Homewood, Illinois

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Village of Homewood
Homewood Village Hall
Homewood Village Hall
Location of Homewood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Homewood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°33′26″N 87°39′56″W / 41.55722°N 87.66556°W / 41.55722; -87.66556Coordinates: 41°33′26″N 87°39′56″W / 41.55722°N 87.66556°W / 41.55722; -87.66556
CountryUnited States
TownshipsBremen, Rich, Thornton, Bloom
 • Typevillage
 • Village PresidentRichard A. Hofeld
 • Total5.26 sq mi (13.63 km2)
 • Land5.22 sq mi (13.51 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation659 ft (201 m)
 • Total19,323
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,585.70/sq mi (1,384.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
60422, 60430
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-35879
Wikimedia CommonsHomewood, Illinois

Homewood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 19,463 at the 2020 census. Homewood began as a small town along the Illinois Central Railroad, now it is a major suburb just south of Chicago.[4]


According to the 2010 census, Homewood has a total area of 5.259 square miles (13.62 km2), of which 5.21 square miles (13.49 km2) (or 99.07%) is land and 0.049 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.93%) is water.[5] It lies on the Calumet Shoreline. The ancient shoreline can be seen clearly as the sand ridge along Ridge Road. A south suburban village, Homewood is 22 miles (35 km) due south of The Loop/downtown Chicago at 800 west and 18300 south on the Chicago grid system.


Homewood is home to many popular retailers, restaurants, and businesses large to small. It's historic downtown centered at the intersections of Dixie Highway and Ridge road boast a number of unique small businesses including coffee shops and restaurants, salons, a music shop, bookstore,[6] La Banque boutique hotel,[7] and the Homewood Science Center.[8] Homewood's other main commercial corridor is located along Halsted street between 183rd and 175th street and is home to a number of large national chain retailers.[9]

Large Employers[edit]

American headquarters for Canadian National Railways. Homewood's CN campus has hosted over 15,000 CN employees and boasts a unique and state of the art training facility.[10]

Global Headquarters for Tempo Global Resources (formerly Hunter Douglas Metals).[11]

Corporate offices for Carl Buddig & Company.[12]

Headquarters for Homewood Disposal Residential, Commercial, and Industrial waste service.[13]

Parks and Greenspaces[edit]

H-F Parks[edit]

Homewood's "H-F Park District" spans over 365 acres with 32 parks and recreation spaces.[14] Homewood's unique parks include Lion's Club Park and Pool,[15] H-F Ice Arena,[16] Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, H-F Racquet Club,[17] Rover's Run Dog Park, Extreme Scene Skate park, Millennium Park Splash Pad, Patriots Park Frisbee Golf Course, and Dolphin Lake Park and Clubhouse.[18]

Izaak Walton Preserve[edit]

Homewood's Izaak Walton Preserve is a 193 acre open space filled with woodland, lakes, and diverse wildlife carved out from an ancient glacial lake and sandy shoreline. Roughly 4 miles of gravel walking path wind through the scenic and rolling prairie throughout the preserve. Fishing, biking, running, and dog-walking are common activities along the preserve's trail system.[19]



The HF Chronicle is a local newspaper serving the Homewood and Floosmoor communities started in June of 2014.[20]


WHFH (88.5FM) - Viking Radio is Homewood-Floosmoor Highschool's radio station based on campus.[21]


Homewood Village Board[22][edit]

Village President - Rich Hofeld

Village Clerk - Marilyn Thomas

Trustee Barbara Dawkins

Trustee Vivian Harris-Jones

Trustee Jay Heiferman

Trustee Lisa Purcell

Trustee Lauren Roman

Trustee Karen Washington

State legislature[edit]

Illinois State Senate[23]

Illinois State House of Representatives


United States House of Representatives[24]

United States Senate


Children in grades K-8 attend schools under the jurisdiction of Homewood public school district 153, although some may attend Flossmoor School District 161 if they live west of Western Avenue and south of 183rd street. School District 153 has three schools: Winston Churchill Elementary, Willow Elementary, and James Hart Junior High School.[25] Children in grades K-2 attend Willow, then move on to Churchill for grades 3-5, then move on to finish grades 6-8 at James Hart. Homewood School District 153.

