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Overview

Introduction to Westchester, Illinois

Westchester, Illinois, in Cook county, is 4 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area.

Westchester History

The village of Westchester was settled in by German farmers in the mid 19th century. Samuel Insull purchased 2,200 acres of the land in 1924, and planned to recreate an English style town. Westchester was incorporated in 1926. By 1930, the Garfield Park rapid transit line was extended, enabling prospective buyers to visit the village conveniently. However, the rapid transit line was removed in the 1950s.

Westchester and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • McFetridge Sports Center at California Park
  • DuPage Children's Museum

Things To Do In Westchester

During your stay in Westchester, you can visit the Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. Games of tennis and soccer can be enjoyed at the Community Park and Gladstone Park. Mayfair Park also offers sand volleyball courts, softball diamonds and scenic picnic areas. You can also spend your leisure time at the Westbrook Commons Shopping Center.

Westchester Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is close to the village.

Westchester Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Elmhurst College, and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College.

People

Total Population 16,783
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,978
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.1%
Median Earnings25+ $44,647
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,703
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,227

Wealth

Median Family Income $88,399
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,259
Median House Value $216,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.4%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 15.2%

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

Westchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60154
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.85
Longitude -87.881

Westchester 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 9.4 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 9.8 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
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 20.2 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
Brookfield 18,964 $84,931

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

Westchester Public Libraries

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Village Of Westchester Public Libra
10700 CANTERBURY ST.
Westchester, Illinois
(708) 562-3573

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