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Encyclopedia > Forest Park, Illinois
Forest Park, Illinois
Location within Chicagoland. The Chicagoland tristate area.
Incorporated Village in 1907.
County, State Cook County, Illinois
Township Proviso Township
Government Commission
Mayor Anthony Calderone
Population (2000) 15,688 (up 5.16% from 1990)
Pop. density 2,503.0/km² (6,480.8/mi²)
Zip code(s) 60130
Area code 708
Land Area 6.3 km² (2.4 mi²)
Lat. / long. 41°52.23′N 87°48.40′W
Income Per capita:   $26,045
Household: $44,103
Home value Mean:    $143,130
Median: $131,900
Website www.forestpark.net
Demographics (Full data)
White Black Hispanic Asian Islander Native Other
56.14% 31.18% 7.84% 6.83% 0.07% 0.15% 2.82%

Forest Park (formerly Harlem) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,688 at the 2000 census. The Forest Park train stop on the CTA Blue Line is the line's western terminus, located on the Eisenhower Expressway at Desplaines Ave. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x674, 9 KB) Summary Location of Forest Park in Chicagoland. ... Image File history File links Chicagoland_Map. ... Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used by local residents, businesses, governments, and planning agencies. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... 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Geography

Forest Park is located at 41°52′23″N, 87°48′40″W (41.873031, -87.811155)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.3 km² (2.4 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 15,688 people, 7,632 households, and 3,480 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,503.0/km² (6,480.8/mi²). There were 7,981 housing units at an average density of 1,273.3/km² (3,297.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 56.14% White, 31.18% African American, 0.15% Native American, 6.83% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.80% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.84% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,632 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.4% were non-families. 45.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.94. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the village the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 39.8% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.


The median income for a household in the village was $44,103, and the median income for a family was $52,611. Males had a median income of $39,402 versus $32,255 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,045. About 6.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Village Life

The Park District of Forest Park, located near the center of the village, has a 15 acre park, with an aquatic center. Shopping is mostly located on Madison Street, a narrow street with turn of the century gaslights. Previously known for dominance of bars, it now also features antique merchants, boutiques, and eating establishments.


Every summer, in the last few days of July and first few of August, Forest Park's Park District plays host to the Forest Park No Glove National Invitational Softball Tournament. This is an invitational to all the best 16-inch softball teams in Chicagoland (and sometimes from other regions). The game is slow-pitch softball played without gloves, a favorite in Chicagoland. Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (28 to 30. ... Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used by local residents, businesses, governments, and planning agencies. ...


The city has several industries, but two of the prominent ones are Mohr Oil and Ferrara Pan Candy Co. The candy factory can be seen and smelled from the Harlem Blue Line stop. Mohr Oil can only be seen from there. The Ferrara Pan Candy Company is a Chicago, IL based candy company that makes a variety of popular candies. ...


The town is served by a weekly newspaper, the Forest Park Review, coming out every Wednesday. It is printed by Wednesday Journal, Inc.


Historical Trivia

For much of its history, Forest Park was known as a "city of cemeteries," with more dead "residents" than living ones. Some figures estimate the ratio at 30:1, dead to alive! Forest Park cemeteries include: Altenheim, German Waldheim (now merged into Forest Home), Jewish Waldheim, Woodlawn (including Showmen's Rest), and Concordia. Forest Home cemetery is home to the famous Haymarket riot monument. Waldheim Cemetery, Chicago in May 1986 during ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Haymarket riot German Waldheim Cemetery, also known as Waldheim Cemetery, was a cemetery in Forest Park, a suburb of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. ... Woodlawn Cemetery can refer to: Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA Woodlawn Cemetery (Elmira, New York) Woodlawn Cemetery (San Francisco), California, USA Woodlawn Cemetery (Toledo, Ohio), USA Woodlawn Cemetery (Forest Park, Illinois), including Showmens Rest. ... Showmens Rest Cemetery Showmens Rest in Forest Park, Illinois is a 750 plot section of Woodlawn Cemetery where a mass grave of 56 (or perhaps 61) employees of the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus were interred. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Forest Park was also once host to the Forest Park Amusement Park, a small but popular amusement park at the end of the trainlines. Prohibition, however, hurt it enough to force it to close. Its former location is now around the Desplaines Ave. Blue Line stop (Forest Park).


The community (formerly part of a larger town called Harlem) officially took the name Forest Park on August 12, 1907, meaning it is now 99 years old. A centennial celebration is planned.


Noted Personalities

  • KJ (Singer and Actor) was born and raised in Forest Park, attending both Grant White school and Forest Park Middle School.
  • Stephen Euin Cobb (author, futurist and host of the award winning podcast The Future And You) attended Grant White and Field Stevenson grade schools; graduated from Proviso East High School in the class of 1974; flew model rockets at Miller's Meadow; had summer passes to the Forest Park Public Pool in the 60s and 70s; marched in the Oktoberfest Parade as a Cub Scout.
  • Darius Brooks, a grammy-winning gospel singer, recently opened a record label, Journey Music Group, in the town on Madison St.

KJ KJ (Born August 3 in Chicago, Illinois) is a singer and actor. ... Stephen Euin Cobb (born February 3, 1955) is a US science fiction author specializing in hard science fiction (fiction with a high degree of scientific accuracy). ... The Future And You is a talk-show style podcast in which its host (the science fiction author Stephen Euin Cobb) interviews an assortment of authors, scientists, celebrities and pioneers of the future as to what they believe both the near future and distant future will be like for individuals... Oktoberfest Main Entrance Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany during late September and early October. ... Scouting in Illinois has a long and rich tradition, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. ... Image:William Jefferson Blythe Jr. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Virginia Cassidy Blythe Clinton Kelley (June 6, 1923-January 6, 1994) born Virginia Dell Cassidy is the mother of Bill Clinton and Roger Clinton, Jr. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... My Life has been frequently used as a title for autobiographies, including those of: Bill Clinton Leon Trotsky John Starks It has also been used for: a 1993 film an album by Mary J. Blige an album by Iris DeMent a song by John Lennon a song by Billy Joel... Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ...

See also

Showmens Rest Cemetery Showmens Rest in Forest Park, Illinois is a 750 plot section of Woodlawn Cemetery where a mass grave of 56 (or perhaps 61) employees of the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus were interred. ...

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