Evergreen Park, Illinois

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
Village
Motto: "Your future is here"
Evergreen Park is located in Illinois
Evergreen Park
Evergreen Park
Coordinates: 41°43′12″N 87°42′9″W / 41.72000°N 87.70250°W / 41.72000; -87.70250Coordinates: 41°43′12″N 87°42′9″W / 41.72000°N 87.70250°W / 41.72000; -87.70250
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Worth
Incorporated 1893
Government
 • Mayor James Sexton
Area
 • 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%
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,852
 • 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
ZIP code(s) 60805
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 17-24634
GNIS ID 2398846
Website evergreenpark-ill.com
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
74.1% 18.7% 1.2%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.02% 0.2% 5.8% 10.3%

Evergreen Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 19,852 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] Prior to its incorporation, the village was sustained by approximately 500 regional residents.[2] Strides to become a village occurred as a result of other Chicago suburbs requesting annexation in order to survive.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] While the village remains small in size, it lays a mere seventeen miles southwest of the Loop.[2] The Village is also currently surrounded by Chicago on the north, south, and east sides.[3] Evergreen Park is also known as the “Village of Churches” because of its thirteen established religious congregations within close proximity.[3]

Historical Landmarks[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4] Evergreen Plaza was shortened to be acknowledged as, “The Plaza”. The Plaza boasted 1.2 million square feet, and two stories, of shopping excellence.[5] As of 2006, The Plaza had an annual visitor count of roughly 7 million people.[5] The Plaza closed on May 31, 2013 after 61 years of operation.

Geography[edit]

Evergreen Park is located at 41°43′12″N 87°42′9″W / 41.72000°N 87.70250°W / 41.72000; -87.70250 (41.719933, -87.702499).[6] 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.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 3.16 square miles (8.2 km2), all land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[8]

Government and politics[edit]

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.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Schools[edit]

It is located within the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 and the Evergreen Park Community High School District 231.

Public schools:

Private schools:

  • St. Bernadette
  • Most Holy Redeemer School
  • Queen of Martyrs

Notable events[edit]

Evergreen Park Little League hosted the 2009 Little League State Championship. The event was broadcast on Comcast.

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