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2013 aerial photograph of Shorewood
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Location of Shorewood in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Shorewood in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Will
Township Troy
Settled 1830
Incorporated November 27, 1957 (1957-11-27)
 • Total 8.20 sq mi (21.23 km2)
 • Land 8.09 sq mi (20.94 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
620 ft (190 m)
 • Total 18,186
 • Density 2,249.35/sq mi (868.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes 815, 630
FIPS code 17-69758
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Website Village of Shorewood

Shorewood is a village in Troy Township, Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,686 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 15,615 as of 2010.


Shorewood Presidents who have served the Village, in order following Raymond Clark are: Richard J. Shaw (appointed), Robert F. Schwartz (elected), George Gorniak (elected), Ray Sineko (appointed), Gerald L. Johnson (appointed), Howell D. Franklin (elected), Arthur J. Lindeman (elected), David A. Barry (appointed), Richard F. Talaga (elected), David A. Barry (elected), Ronald W. Sarver (appointed), Ronald W. Sarver (elected), E. Edward Harbeck (appointed), Bertha J. Hofer (elected), Richard E. Chapman (elected).


Shorewood is located at 41°31′6″N 88°12′54″W / 41.51833°N 88.21500°W / 41.51833; -88.21500 (41.5181961, -88.2150390). The village is approximately 39 miles (63 km) southwest of Chicago's Loop.

According to the 2010 census, Shorewood has a total area of 7.884 square miles (20.42 km2), of which 7.77 square miles (20.12 km2) (or 98.55%) is land and 0.114 square miles (0.30 km2) (or 1.45%) is water.


Shorewood began as a small fishing and resort community. Albert H. Bruning purchased farmland from Richard and Anna Meyer in 1926. He subdivided the land and sold small lots along the DuPage River for summer cottages. Joliet and Chicago residents used the cottages as weekend retreats. Hammel Woods and the DuPage River provided beautiful and popular sites for fishing, swimming and picnics.

The Village of Shorewood was previously known as Troy up until November 27, 1957 when the town was officially incorporated. The name West Troy was originally suggested by the first settler, Horace Haff, after he migrated there around 1830 from Troy, New York. Early Troy history mentions the construction of a sawmill by Jedidiah Wooley, a grist mill by William Grinton, a McGee knitting mill, and the McEvoy sheep farms.

The Shorewood Beach Improvement Association first considered incorporation on August 6, 1931. This association’s goals were to manage, control, and regulate the area as well as to improve parking. Over the years, funding began to run out, and these objectives could no longer be achieved.

At a meeting on April 22, 1957, the inhabitants of Troy decided to incorporate as a village, and on November 23, 1957, a vote was held. The necessary majority was reached with 99 out of 177 votes in favor of incorporation. However, a Troy, Illinois already existed over in Madison County, so the village was officially renamed Shorewood at that time.

In recent times, Shorewood has grown from its original cottage town beginnings to a developed suburb.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 358
1970 1,749 388.5%
1980 4,714 169.5%
1990 6,264 32.9%
2000 7,686 22.7%
2010 15,615 103.2%
2020 18,186 16.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,610 residents, with 2,146 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,008.9 people per square mile (762.9/km2). There were 2,647 housing units at an average density of 680.9 per square mile (262.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.71% White, 2.39% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.98% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.44% of the population.

There were 2,565 households, out of which 43.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 29.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $89,095. Males had a median income of $56,935 versus $42,336 for females. The per capita income for the village was $38,199. About 1.1% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over. Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2006-2010 is $248,100


Shorewood has one local library, Shorewood-Troy Public Library.

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