Bensenville, Illinois

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Bensenville
Village of Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Flag of Bensenville
Motto(s): 
Gateway to Opportunity
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyDuPage, Cook
TownshipAddison, Leyden
Government
 • TypePresident-Trustee
 • Village PresidentFrank DeSimone
Area
 • Total5.58 sq mi (14.46 km2)
 • Land5.53 sq mi (14.33 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
679 ft (207 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total18,813
 • Density3,401.37/sq mi (1,313.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)630
FIPS code17-05248
Websitewww.bensenville.il.us Edit this at Wikidata

Bensenville is a village located near O'Hare International Airport in DuPage County, Illinois, with a portion of the town in Cook County. As of the 2020 census, the village population was 18,813.

First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road (now Canadian Pacific) right-of-way. The community is named after Bensen, Germany, a village in the municipality of Sudwalde.[2][3] A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.[2]

The Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, former home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team.

The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

The Barker-Karpis Gang used a house on May Street to hide kidnap victims William Hamm, Jr in 1933 and Edward Bremer in 1934, who they had kidnapped from Saint Paul, Minnesota.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Bensenville has a total area of 5.58 square miles (14.45 km2), of which 5.53 square miles (14.32 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[5]

Schools[edit]

Bensenville School District 100:

Bensenville School District 2:

  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Tioga School
  • W.A. Johnson School

Private:

  • Zion-Concord Lutheran School, Private 3-year-old Preschool through 8th grade.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880136
1890295116.9%
190037426.8%
191044318.4%
192065046.7%
19301,680158.5%
19401,86911.3%
19503,754100.9%
19609,141143.5%
197012,95641.7%
198016,10624.3%
199017,76710.3%
200020,70316.5%
201018,352−11.4%
202018,8132.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2020 census[7] there were 18,813 people, 6,661 households, and 4,274 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,370.90 inhabitants per square mile (1,301.51/km2). There were 6,864 housing units at an average density of 1,229.89 per square mile (474.86/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 46.19% White, 4.17% African American, 4.94% Asian, 2.23% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 25.73% from other races, and 16.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.55% of the population.

There were 6,661 households, out of which 57.71% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.30% were married couples living together, 12.73% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.84% were non-families. 29.43% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.48% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 2.70.

The village's age distribution consisted of 23.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $64,401, and the median income for a family was $77,151. Males had a median income of $39,310 versus $32,728 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,530. About 7.4% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

The "Midwest Hiawatha" traveling through Bensenville, 1943

Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago (at Union Station). From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to Bensenville's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 US Foods 400
2 Fortune Fish & Gourmet 350
3 Chicago White Metal Casting 325
4 Expeditors International 300
5 Victor Envelope Co 220
6 Allmetal, Inc 200
6 Ewing-Doherty Mechanical Inc 200
6 UPS Freight Services 200
7 Envelop Express 175
8 Amglo Kemlite Labs 150
8 Rubicon 150
8 Creative Werks 150

In popular culture[edit]

Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) auto recycling facility on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the "door-falling-off-the-car" commercial,[9] starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.

Bensenville is mentioned by name in the movie Flatliners, and a scene was filmed at the old green house that was next to Blackhawk Junior High School in 1990.[10]

In the television series Boss, a multi-episode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.

Sister cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois. ISBN 9780252090707.
  3. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54dc6b0be4b0d364a5ee20e0/t/596f525c893fc01a296bd706/1500467836964/1936+Barker%3AKarpis+Summary.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Census.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  8. ^ Village of Bensenville CAFR
  9. ^ "Commercial success – Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ "Flatliners".
  11. ^ "Village of Bensenville Board Minutes, October 13, 2015". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Daren Dochterman's bio for Fenton's Wall of Fame; retrieved 23 May 2016". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  13. ^ Daren Dochterman filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
  14. ^ "Fenton alum to play for Nigeria in Olympics". Daily Herald. July 20, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Martinez, Marcia (November 12, 2009). "If not for Richard, Prairie Stars would be poorer". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "William A. Redmond Memoir" (PDF). Illinois Legislative Research Unit. 1982. p. v. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  17. ^ Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Johnson, Steve (18 July 2014). "Q&A: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, on cybersecurity and startups". Mercury News. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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