|Village of Grant Park|
|• Total||3.44 sq mi (8.90 km2)|
|• Land||3.41 sq mi (8.84 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)|
|Elevation||689 ft (210 m)|
|• Density||379.14/sq mi (146.40/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area codes||815 and 779|
|GNIS feature ID||2398191|
Grant Park is a village in northeastern Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. Grant Park was incorporated in 1883. In 2010, Grant Park had a population of 1,331. It is part of the Kankakee–Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Much of the town was destroyed by a cyclone in 1912, according to Frank Leslie's Weekly magazine, which ran pictures.
According to the 2010 census, Grant Park has a total area of 3.436 square miles (8.90 km2), of which 3.41 square miles (8.83 km2) (or 99.24%) is land and 0.026 square miles (0.07 km2) (or 0.76%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
According to the 2000 census, there were 1,358 people, 497 households, and 389 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,196.2 inhabitants per square mile (848.0/km2). There were 517 housing units at an average density of 836.1 per square mile (322.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.57% White, 0.07% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 497 households, out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% 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 3.09.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $52,153, and the median income for a family was $55,250. Males had a median income of $45,694 versus $22,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,403. About 3.5% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
In 1912 a large tornado swept through grant park destroying several homes in the northern portion of the village, injuring multiple residents.
A second large scale tornado struck grant park April 7, 1948, killing 3, and injuring 8. Extensive damage to homes and livestock was done. this tornado is considered the worst tornado in the history of Kankakee County.
On April 7, 1954, a third tornado caused one fatality, and two minor injuries. Several millions of dollars in damage was done.
On August 10, 2020, a relatively small tornado touched down in Grant Park. It caused major damage to trees and roofs along its path, which ended just nearing Lake Matonga. This tornado formed from the bigger August 2020 Midwest derecho.
Grant Park contains a preschool, elementary school, middle school, and a high school. The mascot for the elementary school, middle school, and high school is the Dragons and the colors are green and gold.
The high school followed a block schedule in which students attend four 87-minute class periods a day, but is now going back to 8 hours a day and tray lunches.
- Richard L. Alexander, World War II fighter ace, was born here
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