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Village of Lincolnwood
Location of Lincolnwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Lincolnwood in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Niles
Incorporated 1922
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 2.69 sq mi (6.97 km2)
 • Land 2.69 sq mi (6.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
 • Total 13,463
 • Density 5,001.11/sq mi (1,931.19/km2)
  Up 1.9% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $42,544
 • Median home value $444,100
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) Area Codes 224/847
Geocode 43744
FIPS code 17-43744

Lincolnwood (formerly Tessville) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 13,463. An inner suburb of Chicago, it shares its southern, eastern, and a small section of its western boundary with Chicago, also bordering Skokie to the north and west.


Lincolnwood is located at 42°0′19″N 87°44′3″W / 42.00528°N 87.73417°W / 42.00528; -87.73417 (42.005331, -87.734283).

According to the 2010 census, Lincolnwood has a total area of 2.69 square miles (6.97 km2), all land. The North Shore Channel lies on its eastern border.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 359
1920 355 −1.1%
1930 473 33.2%
1940 752 59.0%
1950 3,072 308.5%
1960 11,744 282.3%
1970 12,929 10.1%
1980 11,921 −7.8%
1990 11,365 −4.7%
2000 12,359 8.7%
2010 12,590 1.9%
2020 13,463 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Lincolnwood village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 7,938 7,682 63.05% 57.06%
Black or African American alone (NH) 129 248 1.02% 1.84%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 6 7 0.05% 0.05%
Asian alone (NH) 3,338 4,164 26.51% 30.93%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 1 0.00% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 34 45 0.27% 0.33%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 286 323 2.27% 2.40%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 859 993 6.82% 7.38%
Total 12,590 13,463 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,359 people, 4,482 households, and 3,446 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,599.7 people per square mile (1,773.9/km2). There were 4,593 housing units at an average density of 1,709.4 per square mile (659.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village in 2010 was 69.3% White, 1.1% African American, 29.1% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 0.2% identified as Other. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7% of the population.

There were 4,482 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75, and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

In 2008, the median income for a household in the village was $84,474, and the median income for a family was $128,437. Males had a median income of $52,708 versus $40,098 for females. The per capita income for the village was $35,911. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Although Lincolnwood is small, it is sectioned off into neighborhoods. The most notable is "The Towers", located west of the Edens Expressway. Another neighborhood is called the Terraces.

Public safety

Lincolnwood has a police station staffed by 34 personnel. The Lincolnwood Fire Department is housed in a facility operated by 28 full-timers. The Lincolnwood Fire Department was established through private contract in 1990. (Previously, village fire protection was provided through the City of Chicago.)

Public library

The Lincolnwood Public Library, established in 1978, is located in the center of the village at Pratt and Lincoln Avenues. Madeline Grant was the main driving force behind founding the library, and served as the first library president and later village president.

The library is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets monthly to make decisions about Lincolnwood Public Library's services, finances, policies, and other business. The Board of Trustees is made up of trustees elected to four year terms. As of 2021, the Lincolnwood Public Library District's Library Director is Josephine Tucci and the Deputy-Director is Chris Renkosiak.

The library has a substantial Historical Collection that includes materials that address the Village of Lincolnwood's history from the time of the Village of Tessville until the COVID-19 pandemic. The library is also home to a Library of Things, where Lincolnwood residents can check out items not traditionally found in libraries, including bike repair kits, Dungeon & Dragons kits, Rokus, photography equipment, and more.


Lincolnwood is served by Lincolnwood School District 74, which has a one-campus setting with three main facilities named after the Lincoln family. Todd Hall serves as the education facility for preschoolers to early grade school students, Rutledge Hall serves elementary school students, and Lincoln Hall serves primarily junior high students. High school students attend Niles West High School in neighboring Skokie, part of District 219. Lincolnwood is part of the Oakton Community College District, which has a campus minutes away in Skokie. Northwestern University in Evanston, Loyola University in Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and North Park University in Chicago are all within 10 miles (16 km) of the village.

In September 2012, there was much controversy about the village board's consideration of approving a zoning law change to allow the establishment of a public gun range and store in Lincolnwood 1/2 mile from schools and parks. In March 2013, the gun shop decided to sue the village in response to its denial of their shooting range proposal. A primary concern of residents is that the gun shop, one of "A small handful of gun stores, three from Cook County and one from Gary, Indiana, continue to be responsible for a disproportionate number of crime guns recovered from Chicago's streets."


