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A bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel on 127th Street.
A bridge over the Cal-Sag Channel on 127th Street.
Official seal of Crestwood
Location of Crestwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Crestwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°38′43″N 87°44′37″W / 41.64528°N 87.74361°W / 41.64528; -87.74361
CountryUnited States
TownshipsWorth, Bremen
 • TypeTrustee-village
 • MayorKenneth Klein
 • Total3.08 sq mi (7.97 km2)
 • Land3.05 sq mi (7.90 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)  0.98%
 • Total10,826
 • Density3,550.67/sq mi (1,370.84/km2)
Standard of living (2017-2021)
 • Per capita income$32,093
 • Median home value$165,200
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)708/464
FIPS code17-17497

Crestwood is a village about 24 miles (39 km) southwest of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 10,826.[2]

The Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent baseball Frontier League play at Ozinga Field in Crestwood.


According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Crestwood has a total area of 3.08 square miles (7.98 km2), of which 3.05 square miles (7.90 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[3]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2010[5] 2020[6]

As of the 2020 census[7] there were 10,826 people, 4,862 households, and 2,281 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,518.36 inhabitants per square mile (1,358.45/km2). There were 5,202 housing units at an average density of 1,690.61 per square mile (652.75/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 74.75% White, 10.06% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.71% from other races, and 7.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.30% of the population.

There were 4,862 households, out of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.54% were married couples living together, 9.21% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.09% were non-families. 45.56% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.65% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 2.06.

The village's age distribution consisted of 14.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $60,541, and the median income for a family was $69,965. Males had a median income of $55,303 versus $31,707 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,003. About 3.1% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Crestwood, IL – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[5] Pop 2020[6] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 9,073 7,710 82.86% 71.22%
Black or African American alone (NH) 740 1,084 6.76% 10.01%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 13 2 0.12% 0.02%
Asian alone (NH) 105 186 0.96% 1.72%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 0 0.01% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 10 30 0.09% 0.28%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 116 266 1.06% 2.46%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 892 1,548 8.15% 14.30%
Total 10,950 10,826 100.00% 100.00%

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 can be of any race.

Government and politics


Crestwood is a Council–manager village. The mayor with the approval of the village board appoints a village manager to oversee the daily affairs of the village. The current village manager is William Graffeo, who has served in that role since 2010.

Crestwood's government used to rebate to its residents a portion of their property and other municipal tax payments. It was praised by proponents of small government for its low taxes and cheap government.[8] Crestwood's rebates ended in 2009 so that the village could pay the legal fees associated with the contaminated water scandal.[9]

Crestwood is home to several units of the Illinois National Guard, including Battery B, 2nd Battalion 122 Field Artillery; Company B, 404th Brigade Support Battalion; Company G, 634th Brigade Support Battalion; 108th Signal Company; and the 1744th Transportation Company.

Crestwood Elected Officials
Name Elected position Party affiliation
Kenneth Klein Mayor Crestwood United Party
Catherine M. Johnson Village Clerk Crestwood United Party
Anthony J. Benigno Trustee Crestwood United Party
Linda M. Madlener Trustee Crestwood United Party
Kevin Wasag Trustee Crestwood United Party
Frank Caldario Trustee Crestwood United Party
Brian Skala Trustee Crestwood United Party
Denise M. Pietrucha Trustee Crestwood United Party

On November 17, 2021, Mayor Louis Presta resigned after pleading guilty to a federal bribery case regarding red light cameras installed in the village.[10][11]

Robert Stranczek, son of former mayor Chester Stranczek. Chester retired in October 2007, and it was then announced that Robert would be taking over his father's role as mayor.


Crestwood is currently governed by the Crestwood United Party. The Crestwood United Party is composed of members from both the Republican Party and Democratic Party.

Crestwood is considered competitive on the state and federal level. It has been won by both democrats and republicans in recent years.

Political districts

Crestwood Political Districts[12][13]
Level Name Position Party
Federal Dick Durbin US Senator Democratic
Federal Tammy Duckworth US Senator Democratic
Federal Jonathan Jackson US Rep IL-1 Democratic
Federal Sean Casten US Rep IL-6 Democratic
State Bill Cunningham State Sen IL-18 Democratic
State Emil Jones III State Sen IL-14 Democratic
State Mary Gill State Rep IL-35 Democratic
State Justin Slaughter State Rep IL-27 Democratic
State Bob Rita State Rep Il-28 Democratic
County Monica Gordon Commissioner District 5 Democratic
County Donna Miller Commissioner District 6 Democratic
County Sean Morrison Commissioner District 17 Republican


Crestwood is served by Pace routes 383 and 385. Routes 383 and 385 terminate at Midway station, the terminus of the CTA Orange Line.[14]

While Crestwood does not have rail service, it is in close proximity to Midlothian station which is served by Metra's Rock Island District to LaSalle Street.


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Delia M. Turner Elementary School, a Pre-K - Kindergarten school of the Posen-Robbins School District 143½, is within Crestwood.

Nathan Hale Elementary School [1]

Kolmar Elementary School [2]


Notable people

Water contamination

Main article: Water contamination in Crestwood, Illinois

In April 2009, the Chicago Tribune in an investigative article titled "Poison in the Well", reported that the water from a well used to supply residents with drinking water had been contaminated with chemicals (including two linked to the known carcinogen perchloroethylene) from dry cleaning solvents. Village of Crestwood officials, including Mayor Robert Stranczek, and the former mayor Chester Stranczek, were accused of secretly and illegally using the well and lying to regulatory authorities in order to cover that up. The ensuing investigation has generated three class-action lawsuits, two wrongful death lawsuits, and several federal raids.[17] Tricia Krause, a mother of a son who had leukemia for six years and a daughter who had a brain tumor alerted the USEPA of the wrongdoings of the Village of Crestwood officials.[citation needed]

In April 2013, certified water operator Frank Scaccia pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement. Crestwood's police chief and former water supervisor, Theresa Neubauer, was also found guilty of making false statements to regulators.[18] Former Mayor Chester Stranczek was declared not fit to stand trial due to dementia.[17]

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Crestwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  3. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  5. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Crestwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  6. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Crestwood village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  8. ^ Dennis Byrne (November 1, 2007). "Mayor Returns $48 Million to Taxpayers, Then Retires". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved January 17, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Winners in water scandal? The lawyers :: The SouthtownStar :: News". Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  10. ^ "Crestwood mayor resigns, pleads guilty in red light camera bribery case". November 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "'New sheriff' headed to jail? Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta resigns, pleads guilty in red-light camera bribery scheme". November 17, 2021.
  12. ^ Retrieved August 23, 2023. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Geographic Regions: State House and Senate Districts". IECAM. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  14. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  15. ^ Home Archived 2012-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. Turner Elementary School. Retrieved on February 24, 2013. "3847 W. 135th Street Robbins, Illinois 60472"
  16. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Crestwood village, IL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 24, 2013.
  17. ^ a b Michael Hawthorne and Annie Sweeney, "Guilty Plea in Tainted Water Case," The Chicago Tribune, Friday, April 12, 2013, section 1, p. 1
  18. ^ Tarm, Michael (April 29, 2013). "Theresa Neubauer Guilty: Ex-Crestwood Official Convicted Of Lying About Tainted Water". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2013.