Chicago Heights, Illinois

Chicago Heights is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 27,480 at the 2020 census.[2] It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Its nicknames include "The Crossroads of the Nation" and "The Heights".[3]

Chicago Heights, Illinois
Looking east across Chicago Road
Looking east across Chicago Road
Official seal of Chicago Heights, Illinois
Location of Chicago Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Chicago Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Coordinates: 41°30′43″N 87°38′25″W / 41.51194°N 87.64028°W / 41.51194; -87.64028
Country United States
State Illinois
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorDavid A. Gonzalez
 • Total10.30 sq mi (26.67 km2)
 • Land10.28 sq mi (26.63 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.10%
 • Total27,480
 • Density2,672.37/sq mi (1,031.85/km2)
Standard of living (2009–11)
 • Per capita income$17,548
 • Median home value$125,400
ZIP code(s)
60411, 60412, 60413
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-14026



Chicago Heights lies on the high land of the Tinley Moraine, with the higher and older Valparaiso Moraine lying just to the south of the city.

According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Chicago Heights has a total area of 10.30 square miles (26.68 km2), of which 10.28 square miles (26.63 km2) (or 99.87%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.13%) is water.[4]

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

Chicago Heights is about 30 miles (48 km) south of the Chicago Loop.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2010[7] 2020[8]

As of the 2020 census[9] there were 27,480 people, 9,736 households, and 6,708 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,669.00 inhabitants per square mile (1,030.51/km2). There were 10,663 housing units at an average density of 1,035.64 per square mile (399.86/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 42.50% African American, 21.05% White, 1.27% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 23.35% from other races, and 11.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.99% of the population.

There were 9,736 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.53% were married couples living together, 20.75% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 28.29% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.07% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.67 and the average family size was 2.96.

The city's age distribution consisted of 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,880, and the median income for a family was $59,536. Males had a median income of $35,142 versus $26,790 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,948. About 18.6% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.0% of those under age 18 and 22.7% of those age 65 or over.

Chicago Heights, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 7,062 4,438 23.33% 16.15%
Black or African American (NH) 12,370 11,487 40.86% 41.80%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 44 30 0.15% 0.11%
Asian (NH) 87 74 0.29% 0.27%
Pacific Islander (NH) 8 23 0.03% 0.08%
Some Other Race (NH) 51 103 0.17% 0.37%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 400 611 1.32% 2.22%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 10,254 10,714 33.87% 38.99%
Total 30,276 27,480 100.00% 100.00%
US 30 in Chicago Heights





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, Grant, Greenbriar, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington-McKinley, and Wilson are neighborhood schools that serve students from kindergarten through fifth grade. After elementary school/5th grade, students attend Chicago Heights Middle School for grades 6-8.

Chicago Heights is home to Bloom High School, which all students of District 170 attend after 8th grade, and Bloom Trail High School, which shares its athletic programs with Bloom. Many students from neighboring communities including Steger, South Chicago Heights, Ford Heights, Sauk Village and Glenwood attend high school at Bloom.

Parts of Chicago Heights are included in 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 complete middle school at Parker Jr. High School move on to Homewood-Flossmoor High School; the remainder attend Bloom High School.

Parts of Chicago Heights are also served by Park Forest – Chicago Heights School District 163,[10] and Beacon Hill Primary Center is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. After Beaker, students attend Michelle Obama School of Arts and Technology for middle school (6-8). Students from this neighborhood attend Rich Township High School, part of Rich Township High School District 227.[11]

Marian Catholic High School, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, is a private high school located in city.

Prairie State College is a community college located in Chicago Heights.

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

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 would be 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 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. Schmidt. 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.



Chicago Heights was once home to a number of major industrial concerns, including the Thrall Car Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of freight cars, run for many years by chief executive officer Richard L. Duchossois. The city was also the original home of the Inland Steel Company.

Ford Motor Company operates a metal stamping plant located along Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights. This facility produces automobile body panels that are shipped to Ford's Chicago Assembly plant approximately 15 miles (24 km) to the north in the Hegewisch community area of Chicago.




Pace Chicago Heights bus terminal
Pace Chicago Heights bus terminal

Chicago Heights is served by six Pace bus routes and the Pace Chicago Heights Terminal.[12]



There was 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 health centers in Chicago Heights.[13]

In September 2018, St. James Hospital closed after more than 100 years.[14]

Notable people

Julian Wright

Sister Cities


Chicago Heights has 4 sister cities.:[18]

See also


  Chicago portal


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  2. ^ "Chicago Heights city, Illinois profile". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
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  4. ^ "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Candeloro, Dominic. "Chicago's Italians: A Survey of the Ethnic Factor, 1850–1990." In: Jones, Peter d'Alroy and Melvin G. Holli. Ethnic Chicago: A Multicultural Portrait. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995. p. 229–259. ISBN 0802870538, 9780802870537. p. 229.
  6. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2 Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Chicago Heights, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  8. ^ a b "P2 Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Olympia Fields, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Park Forest - Chicago Heights School District 163". Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  11. ^ "Rich Township High School District 227". Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  12. ^ "Pace Bus". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Locations". Aunt Martha's Health Center. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "St. James Hospital Slated To Close Soon". Patch. July 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Pope, John (July 14, 2011). "John Mosca, owner of the landmark restaurant bearing his name, dies at 86". The Times Picayune. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  16. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1959-1960,' Biographical Sketch of Maurino Richon, pg. 204-205
  17. ^ Bushey, Claire (November 13, 2019). "40 under 40: Andy Rosenband". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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