Norwood Park Township
Official seal of Norwood Park Township
"An Island in the City"
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°58′06″N 87°49′04″W / 41.96833°N 87.81778°W / 41.96833; -87.81778
CountryUnited States
 • Township supervisorAnthony Nasca [1]
 • Total3.67 sq mi (9.51 km2)
 • Land3.67 sq mi (9.51 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
650 ft (198 m)
 • Total27,441
 • Density7,500/sq mi (2,900/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60068, 60631, 60656, 60706
FIPS code17-031-54430

Norwood Park Township is one of 29 townships in Cook County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2020 census, its population was 27,441.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, Norwood Park Township covers an area of 3.67 square miles (9.5 km2). Its ZIP Code is 60631.

Cities, towns, villages

Unincorporated areas

Adjacent townships


The township contains these two cemeteries: Acacia Park and Westlawn Jewish.

Major highways


After World War II a housing complex called Thatcher Homes was built to accommodate war veterans and their families. The complex was demolished around 1955. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy lived in the township, killing his 33 victims at his home and burying most of the bodies in its crawlspace.[3]

The existence of Norwood Park Township, and its geography of unincorporated and disjointed sections, has led to several calls to abolish not just Norwood Park, but also all of the remaining townships in Cook County. In 2011, shortly after her election, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle set a goal of eliminating all unincorporated land in the county by the end of the decade. The township doesn't pay taxes to the rest of the county for issues such as police, but are still receiving county police protection, putting an extra financial burden to the rest of the county's taxpayers.[4] In 2022 it was proposed by the Chicago magazine to have Norwood Park Township be annexed by the city of Chicago, along with 12 other villages, cities and townships that also border Chicago's city limits.[5]

During the 2021 Township Supervisor election, one of the key campaign issues was that Norwood Park Township was the last township in Cook County that did not have a website.[6] Following his re-election to a sixth term, Township Supervisor, Tom Lupo, prioritized the creation of one which was up in October 2021.[7] It was also uncovered by a government watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, that Norwood Park Township had several major discrepancies in its budget, leveling accusations of either corruption or ineptitude to the 5 term incumbent Lupo. For example, the townships General Assistance Fund spends $89,400, while only receiving revenues of $5,150, resulting in a $84,250 deficit, in a township with only $124,979 on hand.[8] Another pressing issue during this election was the aging Pennoyer School District 79. Built in 1956, the high-school hasn't seen any major renovations, and is beyond its 25-year life expectancy, and still has its original lead piping. Two prior efforts to renovate the school, in 2018 and 2020, failed to pass their referendums due to the steep $25 million and $10.9 million price tag that would result in a new tax.[9] The proposed $7.9 million renovation in 2021 also failed, with 53% of voters rejecting it.[10]


As of the 2020 census[2] there were 27,441 people, 9,827 households, and 7,019 families residing in the township. The population density was 7,489.36 inhabitants per square mile (2,891.66/km2). There were 10,676 housing units at an average density of 2,913.76 per square mile (1,125.01/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 80.43% White, 0.55% African American, 0.39% Native American, 6.91% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.95% from other races, and 6.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.86% of the population.

There were 9,827 households, out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.34% were married couples living together, 10.79% had a female householder with no spouse present, and 28.57% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.15.

The township's age distribution consisted of 19.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24% from 25 to 44, 27% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $83,120, and the median income for a family was $100,629. Males had a median income of $60,700 versus $40,324 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,487. About 3.7% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]


Local government

The executive of Norwood Park is the Township Supervisor. The current Supervisor, Anthony Nasca, has held the office since 2023. He succeeded Tom Lupo, who resigned on August 25, 2023.[12] Other offices in the Township includes:[1]



  1. ^ a b "NORWOOD PARK TOWNSHIP Officials". Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "John Wayne Gacy property where 33 were murdered up for sale". October 16, 2019.
  4. ^ McClelland, Edward. "Let's Get Rid of All the Townships". Chicago. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  5. ^ McClelland, Edward. "Won't You Be My (Annexed) Neighbor?". Chicago. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  6. ^ Chiarito, Bob (March 16, 2021). "Norwood Park Township supervisor candidates Lupo, Beckman face off in April 6 election". Norridge-Harwood Heights News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  7. ^ Chiarito, Bob (November 3, 2021). "Norwood Park Township website finally goes live, but doesn't appear in search results yet". Norridge-Harwood Heights News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  8. ^ Chiarito, Bob (September 11, 2021). "Norwood Park Township budget missing some key information, watchdog says". Norridge-Harwood Heights News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  9. ^ Gibula, Gary (October 25, 2022). "Norridge's Pennoyer District 79 asking voters for $7.9 million to modernize 'outdated' school". Norridge-Harwood Heights News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  10. ^ Kubzansky, Caroline (November 8, 2022). "Norridge, Harwood Heights voters reject $7.9 million referendum for Pennoyer School renovations, unofficial results show; third-time loss". Norridge-Harwood Heights News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
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