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Chicago Heights is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 31,373 at the 2005 census.

History

The first European settler in the area was Absalom Wells in 1833. He built a log cabin where the Vincennes Trail crossed Thorn Creek, but then moved farther west to where Chicago Road is now. The first permanent settlers were Adam and Phoebe Brown who built an inn at the intersection of Sauk Trail and the Vincennes Trace. In 1835, a large group from Ireland arrived. At this time, the town was known as Thorn Grove. The first school was built in 1836. The Reformed Presbytherian Church of Thorn Grove was formed in December 1843. The Batchhelder and McCoy homes in Thorn Grove were stops on the Underground Railroad. The first railroad arrived in 1853. The village was renamed Bloom. It was then renamed again in 1892 to Chicago Heights and incorporated as a village. In 1897, the village had twenty factories. By 1901, Chicago Heights had a population of over 5,000 and became a city. Its population nearly tripled in the next ten years.

At the time of its incorporation as a city in 1900, the original residents of Chicago Heights were German settlers. In following years, the city became a haven for Italian, Polish, and Irish immigrants. Later, many African Americans and Hispanics called Chicago Heights home. The city’s economic and ethnic diversity is reflected in the variety of its residential neighborhoods.

 

Geography

Chicago Heights is located at 41°30′43″N 87°38′25″W

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.8 km˛), of which, 9.6 square miles (24.8 km˛) of it is land and 0.10% is water. The city lies on the high land of the Tinley Moraine, with the higher and older Valparaiso Moraine lying just to the south of the city.

The city's major crossroads are at Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) and Lincoln Highway (US Route 30).

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2005, there were 31,373 people. As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 31,373 people, 10,703 households, and 7,823 families in the city. The population density was 3,424.4 people per square mile (1,322.3/km˛). There were 11,444 housing units at an average density of 1,195.7/sq mi (461.7/km˛). The racial makeup was 45.02% White, 37.90% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 13.46% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.77% of the population.

There were 10,703 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.53.

The population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,958, and the median income for a family was $42,681. Males had a median income of $34,207 versus $26,276 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,963. About 13.7% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Healthcare

St. James Hospital is located in Chicago Heights at the intersection of Chicago Road and Lincoln Highway. There is a Well Group Clinic (part of St. James) located on Dixie Highway. Well Group was previously known as Suburban Heights Medical Center. There are also two Aunt Martha's clinics in Chicago Heights.[citation needed]

Education

Chicago Heights School District 170 operates twelve schools, with a student population of 3,600. Highland is the district’s pre-school for children aged three and four; Garfield, Gavin, Grant, Greenbriar, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington-McKinley, and Wilson are neighborhood schools that serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

In 1901 the Board of Education decreed that the school day would run from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon, and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a 15 minute recess each session; On July 30, 1903, the first telephone in School District 170 was placed in the office of the Superintendent of Schools at a cost of $18 per year; In May, 1907, School District 170 students collected money for victims of the San Francisco earthquake; On October 1, 1908, telephones were ordered for Garfield and Franklin Schools, the first schools to have access to “this marvel of communication;” In 1912 the Board of Education decreed that non-resident students “shall pay tuition in advance, at the rate of $2 per month;’ In 1912 the Board of Education required all School District 170 teachers to live in the district; In December, 1912, the Board of Education voted to authorize a reward of $10 for “evidence that will convict any parties who willfully deface or destroy school property;” In 1913, School District 170 served 2,238 students; In January, 1917, the Board of Education authorized the installation of electric gongs in three schools; In January, 1917, the Board of Education endorsed a nationwide “Plan for Preparedness” setting aside specific times for girls and boys to drill under the supervision of a member of the National Guard; From October 22 to November 14, 1917, District 170 schools were closed because of an influenza outbreak; In 1919, the average enrollment of students per classroom was 44; In 1953, the average enrollment of students per classroom was 30; In 2002, the average enrollment of students per classroom was 20; In 1953, School District 170 served 2,833 students; In 2004, School District 170 served 3,550 students.

