Alsip, Illinois

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Village of Alsip, Illinois
Alsip Village Hall
Alsip Village Hall
Flag of Alsip, Illinois.svg
Location of Alsip in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Alsip in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Alsip is located in Illinois
Location in Illinois
Alsip is located in the United States
Alsip (the United States)
Alsip is located in North America
Alsip (North America)
Coordinates: 41°40′14″N 87°43′56″W / 41.67056°N 87.73222°W / 41.67056; -87.73222Coordinates: 41°40′14″N 87°43′56″W / 41.67056°N 87.73222°W / 41.67056; -87.73222
Country United States
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorJohn D. Ryan
 • Total6.63 sq mi (17.16 km2)
 • Land6.53 sq mi (16.90 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)  1.54%
 • Total19,277
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,867.28/sq mi (1,107.03/km2)
 Down 2.27% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income$25,286
 • Median home value$202,100
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-01010
Demographics (2010)[3]
White Black Asian
68.0% 18.1% 2.3%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.1% 0.4% 11.1% 19.9%

Alsip is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 19,277 at the 2010 census.[4] It is a suburb of Chicago.

Alsip was settled in the 1830s by German and Dutch farmers. The village is named after Frank Alsip, the owner of a brickyard that opened there in 1885.[5] The village began to grow after the Tri-State Tollway was built there in 1959.


This is one of the two water towers which are notable landmarks with their dark red color and fluted shaft. Both are visible to travelers on I-294.

Alsip is located at 41°40′14″N 87°43′56″W / 41.67056°N 87.73222°W / 41.67056; -87.73222 (41.670433, -87.732199).[6]

According to the 2010 census, Alsip has a total area of 6.494 square miles (16.82 km2), of which 6.39 square miles (16.55 km2) (or 98.4%) is land and 0.104 square miles (0.27 km2) (or 1.6%) is water.[7]

Alsip is bordered to the west by the villages of Worth and Palos Heights. To the south is Crestwood. Oak Lawn lies to the north. Merrionette Park, Blue Island, and Robbins lie to the east (north-south, respectively). The Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago lies to the north and east.[8]

Most of the town lies to the north of the Cal-Sag Channel. However, Chippewa Ridge subdivision lies southwest of the Cal-Sag. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Water Reclamation District of Chicago, the village operates a boat launch on the canal, permitting inland access to Lake Michigan.[9]

The Alsip area is home to two predominantly African-American cemeteries, Burr Oak and Restvale cemeteries, which are the resting places of many Chicago blues musicians (including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Dinah Washington), athletes (Jimmie Crutchfield), and other celebrities. Emmett Till, whose murder in Mississippi at age 14 in 1955 was an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement, is buried at Burr Oak. In 2004, that cemetery was covered in the national media when the murder investigation was re-opened, and Till's body was exhumed.[10]

Six years later, on July 9, 2010, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart alleged that four workers at Burr Oak cemetery dug up more than 200 graves, dumped the bodies into unmarked mass graves, and resold the plots to unsuspecting members of the public. The three men and one woman were charged and convicted with one count each of dismembering a human body.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)18,709[2]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
The municipal logo for the Village of Alsip; it denotes the importance of industry and education, as well as transportation and community unity.

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 19,725 people, 7,536 households, and 5,011 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,098.5 people per square mile (1,195.6/km2). There were 7,756 housing units at an average density of 1,218.3 per square mile (470.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 81.64% White, 10.09% Black, 0.15% Native American, 2.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.22% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.76% of the population.

The top five non-African American, non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Alsip as of the 2000 census were Irish (24.2%), German (20.7%), Polish (17.3%), Italian (11.8%) and English (3.4%).[14]

There were 7,536 households, out of which 79.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,963, and the median income for a family was $54,846. Males had a median income of $42,233 versus $31,395 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,498. About 5.2% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Alsip is in Illinois' 1st congressional district; the portion north of 115th Street, and the city block northeast of 119th Street and Lawndale Avenue, are in the 3rd district.

Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the governing Village Board consisting of the Village President, often referred to as the Mayor, and six Trustees, and a Village Clerk. The Village Clerk is an ex officio member of the Board and does not vote. All Board members are elected at large. All Board members serve four-year terms, with the Village President, the Village Clerk, and three Trustees elected usually on the first Tuesday in April following Presidential election year, while the other three Trustees are usually elected on the first Tuesday in April two years later. Beginning with those elected in the April 4, 2017 election, no person may hold the office of Village President, Village Clerk, or Village Trustee for more than three consecutive four-year terms.

The current Village government, as of May 2019 (with the year their term ends):

  • Mayor: John D. Ryan (2021)
  • Clerk: Susan M. Petzel (2021)
  • Trustee: Richard S. Dalzell (2023)
  • Trustee: Christine L. McLawhorn (2023)
  • Trustee: Christopher W. Murphy (2023)
  • Trustee: Michael J. Zielinski (2021)
  • Trustee: Monica M. Juarez (2021)
  • Trustee: Catalina Nava-Esparza (2021) (Elected to a two-year term to fill the remaining term of Trustee who resigned)

Each trustee and the mayor serve on one or more committees or commissions which oversee government functions. The individual assignments are available at the village website.

There are also a finance director who helps guide the government on fiduciary matters and a law firm that serves as the village attorneys to guide the government on legal matters.[15]


  • Gustave Termunde (1927–33)
  • Leonard Holmberg (1933–36)
  • John Benck (1936–56)
  • John J. Alsterda (1956–61)
  • Raymond L. Termunde (1961–73)
  • Arnold A. Andrews (1973–2005)
  • Patrick E. Kitching (2005–2016)
  • John D. Ryan (2017–Present)


The public library district combines the municipalities of Alsip and neighboring Merrionette Park, though the library is located in Alsip on Pulaski Road.
Elementary school districts
Secondary School District
Community college
Private schools

Business and industry[edit]

Alsip is home to the international headquarters of Griffith Laboratories.[21]

One of the two Chicago area Coca-Cola bottling plants is located in Alsip.

Alsip is home to Alsip MiniMill, a producer of corrugating medium using Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) as the primary raw material.


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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  4. ^ "Alsip (village) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  5. ^ Callary, Edward (29 September 2008). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-252-09070-7.
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  8. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
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  10. ^ "Body of '55 civil rights victim returned to grave". Associated Press. 2005-06-04. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  11. ^ "Remains from Burr Oak Cemetery scandal reburied - Gary/Chicago Crusader". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Alsip, Illinois" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-04-11. (39.0 KB). U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-10.
  15. ^ "Village Of Alsip". Village Of Alsip. Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  16. ^ "District 126 Alsip, Hazelgreen, Oak Lawn ::". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  17. ^ "Hamlin Upper Grade Center - HAMLIN UPPER GRADE CENTER". 2014-05-13. Archived from the original on 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2015-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Community High School District 218 - Index". 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  20. ^ "Moraine Valley Community College". 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  21. ^ "Griffith Foods". Retrieved 25 January 2019.

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