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McCook, Illinois
McCook welcome sign, inspired by the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
McCook welcome sign, inspired by the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
Location of McCook in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of McCook 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
 • Total 2.63 sq mi (6.83 km2)
 • Land 2.61 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
 • Total 249
 • Density 95.26/sq mi (36.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 708
FIPS code 17-45564
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McCook is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, and is an industrial suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 228, which is the lowest population of all municipalities in the county.


McCook is located at 41°47′55″N 87°49′57″W / 41.79861°N 87.83250°W / 41.79861; -87.83250 (41.798542, -87.832432).

According to the 2010 census, McCook has a total area of 2.631 square miles (6.81 km2), of which 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2) (or 99.2%) is land and 0.021 square miles (0.05 km2) (or 0.8%) is water.

McCook is home to a small population but a large amount of heavy industry, resulting in a large tax base.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 367
1940 315 −14.2%
1950 361 14.6%
1960 441 22.2%
1970 333 −24.5%
1980 303 −9.0%
1990 235 −22.4%
2000 254 8.1%
2010 228 −10.2%
2020 249 9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 254 people, 119 households, and 69 families in the village. The population density was 97.6 people per square mile (37.7/km2). There were 125 housing units at an average density of 48.0 per square mile (18.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.28% White, 4.72% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.87%.

The top three ancestries reported in McCook as of the 2000 census were Polish (18.9%), Irish (16.3%) and Italian (16.3%).

Of the 119 households 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 39.5% of households were one person and 15.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.86.

The age distribution was 16.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median household income was $43,125 and the median family income was $58,333. Males had a median income of $40,625 versus $26,429 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,996. None of the families and 1.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 4.1% of those over 64.


McCook is home to a large amount of heavy industry, including portions of Vulcan Materials Company McCook Quarry, UOP, and the Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) railroad locomotive plant. Known as the LaGrange plant for its mailing address (McCook does not have its own post office), EMD produced most of their locomotives there from 1935 to 1991, when parent company General Motors moved all final-assembly operations to London, Ontario. The LaGrange plant continues to manufacture locomotive parts and engines, and also serves as the EMD U.S. headquarters.


The Outlaws Motorcycle Club was established in McCook in 1935 when U.S. Route 66 was in existence and passed through the town.


A part of McCook is served by the Lyons School District 103 and J. Sterling Morton High School District 201's Morton West High School located in Berwyn.

Another part of McCook is served by Lyons Township High School in Western Springs/LaGrange.

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