Morton Grove, Illinois

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Coordinates: 42°2′28″N 87°47′11″W / 42.04111°N 87.78639°W / 42.04111; -87.78639
Morton Grove, Illinois
Motto: "First in service... first in safety"
Nickname: The Grove
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Coordinates 42°2′28″N 87°47′11″W / 42.04111°N 87.78639°W / 42.04111; -87.78639
Area 5.09 sq mi (13 km2)
 - land 5.09 sq mi (13 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 23,270 (2010)
Density 4,571.7 / sq mi (1,765 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60053, 60054, 60055
Area code 847
Location of Morton Grove within Illinois
Location of Morton Grove within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Morton Grove, Illinois

Morton Grove is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,270,[1] for a growth rate of 3.6% since 2000.

The Village President of Morton Grove since May 13, 2013, is Mayor Daniel P. DiMaria.

The village is named after former United States Vice President Levi Parsons Morton, who was the driving force behind allowing the old Miller's Mill road (now Lincoln Avenue) to pass through the upstart neighborhood, and provide goods to trade and sell. Morton Grove was incorporated in December 1895.

The village serves as the headquarters for Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.[2]


Morton Grove is located at 42°2′28″N 87°47′11″W / 42.04111°N 87.78639°W / 42.04111; -87.78639 (42.041146, -87.786456).[3] According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.09 square miles (13.2 km2), all land.[4] The North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the middle of the suburb within Cook County Forest Preserve area.


Morton Grove was established in 1895. The first mayor, George Harrer, was of German descent, as were most early settlers of Morton Grove. The largest park in the suburb is named after him.


As of the census of 2010,[5] there were 23,270 people, 8,199 households, and 6,288 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,406.4 people per square mile (1,699.7/km²). There were 8,305 housing units at an average density of 1,630.0 per square mile (628.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 66.2% White, 1.2% African American, 28% Asian, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.40% of the population.

There were 8,199 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $72,697. Males had a median income of $46,489 versus $34,730 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,973. About 1.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Handgun ban[edit]

In 1981, Morton Grove became the first town in America to prohibit the possession of handguns. Victor Quilici, a local lawyer, sued the city (Quilici v. Morton Grove). The federal district court as well as the Appellate Court ruled the Morton Grove ordinance to be constitutional, thus upholding the gun ban. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, letting the lower court decision stand. The ban stood as village code 6-2-3. However, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller,[6] it appeared likely that the village would drop the ban. On July 28, 2008, the city dropped its prohibition on handguns. The village board voted 5-1 in favor of removing the ban.[7]

Public schools[edit]

Public school districts serving Morton Grove include:[8]

Elementary school districts:

High school districts:

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Morton Grove village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
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  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "State & County QuickFacts: Morton Grove". US Census Bureau. US Dept of Commerce. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  6. ^ Nick Katz (2008-07-01). "Village likely to lift gun ban after Supreme Court ruling". Morton Grove Champion (Sun-Times Group). Retrieved 2008-07-02. [dead link]
  7. ^ NRA-ILA (2008-07-18). "Village of Morton Grove to Repeal Gun Ban". NRA-ILA News. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  8. ^ [1]

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