Harwood Heights
Village of Harwood Heights
The Mont Clare at Harlem Avenue, formerly known as Parkway Towers
A small town of big opportunities
Location of Harwood Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556
CountryUnited States
TownshipNorwood Park
 • MayorArlene Jezierny
 • Total0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Land0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total8,612
 • Estimate 
 • Density10,100.61/sq mi (3,900.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-33435

Harwood Heights is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census.[3] Harwood Heights and its neighbor Norridge form an enclave surrounded by the City of Chicago.[4]


Harwood Heights is located at 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556 (41.966172, -87.805576).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Harwood Heights has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all land.[5]

Harwood Heights and Norridge are surrounded by Chicago.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)8,333[2]−3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 8,297 people, 3,505 households, and 2,183 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,094.4 people per square mile (3,906.7/km2). There were 3,606 housing units at an average density of 4,387.2 per square mile (1,697.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.83% of the population.

Based on United States Census data, Harwood Heights is listed as an Illinois community with a significant number of Polish Americans, at 32.5%.[8] Among communities in the United States with populations of 500 or more, Harwood Heights has the second highest percentage of residents born in Poland (18.8%).[9] It also has the seventh highest percentage of residents born in Italy among communities in the United States (4.9%).[10]

There were 3,505 households, out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $43,288, and the median income for a family was $52,169. Males had a median income of $40,329 versus $29,552 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,558. About 4.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

As of 2021, the mayor is Arlene Jezierny. She is the second woman to serve as mayor in Harwood Heights, the first being Margaret Fuller.[11]

As of the 2021 election, the current elected officials of the village of Harwood Heights are:[12]

Harwood Heights is located in the Eisenhower Public Library District, Triton Community College District 504, Ridgewood High School School District 234, School Districts 86, 79, and 80, and the Norwood Park Fire Protection District.[14]

Harwood Heights is located in Illinois's 5th congressional district which is represented in the 117th United States Congress by Mike Quigley (D–Chicago). In the Illinois General Assembly, Harwood Heights is located in the 10th Legislative District, 19th House District, and 20th House District. In the 101st General Assembly, Harwood Heights is represented by Robert Martwick (D–Chicago) in the Illinois Senate and represented by Lindsey LaPointe (D–Chicago) and Bradley Stephens (R–Rosemont) in the Illinois House of Representatives.[14]

For the purposes of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Harwood Heights is in the 9th district represented by Peter Silvestri (R-Elmwood Park). It is located in the 10th and 11th Judicial Subcircuits of the Cook County Circuit Clerk.[14]

For the purposes of elections, Harwood Heights is split into five precincts ; Norwood Park 1, Norwood Park 5, Norwood Park 12, Norwood Park 15, and Norwood Park 17.[14] In the 2020 presidential election, Harwood Heights cast 1,878 votes for Donald Trump and 1,692 votes for Joe Biden. Forty-six (46) voters chose third party candidates and forty-two (42) voters pulled a ballot, but abstained from voting for any candidate for President.[15]

Mayors of Harwood Heights

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Mayor Years
Herbert Huening 1947–1957
Theodore Schwegel 1957–1961
Joseph Zizzo 1961–1965
Patrick Arbor 1965-1967
Harold Majeski 1967-1973
Ray Willas 1973-2001
Norb Pabich 2001-2005
Margaret "Peggy" Fuller 2005-2009
Arlene Jezierny 2009–present

Local culture and media

Ridgewood High School Multimedia Clubs, which claim to be "the only media outlet in Norridge and Harwood Heights", and has 4 stations: The radio club produces "Jack FM 89.7 WRHS-FM Norridge" and "Theatre of the Ears on Smooth 88.1 WRWX-FM Harwood Heights/Jack Frost 88.1 WXMS Harwood Heights"; the television department runs in-house station "WRWX Television 4"; and the television club runs "WRHS Television 19".[16]

Ridgemoor Country Club is located on Gunnison Avenue and is one of the oldest Chicago area golf clubs originating in 1905.[citation needed] In 1942 the U.S. Open Golf Tournament was cancelled because of World War II and as a replacement the Chicago District Golf Association and the PGA sponsored a tournament called The Hale America National Open Golf Tournament. The tournament was won by Ben Hogan and raised over $20,000 for the Navy Relief Society and the U.S.O.


Public schools

Three elementary school districts serve Harwood Heights:

Two high school districts serve Harwood Heights:

Colleges and universities

Triton Junior College serves Harwood Heights.[14]


Eisenhower Public Library District serves Harwood Heights and Norridge.[14][18]

Sister cities

Harwood Heights is twinned with two cities: Rocchetta a Volturno, Italy,[19] and Dzierżoniów, Poland.[20]


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  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): Harwood Heights village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Polish Ancestry". epodunk.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  9. ^ "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Poland (population 500+)". city-data.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  10. ^ "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Italy (population 500+)". city-data.com. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  11. ^ Village of Harwood Heights: Mayor Margaret Fuller Archived 2008-08-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Yarborugh, Karen, ed. (August 27, 2019). "Cook County Directory of Elected Officials September 2019" (PDF). Cook County Clerk. p. 45.
  13. ^ "Giuseppe S. Zerillo Bio". Village of Harwood Heights. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Orr, David, ed. (2015). "Norwood Park Township" (PDF). Cook County Clerk. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "November 03, 2020 Presidential General Election Norwood Park - U.S. Election Results". Cook County Clerk. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "Ridgewood High School Multimedia Club". Norridge, Illinois: Ridgewood Community High School District 234. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  17. ^ "Welcome to Pennoyer Elementary School School District 79". Norridge, Illinois: Pennoyer Elementary School School District 79. Retrieved 2019-03-04. educates children from parts of Norridge, Harwood Heights, & unincorporated Norwood Park Township
  18. ^ "About Us". Harwood Heights, Illinois: Eisenhower Public Library District. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  19. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Harwood Heights" (PDF). Village of Harwood Heights. July 22, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Harwood Heights" (PDF). Village of Harwood Heights. September 26, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2016.