The village's Recreation Department operates several recreation programs: an outdoor pool complex, 9 tennis courts, 11 baseball diamonds, a community center, as well as 13 parks (34 acres in total).

In the early 1970s, Lincolnwood's Boys Baseball program produced two Big League World Series champions, (1970 and 1973), runner-up in 1972, a fourth-place finish in the Senior League World Series (1972), and was a Big League World Series participant again in 1974, finishing third.

Shopping and food

Lincolnwood is home to the Lincolnwood Town Center, an indoor mall containing over 100 shops including Room Place, Kohl's, Champs Sports, Gap and Old Navy. Neighborhood shopping is available in the village along Lincoln Avenue, Devon Avenue, and Touhy Avenue. Additional shopping is just a short drive away at the Westfield Old Orchard, Golf Mill Shopping Center and Village Crossing Center.

Lincolnwood is also home to many dining options, one being L. Woods. A scene from Ocean's Twelve was filmed there; the room in which it was filmed was renamed the "Ocean's Twelve room".


Evanston Hospital (NorthShore University HealthSystem, affiliated with the University of Chicago Medical Center) has a facility in Lincolnwood, at the intersection of McCormick and Pratt. NorthShore University HealthSystem is composed of Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital, Skokie Hospital etc.

Saint Francis Hospital operates a health center in Lincolnwood. Its main hospital and medical center are about 2 1⁄2 miles and about 6 minutes east in Evanston. Other area hospitals that serve Lincolnwood are Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore in Skokie and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Resurrection Hospital and Evanston Hospital, a teaching hospital, are also minutes away and serve Lincolnwood.

Notable people

  • Merrick Garland (1952- ), 86th Attorney General of the United States, (2021- ); nominee, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, (2016); Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1997-2021), served as Chief Judge (2013-2020)
  • Gabby Hartnett (1900-1972), Chicago Cubs catcher and member of National Baseball Hall of Fame (1955). Resident of Lincolnwood and owner of a local bowling alley.
  • George Kontos (1985- ), former Major League Baseball pitcher; pitched for San Francisco Giants in 2012 World Series; current broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants, born and raised in Lincolnwood.
  • Gary Kremen (1963- ), the engineer and entrepreneur who invented online dating and founded the personals site; born in Lincolnwood.
  • Jim Irsay (1959- ), owner of the Indianapolis Colts; born in Lincolnwood
  • Jewell Loyd (1993- ), a professional basketball player currently playing for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA (league champion, 2018, 2020), Gold Medal, Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • Steve Marmel (1964- ), television writer and producer, raised in Lincolnwood.
  • Sean Marshall (baseball) (1982- ), former baseball pitcher (MLB 2006-2014) for Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, television baseball analyst, Lincolnwood resident
  • Jim Moran (businessman) (1918-2007), pioneering automobile dealer, billionaire, philanthropist, long-time Lincolnwood resident
  • George Papadopoulos (1987- ), political campaign apparatchik, first individual charged by Robert Mueller in his investigation of Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign ties to Russia. Pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian operatives, and served time in prison. Later pardoned by President Trump.
  • Arthur M. Petacque (1924-2001), winner of 1974 Pulitzer Prize, long-time Chicago Sun-Times reporter.
  • Richard Powers (1957- ), winner of 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Overstory; 2006 National Book Award for The Echo Maker.
  • William Rick Singer (1960- ), central figure in Operation Varsity Blues 2019 college admissions scandal.
  • Todd Sucherman (1969- ), professional American drummer, presently with the band Styx.
  • David J. Steiner (1965-2016), documentary filmmaker and educator, whose film Saving Barbara Sizemore documented the efforts to keep open an afrocentric charter school on South Side of Chicago that had been targeted for closure. Steiner died in a bus accident in Uganda while shooting a film about South Sudanese refugees in that country.
  • Carol Wayne (1942-1985), television and film actress; frequent guest on Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • Dalila Argaez Wendlandt (1969- ), Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2020- ), highest court in that state, first Latina to serve on that court.

See also

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