Elmwood Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, and serves as a suburb of the larger city of Chicago. With a population of 23,945, Elmwood Park is a diverse community with a long-standing Italian-American population, as well as a more recent influx of Polish-American and Hispanic residents. The village is situated at coordinates 41.9211N and -87.8092W and covers a total area of 1.91 square miles. The median home price in Elmwood Park stands at $338,300, and residents can expect to pay an average property tax of $7,409, with a county tax rate of 2.19%. The village is served by the zip code 60707.
Elmwood Park was incorporated in April 1914 to prevent annexation by Chicago. The village’s name originates from a grove of majestic 180-year-old elms near 72nd Ave/Harlem and Irving Park Road. Urban dwellers would often take the Milwaukee Road train to this “Elm-Wood-Park” for family picnics. The village has a unique border shape due to a minority of landowners who voted for annexation to Chicago in 1915, resulting in an odd chunk taken out of Elmwood Park’s northeast corner.
As of the 2020 census, the village had a diverse population with 63.68% White, 3.02% African American, 3.18% Asian, and 35.07% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The village has a high population density of 12,851.68 inhabitants per square mile. The median income for a household in Elmwood Park is $63,312, and the poverty rate stands at 4.0%.
Elmwood Park’s public schools are operated under Illinois Community Unit School District #401, which includes Elmwood Park High School, Elm Middle School, John Mills Elementary School, and Elmwood Elementary School.
The village is accessible via the Elmwood Park station on Metra’s Milwaukee District/West Line, providing daily rail service between Elgin, Illinois, and Chicago Union Station.
Elmwood Park has been home to several notable individuals, including Elmer W. Conti, an Illinois businessman and politician, and Lee Loughnane, a founding member of the rock band Chicago.
Nearby Cities and Weather
Elmwood Park shares its borders with other Chicago suburbs and is a short drive away from the city center. The village experiences a climate similar to that of Chicago, characterized by four distinct seasons.
Elmwood Park offers a blend of suburban tranquility and urban convenience, making it an attractive place for families and individuals alike. With its rich history, diverse population, and proximity to Chicago, it offers a unique living experience in Cook County.
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