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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,719
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens23%
Employed Population 16+8,026
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married54.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38%
Median Earnings25+$46,337
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,158

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,391
% Above Poverty Level94.3%
% Below Poverty Level5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation4.8%

Housing

People Living Alone30.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,378
Median House Value$217,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.4%
Irish13.5%
Italian12.6%
German12.1%
Polish10.9%
English4.7%
Czech3.6%
Greek2.1%
African1.8%
Nigerian1.4%
Ukrainian1.3%
Swedish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish1%
Norwegian0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Slovak0.8%
Russian0.6%
Lithuanian0.6%
Croatian0.5%
Slovene0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Welsh0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Arab0.1%
Serbian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
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Westchester Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60154
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.85
Approximate Longitude-87.88

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)

StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance9.4 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
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance9.8 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
StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance20.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellwood19,146$58,823
Broadview7,915$64,589
Brookfield18,966$88,594
Hillside8,165$52,117
La Grange Park13,596$108,803
Maywood24,029$53,816

Westchester Public Libraries

Westchester Public Library
10700 CANTERBURY STREET
Westchester, Illinois
(708) 562-3573

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Westchester Public Schools

Westchester Intermediate School
10900 Canterbury St
ZIP: 60154
(708) 450-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Westchester Middle School
1620 Norfolk Ave
ZIP: 60154
(708) 450-2700
Middle
Total Enrollment 384
Westchester Primary School
2400 Downing Ave
ZIP: 60154
(708) 450-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 459

Westchester Private Schools

Alpha Montessori School
1625 S Mannheim Rd
ZIP: 60154
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Divine Infant Jesus School
1640 Newcastle Ave
ZIP: 60154
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
Divine Providence School
2500 Mayfair Ave
ZIP: 60154
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
Westchester Christian School
10600 W Cermak Rd
ZIP: 60154
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
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