Des Plaines, Illinois

Des Plaines is a city in Cook County, Illinois. It has adopted the official nickname of "City of Destiny." In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 58,364. The Des Plaines River runs through the city just east of its downtown center. The zip code in Des Plaines is 60016. Interstates 90 and 294 run through Des Plaines. Niles and Park Ridge lie to the east, while Mount Prospect is on the north. O’Hare International Airport is located directly south of Des Plaines.

Des Plaines is a city of about 14.5 square miles whose name comes from the Des Plaines River. The name in French means “of the plains”. The median household income in Des Plaines in 2012 was $62,200, compared to the statewide median income of $55,100. The price of a single-family house in Des Plaines in 2012 was $220,000, compared to statewide, which was $170,000. The median rent was $992.

The racial makeup of Des Plaines at the 2010 census was as follows: 66.5% white, 18.5% Hispanic, 12.4% Asian, 1% African American,1.3% two or more races, other race .2% Among residents in Des Plaines, 88% of the population has a high school diploma and 33% has a bachelor’s degree, while 10.7% have a graduate or professional degree. The mean travel time to work is 26.7 minutes. In Des Plaines, 28.6 % of the population is foreign born, compared to 13.9% who are foreign born statewide. Unemployment in Des Plaines in June 2014 was 6.3%, while in Illinois it was 7.1%.

There are portions of the city limits of Des Plaines that have layers of sedimentary rocks that are considered abnormal. According to geologists, these abnormal layers of rocks are probably from an ancient meteor crater approximately 75 x 200 feet. All of this is beneath the city itself. The bedrock was highly fractured by the impact with large blocks of sediment remaining.

The area was first settled in 1833 after the Treaty of Chicago. Des Plaines was first incorporated in 1869 and then reincorporated in 1873 and elected a village board the following year. In 2008, the Illinois Gaming Board awarded Des Plaines the 10th and last Illinois casino license. This license allowed Des Plaines to begin building a 140,000-square-foot casino on about 21 acres of land adjacent to the Illinois Tri-State Tollway.

Located within its city boundaries is Oakton Community College, which opened as a community college in 1969. The public schools for the area are served by Districts 62 and 59. The high school district is 207 with Maine West High School and District 214 also servicing students of Des Plaines.

Employment in Des Plaines is as follows: 17% of the workers are employed in manufacturing, 11% are in retail trade, 11% are in transportation, 11% are in construction, 7% are in professional or technical services, 6% are in health care and 5% are in food services.

Hospitals in Des Plaines include the Golf Surgical Center, the Golfview Developmental Center, the Holy Family Medical Center, the Maryville Academy and Season Hospice.

Des Plaines is an easy commute to the Chicago Loop by the Edens and Kennedy Expressways or by the Metra rail system.

Kreisman Law Offices is located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. We handle Illinois legal services for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, including Des Plaines and other suburbs. Robert D. Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has over 40 years of trial experience and specializes in a wide range of legal services, including Illinois personal injury law, mediations and arbitrations, Illinois product defect/product liability law, Illinois medical malpractice claims and lawsuits, probate, real estate law, commercial litigation and Illinois nursing home abuse cases. 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 office handles Spanish speakers with our bilingual staff.

Our Chicago Loop office is in a convenient location for Chicago-area residents. Kreisman Law Offices is located at the corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets. There are many convenient modes of public transportation to Kreisman Law Offices Loop location, including the Metra and CTA and there is ample parking available, both on the street and in the many public garages.

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