Olympia Fields, Illinois

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Olympia Fields, Illinois
Village
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyCook
TownshipBloom and Rich
Coordinates41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Area2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population4,988 (2010)
Density1,696.6 / sq mi (655 / km2)
Founded1927
GovernmentVillage
Village presidentDebbie Meyers-Martin
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code60461
Area code708
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Website: www.olympia-fields.com
 
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Coordinates: 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Village
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyCook
TownshipBloom and Rich
Coordinates41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Area2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population4,988 (2010)
Density1,696.6 / sq mi (655 / km2)
Founded1927
GovernmentVillage
Village presidentDebbie Meyers-Martin
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code60461
Area code708
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Website: www.olympia-fields.com

Olympia Fields is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,988 at the 2010 census.[1] Olympia Fields, IL, is a little village that grew up around the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club built in 1915. Now the Village of Olympia Fields is so much more than the golf courses that started it. It’s a modern and affluent community amidst an old world charm. With easy access to all of the Chicagoland area, residents have countless entertainment, nightlife, shopping and leisure options. Residents of Olympia Fields homes are treated to winding, tree-lined streets and extraordinary neighborhoods of varying architectural styles. The Olympia Fields Park District gives residents plenty of trails to hike and bike, and lots of beautiful open green spaces for picnicking and relaxing. And, of course, there’s still some of the best golfing to be found in all of Illinois. It is the location of the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club. Olympia Fields has one of the lowest crime rates in all of the Chicago metropolitan area, and it is also noteworthy as one of the wealthiest "majority black" communities in the United States. [2]

History[edit]

The area that makes up the Village today was once farmland worked by immigrant families during the 1830s. The Illinois Central Railroad began serving the area in the 1850s, making the transport of farm goods to the City of Chicago and its growing population much easier.

In 1893, the Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, and the south Cook County region became an increasingly popular retreat for busy Chicagoans. By 1913, the area's lush woodlands and rolling terrain convinced an investment group led by Charles Beach, that the area was the perfect place to establish a golf course catering to Chicago's wealthy elite. Beach and his friend James Gardner developed a magnificent 72-hole golf course and country club.

The Club was chartered in 1915 as Olympia Fields Country Club. Amos Alonzo Stagg, the famed football coach of the University of Chicago, became the Club's first president. The name "Olympia" was proposed by Stagg. The word "Fields" was added because it aptly described the young community's pastoral terrain.

Golf and the resort atmosphere in the area south of Chicago because so popular that some families lived in canvas-covered "cottages" during the summer months, while others built more permanent homes on the western side of the train tracks beginning as early as 1919. The clubhouse, built in 1924, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The golf course is considered one of the finest in the nation. It was home to the 1928 and 2003 U.S. Open, the 1925 and 1961 PGA Championship, the 1997 Senior U.S. Open, and the Western Open. Olympia Fields Country Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The Country Club's founder, Charles Beach, organized the effort to incorporate the residential areas around the Country Club as a municipality, and in 1927, the Village of Olympia Fields was created with Beach as its first president. His home, built to reflect the design and character of the Country Club, still stands at the southwest corner of Kedzie Avenue and 203rd Street. Today, the grounds of the Country Club remain unincorporated, outside the jurisdiction of the Village government.

As the Village grew, street names of early subdivisions followed a Greek theme: Athens, Hellenic, Parthenon, Corinth and Sparta. The Village logo depicts Hermes, the Green God of science.

In later years, Olympia Fields grew into a prosperous, upper-middle class community that has retained its quiet, stately ambiance. The Village's population remained small until after World War II, when the Club sold two golf courses for residential development.

The Village's roots and traditions as an elite and affluent community remain, while a new tradition of racial, ethnic and religious diversity now enhances the quality of life enjoyed by residents. As an exclusive community, all are welcomed and expected to contribute to the life of the Village. [3]

“One Village, Two Townships.” Olympia Fields is located within two townships. Rich Township serves all of Olympia Fields, except Graymoor and Wysteria, which are served by Bloom Township.

On March 26, 2003, Olympia Fields and neighboring Park Forest were hit by a large meteorite shower, "the first time that a meteorite shower has hit such a populated area," according to Field Museum curator Meenakshi Wadhwa.[4] The museum spent about $30,000 to acquire about six pounds of meteorites that fell, and other meteorites were also recovered.

Olympia Fields has received the Tree City USA award for many years of having demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. [5]

Geography[edit]

Olympia Fields is located at 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278 (41.518290, -87.692744).[6]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.94 square miles (7.6 km2), all land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,988 people, 1,951 households, and 1,374 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,696.6 people per square mile (656.3/km²). There were 2,104 housing units at an average density of 715.6 per square mile (276.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 25.3% white, 69.5% black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.3% Asian, 0.8% some other race, and 1.9% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 2.5% of the population.[1]

There were 1,951 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were headed by married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.9% of households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53, and the average family size was 3.08.[1]

In the village the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 16.3% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.[1]

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $80,888, and the median income for a family was $88,839. Male full-time workers had a median income of $90,761 versus $58,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $46,486. About 5.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.[8]

Population (2000)Total 4,732
Density1,665.3/sq mi
White42.65%
African American52.11%
Native American00.04%
Asian03.38%
Pacific Islander00.02%
Hispanic/Latino01.82%
Other00.57%
Median Income$94,827

Government[edit]

Olympia Fields is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district. The current president is Debbie Meyers-Martin. The Village Administrator is David Mekarski.

Transportation[edit]

The Village of Olympia Fields is located between Vollmer Road and US Route 30, two miles west of I-57, allowing easy access to the rest of Chicagoland.

Olympia Fields has two stations on the Metra Electric Main Line, which provide easy access to the Chicago Loop and the University of Chicago.

Metra trains provide quick, convenient transportation to downtown Chicago from two stations on the north and south sides of Olympia Fields. Express trains reach the Randolph Street Station on Michigan Avenue in 40 minutes via the Metra Electric Main Line. Metra Lots are located at 203rd St. and Kedzie Avenue and at 211th Street (Lincoln Highway) and Olympian Way. Both lots are daily lots.

Real Estate[edit]

Olympia Fields is an elite, affluent community offering its residents well-maintained neighborhoods and an old world charm. Successful people take up residence here to live amongst the tranquil scenery of tree-lined streets and abundant green spaces. Residents of Olympia Fields homes also enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in Illinois.

Because of an ordinance enacted in the mid-1950s, Olympia Fields boasts a rich variety of architectural styles. Colonials, Tudors, ranches, split and bi-levels, as well as contemporary designs are spread across its picturesque landscape. Elegance, class and charm are a staple of Olympia Fields homes.

The Village of Olympia Fields has very active Homeowners Associations that work closely with the Village to promote the quality of life that residents have all learned to appreciate.

Education[edit]

The village's badge of honor is Arcadia Elementary School. In 2009, the K-4 school was selected as a national Blue Ribbon School.

Although most of Olympia Fields' students attend Arcadia through fourth grade, school assignments get confusing from there. The Arcadia students head to Park Forest or Matteson for middle school, then back to Olympia Fields for high school. Students from the Graymoor and Greens subdivisions go to school in Flossmoor. The Wysteria subdivision students study in Chicago Heights.[9]

Students from Olympia Fields attend six different public school districts: Elementary Districts 161, 162 and 170 and High School Districts 206, 227 and 233. [10]

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