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Tinley Park, Illinois

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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Location of Tinley Park in Cook County, Illinois.

Location of Tinley Park in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States

Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°34′26″N 87°48′14″W / 41.57389°N 87.80389°W / 41.57389; -87.80389
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties Cook, Will
Townships Bremen, Orland, Frankfort, Rich
Incorporated 1892
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Jacob C. Vandenberg [1]
 • Total 16.13 sq mi (41.77 km2)
 • Land 16.12 sq mi (41.74 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.12%
Population (2010)
 • Total 56,703
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 56,831
 • Density 3,526.15/sq mi (1,361.44/km2)
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $31,576
 • Median home value $244,500
ZIP code(s) 60477, 60478, and 60487
Area code(s) 708, 815
Geocode 75484
FIPS code 17-75484
Demographics (2010)[4]
White Black Asian
88.8% 3.7% 3.9%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.02% 0.1% 3.5% 6.9%

Tinley Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States, with a small portion in Will County. The population was 56,703 at the 2010 census.[4] It is one of the fastest growing suburbs south of Chicago. In 2009, Tinley Park was selected by BusinessWeek[5] as the best place to raise a family in America. In 2017, Tinley Park was listed as one of the 50 safest cities in America.[6]

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Located about 30 miles southwest of the loop lies the Village of Tinley Park, Illinois. This village is located in the heart of the I-80 Corridor and has experienced major commercial growth as popular businesses have been built along the bustling expressway. Join me, Paul Bourne, as I travel through this village and unveil some little know facts about Tinley Park. Thousands of people travel from all over the Chicagoland area throughout the warmer months to see their favorite musicians perform at the outdoor amphitheater. While the Convention Center draws in out-of-towners with anything from car shows to banquets at its update venue. But Tinley Park wasn't always so well known. In 1890, a little over 200 people lived on the land. Tinley became one of Cook County's fastest growing communities as population doubled every decade from 1950 to 1980. It grew to over 57,000 residents by 2012 and expands almost 20 square miles. Even though this village has grown over the years, one thing remains the same - its rich history. Tinley Park ultimately received its name with the election in 1982 to establish this village as a local government. The name Tinley was actually chosen to honor long time Rock Island Station Agent Samuel Tinley, Sr. He was a fairly prominent citizen well-liked and respected in the community. A lot of activity centered around the train depot, so many people like businessmen, farmers, news settlers and locals would often communicate with Mr. Tinley in one way or another. Park was added to the name, creating an image of a pleasant, lush area. The area within the 1892 village boundary has been deemed a designated historic district. Within this district lies the Old Zion Lutheran Church, which was built in 1884. This building is home to the Tinley Park Historical Society. Now known simply as the Landmark, this venue is a popular spot for weddings and tours. There are also many photos and knick knacks in this building which capture stories of Tinley's past. It holds a replica of the first progressive wind-driven mill that stood in this village before it even had its current name. Prior to 1892, Tinley was called the Village of Bremen signifying the tie to the community's German roots which were apparent in the 1840s. All sorts of commerce thrived in the early days, especially farming. A progressive wind-driven mill and grain elevator helped Bremen serve the needs of the entire region. Farmers brought grain from all around the area and used the wind-driven mill to grind it up, while the grain elevator was used as storage for shipment. By 1852, this area had the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad lines traveling through it. The railroad was actually the magnet that attracted people to the area, and the village ultimately developed into a small commerce center. At the turn of the century, Tinley Park encountered a big scandal along the tracks. There was a train robbery that took place, eerily similar to what might have been a big Hollywood blockbuster, back in the early 1900s. The robbers attempted to swipe as many valuable things as they could while the train traveled through Tinley. The train station continues to operate just one street north of Tinley Park's Historical Society. Commuters also pass by Engine #1892 on a daily basis. This monument stands at Tinley Park's train station to commemorate the village government's 100th anniversary and to recognize the railroad's key role in its development. Tinley Park's business community has always consisted of innovative leaders. In 1905, the Diamond Spiral Washing Machine Company founded the first factory in the village. Local businessmen established their own electric facility in 1909. Many of Tinley Park's current residents also have deep roots in this community. Brad Bettenhausen is the Treasurer of the Village of Tinley Park. He is also the President of the Tinley Park Historical Society and has conducted extensive research into the history of the community. His relatives once lived in the Carl Vogt building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building is now used for commercial purposes. Brad Bettenhausen was also a relative of the late Tony Bettenhausen, Sr., former Indy 500 racecar driver. The motor industry remains engrained in the blood of this family. The Bettenhaused Automotive Dealership has been a family-owned business for more than 50 years, and continues to thrive in the village. Tinley Park is also home to many individuals who honorably served in the military. Private Henry M. Hardenbergh was a volunteer infantryman in the Civil War. He earned the Medal of Honor after capturing and presenting a rebel flag to his Corps Commander. Unfortunately, Hardenbergh was killed almost instantly by a sharpshooter while on duty in the trenches before receiving the nation's highest award for valor. Today, Tinley Park has a veteran's commission to recognize contributions by the residents of the village who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. With its beautiful parks and easy access to jobs, among other things, the Village of Tinley Park was selected as the place in America to raise kids by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2010. After learning about this village's rich history and how far its come firsthand, I can see why residents of this community are proud to say, "I'm from Tinley." For SSC 360, I'm Paul Bourne. Thanks for watching.



