Winfield, Illinois

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Winfield, Illinois
Winfield, Illinois Town Center.jpg
Town Center
Name origin: Gen. Winfield Scott
Motto: "Growing Smart; In Harmony With Nature"
Country United States
State Illinois
County DuPage
Townships Milton, Winfield
Elevation 771 ft (235 m)
Coordinates 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694Coordinates: 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694
Area 3.03 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 2.99 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 9,080 (2010)
Density 3,228.3 / sq mi (1,246 / km2)
Incorporated April 18, 1921 (1921-04-18)
Government Mayor-trustee
Village President Erik Spande
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60190
Area codes 630, 331
GNIS feature ID 2399715
Location in DuPage County and the state of Illinois.
Statistics: [1]

Winfield is an incorporated village located in Milton and Winfield Townships, DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,718 at the 2000 census,[1] and increased to 9,080 in the 2010 census.[5]

Winfield is home to Central DuPage Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs. Winfield has a Metra station on the Union Pacific/West Line, which provides regular commuter rail service to Chicago. Attractions adjacent to Winfield include the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Kline Creek Farm, a living history farm located on the west side of County Farm Road between Geneva and St. Charles Roads; and Cantigny, which includes public gardens, museums, golf courses, picnic grounds and hiking trails. Cantigny is located on the east side of Winfield Road, just south of Illinois Route 38, also known as Roosevelt Road. Winfield also enjoys parks and recreational services provided by the Winfield Park District. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County also owns and operates several other open space areas surrounding Winfield.


The Village of Winfield was incorporated as a village in 1921, but has roots from the 1830s, originally known as Gary's Mill after early settler Eurastus Gary, and later, Fredricksburg, owing to a significant German-speaking population. In the late 1800s, the settlement’s name was changed again to Winfield after the war hero Winfield Scott.[6][7]

Winfield is home to one of the oldest taverns in the Chicago suburbs, John's Restaurant and Tavern (formerly John's Buffet), founded in 1921 by immigrant John T Karwoski, grandfather of the current owner, John Karwoski III. John Karwoski was instrumental in the political and economic development of Winfield, and it was his guidance and leadership that took a fledgling prairie town clinging to existence after the railroad boom went bust, and turned it into a viable and livable village.[8] Mr Karwoski became the first Chief of the all-volunteer Winfield Volunteer Fire Company in 1935. 45 years later, his son John Karwoski II was made Chief of the expanded Winfield Fire Protection District in 1980.[9]

Winfield is also home to another remnant of the past, called Schmidt's Pond. In the late 1800s, Peter Schmidt dug a pond to provide a place to harvest ice in the Winter. Schmidt used the ice for his meat market, but also provided ice to the village in general. The property which is located between Park Street and Summit Avenue, just south of Town Center Winfield, also featured an ice house to store the harvested ice. While the ice house has since been turned into a private residence, the pond survives. The pond almost all but disappeared in the 1970s and 1980s due to lowering water tables, but has since returned, thanks in part to the village hooking up to Lake Michigan for its primary water use and a rising water table. The pond is home to many ducks, geese, muskrat, crayfish, frogs, toads and fish, and while the pond is on private property, it can be seen from Park Street and Summit Avenues.

Winfield was served by The Winfield Glimpses newspaper from October 1947 to October 1976.[10] The Glimpses changed its name to the Winfield Examiner in November 1976 and ran until February 1992. A full collection of these newspapers is available on microfilm at the Winfield Public Library. Actual scans of selected stories and advertisements from "The Winfield Glimpses" can be seen at


Winfield is located at 41°51′57″N 88°09′25″W / 41.86583°N 88.15694°W / 41.86583; -88.15694 (41.8658543, -88.1569256).[3] Winfield is, by and large, surrounded by forests, including several DuPage County Forest Preserves on the north, west, and south. It borders Wheaton to the east and West Chicago to the west.

According to the 2010 census, Winfield has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 2.99 square miles (7.74 km2) (or 98.68%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 1.32%) is water.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 164
1930 445
1940 567 27.4%
1950 714 25.9%
1960 1,575 120.6%
1970 4,285 172.1%
1980 4,422 3.2%
1990 7,096 60.5%
2000 8,718 22.9%
2010 9,080 4.2%
Est. 2014 9,569 [12] 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,718 people, 2,975 households, and 2,403 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,228.3 people per square mile (1,246.7/km²). There were 3,024 housing units at an average density of 1,119.8 per square mile (432.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.60% White, 1.24% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population. 22.9% were of German, 12.9% Irish, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% English and 8.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,975 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $89,060, and the median income for a family was $98,528. Males had a median income of $62,433 versus $42,328 for females. The per capita income for the village was $35,482. About 0.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over. The median home value was $210,400.


The Village of Winfield is served by three school districts: West Chicago Elementary School District 33 (K-8, serving the north side of Winfield); Winfield Elementary School District 34 (K-8, serving the south side of Winfield); and Community Unit School District 200 (K-12, Wheaton-Warrenville, serving the east side of Winfield). Winfield has no public high school, students from Districts 33 and 34 attend West Chicago Community High School, and students from CUSD 200 attend Wheaton North High School. It has three public elementary/middle schools, Winfield Primary School, Winfield Central School, and Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and one private elementary/middle school, St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

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  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of Winfield, Illinois
  4. ^ Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. "Name Index to Illinois Local Governments". Illinois State Archives. Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files – Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ June 7, 1967 issue of the Winfield Glimpses
  7. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ Spanke, Louise. Winfield's Good Old Days: A History. 1978
  9. ^ "The First Fifty Years… How it All Started". Winfield Fire Protection District. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Glimpses of Winfield". WordPress. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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