Maywood, Illinois

Maywood, Illinois is a village in the Proviso Township of Cook County. It is located 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, Illinois, between O’Hare and Midway airports. Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, bisects the north and south sections of the village. It joins Interstate 294, the Tri-State Tollway, in Hillside.

Neighboring villages are Broadview to the south, Forest Park and River Forest to the east, Elmwood Park to the north, and Bellwood to the west. At one time there were two airports in Maywood. One was used by Charles Lindbergh when he worked as an airmail pilot. The other airport was Checkerboard Field, which is now a forest preserve meadow.

Maywood is home to a handful of elementary schools and one high school: Garfield Elementary, Lexington Elementary, Irving Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Washington Elementary, PAEC and Proviso East High School. Maywood also has numerous parks for children and a swimming pool. 

Organized on Oct. 22, 1881, Maywood is an Illinois home-rule town. The village is named for May, the daughter of Colonel William T. Nichols, Maywood’s founder and a state representative and senator from Rutland County, Vermont.  He served with the Vermont Volunteers during the Civil War.  In 1868, Nichols and six other men came to Illinois from Vermont and formed the Maywood Co., which developed the village. Nichols lived there until his death in 1882.

The Nichols home stood on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Second Street (now Oak Street), which is the present location for the First Suburban National Bank. The house was razed after World War I. The original plot of Maywood was 1-3/4 miles north and south and 1/2 mile east and west along the bank of the Des Plaines River, with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad running almost through the center. Maywood has 16 homes and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Maywood is 2.72 square miles of land area and has no water area. According to Illinois hometown, the population in Maywood is 23,614 and the median age is 34. The median income is $41,942. The median household size is 3.23 people. The median value of owner-occupied housing units is $167,200 and there are 8,431 total housing units in Maywood. There are 3,019 renter occupied housing units with a median monthly rent of $970. 

Among Maywood residents 25 and over, 77.5% have graduated from high school, 12.14% have a bachelor’s degree, and 4% hold a master’s degree.

According to the U.S. census report of 2010, the racial makeup of the village is 82.7% African American, 9.7% white, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 5.6% from other races and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 10.5% of the population.

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