Early history

Records show that prior to European settlement, the area was primarily occupied by the Potawatomi tribe.[citation needed]

19th century

Settlement of the area which now comprises Tinley Park began in the 1820s by emigrants from the Eastern United States. German settlers became predominant in area by the 1840s, and the village was originally established in 1853 as "Bremen". Irish, English, Scottish, Canadian, and other American settlers were also common in the area.[7]

In the late 19th century, railroads expanded rapidly, and the village happened to be located on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad line. The influence of the railroad on Bremen was so great that, in 1890, its name was changed to Tinley Park in honor of the village's first railroad station agent, Samuel Tinley, Sr. Even the village's official incorporation took place at the train depot on June 27, 1892.

20th century

With the railroad came industry and commerce. 1905 saw the Diamond Spiral Washing Machine Company found its first factory in Tinley Park. Local businessmen established an electric utility in 1909. A bottling facility for soda was operated in Tinley Park until the 1950s. Inventor John Rauhoff developed and manufactured a waterproofing additive for cement called Ironite, later used in the construction of Hoover Dam. In the latter part of the 20th century, Tinley Park was, and remains to be, an area of rapid suburban expansion to the west and south of the original site, with over 11,000 housing units constructed between 1970 and 1994.[8]


After its centennial (1992), Tinley Park from the late 20th century to the present has been focused on renovation of its downtown historic district. The historic district is made up of the village's original 1892 boundaries. In this district, landowners are encouraged to maintain the historic edifices or to create new, historically friendly facades for otherwise non-historic buildings built in the last 30 years.

Downtown renovation projects include the creation of a park near the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station, as well as the recent South Street Project, a multimillion-dollar project that will create more than 220 apartments and 40,000 square feet (4,000 m2) of commercial retail space.

The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (formerly named "The World Music Theater", "Tweeter Center Chicago", and until 2015, "First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre"),[9] an outdoor venue which seats 28,000, is located in Tinley Park.[10]

Tinley Park was the site of the Tinley Park Lights, an anomalous multiple mass UFO sighting event in 2004, 2005 and 2006.[citation needed]


Tinley Park is located at 41°34′26″N 87°48′14″W / 41.57389°N 87.80389°W / 41.57389; -87.80389 (41.573800, −87.803891).[11]

According to the 2010 census, Tinley Park has a total area of 16.039 square miles (41.54 km2), of which 16.02 square miles (41.49 km2) (or 99.88%) is land and 0.019 square miles (0.05 km2) (or 0.12%) is water.[12] The village lies on the Tinley Moraine and/or the Valparaiso Moraine.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201656,831[3]0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the 2010 census,[14] there were 56,703 people, 17,478 households, and 12,793 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,236.9 people per square mile (1,250.0/km²). There were 18,037 housing units at an average density of 1,206.2 per square mile (465.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.16% White, 1.92% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.13% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Tinley Park as of the 2000 census were Irish (25.5%), German (23.1%), Polish (19.9%), Italian (14.3%) and Dutch (5.3%).[15]

There were 17,478 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% 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 3.27.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $61,648, and the median income for a family was $71,858 (these figures had risen to $70,480 and $84,072 respectively as of a 2017 estimate[16]). Males had a median income of $50,595 versus $34,401 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,207. About 1.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


Tinley Park is divided between two congressional districts. Most of the village, including all the area in Bremen Township and Rich Township, as well as the area in Will County, is in Illinois's 1st congressional district; the area in Orland Township south of 167th Street, as well as most of the area southwest of 163rd Street and Ozark Avenue, is in the 3rd district.


Tinley Park includes four public elementary school districts - Kirby School District 140, Community Consolidated School District 146, Summit Hill Elementary School District 161,[17] and Elementary School District 159.[18]

The town also includes three parochial Pre-K through 8 elementary schools: St. George, which is Catholic; Trinity Lutheran, affiliated with the LCMS; and Southwest Chicago Christian School of Tinley Park.[19]

Victor J. Andrew High School (Consolidated High School District 230) and Tinley Park High School (Bremen Community High School District 228) are both secondary schools located in Tinley Park. A small portion of Tinley Park students go to Lincoln-Way East High School.

Most residents of Tinley Park are located within the residency boundaries for Moraine Valley Community College; the rest reside in the community college district for South Suburban College. A very small portion of Tinley Park goes to Joliet Junior College.

Sister cities

Notable people


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