Elk Grove Village, Illinois

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Elk Grove Village
Village
Motto: "The Exceptional Community"
Elk Grove Village is located in Illinois
Elk Grove Village
Elk Grove Village
Coordinates: 42°0′11″N 87°59′47″W / 42.00306°N 87.99639°W / 42.00306; -87.99639Coordinates: 42°0′11″N 87°59′47″W / 42.00306°N 87.99639°W / 42.00306; -87.99639
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Cook, DuPage
Townships Elk Grove, Schaumburg, Addison
Incorporated 1956
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Craig B. Johnson
Area
 • Total 11.41 sq mi (29.6 km2)
 • Land 11.34 sq mi (29.4 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.61%
Population (2010)
 • Total 33,127
 • Density 2,921.3/sq mi (1,127.9/km2)
  Down 4.61% from 2000
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $31,387
 • Median home value $273,000
ZIP code(s) 60007, 60009, 60143
Area code(s) 847 & 224
Geocode 17-23256
GNIS ID 2398803
Website www.elkgrove.com
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
82.9% 1.4% 10.1%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.3% 5.3% 9.5%

Elk Grove Village is a municipality located in northeastern Illinois adjacent to O'Hare International Airport and the city of Chicago. The village is located primarily in Cook County with a small portion in DuPage County. The population was 33,127 at the 2010 census.[1] As the name suggests, Elk Grove Village is home to a small herd of elk kept in a grove at the eastern edge of the Busse Woods forest preserve for which the grove is named. Elk are not native to the area but were brought from Montana by an early resident, Busse, in the 1920s.[citation needed] The elk are currently maintained by the Chicago Zoological Society veterinary staff and the Busse Woods Forest Preserve wildlife biologists.[2]

Overview[edit]

Elk Grove Village is home to the largest industrial park in the U.S.[citation needed] Over 3,600 businesses are located in its 5.4-square-mile (14 km2) business park adjacent to O'Hare International Airport. The community is served by several Interstate highways including I-90, I-290/I-355/Route 53 combination, and the Elgin–O'Hare Expressway.

Elk Grove Village is also home to Alexian Brothers Medical Center (ABMC) hospital, which is the largest employer in the community with over 2,200 workers. There are a number of other well-known corporations including Apple Vacations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), ADP, CitiGroup, Symons, and Pepsi Cola Distribution. The headquarters of United Airlines were in the unincorporated area of Elk Grove Township until it moved to downtown Chicago; the Elk Grove office is still in use as United's Operations Center.

History[edit]

Elk Grove Village,incorporated in 1956 in Elk Grove Township, was originally founded as a planned suburban community. The majority of homes were constructed by Centex Corporation. As part of the original planning concept, the village was to be home to separated residential and industrial areas (the latter of which would later become the largest contiguous industrial park in North America).

Prior to its development as a residential community, Elk Grove was home to many farmers and their families (mostly German immigrants), including Biesterfeld, Rohlwing, Landmeier, Cosman, Beisner, Wiese, and Busse. Many of the major streets in and around the village are named for these farmers, and many of the farmers can be found buried in Elk Grove Cemetery, located in unincorporated Elk Grove Township near Interstate 90. The Busse Farm is the final undeveloped agricultural property in the village, located between Higgins Road and Oakton Street, and was at one time considered as a location for a new Chicago Bears stadium, to replace the aging Soldier Field.

The original boundaries of Elk Grove Village's residential area were Higgins Road (Illinois Route 72) on the north, State Road (now Arlington Heights Road) on the west, Landmeier Road on the south, and Wildwood Road on the east. The village's original "Downtown" area was centered around the Park 'N' Shop Center at Higgins and Arlington Heights Road. Downtown consisted of the Elk Grove Bowl, Jarosch Bakery, Bank of Elk Grove, a Centex development office, and several other small shops. The Elk Grove Bowl and Jarosch Bakery remain today, and the Bank of Elk Grove is now a Chase Bank.

