Elmwood Park, Illinois
Flag of Elmwood Park, Illinois
Official seal of Elmwood Park, Illinois
Location of Elmwood Park in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Elmwood Park in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°55′21″N 87°48′56″W / 41.92250°N 87.81556°W / 41.92250; -87.81556
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • PresidentAngelo Saviano
 • Total1.91 sq mi (4.94 km2)
 • Land1.91 sq mi (4.94 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
 • Total24,521
 • Density12,851.68/sq mi (4,961.04/km2)
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income$26,133
 • Median home value$341,400
ZIP code
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-23724
GNIS ID2398817
Demographics (2010)[3]
Demographic Proportion
White 84.8%
Black 1.9%
Asian 2.3%
Islander 0.02%
Native 0.3%
Other 10.6%
(any race)
Saint Celestine Catholic Parish in Elmwood Park

Elmwood Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 24,521 at the 2020 census.[3] The community has long maintained a large Italian-American population, with a more recent influx of Polish-American and Hispanic residents.


According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Elmwood Park has a total area of 1.91 square miles (4.95 km2), all land.[4]


Elmwood Park was incorporated as a village in early April 1914 in order to prevent annexation by the greater city of Chicago. Today one can still see evidence of a minority of landowners, or share farmers who voted for annexation to the city in 1915 by the odd chunk taken out of Elmwood Park's northeast corner, which kept the community from achieving a full square rectangular border.[5]

At the turn of the century, urban dwellers would take a train on the Milwaukee Road, (which is now Canadian Pacific) westward out of the harsh concrete city for family picnics at the "Elm-Wood-Park," which was an ancient "Grove of majestic 180 year old Elms" found near 72nd Ave/Harlem and Irving Park Road.[6] Taking advantage of the park's provenance, a new cemetery was named Elmwood, while the closest train stop to both cemetery and park in unincorporated Marwood/Ellsworth became identified with the official name of "Elmwood Park." During the pressure era of incorporation a decade later, the village's founding representatives thought it most ideal to legally title the community after the stop, and after the namesake elm, which is a native, locally evolved, riparian prairie "bottomland" tree species.

Russell's Barbecue, the oldest continuously operating barbecue restaurant in Chicagoland, is located in Elmwood Park.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2020 census[9] there were 24,521 people, 9,223 households, and 5,979 families residing in the village. The population density was 12,851.68 inhabitants per square mile (4,962.06/km2). There were 10,068 housing units at an average density of 5,276.73 per square mile (2,037.36/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 63.68% White, 3.02% African American, 0.98% Native American, 3.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 15.65% from other races, and 13.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.07% of the population.

There were 9,223 households, out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.55% were married couples living together, 12.43% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.17% were non-families. 32.53% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.73% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.37 and the average family size was 2.61.

The village's age distribution consisted of 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 28% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $63,312, and the median income for a family was $84,159. Males had a median income of $40,257 versus $34,548 for females. The per capita income for the village was $31,248. About 4.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Elmwood Park's public schools are operated under Illinois Community Unit School District #401. The schools include:

High school

Middle school

Elementary schools


Elmwood Park is accessible via Elmwood Park station on Metra's Milwaukee District West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin, Illinois, and Chicago Union Station. Pace and CTA provide bus service on multiple routes connecting Elmwood Park to destinations across the region.[10]

Sister city

Village Presidents

  1. Carl E. Johnson, Jr.: 1914-1915
  2. Merritt B. Marwood: 1915-1920
  3. Adolph H. Bracher: 1921-1923
  4. John R. Beck: 1924-1929
  5. Gerald R. Howe: 1929-1931
  6. Charles P. Hoehamer: 1931-1933
  7. Thomas Careyd: 1933-1935
  8. John A. Cullerton: 1935-1948
  9. Adam J. Roulo: 1948-1953
  10. Elmer W. Conti: 1953-1985
  11. Don Storino: 1985-1987
  12. Richard G. Torpe: 1987-1989
  13. Peter N. Silvestri: 1989-2013
  14. Angelo Saviano: since 2013

Notable people


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 15, 2022. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Elmwood Park IL ZIP Code". zipdatamaps.com. 2023. Archived from the original on February 3, 2023. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Elmwood Park village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Census.gov. Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  5. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book for 1916. Vol. 32. The Chicago Daily News Company. 1915. p. 569. Archived from the original on March 16, 2023. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  6. ^ "Elmwood Park". Visit Oak Park. Archived from the original on December 25, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Block, Daniel R.; Rosing, Howard B. (September 3, 2015). Chicago: A Food Biography. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4422-2727-9.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on July 1, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Archived from the original on April 14, 2022. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  11. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1981-1982,' Biographical Sketch of Elmer * W. Conti, pg. 104