The majority of students in the area then go on to attend the local public high school, Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Homewood-Flossmoor High School is its own school district, school district 233. H-F is a three-time winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award for excellence. HF also owns WHFH 88.5, the highest powered high school radio station with 1,500 watts.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operated a Catholic school, St. Joseph School. It closed in 2017. It had 64 students in 2017.[26]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[27]

As of the 2010 census,[28] there were 19,323 people living in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 59.5% White, 34.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.9% of the population.

There were 7,552 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $57,213, and the median income for a family was $70,941. Males had a median income of $50,689 versus $35,978 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,074. About 3.2% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Homewood has been the subject of an advertising campaign in Chicago that attempts to market the town based on its diversity and reasonably priced housing options.[29] In 2007, Forbes magazine rated Homewood as one of the three most "livable" suburbs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.[30]

Rail transportation[edit]

Amtrak provides rail service to Homewood. Amtrak Train 59, the southbound City of New Orleans, is scheduled to depart Homewood at 8:54 pm daily with service to Kankakee and points south through Tennessee and Mississippi to New Orleans. Amtrak Train 58, the northbound City of New Orleans, is scheduled to depart Homewood at 7:44 am daily with service to Chicago Union Station. Homewood is also served by Amtrak Train 390/391, the Saluki, daily in the morning, and Amtrak Train 392/393, the Illini, daily in the afternoon/evening. Both the Saluki and Illini operate between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois. Metra also provides commuter rail service on the Metra Electric line between Millennium Station and University Park. Homewood is the American headquarters of Canadian National Railways including a large freight classification yard and major shop facilities.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "USGS detail on Newtown". Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Homewood village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
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  7. ^ https://www.labanquehotel.com/
  8. ^ https://www.homewoodsciencecenter.org/
  9. ^ "Show Your Local Love | Homewood, IL".
  10. ^ "CN Campus Customer Training | Safety Guidelines & Regulations | Customer Centre | cn.ca".
  11. ^ https://www.tempoglobalresources.com/
  12. ^ https://buddig.com/
  13. ^ https://mydisposal.com/
  14. ^ "H-F Park District | Homewood, IL".
  15. ^ https://hfparks.com/lionsclubpool/
  16. ^ https://hfparks.com/hficearena/
  17. ^ https://hfracquetandfitness.com/
  18. ^ "H-F Park District | Homewood, IL".
  19. ^ https://www.homewoodizaakwalton.com/
  20. ^ https://hfchronicle.com/
  21. ^ https://www.vikingtelevision.com/
  22. ^ "Mayor & Trustees | Homewood, IL".
  23. ^ "Find and contact your Illinois state senator, house representative or Chicago alderman".
  24. ^ "Illinois Senators, Representatives, and Congressional District Maps".
  25. ^ "Homewood School District 153 - Willow School - Churchill School - Millennium School - James Hart School". www.hsd153.org.
  26. ^ Kennedy, Mike (2017-01-12). "2 Catholic schools in Chicago's south suburbs will close". American School & University. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  27. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  31. ^ Cassandra Tate (November 29, 2007), Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981), Geologist, HistoryLink
  32. ^ Funk, David P. (October 30, 2017). "Homewood designer's Rampage game hits Hollywood". Homewood-Floosmore Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  33. ^ Scobell, Beverley (October 1, 1995). "Homewood mayor appointed to fill vacant House seat". Illinois Issues. Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University. p. 40. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  34. ^ Koppes, Steve (November 28, 2011). "Science pubs create lively intellectual exchange". Photo by Jason Smith. University of Chicago. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  35. ^ Brune, Tom; Halperin, Jennifer (October 1, 1996). "Patronage Lite: Governor Edgar's Shadow Government". Illinois Issues. Illustrations by Keith Whaley. Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University. pp. 12–21. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  36. ^ Caro, Mark (March 29, 2011). "Hold the phone — that fake number works". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  37. ^ Thomas, Marilyn (April 30, 2017). "Alumna tells H-F High students 'be creative' in setting future endeavors". Homewood-Floosmore Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  38. ^ Thomas, Marilyn (May 20, 2018). "H-F High uses arts to recognize outstanding astrophysicist's achievements". Homewood-Floosmore Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
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