The village easily doubled in size during the 1960s. By the end of the decade, most of the land between O'Hare Airport and I-290/IL-53 was developed. As the village expanded to the south and west, new roads, schools, and parks were added to the community. Rupley Elementary was the first school to be constructed in Elk Grove Village, and it was named after the president of Centex. The Grove Mall was built on the southwest corner of Arlington Heights and Biesterfield roads to serve residents in that area. Grove Mall thrived for decades with Jewel Foods, Ace Hardware, the Elk Grove Lounge, a pet store, a barber shop, clothing stores, and, later, Walgreens. The Grove Mall would be closed and demolished in the 1990s to make way for a new "Downtown" development. The 1960s also saw the opening of Elk Grove High School, part of Township High School District 214.

From the late 1960s and through May 2004, John Janusek conducted the instrumental music program at Grove Junior High School. Their performances received top ratings, including numerous perfect 10 scores at regional and state-wide band competitions. When Mr. Janusek retired in 2004, hundreds of band alumni came from all over the world to honor him, with more than 200 alumni from 20–50 years old, performing a piece of music commissioned for the occasion as a surprise. Similarly, the Elk Grove High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band won many regional and state awards, including the Governor's Trophy at the Illinois State Fair several times, and maintained perfect scores at competitions throughout the region. The high school symphonic band and orchestra also traveled out of state, performing at various elementary schools, colleges, and even Walt Disney World and Europe.

In the 1970s, the village developed land west of the expressway in Schaumburg Township along with industrial development into Addison Township. New apartment communities were constructed in Elk Grove along Tonne Road and Ridge Avenue. These developments have since been sectioned, and some converted to condominium homes. The village saw continuous residential, commercial, and industrial growth during the 1980s. However, Lively Junior High School was no longer necessary and saw fast-declining enrollment numbers. It was shut down by the school district, sold to Elk Grove Park District, and remodeled to become the new Jack E. Claes Pavilion Recreation Facility.

In the 1990s and 2000s, the village embarked on a series of beautification and redevelopment programs which included the installation of a clock tower at Village Hall, installation of brick-paved crosswalks in residential areas, new landscaping in boulevards and other public lands, and installation of retro-themed street lights.

From 2006 to 2010, the Elk Grove High School co-ed cheerleading team won five straight IHSA state championships. In 2010 the Grenadiers scored a 90.67 to defeat runner up Palatine who scored an 85.30. They were coached by Jeff Siegal.

In 2006, Elk Grove became one of the first municipalities in Illinois to enact a public smoking ban,[3] and in 2008 became one of the first Chicago suburbs to use red light cameras. In April 2009, Elk Grove Village inaugurated the first Leed Gold Certified Village Hall in the State of Illinois.[4] The facility utilizes both passive and active environmental features, including a green roof and it houses the Elk Grove Police Station as well as administrative offices.

50th anniversary celebration[edit]

In 2006, the village celebrated its 50th anniversary with a full year of special events and celebrations. One specific day was almost named Bart Dill Day (for the 2006 celebration) in honor of late village Trustee Bart K. Dill. Events included the Tour of Elk Grove (an international bicycle race featuring some of the world's best riders), a weekly raffle with prizes ranging from $25 to $100, a giveaway of a $400,000 home built by Centex Corporation), and a full concert featuring REO Speedwagon (held in the Robert Haskell Memorial Stadium at Elk Grove High School). The village plans to continue to hold the bicycle race annually.

Economy[edit]

Elk Grove Village is home to the largest consolidated business park in North America. The business park comprises 5.9 square miles (3,776 acres) and continues to expand. There are nearly 3,600 businesses operating in the business park, employing nearly 100,000 persons.

The Elk Grove business park is home to the largest concentration of manufacturers in the Midwest; the largest concentration of logistic "freight" companies in the United States; and the 2nd largest source of manufacturing in the State of Illinois behind only the City of Chicago. Moreover, Elk Grove Village is home to many large data centers who rely upon the convergence of national fiber optic networks and natural gas lines in Elk Grove.

