Village of Westchester
Location of Westchester in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
|• Total||3.69 sq mi (9.55 km2)|
|• Land||3.69 sq mi (9.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||4,493.49/sq mi (1,735.02/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Wikimedia Commons||Westchester, Illinois|
The area now known as Westchester was occupied by German farmers dating back to the mid-19th century. Samuel Insull purchased the land in 1924 with plans to recreate an English-style town. As a result, the town's name and the majority of its street names are of English origin.
The Great Depression slowed construction in the ensuing decade, although the population continued to grow, largely aided by the presence of the western terminal of Chicago's rapid transit line. The extension of the line was removed in 1951. However, the Interstate Highway System's creation in 1956 led to the construction of nearby expressways I-290 and I-294, providing residents with convenient travel.
Westchester is located at (41.853890, -87.883712).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 16,718 people residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 65.9% White, 14.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.9% of the population.
Westchester is divided between three congressional districts. The areas south of Cermak Road or west of Haase and Burns Avenues are in Illinois' 3rd congressional district; nearly all of the areas east of Mannheim Road and east of Mayfair Avenue between Canterbury Street and Dorchester Avenue are in the 7th district; the area in between (primarily Oak Ridge and Glen Oak cemeteries) is in the 4th district.
Westchester is home to Westbrook Corporate Center, located at Wolf Road and Cermak Road. Constructed in 1986 and renovated in 1996, the complex consists of five 10-story towers encompassing more than 1 million square feet (90,000 m²) of office space. Westbrook Corporate Center has won the 2000/2001 BOMA- International Office Building of the Year Award, 2000/2001 BOMA- North Central Region Office Building of the Year Award, and 1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2000/2001 BOMA- Suburban Chicago Office Building of the Year Award.
According to the Village's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
- Westchester Primary School (K–2)
- Westchester Intermediate School (3–5)
- Westchester Middle School (6–8)
- Brittain School (Special Needs)
Proviso Township High Schools district serves high school residents. Zoned students attend Proviso West High School in Hillside. Westchester residents may apply to Proviso Math & Science Academy in Forest Park.
The following private schools are located in the village:
- Divine Infant Jesus School (K–8, Roman Catholic)
- Divine Providence School (K–8, Roman Catholic)
- St. Joseph High School (9–12, Roman Catholic)
- Immanuel Christian Academy (K–8, Lutheran)
- Westchester Christian School (K-12, Non-Denominational)
- Philip Caputo, author and journalist (A Rumor of War); born in Westchester
- Marco D'Amico, mafia member of the Chicago Outfit
- Mario Anthony DeStefano, member of the Chicago Outfit
- Jim Durkin, state legislator representing Illinois' 82nd District
- Kathryn Hahn, actress (Crossing Jordan); born in Westchester
- Michael Sarno, member of the Chicago Outfit
- Saba, Rapper
- Daniel P. Ward, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court; lived in Westchester
- Cameron Meredith, Professional Football Player for the New Orleans Saints, born in Westchester
- Template:Ron platt, Lead singer for the band Kansas, born in Westchester
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- Village of Westchester Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
- "Links & Contacts". Village of Westchester, Illinois.