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Summit, Illinois
Village of Summit
Cement silos in Summit
Cement silos in Summit
Strength, Unity, Progress
Location of Summit in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Summit 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
Founded 1890
 • Total 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land 2.12 sq mi (5.49 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
 • Total 11,161
 • Density 5,267.11/sq mi (2,033.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 708
FIPS code 17-73638
Wikimedia Commons Summit, Illinois

Summit is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,161 at the 2020 census. The name Summit, in use since 1836, refers to the highest point on the Chicago Portage between the northeast-flowing Chicago River and the southwest-flowing Des Plaines River located just north of the village.

Argo is a subdivision annexed by Summit in 1911 when it was new. Named for a nearby factory, it developed separately from the old part of the village. The name "Argo" is still widely used but is not part of the name of the village itself.


Summit is located at 41°47′N 87°49′W / 41.783°N 87.817°W / 41.783; -87.817 (41.7885, -87.8139).

According to the 2010 census, Summit has a total area of 2.257 square miles (5.85 km2), of which 2.12 square miles (5.49 km2) (or 93.93%) is land and 0.137 square miles (0.35 km2) (or 6.07%) is water. Most of "Summit" is in the floodplain of the Des Plaines River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 272
1900 547
1910 949 73.5%
1920 4,019 323.5%
1930 6,548 62.9%
1940 7,043 7.6%
1950 8,957 27.2%
1960 10,374 15.8%
1970 11,569 11.5%
1980 10,110 −12.6%
1990 9,971 −1.4%
2000 10,637 6.7%
2010 11,054 3.9%
2020 11,161 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,637 people, 3,356 households, and 2,416 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,008.7 people per square mile (1,937.2/km2). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 1,672.6 per square mile (646.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 63.31% White, 12.05% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 19.64% from other races, and 3.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.47% of the population, with Mexican Americans representing 44.3%.

The top three non-Hispanic, non-African American ancestries reported in Summit as of the 2000 census were Polish (11.7%), German (5.2%) and Irish (4.4%).

There were 3,356 households, out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder $32,287 versus $21,628 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,611. About 12.6% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

Public education

Elementary and middle school students attend Cook County School District 104 schools, and then move on to Argo Community High School District 217.


Summit's multimodal transportation network encompasses the following:

Notable people

  • John Garklāvs, archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America, keeper of the Tchvin Icon of the Mother of Our God.
  • Fred Hampton, Black Panther Party
  • Ted Kluszewski, first baseman, member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
  • Clayton Lambert, pitcher for the Reds
  • Sheldon Mallory, outfielder for the Oakland Athletics
  • Emmett Till, lived in Argo with his mother until he was nine, when they moved to Detroit.
  • "Long John" Wentworth, former mayor of Chicago, retired to a farm on land part of which later became part of Summit

See also

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