Lincolnwood, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°0′19″N 87°44′3″W / 42.00528°N 87.73417°W / 42.00528; -87.73417
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formerly Tessville, Illinois
Village of Lincolnwood
Official seal of Lincolnwood
Location of Lincolnwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Lincolnwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°0′19″N 87°44′3″W / 42.00528°N 87.73417°W / 42.00528; -87.73417
Country United States
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorJesal Patel
 • Total2.69 sq mi (6.97 km2)
 • Land2.69 sq mi (6.97 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
 • Total13,463
 • Density5,001.11/sq mi (1,931.19/km2)
 Up 1.9% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income$42,544
 • Median home value$444,100
ZIP Code
Area codeArea Codes 224/847
FIPS code17-43744

Lincolnwood (formerly Tessville) is a village in Niles Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 13,463.[2] An inner suburb of Chicago, it shares its southern, eastern, and a small section of its western boundary with Chicago, also bordering Skokie to the north and west.[3]


Lincolnwood is located at 42°0′19″N 87°44′3″W / 42.00528°N 87.73417°W / 42.00528; -87.73417 (42.005331, -87.734283).[4]

According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Lincolnwood has a total area of 2.69 square miles (6.97 km2), all land.[5] The North Shore Channel lies on its eastern border. Lincolnwood shares its southern, southeastern, and southwestern boundary with Chicago; northern and northwestern boundary with Skokie; and its eastern border with Chicago.[3]

Although Lincolnwood is small, it is sectioned off into neighborhoods. The most notable is "The Towers", located west of the Edens Expressway. Another neighborhood is called the Terraces.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2010[8] 2020[9]

As of the 2020 census[10] there were 13,463 people, 4,405 households, and 3,285 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,001.11 inhabitants per square mile (1,930.94/km2). There were 4,655 housing units at an average density of 1,729.20 per square mile (667.65/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 58.30% White, 31.09% Asian, 1.94% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.59% from other races, and 5.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.38% of the population.

There were 4,405 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.02% were married couples living together, 6.63% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.43% were non-families. Of all households, 23.81% were made up of individuals, and 16.37% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.34 and the average family size was 2.79.

The village's age distribution consisted of 22.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $90,422, and the median income for a family was $99,401. Males had a median income of $67,917 versus $38,378 for females. The per capita income for the village was $44,380. About 5.1% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Lincolnwood village, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2010[8] Pop 2020[9] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 7,938 7,682 63.05% 57.06%
Black or African American alone (NH) 129 248 1.02% 1.84%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 6 7 0.05% 0.05%
Asian alone (NH) 3,338 4,164 26.51% 30.93%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 1 0.00% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 34 45 0.27% 0.33%
Mixed Race or Multi-Racial (NH) 286 323 2.27% 2.40%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 859 993 6.82% 7.38%
Total 12,590 13,463 100.00% 100.00%


Lincolnwood was established as Tessville in 1911 and has a village form of government with a president (referred to as the Mayor) and six trustees elected at-large. A village manager professionally oversees day-to-day municipal operations.[11]

The Lincolnwood Economic Development Commission has been established to ensure the continued enhancement of the local economy and improved tax base.[12]

Mayor Henry Proesel was elected in 1931 and ended his 46 years in office in 1977, a record mostly unmatched by any other mayor in American history.[13] Succeeding him was John Porcelli, who served two terms. Porcelli was followed by Frank Chulay, who also served two terms.

Lincolnwood's first woman mayor, Madeline Grant, succeeded Chulay, and in 1995 created a nine-member Economic Development Commission.

Peter Moy served as village trustee from 1995 to 2000, then as village president until 2005. He was the first Asian American to serve any municipality in Illinois as its president.

In 2005, Jerry Turry was elected mayor. Before serving as mayor, Turry served as village trustee from 1995 to 2005.

In April 2017, Barry Bass was elected mayor, after serving as a trustee since 2015.

In April 2019, Assyrian American activist Atour Sargon was elected as a village trustee. She became the first ethnic Assyrian in the village's history to be elected to the board of trustees.[14]

In April 2021, Jesal Patel was elected mayor after serving as Trustee since 2007.

In politics, Lincolnwood leans Democratic. In 2012 59.4% of voters voted for Barack Obama, while 41.1% of voters voted for Mitt Romney. In the 2016 presidential election 64.5% of voters voted for Hillary Clinton, while 35.5% of voters voted for Donald Trump.

Public safety[edit]

Lincolnwood has a police station staffed by 34 personnel. The Lincolnwood Fire Department is housed in a facility operated by 28 full-timers. The Lincolnwood Fire Department was established through private contract in 1990. (Previously, village fire protection was provided through the City of Chicago.)

