Willow Springs, Illinois

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Willow Springs, Illinois
Village of Willow Springs
Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, Willow Springs, Illinois.jpg
Official seal of Willow Springs, Illinois
Location of Willow Springs in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Willow Springs in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°44′15″N 87°52′40″W / 41.73750°N 87.87778°W / 41.73750; -87.87778Coordinates: 41°44′15″N 87°52′40″W / 41.73750°N 87.87778°W / 41.73750; -87.87778
CountryUnited States
CountiesCook, DuPage
TownshipsLyons, Palos, Lemont, Downers Grove
 • Total4.26 sq mi (11.03 km2)
 • Land4.16 sq mi (10.76 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
594 ft (181 m)
 • Total5,524
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,352.83/sq mi (522.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-82049

Willow Springs is a village in west central Cook county in the U.S. state of Illinois. The village was founded in 1892. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census.[3]


Willow Springs is located at 41°44′15″N 87°52′40″W / 41.73750°N 87.87778°W / 41.73750; -87.87778 (41.737616, -87.877788).[4] It lies on the banks of the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.[5]

According to the 2010 census, Willow Springs has a total area of 4.116 square miles (10.66 km2), of which 4.01 square miles (10.39 km2) (or 97.42%) is land and 0.106 square miles (0.27 km2) (or 2.58%) is water.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)5,621[2]1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,027 people, 1,948 households, and 1,381 families living in the village. The population density was 1,299.8 people per square mile (501.5/km2). There were 1,991 housing units at an average density of 514.8 per square mile (198.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.91% White, 0.72% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.05% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Willow Springs as of the 2000 census were Polish (25.3%), German (19.6%), Irish (12.6%), Italian (11.3%) and Czech (6.9%).[9]

There were 1,948 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $58,322, and the median income for a family was $66,886. Males had a median income of $48,776 versus $35,466 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,394. About 5.9% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Willow Springs is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district, while the northwestern portion is in the 6th district. The current Mayor is John M. Carpino.

The Current Board of Trustees is composed of Village Trustees: Melissa N. Neddermeyer, President Pro-Tem (Term Expires 2021); Thomas Birks (Term Expires 2021); Terrence M. Carr (Term Expires 2023); Michael Kennedy Jr. (Term Expires 2021); Ernie Moon (Term Expires 2023); Fred Posch (Term Expires 2023)

Public education[edit]

Several public elementary and middle school students attend Willow Springs School District 108, while others attend Pleasantdale Elementary and Pleasantdale Middle School in Pleasantdale School District 107.[10] At the high school level, some District 108 students move onto Argo Community High School (District 217) in Summit, IL, and District 107 students move onto Lyons Township High School (District 204) in La Grange/Western Springs, IL. Another portion of District 108 students attend Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (Consolidated High School District 230) in Palos Hills, IL.[11]

Trinity Lutheran School is in the area.[10]

College of DuPage serves residents north of the river while Moraine Valley Community College serves those south of the river.[10]


Willow Springs has a station on Metra's Heritage Corridor, which provides daily rail service between Joliet and Chicago Union Station.


Willow Springs was used as a set location for the film The Lake House, starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.[12]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Willow Springs village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ willowsprings-il.gov About Willow Springs Retrieved December 10, 2019
  6. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Willow Springs, Illinois" (PDF). (38.9 KiB). U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed April 7, 2007.
  10. ^ a b c "Schools." Willow Springs. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Attendance Areas Archived February 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine." Consolidated High School District 230. Retrieved on January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Willow%20Springs,%20Illinois,%20USA

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