Parts of Chicago Heights are part of Flossmoor School District 161 which includes Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights. After Serena, students attend Parker Jr. High School--also a part of Flossmoor School District 161. Only some students who went to Parker Jr. High School move on to Homewood-Flossmoor High School, the rest attend Bloom High School.

Chicago Heights is home to Bloom High School, where all students of district 170 attend after 8th grade.

Marian Catholic High School is a private high school located in city.

Prairie State is a community college located in Chicago Heights.

There are also many elementary schools that operate at church locations.

Chicago Heights Public Library- On May 20, 1901 many Chicago Heights residents signed a petition asking for the mayor and aldermen to select a board of directors that were responsible for founding and running a free public library in Chicago Heights. On June 28, 1901, the first library board members were sworn in including Sam W. Lea, F.W. Schact, W.E. Canady, James Bowie, David Wallace, Joseph Caldwell, C.W. Salisbury, A.J. Sorensen, and A.W. McEldowney. The library was opened in a small room in the new city building on February 20, 1902. That month, the library board wrote to industrialist Andrew Carnegie seeking funds to build a library building in Chicago Heights. In July, the board was notified that Andrew Carnegie had proposed $15,000 toward the cost of a library building as long as the city could provide a free site for the building and if the council could promise $1,500 a year to keep the library running. The Carnegie Library in Chicago Heights was designed by Richard E. Schimdt. The library was located at 1627 Halsted Street and opened on September 11, 1903 with a staff of two and 1,643 volumes. A bigger library was eventually needed and on August 5, 1972, the present building at 15th street and Chicago Road was opened. The Chicago Heights Free Public Library was a million-dollar building that opened with 60,000 books, records, and other materials.

Notable people

     Jim Bouton, MLB baseball player.

     Jerry Colangelo, former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks.

     Mike Downey, award-winning Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune sports columnist.

     Rodney Harrison, NFL football players.

     Todd Krygier, NHL hockey player.

     Carol Mann, LPGA Hall of Fame golfer.[citation needed]

     Bret Prinz, MLB baseball player.

     Mike Prior, NFL football players.

     Bret Saberhagen, MLB baseball player.

     Ted Uhlaender, MLB baseball player.

     Julian Wright, NBA Basketball player.

     Bryant Young, NFL football players.

 

Nicknames

"Chi-Heights"

"Crossroads of a Nation"

"Da Heights"

"Mini Chi-town"

 

Economic Data for Zip Code 60411

Household Income Graph

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Note: Household Income figures are based on total household income.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Demographics Data for Zip Code 60411

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  • 85+

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Population Data for Zip Code 60411

  • 58,136
  • 58,221
  • 58,248
  • 2012 Census
  • 2014 Estimated
  • 2019 Projected

Households

  • Total (2010 Census):19,523
  • Estimated (Present):18,993
  • Projected (2019):18,957
  • Household Change (2010-Present) -2.71%
  • Household Change (2010-2017) -2.9%

Notes:

  • Figures in the Population Change graph represent total population for the zip code.
  • Estimated Change 2014 shows the percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2014.
  • Projected Change 2019 shows the projected percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2019.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Public Schools in Zip Code 60411

  • Name
  • District
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • BLOOM HIGH SCHOOL
  • BLOOM TWP HSD 206
  • 9th-12th
  • 101 WEST 10TH ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 1,747
  • BLOOM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
  • BLOOM TWP HSD 206
  • 9th-12th
  • 22331 COTTAGE GROVE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 1,733
  • DIST 206 ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
  • BLOOM TWP HSD 206
  • 9th-12th
  • 100 WEST 10TH ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 0

  • WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • 4th-8th
  • 25 WEST 16TH PLACE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 213

