Maywood, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°52′52″N 87°50′36″W / 41.88111°N 87.84333°W / 41.88111; -87.84333
Maywood, Illinois
Motto: "Village of Eternal Light"
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Proviso
Coordinates 41°52′52″N 87°50′36″W / 41.88111°N 87.84333°W / 41.88111; -87.84333
Area 2.72 sq mi (7 km2)
 - land 2.72 sq mi (7 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 24,090 (2010)
Density 8,856.6 / sq mi (3,420 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60153, 60154, 60155
Area code 708
Location of Maywood within Illinois
Location of Maywood within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Maywood, Illinois

Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It was founded on April 6, 1869,[1] and organized October 22, 1881.[2] The population was 24,090 at the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Maywood is located 10 miles (16 km) west of downtown Chicago. Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, bisects (north and south) the town as it goes from Chicago west to join Interstate 294, the Tri-State Tollway, in Hillside. Maywood is located between O'Hare and Midway airports.

There are many century-old homes in relatively unaltered condition, and Maywood boasts 16 homes and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

At one time there were two airports in Maywood. One was on the location where the Loyola University Medical Center is today, at the southwest corner of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road. It was the airfield used by Charles Lindbergh during his days as an airmail pilot.[5] Checkerboard Field was on the southeastern corner of that intersection and was a private field. It is now a forest preserve meadow. There was some apparent consolidation of the fields in later years. The current Hines Veterans Hospital's long narrow building is built on the foundation of the former grandstand for the automobile board racetrack from many years ago; Barney Oldfield raced on the track.[6]


Maywood is located at 41°52′52″N 87°50′36″W / 41.88111°N 87.84333°W / 41.88111; -87.84333 (41.881181, -87.843309).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.72 square miles (7.0 km2), all land.[8]

Neighboring villages are Broadview to the south, Forest Park and River Forest to the east, Melrose Park to the north, and Bellwood to the west.


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 24,090 people, 7,407 households, and 5,538 families residing in the village. The population density was 8,856.6 people per square mile (3,441.4/km²). There were 8,393 housing units at an average density of 3,085.7 per square mile (1,199.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 74.4% African American, 12.6% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 10.3% some other race, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.8% of the population.[3]

There were 7,407 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were headed by married couples living together, 29.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.24, and the average family size was 3.77.[3]

In the village the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.4 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.[3]

For the period 2009-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $41,029, and the median income for a family was $49,910. Male full-time workers had a median income of $36,182 versus $36,724 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,108. About 16.2% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.[10]


Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 operates elementary and middle schools. Proviso Township High Schools District 209 operates high schools.

Emerson Elementary School is an elementary school in Maywood. Enrollment as of 2006 was 476 students.[11] The school teaches grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Other elementary schools in Maywood include Lexington, Garfield, Lincoln, Washington and Irving Elementary Schools. Proviso East High School is in Maywood.

Maywood in World War II[edit]

Maywood became the home of the 33rd Tank Company, Illinois National Guard. The Armory was located on Madison Street, two blocks east of First Avenue. It was organized on 3 May 1929 with the purpose of training men for combat. On 25 November 1940, 122 men of the 33rd Tank Company were inducted into active service to become Company B of the famous 192nd Tank Battalion which fought on the Philippine islands. They were destined to become victims of the Bataan Death March in April 1942. Of the 122 men of Company B, only 41 returned to Maywood alive. Their sacrifice has been honored with a Bataan Day Parade.[12][13]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Franzosenbusch Heritage Project
  2. ^ Village of Maywood
  3. ^ a b c d "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Maywood village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ National Register of Historical Places
  5. ^ Lindbergh, Charles A. (1953), The Spirit of St. Louis (1 ed.), Charles Scribners Son's, p. 4 
  6. ^ Borgeson, Griffith (1998), The golden age of the American racing car (2 ed.), SAE, p. 132, ISBN 978-0-7680-0023-8 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (DP03): Maywood village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Irving Elementary School - Maywood, Illinois - IL - school overview
  12. ^ [Geserick, June; MAYWOOD SHOWS SONS IT WON'T FORGET HEROISM :30,000 See Ceremonies of Bataan Day; 13 September 1942; Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 - 1986). (Document ID: 473319512); accessed 22 July 2009]
  13. ^ Pioneer Press, Maywood, 10 September 09
  14. ^ "Jackie LaVine". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 2014. 

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