Franklin Park, Illinois

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Franklin Park, Illinois
The Franklin Park B-12 Tower
The Franklin Park B-12 Tower
FranklinPark is located in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°56′2″N 87°52′24″W / 41.93389°N 87.87333°W / 41.93389; -87.87333Coordinates: 41°56′2″N 87°52′24″W / 41.93389°N 87.87333°W / 41.93389; -87.87333
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Leyden
Incorporated 1892
 • Type Trustee-village
 • President Barrett F. Pedersen
 • Total 4.77 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Land 4.77 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0%
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,333
 • Density 3,843.4/sq mi (1,483.9/km2)
  Down 5.67%% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $20,925
 • Median home value $228,300
ZIP code(s) 60131, 60132
Area code(s) 847 & 224
Geocode 27702
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
74.7% 1.3% 3.1%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.02% 0.4% 20.5% 43.1%

Franklin Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,333 at the 2010 census.[1]


Franklin Park is located at 41°56′2″N 87°52′24″W / 41.93389°N 87.87333°W / 41.93389; -87.87333 (41.933780, -87.873462).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 4.77 square miles (12.4 km2), all land.[3]


As of the census of 2010, there were 18,333 people, 6,178 households, and 4,486 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,843.4 people per square mile (1,483.9/km²). There were 6,569 housing units at an average density of 1,377.1 per square mile (529.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 74.7% White, 1.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 18.0% some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.1% of the population.[1]

There were 6,178 households, out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were headed by married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96, and the average family size was 3.51.[1]

In the village the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.6 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.[1]

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $55,500, and the median income for a family was $62,232. Male full-time workers had a median income of $44,502 versus $31,186 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,925. About 11.2% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.[4]


Franklin Park has more than met the expectations of Lesser Franklin,[5] who settled in the area in the 1890s. He envisioned an industrial center that would blend with residential neighborhoods. A century later, Franklin Park boasted over 1,200 industries and related businesses covering 60 percent of the community.

Before American and European settlers first started arriving, the Des Plaines River area was a meeting point for many Native American tribes of the Northwest. In 1816 Alexander Robinson and Claude La Framboise helped negotiate the Treaty of St. Louis, establishing the Indian Boundary Line that runs through the area that is now Franklin Park and River Grove.

German farmers settled in the 1840s and 1850s, fleeing military conscription. The families of Kirchhoff, Martens and Schierhorn farmed this area. By the mid-1870s the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad) laid tracks and built a station on Elm Street. The Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste Marie (Soo Line) and the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad followed.

In the early 1890s Franklin, a real-estate broker, purchased four farms totaling 600 acres (2.4 km2). At the railroads' intersection he built the community's center. He named the town Franklin Park and enticed prospective buyers with parades along LaSalle Street in Chicago. He offered free Sunday train rides to the property. A pavilion was built on Rose Street where potential customers received free food and beer, heard speeches, danced, and participated in contests. Lot sales exceeded a million dollars.

The community was incorporated on August 4, 1892, by a vote of 63 in favor and 9 against. Before the start of the 20th century, the first industry was founded. Lesser Franklin donated land for an iron foundry in 1900 and offered another parcel to the Siegel, Cooper Company to build a factory in 1905. Records from the 1923 foundry and school rosters listed the majority of workers and residents as Polish, Italian, and Slavic immigrants. World War II and a national preparedness program brought Douglas Aircraft and Buick Motors into the area. By 1948, 40 manufacturing firms called Franklin Park home. During the next decade 155 new companies were added. The Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Suburban Manufacturing Association have continually supported the efforts of businesses.

Population increased from 3,007 in 1940 to 18,322 by 1960. Town government promoted industrial development with zoning laws favoring their growth. A central alarm at the fire department gave both residents and industries access to heat- and smoke-detection systems. Water reserves provided large users with millions of gallons daily.

The Franklin Park Library District is an independent library district serving a community of 19,500 in Chicago's near west suburbs. Throughout the library's hundred-year history, it has changed locations several times before moving into the current building in the mid-1980s. Over the years, the library's resources have expanded to a current collection of over 150,000 volumes. In addition to books, the library currently provides access to a variety of electronic resources, DVDs, videos, books on CD and tape, and CDs, and hosts regular programs for both children and adults. The current Executive Director, as of May 2010, is Marie Saeli.

The village has remained in search of land for industrial expansion. In 1990, Franklin Park annexed 65 acres (260,000 m2) and was the fourth largest industrial area in Illinois. By 2000, the population stood at 19,434 with a Hispanic population around 38 percent. Most residents were blue-collar workers employed by the complex of industries. Good location and easy access to O'Hare Airport cargo terminals, railroad freight terminals, major expressways for routing, and spur tracks accessing the rear of buildings have made Franklin Park a desirable place for industry.


Franklin Park Metra station for the Milwaukee District Line

Franklin Park has three Metra stations: Belmont Avenue on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois (at Union Station); Franklin Park and Mannheim on the Milwaukee District/West Line which connects Chicago to Elgin, Illinois.


Grand Stand Pizza on Grand Ave.

Franklin Park is home to Grand Stand Pizza, in 2005 voted Best Thin Crust in Chicago by Fox News Chicago,[6] A.M. Castle & Co, R&M Trucking Co.


  • Middle schools
    • Hester Jr. High School
  • Elementary schools
    • Passow Elementary School
    • Pietrini Elementary School
    • North Elementary School
    • East Early Childhood Center

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