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Olympia Fields, Illinois
Olympia Fields logo.jpg
Official name: Village of Olympia Fields
Motto: Where People Make the Village
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Bloom and Rich
Coordinates 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Area 2.94 sq mi (8 km²)
 - land 2.94 sq mi (8 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 4,988 (2010)
Density 1,696.6 /sq mi (655 /km²)
Founded 1927
Government Village
Village president Debbie Meyers-Martin
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60461
Area code 708

Olympia Fields is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,988 at the 2010 census. The municipality grew up around the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club, originally established in 1915.

Olympia Fields is noteworthy as one of the wealthiest and best educated "majority black" communities in the United States; the village's ZIP Code (60461) is one of three with a majority African American population that ranks among the top five percent in the U.S. as a whole for median household income and for the share of adults with college degrees.


The area that comprises the village today was once farmland managed by immigrant families during the 1830s. The Illinois Central Railroad began serving the area in the 1850s, which fostered population and economic growth during that era.

In 1893, the Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, and southern Cook County became an increasingly popular retreat for busy Chicagoans. By 1913, the area's lush woodlands and rolling terrain convinced a group of investors led by Charles Beach to establish a golf course catering to Chicago's wealthy elite. Beach and his friend James Gardner developed a magnificent 72-hole golf course and country club, chartered in 1915 as Olympia Fields Country Club. Amos Alonzo Stagg, the famed football coach of the University of Chicago, became the Club's first president. The name "Olympia" was proposed by Stagg. The word "Fields" was added because it aptly described the young community's pastoral terrain.

In the early 20th century, golf and the resort atmosphere in the area south of Chicago because so popular that some families lived in canvas-covered "cottages" during the summer months, while others built more permanent homes on the western side of the railroad tracks beginning as early as 1919. The clubhouse, built in 1924, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The golf course is considered one of the finest in the nation. It was home to the 1928 and 2003 U.S. Open, the 1925 and 1961 PGA Championship, the 1997 Senior U.S. Open, and the Western Open. Olympia Fields Country Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The country club's founder, Charles Beach, organized the effort to incorporate the residential areas around the Country Club as a municipality, and in 1927, the Village of Olympia Fields was created with Beach as its first president. His home, built to reflect the design and character of the Country Club, still stands at the southwest corner of Kedzie Avenue and 203rd Street. Today, the grounds of the Country Club remain unincorporated, outside the jurisdiction of the Olympia Fields village government.

Olympia Fields has received the Tree City USA award for many years of having demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing the village's public trees.


Olympia Fields is located at 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278 (41.518290, -87.692744).

According to the 2010 census, Olympia Fields has a total area of 2.944 square miles (7.62 km2), of which 2.94 square miles (7.61 km2) (or 99.86%) is land and 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.14%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 143
1940 101 −29.4%
1950 160 58.4%
1960 1,503 839.4%
1970 3,478 131.4%
1980 4,146 19.2%
1990 4,248 2.5%
2000 4,732 11.4%
2010 4,988 5.4%
Est. 2015 5,025 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,988 people, 1,951 households, and 1,374 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,696.6 people per square mile (656.3/km²). There were 2,104 housing units at an average density of 715.6 per square mile (276.8/km²).

There were 1,951 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were headed by married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.9% of households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 16.3% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

Population (2000) Total 4,732
Density 1,665.3/sq mi
White 42.65%
African American 52.11%
Native American 0.04%
Asian 3.38%
Pacific Islander 0.02%
Hispanic/Latino 1.82%
Other 0.57%
Median Income $94,827


The Village of Olympia Fields is located between Vollmer Road and US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway), two miles east of Interstate 57.

Two stations on the Metra Electric Main Line are located in Olympia Fields, providing easy access to the Chicago Loop and the University of Chicago. The Olympia Fields station is located on 203rd St., two blocks east of Kedzie Avenue, in the northern part of the village while the 211th Street (Lincoln Highway) station is in the southern part. Express trains from these stations reach the Randolph Street Station on Michigan Avenue in approximately 40 minutes. Both stations have daily parking facilities.

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