Public library[edit]

The Lincolnwood Public Library, established in 1978, is located in the center of the village at Pratt and Lincoln Avenues. Madeline Grant was the main driving force behind founding the library, and served as the first library president and later village president.[15]

The library is governed by a board of trustees that meets monthly to make decisions about Lincolnwood Public Library's services, finances, policies, and other business. The board of trustees is made up of trustees elected to four year terms.[16] As of 2021, the Lincolnwood Public Library District's Library Director is Josephine Tucci.[17]

The library has a substantial Historical Collection that includes materials that address the Village of Lincolnwood's history from the time of the Village of Tessville until the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] The library is also home to a Library of Things, where Lincolnwood residents can check out items not traditionally found in libraries, including bike repair kits, Dungeon & Dragons kits, Rokus, photography equipment, and more.[19]


Lincolnwood is served by Lincolnwood School District 74, which has a one-campus setting with three main facilities named after the Lincoln family.[13] Todd Hall serves as the education facility for preschoolers to early grade school students, Rutledge Hall serves elementary school students, and Lincoln Hall serves primarily junior high students. High school students attend Niles West High School in neighboring Skokie, part of District 219. Lincolnwood is part of the Oakton Community College District, which has a campus minutes away in Skokie. Northwestern University in Evanston, Loyola University in Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and North Park University in Chicago are all within 10 miles (16 km) of the village.

In September 2012, there was much controversy about the village board's consideration of approving a zoning law change to allow the establishment of a public gun range and store in Lincolnwood 1/2 mile from schools and parks.[20] In March 2013, the gun shop decided to sue the village in response to its denial of their shooting range proposal.[21] A primary concern of residents is that the gun shop, one of "A small handful of gun stores, three from Cook County and one from Gary, Indiana, continue to be responsible for a disproportionate number of crime guns recovered from Chicago's streets."[22]


The village's Recreation Department operates several recreation programs: an outdoor pool complex, 9 tennis courts, 11 baseball diamonds, a community center, as well as 13 parks (34 acres in total).

In the early 1970s, Lincolnwood's Boys Baseball program produced two Big League World Series champions,[23] (1970 and 1973), runner-up in 1972, a fourth-place finish in the Senior League World Series (1972), and was a Big League World Series participant again in 1974, finishing third.

The Skokie Valley Trail runs through the town.[24][25] As well as the North Shore Channel Trail.


Lincolnwood is home to the Lincolnwood Town Center, an indoor mall containing over 100 shops. Neighborhood shopping is available in the village along Lincoln Avenue, Devon Avenue, and Touhy Avenue. Additional shopping is just a short drive away at the Westfield Old Orchard, Golf Mill Shopping Center and Village Crossing Center.

Lincolnwood is also home to many dining options, one being L. Woods. A scene from Ocean's Twelve was filmed there; the room in which it was filmed was renamed the "Ocean's Twelve room".[26]


Evanston Hospital (NorthShore University HealthSystem, affiliated with the University of Chicago Medical Center) has a facility in Lincolnwood, at the intersection of McCormick and Pratt. NorthShore University HealthSystem is composed of Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital, Skokie Hospital etc.

Saint Francis Hospital operates a health center in Lincolnwood. Its main hospital and medical center are about 2 1⁄2 miles and about 6 minutes east in Evanston. Other area hospitals that serve Lincolnwood are Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore in Skokie and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Resurrection Hospital and Evanston Hospital, a teaching hospital, are also minutes away and serve Lincolnwood.


Bus service in the village is provided by both Pace and CTA.[27]

Notable people[edit]

Merrick Garland
Gabby Hartnett
Dalila Argaez Wendlandt


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Lincolnwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Chicagoland GIS Consortium MapOffice". Chicagoland GIS Consortium MapOffice. Chicagoland GIS Consortium. 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "Stormwater Modeling Phase I web" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Lincolnwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ a b "P2 Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Lincolnwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "Government | Village of Lincolnwood". Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Economic Development Commission | Village of Lincolnwood". Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Andrew, Katharine (2022). Images of America: The Village of Lincolnwood. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-0814-0.
  14. ^ Younan, Ata (May 6, 2020). "'Hard-to-Count' Assyrian community prepares for the census amid COVID-19". Borderless Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2020. Atour Sargon, the first Assyrian elected to the Lincolnwood board of trustees, has been a strong advocate of the campaign.
  15. ^ "Lincolnwood Library". Lincolnwood Library. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  16. ^ "Board of Trustees | Lincolnwood Public Library". Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  17. ^ "Contact Us | Lincolnwood Public Library". Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  18. ^ "Lincolnwood Historical Collection". Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Library of Things | Lincolnwood Public Library". Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  20. ^ "Proposal's withdrawal would allow Lincolnwood gun shop issue to return". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013.
  21. ^ "Denied OK for shooting range, Lincolnwood gun shop sues village". May 22, 2018.
  22. ^ "Tracing the guns" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Little League Baseball". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  24. ^ "Valley Line Trail (Skokie Valley Trail) | Attractions in North Park, Chicago". September 25, 2020.
  25. ^ "Lincolnwood Builds New Segments of the Valley Line Trail and the Weber Spur - Streetsblog Chicago". December 30, 2016.
  26. ^ "'Ocean' by the lake". Chicago Tribune. December 9, 2004.
  27. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 31, 2024.

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