Chicago Heights, Illinois
Chicago Heights, Illinois, once known as Bloom, is a south suburb to the City of Chicago. It is located approximately 30 miles south of the Chicago Loop. Its current nickname is “Crossroads of the Nation.” Other nearby cities is Flossmoor, Matteson, Park Village and Sauk Village.
The census of 2010 reported there were 30,276 people, 9,587 households, and 7,077 families in Chicago Heights. The racial makeup was 38.0% white, 41.5% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 16.6% other races and 2.9% of two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 33.9% of the population.
Zip codes in Chicago Heights are 60411, 60422, 60425, 60430 and 60466.
There were 9,587 households, out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40% were headed by married couples living together, 26% were headed by a female with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. The average household size was 3.09, and the average family size was 3.62.
For the period 2009–2011, the estimated median annual income for a household in Chicago Heights was $43,941, and the median income for a family was $46,463, compared to $56,210 in Illinois. Male full-time workers had a median income of $35,695 compared to $30,039 for females.
The median house or condo was valued in 2013 at $107,118, compared to $169,600 in Illinois. Median gross rent in 2013 was $805. Among residents 25 years and older in Chicago Heights, 79% hold a high school diploma or higher, 15% have a bachelor’s degree, 5.9% hold a graduate or professional degree, and 11.1% are unemployed. The mean travel time to work for most residents is 25.7 minutes.
Chicago Heights School District 170 operates 11 schools, with a student population of 3,600. Highland is the district's pre-school for children aged three and four; Garfield, Grant, Greenbriar, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington-McKinley, and Wilson are neighborhood schools that serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Chicago Heights is home to Bloom High School, which students of District 170 attend after 8th grade.
The city's major crossroads are at Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) and Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30).
The first European settler in the area was Absalom Wells in 1833. He built a log cabin where the Vincennes Trail crossed Thorn Creek but then moved farther west. The first permanent settlers were Adam and Phoebe Brown; they built an inn at the intersection of Sauk Trail and the Vincennes Trace. In 1835, a large group of immigrants from Ireland arrived. At this time, the town was known as Thorn Grove.
The first railroad arrived in 1853, and the village was renamed Bloom. It was renamed again in 1892 to Chicago Heights and incorporated as a village. In 1897, the village had 20 factories. By 1901, Chicago Heights had a population of over 5,000 and became a city.
At the time of its incorporation as a city, the original residents of Chicago Heights were German settlers. In the following years, many Italian, Polish and Irish immigrants settled there. Later, many African Americans and Hispanics moved into the city.
Saint James Hospital is located in the heart of Chicago Heights and serves the city and its surrounding areas. It also has a branch in nearby Olympia Fields.
Chicago Heights is an easy commute by car or train to the heart of the City of Chicago. Commuters can travel by rail on the Metra Electric District train. By car, drivers can take the Bishop Ford Freeway and then I-94 to Chicago.
Kreisman Law Offices handles Illinois legal matters for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, including Chicago Heights. Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices offers a wide range of legal services, including Illinois personal injury law, Illinois medical negligence cases, Illinois product defect/product liability law, Illinois wrongful death law, probate and commercial litigation and Illinois nursing home abuse. The Chicago attorneys at Kreisman Law Offices have more than 40 years of trial experience. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online.
Our Chicago loop law office is in a convenient location for Chicago Heights residents. Directions to Kreisman Law Offices from Chicago Heights are as follows: take the Bishop Ford Freeway to I-94 toward Chicago and then I-290 toward Congress Parkway and exit at Wacker/Franklin Street. Follow Franklin and turn right on Monroe to Dearborn. Kreisman Law Offices is located at the southwest corner of Dearborn and Monroe streets.