres of land, includes the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium. The Adler Planetarium, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Balmoral Race Track and the Brookfield Zoo are some of the other popular attractions in the area.

University Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

University Park Higher Education

Governors State University is located in the village of University Park. Prairie State College, South Suburban College and Chicago State University are all close by as well.



Total Population6,963
Male Share of the Population46.1%
Female Share of the Population53.9%
Senior Citizens8.3%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population30


% of people married27.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.9%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$48,866
% Above Poverty Level83.4%
% Below Poverty Level16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time41 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation15.9%


People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,005
Median House Value$109,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)87.6%
West Indian0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
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University Park Almanac

Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Will County, Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60484, 60466
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

University Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Country Club Hills16,806$57,752
East Hazel Crest1,611$46,719
Hazel Crest14,195$71,473

University Park Public Libraries

University Park Public Library District
1100 BLACKHAWK DRIVE UNIVERSITY PARK IL 60484 (41.430001, -87.680419)
University Park, Illinois
(708) 534-2580

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University Park Public Schools

Coretta Scott King Magnet Sch
1009 Blackhawk Dr
(708) 367-4700
Total Enrollment 345
Crete-monee Middle School
635 Olmstead Ln
(708) 367-2400
Total Enrollment 685

University Park Private Schools

Deer Creek Christian School
425 Exchange St
Total Enrollment 97

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