Evergreen Park, Illinois
|Evergreen Park, Illinois|
|Motto: "Your future is here"|
|• Mayor||James Sexton|
|• Total||3.16 sq mi (8.2 km2)|
|• Land||3.16 sq mi (8.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2) 0%|
|• Density||6,282.3/sq mi (2,425.6/km2)|
|Down 4.65% from 2000|
|Standard of living (2007-11)|
|• Per capita income||$28,499|
|• Median home value||$219,500|
As early as 1828, a German farming family had settled in the area of what is now Evergreen Park. In the succeeding decades, other German immigrants arrived. Kedzie Avenue and 95th Street crisscrossed the farmland and provided access to markets.
The first railroad (now the Grand Trunk Railroad) came through the area in 1873. In 1875, the community built its first school just west of 95th and Kedzie. The school and the stores that began to cluster around this intersection defined the community's main business area. Nearby, an optimistic real-estate developer, smitten with a vision of the Arc de Triomphe area of Paris, laid out a star-shaped park with eight streets radiating from it. The evergreen trees planted in the park inspired the village's name.
In 1888 St. Mary's Cemetery opened, and mourners traveled by train from Chicago. Restaurants and taverns sprang up to provide meals for cemetery visitors. Within five years, the village had become a recreation center that attracted hundreds of Chicagoans to its picnic groves, beer gardens, and dance halls. While dependent on Chicagoans, Evergreen Park incorporated in 1893 to eliminate the threat of annexation to the city of Chicago. The first of the village's 13 churches was established in 1893.
The Village of Evergreen Park was incorporated on December 20, 1893. Prior to its incorporation, the village was sustained by approximately 500 regional residents. Strides to become a village occurred as a result of other Chicago suburbs requesting annexation in order to survive. The final decision to incorporate the village as its own entity separate from the City of Chicago was made by 41 out of 50 residents that showed up to vote on the matter. On that day, the Village of Evergreen Park officially occupied an area of four square miles. Today, the Village of Evergreen Park still rests on a four square mile area. While the village remains small in size, it lays a mere seventeen miles southwest of the Loop. The Village is also currently surrounded by Chicago on the north, south, and east sides. Evergreen Park is also known as the “Village of Churches” because of its thirteen established religious congregations within close proximity.
Evergreen Plaza "The Plaza"
The Evergreen Plaza, located on 95th and Western, was an indoor shopping mall originating from the early 1950s. In 1952, real estate developer Arthur Rubloff debuted the Evergreen Plaza in the heart of the southwest Chicago suburbs. A few years after the shopping mall’s debut, Rubloff decided to enclose the mall thereby making it the first indoor shopping mall in the Chicago area. As a result, Rubloff changed the face of shopping by allowing people the opportunity to pull up, park, and shop for various goods all in one place. Since the 1950s the Evergreen Park Plaza had seen more than $8 million in major internal & external improvements. Evergreen Plaza was shortened to be acknowledged as, “The Plaza”. The Plaza boasted 1.2 million square feet, and two stories, of shopping excellence. As of 2006, The Plaza had an annual visitor count of roughly 7 million people. The Plaza closed on May 31, 2013 after 61 years of operation.
Evergreen Park is located at  The suburb is surrounded by the city of Chicago on three of its sides, while Oak Lawn and Hometown border it on the west. Chicago's Ashburn community is to its north, Beverly is to its east, and Beverly and Mount Greenwood are to its south.(41.719933, -87.702499).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 3.16 square miles (8.2 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 19,852 people, 7,192 households, and 5,130 families residing in the village. The population density was 6,282.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,425.6/km²). There were 7,559 housing units at an average density of 2,392.1 per square mile (921.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 74.1% White, 18.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.8% some other race, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.3% of the population.
There were 7,192 households, out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were headed by married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74, and the average family size was 3.31.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $64,602, and the median income for a family was $80,395. Male full-time workers had a median income of $60,928 versus $43,884 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,499. About 5.6% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
Evergreen Park is in Illinois' 1st congressional district, and its congressman is Democrat Bobby Rush. The village backed Barack Obama by a margin of 61.25% to 37.40% over John McCain in 2008. Evergreen Park leans moderately Democratic as John Kerry beat George W. Bush here 55.77% to 43.40% in 2004. This is slightly more Democratic than in 2000 when Bush lost to Al Gore 51.13% to 45.60% in the village. The most Republican area of the village is the Southwest quadrant which went for Bush both years. (In 2000 Bush won 51.29% to 45.24%, and in 2004, Bush won 49.91% to 49.31%.) Evergreen Park has had a history of supporting moderate to conservative Democrats, and many Evergreen Parkers are also considered Reagan Democrats.
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- Tom Baldwin, professional football player, New York Jets
- Chris Chelios, retired hockey player
- Tony Cingrani, starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
- Perry Danos, singer-songwriter in Nashville, attended Southeast, Central, and EPCHS
- John Moran, jazz guitarist, grew up in Evergreen Park
- Bil Dwyer, comedian and game show host
- Jim Dwyer, outfielder for several Major League Baseball teams
- Ed Farmer, MLB pitcher (1971–83) and White Sox radio announcer, born and raised in Evergreen Park
- Rick Gorecki, MLB pitcher, born in Evergreen Park
- Tom Gorzelanny, pitcher for the Washington Nationals, went to Marist
- Brad Guzan, soccer player with Aston Villa and U.S. international
- Wayne Huizenga, former CEO of Blockbuster; founder of AutoNation, the Florida Marlins, and the Florida Panthers; owner of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium; born and raised in Evergreen Park
- Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, graduated from Evergreen Park High School
- Jenny McCarthy, playmate model and actress, born in Evergreen Park
- Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned
- Scott Meyer, catcher for the Oakland Athletics
- Maureen Murphy, chairman of the Cook County Republican Party (2002-04)
- Rasmea Odeh, convicted of immigration fraud, for concealing her arrest, conviction, and imprisonment for fatal terrorist bombing
- Donn Pall, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox (1988–98), raised in Evergreen Park
- David Patterson, a computer pioneer and academic, born in Evergreen Park
- Billy Pierce, member of the Chicago White Sox
- Lou Pote, MLB pitcher, born in Evergreen Park
- Joe Shanahan, owner of Metro Chicago, born and raised in Evergreen Park 
- Kevin Sullivan, former White House Communications Director, born and raised in Evergreen Park
- George Wendt, actor (Norm from Cheers), born in Evergreen Park
- Mike Wengren, drummer for metal band Disturbed
- Bill Rancic, born in Evergreen Park
- Northeast Elementary
- Northwest Elementary
- Southeast Elementary
- Southwest Elementary
- Central Junior High
- Evergreen Park Community High School
- St. Bernadette
- Most Holy Redeemer School
- Queen of Martyrs
Evergreen Park Little League hosted the 2009 Little League State Championship. The event was broadcast on Comcast.
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