The success of the business park is attributed to its highly desirable location. Physically, the business park is located directly adjacent to O'Hare Airport. Moreover, the Elk Grove business park is immediately served by many interstate highways including I-90, I-290/I-355 Combo, and I-294/I-94. It is also served by major State highways including Route 83, Route 72, and Elmhurst Road adjacent to O'Hare. Another expressway, I-390, is currently under construction along the southern border of Elk Grove Village.

Elk Grove has other strategic advantages for business as well. These include the convergence of national fiber optic cables, national gasoline and oil pipelines, and a virtually unlimited supply of fresh Lake Michigan water.

Elk Grove Village dubs itself: The Most Business Friendly Community in America. The town continually strives to be "Beyond Business Friendly" in its service philosophy.

In 2014, the city launched a new website to serve as an online oasis for all things business related in the city. Current and prospective businesses and real estate professionals can access tools and resources for recruitment resources, work referrals, job requests and more. Those that own or work for a business within Elk Grove qualify for a free membership and profile.[5]

Elk Grove Village is home to many large businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Marshmallow maker Doumak is among the companies based in Elk Grove Village.

Top employers[edit]

According to the village's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[6] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Alexian Brothers Medical Center 2,200
2 ADP 1,300
3 Harvard Maintenance 420
4 Steiner Electric 415
5 Little Lady Foods 415
6 Topco 382
7 Jewel (Albertsons) 350
8 Fort Dearborn 350
9 Village of Elk Grove Village 330
10 Ready Set Services 306

Geography[edit]

Central Elk Grove Village is located at 42°0′11″N 87°59′47″W / 42.00306°N 87.99639°W / 42.00306; -87.99639 (42.003178, -87.996418).[7] The geographic confluence point of 42°N and 88°W is also located within the village, on Brantwood Avenue.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 11.41 square miles (29.6 km2), of which 11.34 square miles (29.4 km2) (or 99.39%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.61%) is water.[8]

Education[edit]

Residents of Elk Grove Village enjoy a high quality of education. Areas east of I-290 are served by Elk Grove High School (which is a part of Illinois High School District 214) and Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59. Areas west of I-290 are served by James B. Conant High School which is part of Township High School District 211 and Mead Junior High which is part of Community Consolidated School District 54. Queen of the Rosary Catholic School is located in Elk Grove Village and was recently named by Chicago magazine as one of the top 25 private elementary schools in the Chicago area. Elk Grove has many other national and state award-winning schools and instructors.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 32,727 people, 13,278 households and 9,294 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,145.8 per square mile (1,214.5/km²). There were 13,513 housing units at an average density of 1,224.1 per square mile (472.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 86.03% White, 1.41% African American, 0.10% Native American, 8.79% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.30% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.23% of the population.

Ancestries were: German (25.6%), Polish (19.4%), Irish (17.1%), Italian (14.7%), English (6.8%), Swedish (4.6%).

There were 13,278 households of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.

24.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median household income was $62,132 and the median family income was $71,834 (these figures had risen to $71,581 and $86,006 respectively in a 2007 estimate[10]). Males had a median income of $50,141 versus $34,054 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,515. About 1.5% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Downtown[edit]

The Downtown area of Elk Grove Village, located in the Biesterfield Road corridor east of Interstate 290 and west of Arlington Heights Road, is home to the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex (Village Hall), which was renovated in 2009 and is a LEED-certified structure, the Elk Grove Public Library, Jack A. Claes Pavilion Recreation Facility, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Julian Emyard Catholic Church. It is also the home to Veterans Memorial Park, Elk Grove Theatre, and the headquarters for Elk Grove Park District. There is also a Starbucks, Jewel food store, and a Walgreen's drugstore with drive-thru convenience.

Media[edit]

The area metropolitan newspapers are the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Korea Times, a Korean-American newspaper, as of 2011 has its offices in Elk Grove Village.[11]

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  • Colby, Nancy, Behnke Kelly. Elk Grove Village (Images of America: Illinois), Arcadia Publishing (September 29, 2008)

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