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Schiller Park, Illinois, Higher Education and Village Information

Schiller Park, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago. Its residents are within an easy drive of several universities, colleges and theological seminaries in the Chicago area. Read about the population, economy and school options for Schiller Park below.

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Information about Schiller Park

Schiller Park, Illinois, is a village in the Chicago metropolitan area, bordered by O'Hare International Airport. The village had 11,857 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, occupying slightly less than three square miles. Approximately 67% of residents were of Caucasian ancestry, 24% were Hispanic and nearly 6% were Asian, based on 2010 census data.

The residents of Schiller Park enjoy moderate temperatures throughout the year. The average high temperature during the July is 86, while the average January low temperature is around 15 degrees. Schiller Park is probably best known for being the former location of the invention, by an employee of a Hostess bakery, of the Twinkie snack food.

The Chicago metropolitan area features such attractions as the Museum of the Chicago Institute of Art, Millennium Park, neighborhoods such as Greektown and Little Italy and the Lake Michigan lakefront.

Higher Education

There are no institutions of higher education in Schiller Park itself, but 55 public and private, non-profit colleges and universities can be found within 15 miles of the town in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The largest among these is the University of Illinois at Chicago, which enrolled almost 28,000 students as of Fall 2014.

Northwestern University is located near Schiller Park and is ranked 12th on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of top national universities. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through various schools, including the Kellogg School of Management.

Other nearby universities include Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Rush University, Wheaton College and DePaul University. Several community colleges are within easy commuting distance of the village, including the Wilbur Wright campus of the City Colleges of Chicago and Oakton Community College in the suburb of Des Plaines.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census data, manufacturing employed about 2,300 people in Schiller Park. Accommodation and food services employed about 1,500 people, while transportation and warehousing employed about 1,100 people.

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