Olympia Fields, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Village
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Motto: People Make a Village
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Bloom and Rich
Coordinates 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Area 2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 4,988 (2010)
Density 1,696.6 / sq mi (655 / km2)
Founded 1927
Government Village
Village president Debbie Meyers-Martin
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60461
Area code 708
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Website: www.olympia-fields.com

Olympia Fields is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,988 at the 2010 census.[1] Olympia Fields, IL, is a small village that grew up around the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club built in 1915. It is the location of Olympia Fields Country Club. Olympia Fields has one of the lowest crime rates in all of the Chicago metropolitan area, and it is also noteworthy as one of the wealthiest "majority black" communities in the United States. [2]

History[edit]

The area that makes up the Village today was once farmland worked by immigrant families during the 1830s. The Illinois Central Railroad began serving the area in the 1850s, making the transport of farm goods to the City of Chicago and its growing population much easier.

In 1893, the Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, and the south Cook County region became an increasingly popular retreat for busy Chicagoans. By 1913, the area's lush woodlands and rolling terrain convinced an investment group led by Charles Beach, that the area was the perfect place to establish a golf course catering to Chicago's wealthy elite. Beach and his friend James Gardner developed a magnificent 72-hole golf course and country club.

The Club was chartered in 1915 as Olympia Fields Country Club. Amos Alonzo Stagg, the famed football coach of the University of Chicago, became the Club's first president. The name "Olympia" was proposed by Stagg. The word "Fields" was added because it aptly described the young community's pastoral terrain.

Golf and the resort atmosphere in the area south of Chicago because so popular that some families lived in canvas-covered "cottages" during the summer months, while others built more permanent homes on the western side of the train tracks beginning as early as 1919. The clubhouse, built in 1924, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The golf course is considered one of the finest in the nation. It was home to the 1928 and 2003 U.S. Open, the 1925 and 1961 PGA Championship, the 1997 Senior U.S. Open, and the Western Open. Olympia Fields Country Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The Country Club's founder, Charles Beach, organized the effort to incorporate the residential areas around the Country Club as a municipality, and in 1927, the Village of Olympia Fields was created with Beach as its first president. His home, built to reflect the design and character of the Country Club, still stands at the southwest corner of Kedzie Avenue and 203rd Street. Today, the grounds of the Country Club remain unincorporated, outside the jurisdiction of the Village government.

Olympia Fields has received the Tree City USA award for many years of having demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. [3]

Geography[edit]

Olympia Fields is located at 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278 (41.518290, -87.692744).[4]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.94 square miles (7.6 km2), all land.[5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,988 people, 1,951 households, and 1,374 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,696.6 people per square mile (656.3/km²). There were 2,104 housing units at an average density of 715.6 per square mile (276.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 25.3% white, 69.5% black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.3% Asian, 0.8% some other race, and 1.9% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 2.5% of the population.[1]

There were 1,951 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were headed by married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.9% of households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53, and the average family size was 3.08.[1]

In the village the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 16.3% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.[1]

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $80,888, and the median income for a family was $88,839. Male full-time workers had a median income of $90,761 versus $58,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $46,486. About 5.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.[6]

Population (2000) Total 4,732
Density 1,665.3/sq mi
White 42.65%
African American 52.11%
Native American 0.04%
Asian 3.38%
Pacific Islander 0.02%
Hispanic/Latino 1.82%
Other 0.57%
Median Income $94,827

Government[edit]

Olympia Fields is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district. The current president is Debbie Meyers-Martin. The Village Administrator is David Mekarski.

Transportation[edit]

The Village of Olympia Fields is located between Vollmer Road and US Route 30, two miles west of I-57, allowing easy access to the rest of Chicagoland.

Olympia Fields has two stations on the Metra Electric Main Line, which provide easy access to the Chicago Loop and the University of Chicago.

Metra trains provide quick, convenient transportation to downtown Chicago from two stations on the north and south sides of Olympia Fields. Express trains reach the Randolph Street Station on Michigan Avenue in 40 minutes via the Metra Electric Main Line. Metra Lots are located at 203rd St. and Kedzie Avenue and at 211th Street (Lincoln Highway) and Olympian Way. Both lots are daily lots.

Education[edit]

The village is served by Arcadia Elementary School. In 2009, the K-4 school was selected as a national Blue Ribbon School.

Although most of Olympia Fields' students attend Arcadia through fourth grade, school assignments get confusing from there. The Arcadia students head to Park Forest or Matteson for middle school, then back to Olympia Fields for high school. Students from the Graymoor and Greens subdivisions go to school in Flossmoor. The Wysteria subdivision students study in Chicago Heights.[7]

Students from Olympia Fields attend six different public school districts: Elementary Districts 161, 162 and 170 and High School Districts 206, 227 and 233. [8]

  • Flossmoor School District 161 (Western Avenue Elementary School)
  • Flossmoor School District 161 (Parker Junior High School)
  • Homewood-Flossmoor School District 233 (Homewood-Flossmoor High School). Homewood-Flossmoor High School is a three-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award for excellence.
  • Matteson School District 162
  • Rich Township High School District 227 (Rich Central High School)
  • School District 170 (Kennedy School)
  • Bloom Township High School District 206 (Bloom High School)

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Nearby Private Schools

  • Marian Catholic High School is a co-educational, college preparatory 9-12 secondary school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Infant Jesus of Prague School is a co-educational, Roman Catholic K-8 school operated by the Infant Jesus of Prague Parish in Flossmoor. IJP, as the school is known, is a two-time winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award.
  • St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic School is a co-educational, Roman Catholic K-8 school operated by the St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish in Matteson.
  • Church of the Nazarene Nursery School and Kindergarten is a co-educational, Christian nursery school and kindergarten serving children from ages six weeks to six years during the normal school year and up to the age of twelve years during the summer program.

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