Des Plaines is a city situated in Cook County, Illinois, and serves as a suburb of Chicago. Located at 42.0334N and -87.8834W, it is just north of O’Hare International Airport. The city is named after the Des Plaines River, which flows through it. Des Plaines has a total area of 14.38 square miles, mostly land, and is traversed by two interstate highways – I-90 and I-294.
The area was originally inhabited by Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Ojibwe Native American tribes. The first white settlers arrived in 1833, followed by German immigrants in the 1840s and ’50s. The city has a rich history, including being the site of Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s franchise in 1955.
As of the 2020 census, Des Plaines had a population of 60,675, although the user-provided data states a population of 58,364. The city has a diverse racial makeup, with a notable number of Cook County residents residing in unincorporated areas that use a Des Plaines zip code.
Economy and Employment
Major employers in the city include Rivers Casino, Universal Oil Products, and Oakton Community College. The median income for a household in the city was $73,639, which is relatively high compared to the national average.
Housing and Living Costs
The median home price in Des Plaines is $317,500, and the average property tax is $6,953. The average county tax rate is 2.19%. The zip codes for Des Plaines are 60016, 60017, 60018, and 60019.
Arts, Culture, and Attractions
Des Plaines offers various attractions such as Big Bend Lake, Des Plaines History Center, and Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center. The city was also the filming location for the majority of the hit 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.”
The city is served by multiple public school districts, including District 62, District 59, and District 63 for elementary and middle schools, and District 207 for high schools. Private schools and Oakton College also offer educational options.
Weather and Climate
While the Wikipedia page did not provide specific information on the weather, it’s worth noting that Des Plaines experiences a typical Midwestern climate, with cold winters and warm summers.
Famous people from Des Plaines include actor Robert Reed and United States Senator Jacky Rosen.
Proximity to Chicago
Des Plaines is conveniently located near Chicago, making it an attractive option for those who work in the city but prefer suburban living. The exact distance in miles to Chicago was not provided in the Wikipedia data.
Des Plaines offers a blend of history, diverse culture, and modern amenities. With its proximity to Chicago, it provides a suburban haven with easy access to urban conveniences. Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor activities, or simply a comfortable place to live, Des Plaines has something to offer.
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