New Chicago is located at 41°33′28″N 87°16′26″W / 41.55778°N 87.27389°W (41.557860, -87.273801)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,063 people, 826 households, and 532 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,071.3 people per square mile (1,188.8/km²). There were 876 housing units at an average density of 1,304.2 per square mile (504.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.64% White, 0.53% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 8.92% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.72% of the population.

There were 826 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,759, and the median income for a family was $36,852. Males had a median income of $36,400 versus $22,045 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,342. About 10.6% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


Residents are zoned to River Forest Community School Corporation.

Public libraries

Lake County Public Library operates the Lake Station – New Chicago Branch at 2007 Central Avenue in nearby Lake Station.[4]


  1. “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau,Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”. United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. Locations and Hours.” Lake County Public Library. Retrieved on January 21, 2009.