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Roselle, Illinois
Official seal of Roselle, Illinois
"Tradition Meets Tomorrow"
Location of Roselle in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Roselle in DuPage County, Illinois.
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage and Cook
 • Total 5.61 sq mi (14.52 km2)
 • Land 5.53 sq mi (14.32 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
709–797 ft (216–243 m)
 • Total 22,897
 • Density 4,140.51/sq mi (1,598.80/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
FIPS code 17-65806

Roselle is a suburb of Chicago and is a village located in both DuPage County and Cook in Illinois. Roselle was first incorporated in 1922 as a bedroom community, with its train stop attracting residents commuting to Chicago or nearby suburbs for their jobs. As of the 2020 census, the village's population was 22,897.


Roselle mill
Roselle Flour and Feed Mill in 1895, before it burned down in 1916

The area surrounding the current village of Roselle began to be settled in the early 1830s, as settlers moved in next to the native Potawatomi people. Silas L. Meacham and his brothers Harvey and Lyman settled the area now known as Bloomingdale Township. The government had been offering land in the area for around $1.25 / acre. In 1837, Deacon Elijah Hough and his wife settled in the Bloomingdale area, with his sons Oramel, Rosell [sic] and daughter Cornelia.

In 1868, at the age of 48, Rosell Hough returned from a career as an alderman and a businessman in Chicago, and saw that the area had become a farming center for corn and flax. He opened the Illinois Linen Company on the northwest corner off of what is now Roselle Road and Irving Park Road. Hough was also the president of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company. It is rumored that because of his position, he spent some money to alter a land survey to show that a railroad line should run through Roselle, Itasca and Wood Dale instead of Addison and Bloomingdale. The train schedule misprinted the name of the town on the rail line, giving Roselle its current name.


Roselle is located at 41°58′50″N 88°5′8″W / 41.98056°N 88.08556°W / 41.98056; -88.08556 (41.980569, -88.085438).

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.48 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.41 square miles (14.0 km2) (or 98.72%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 1.28%) is water. Two notable hydrological features are Goose Lake and Spring Creek, a tributary to the East Branch of the DuPage River. Turner Pond is a man-made pond located just north of the town center.


Roselle is roughly bounded by Nerge Road to the north, unincorporated Medinah to the east, Lake Street to the south and Gary Avenue to the west. The main arterial roads of Irving Park Road and Roselle Road run east–west and north–south, respectively, through the central commercial area of Roselle.

Bicycle trails link the nearby cities of Schaumburg and Bloomingdale. The North Central DuPage Regional Trail runs through far southeastern portions of Roselle.

Roselle has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago Union Station.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 193
1930 807
1940 694 −14.0%
1950 1,038 49.6%
1960 3,581 245.0%
1970 6,207 73.3%
1980 17,034 174.4%
1990 20,819 22.2%
2000 23,115 11.0%
2010 22,763 −1.5%
2020 22,897 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,115 people, 8,443 households, and 6,239 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,301.1 people per square mile (1,662.0/km2). There were 8,552 housing units at an average density of 1,591.3 per square mile (614.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.89% White, 1.66% Black, 0.21% Native American, 7.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.18% of the population.

There were 8,443 households, out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village, the age distribution of the population shows 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $65,254, and the median income for a family was $73,444 (these figures had risen to $76,544 and $85,604 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $51,879 versus $33,564 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,501. About 1.3% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


There are three main commercially zoned areas in the village. One is along the southern border of the town along Lake Street (U.S. Route 20), the second is in the center of the village near the historical center of Park Street and Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19). In 2005, a new downtown business development opened along the Soo Line Railroad tracks just north of the town center (Main Street Station). The third is along Nerge Road, the northern edge of the village. Plans are currently underway for the redevelopment of the Downtown District in addition to Main Street Station. The several phase project is collectively known as Village Crossing. Roselle is home to Lynfred Winery, established in 1979. What started off as a retirement hobby by Fred and Lynn Koehler, now producing over 120 varietals of wine and over 30,000 cases of wine yearly.

Notable people

  • Don Schulze, pitcher for five Major League Baseball teams including the Chicago Cubs in 1983-84; born in Roselle
  • Don Sunderlage, All-Star point guard with the Milwaukee Hawks and Minneapolis Lakers; born in Roselle
  • Mark Gorski, track cyclist and winner of gold medal in 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, attended Lake Park High School.
  • Glenn Kotche, an American drummer and composer, best known for his involvement in the band Wilco. He was named the 40th greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise in 2008. Attended Lake Park High School.
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