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Hazel Crest, Illinois
Village of Hazel Crest, Illinois
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Bremen
Incorporated 1911
 • Total 3.41 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Land 3.39 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.59%
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,100
 • Density 4,159.3/sq mi (1,605.9/km2)
  Down 4.83% from 2000
Standard of living
 • Per capita income $24,424
 • Median home value $103,200
ZIP code(s) 60429
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 33695
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
10.2% 85.2% 0.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.2% 3.7% 3.7%

Hazel Crest is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,100 at the 2010 census. The village is primarily located in Bremen Township, while the portion of the village south of 183rd Street is located in Rich Township and the portion east of I-80/94 is in Thornton Township. The village is located near Chicago in an area known as the Chicago Southland and is approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of the Chicago Loop.

The village is bordered by Markham to the north, Harvey to the northeast, East Hazel Crest to the east, Homewood to the southeast, Flossmoor to the south and Country Club Hills to the west.


Hazel Crest was first settled in 1870 in a farming community known as South Harvey. An enterprising newspaper editor named William McClintock moved here from Ohio in 1890, buying 80 acres (320,000 m2) from farmer Fred Puhrman.

McClintock built a depot for a local milk train and subsequently opened transportation opportunities to Chicago and beyond. The depot also served as the area's first real estate office, public meeting place, Sunday school, day school, and post office.

In 1900, the name was changed to Hazel Crest to reflect the large numbers of hazelnut bushes that grew on a rise of land just south of town. At the time, the southern border was 175th Street and the western edge of the village was Kedzie Avenue.

Hazel Crest was incorporated in 1912. Many of the families of the early residents still live in the village.

Over the years, significant developments have occurred because groups of residents joined together for common goals. Examples of this spirit range from the construction of the Community Church in 1894 to the 1984 adaptation of an elementary school building which has now become the Martin J. Kauchak Municipal Center, named for President Kauchak who served the village for twenty years.

Successive village presidents have been Dr Sol Rocke, Bill Browne, Dr Robert B. Donaldson and Vernard L. Alsberry Jr.


Hazel Crest is located at 41°34′23″N 87°41′09″W / 41.573084°N 87.685870°W / 41.573084; -87.685870.

According to the 2010 census, Hazel Crest has a total area of 3.411 square miles (8.83 km2), of which 3.39 square miles (8.78 km2) (or 99.38%) is land and 0.021 square miles (0.05 km2) (or 0.62%) is water.

The village lies on the Tinley Moraine.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 438
1930 1,162 165.3%
1940 1,299 11.8%
1950 2,129 63.9%
1960 6,205 191.5%
1970 10,329 66.5%
1980 13,973 35.3%
1990 13,334 −4.6%
2000 14,816 11.1%
2010 14,100 −4.8%
Est. 2015 14,118 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,816 people, 5,067 households, and 3,729 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,381.5 people per square mile (1,692.5/km²). There were 5,303 housing units at an average density of 1,568.2 per square mile (605.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village is 23%% White, 72.4% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.48% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.33% of the population.

There were 5,067 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 22.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.6% 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 2.89 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $50,576, and the median income for a family was $54,049. Males had a median income of $40,482 versus $33,243 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,908. About 5.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.


Several modes of transportation serve the village of Hazel Crest. To the east, in Hazel Crest proper, are portions of the Canadian National / Illinois Central intermodal facility. Along the train tracks is the Metra Electric Line. The Hazel Crest station moves commuters either north to downtown Chicago at Millennium Station or south to University Park, the last stop on the line.

Hazel Crest is the locale where Interstate 80 merges with the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294).

The village also has an extensive array of state highways. The intersection of 175th Street and Kedzie Avenue is located at the center of the village. 167th Street intersects with Kedzie Avenue on the north side of the village, and Kedzie Avenue also intersects at 183rd Street to the south; all are divided four-lane highways except for 167th Street before intersecting at Park Avenue.

Major arteries

  • 167th Street
  • 175th Street
  • 183rd Street
  • Kedzie Avenue
  • Pulaski Road (Crawford Avenue)
  • Wood Street
  • Dixie Highway
  • Governors Highway

Pace (transit) suburban bus routes

  • Route 750 – Country Club Hills

Provides rush hour feeder service from Country Club Hills to the Flossmoor Metra Station.

  • Route 356 – Harvey-Homewood-Tinley Park

Provides daily service connecting Harvey, Markham, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills and Tinley Park via Park, 159th, Wood, Dixie and 183rd Street between the Harvey Transportation Center and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

  • Route 359 – Robbins/South Kedzie Avenue

North/South route which operates from Homewood Metra Station to 95th/Dan Ryan (CTA) Station. Also serves the Blue Island Metra/Electric Station, Metro South Medical Center, Markham Courthouse, South Suburban Hospital, Lydia Health Care Center, Waterford Estates and Grenoble Square Shopping Center. Between CTA Red Line 95th St. & 124th/Halsted, buses serve posted stops only.

  • Route 460 – Hazel Crest Feeder – ROUTE ELIMINATED as of February 8, 2010.
  • Route 354 – Harvey-Oak Forest Loop

Clockwise and counter-clockwise loop service from the Harvey Transportation Center on 147th St, Cicero, 167th St, Dixie and 154th St through Harvey, Dixmoor, Posen, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest and Markham. Route provides direct service to South Suburban College’s University and College Center in Oak Forest and also serves Pace South Division.

In addition, through Pace (transit), Hazel Crest offers Dial-A-Ride services, provided primarily to elderly and disabled residents for low fares.

Population and employment

The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), now known as the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), projects that by 2030, Hazel Crest will have 15,786 residents and 3,570 jobs compared to the 2000 U.S. Census estimate of 14,816 and 2,933 respectively. Major employers in the village include:

  • Mi-Jack
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital
  • Graycor Construction
  • Giercyzk Real Estate
  • Waterford Estates Retirement

Two of the companies listed above are located within the Palmer Lake Corporate Business Park at 175th Street and Governors Highway.


Hazel Crest is part of the Grande Prairie Public Library District, which also includes the neighboring city of Country Club Hills. Grande Prairie Public Library is located at 3479 W. 183rd in Hazel Crest. The library is a member of the Metropolitan Library System. Residents of Hazel Crest and Country Club Hills are eligible for a free library card and numerous programs held by the library. In 2009, the library celebrated its 35th anniversary. The Library District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, elected at-large between Country Club Hills and Hazel Crest.

Parks and recreation

Parks in the village are operated by the Hazel Crest Park District, which is coterminous with the village boundaries but maintains separate governance and a five-member Board of Commissioners elected at-large during consolidated elections. The Park District operates more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) of parks and provides recreational programming for the district's residents. The Park District celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2007.

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