  • CAREER PREPARATION NETWORK
  • CAREER PREP NET @ PRAIRIE STATE
  • -
  • 202 SOUTH HALSTED RMA170
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • N/A
  • HIGHLAND SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • -
  • 828 WILLOW DR
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • N/A
  • SAFE SCHOOL PROGRAM
  • INTERMEDIATE SERVICE CENTER 4
  • 6th-12th
  • 253 WEST JOE ORR RD
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 0
  • SPEED INDEPENDENCE ELEM SCH
  • SPEED SEJA #802
  • -
  • 1125 DIVISION ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • N/A
  • SPEED INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL
  • SPEED SEJA #802
  • -
  • 1125 DIVISION ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • N/A
  • SPEED PROGRAM FOR ADAPTIVE LEARN
  • SPEED SEJA #802
  • -
  • 1125 DIVISION ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • N/A

  • BEACON HILL PRIMARY CNTR
  • PARK FOREST SD 163
  • PreK-3rd
  • 401 CONCORD DR
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 340
  • DR CHARLES E GAVIN ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 280 EAST 12TH ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 110
  • GARFIELD ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 140 EAST 23RD ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 466
  • GREENBRIAR ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 101 GREENBRIAR AVE WEST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 347
  • JEFFERSON ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 176 EAST 11TH ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 409
  • KENNEDY ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 1013 DIVISION ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 260
  • LINCOLN ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 1520 CENTER AVE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 157
  • MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-4th
  • 25 WEST 16TH PLACE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 285
  • ROOSEVELT ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 1345 SUNNYSIDE AVE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 543
  • SANDRIDGE ELEM SCHOOL
  • SANDRIDGE SD 172
  • PreK-8th
  • 2950 GLENWOOD-DYER
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 439
  • SERENA HILLS ELEM SCHOOL
  • FLOSSMOOR SD 161
  • PreK-5th
  • 255 PLACEEASANT DR
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 394
  • SPEED EARLY LEARNING CENTER
  • SPEED SEJA #802
  • PreK-3rd
  • 1125 DIVISION ST
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 0
  • WILSON ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 422 WEST 16TH PLACE
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 369

  • COTTAGE GROVE UPPER GRADE CENTER
  • FORD HEIGHTS SD 169
  • 5th-8th
  • 800 EAST 14TH ST
  • FORD HEIGHTS
  • 245

  • MEDGAR EVERS PRIMARY
  • FORD HEIGHTS SD 169
  • PreK-4th
  • 1101 EAST 10TH ST
  • FORD HEIGHTS
  • 370

  • RICKOVER JR HIGH SCHOOL
  • CCSD 168
  • 6th-8th
  • 22151 SOUTH TORRENCE AVE
  • SAUK VILLAGE
  • 578

  • STRASSBURG ELEM
  • CCSD 168
  • 3rd-5th
  • 2002 EAST 223RD ST
  • SAUK VILLAGE
  • 576
  • WAGONER ELEM
  • CCSD 168
  • PreK-2nd
  • 1831 215TH PLACE
  • SAUK VILLAGE
  • 613
  • SAUKVIEW ELEM SCHOOL
  • STEGER SD 194
  • PreK-5th
  • 3341 MILLER AVE
  • SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 353
  • U S GRANT ELEM SCHOOL
  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS SD 170
  • PreK-8th
  • 2712 MILLER AVE
  • SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS
  • 321

Private Schools in Zip Code 60411

  • Name
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • FOURSQUARE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 2926 COMMERCIAL AVE
  • Chicago Heights
  • 371
  • MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
  • 9th-12th
  • 700 Ashland Ave
  • Chicago Heights
  • 1,692
  • NAZARENE NURSERY SCHOOL AND KI
  • K-K
  • 699 W 8TH St.
  • Chicago Heights
  • 15
  • ST. AGNES SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 1501 Chicago Rd
  • Chicago Heights
  • 286
  • ST. KIERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 700 195th St.
  • Chicago Heights
  • 237
  • ST. PAULS LUTHERAN SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 330 W Highland Dr
  • Chicago Heights
  • 238
  • CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • S CHICAGO HTS
  • 378
  • ST. JAMES SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 22410 S Torrence Ave
  • Sauk Village
  • 180
  • ST. MARK LUTHERAN SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 22012 Torrence Ave
  • Sauk Village
  • 55
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