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Our Genealogy Helper for Des Plaines ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Des Plaines (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Des Plaines. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Des Plaines is located in Cook County.

To see how the shape of Illinois' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cook County: DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, Lake (IN) & Berrien (MI).

Below are the counties that are near Des Plaines. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Des Plaines:

  • Cook County     (The home county of Des Plaines)
    • Mount Prospect [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Prospect
      • Mount Prospect [Cook County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,299 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Prospect have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Prospect
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Prospect<3>
    • Park Ridge [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Park Ridge
      • Park Ridge [Cook County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,514 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Park Ridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Park Ridge<3>
    • Rosemont [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosemont
      • Rosemont [Cook County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rosemont have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosemont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rosemont<3>
    • Prospect Heights [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prospect Heights
      • Prospect Heights [Cook County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,702 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prospect Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prospect Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prospect Heights<3>
    • Golf [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golf
      • Golf [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 488 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golf
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Golf<3>
    • Morton Grove [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morton Grove
      • Morton Grove [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,564 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morton Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morton Grove<3>
    • Niles [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Niles
      • Niles [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,615 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Niles
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Niles<3>
    • Glenview [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenview
      • Glenview [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,823 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenview<3>
    • Arlington Heights [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington Heights
      • Arlington Heights [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,999 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington Heights<3>
    • Schiller Park [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schiller Park
      • Schiller Park [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,264 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schiller Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schiller Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Schiller Park<3>
    • Elk Grove Village [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk Grove Village
      • Elk Grove Village [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,831 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elk Grove Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elk Grove Village
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elk Grove Village<3>
    • Covenant Village [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Covenant Village
      • Covenant Village [Cook County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covenant Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Covenant Village
    • Franklin Park [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin Park
      • Franklin Park [Cook County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklin Park<3>
  • DeKalb County
    • Cortland [DeKalb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cortland
      • Cortland [DeKalb County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,393 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cortland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cortland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cortland<3>
    • Genoa [DeKalb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Genoa
      • Genoa [DeKalb County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Genoa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Genoa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Genoa<3>
    • Sycamore [DeKalb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sycamore
      • Sycamore [DeKalb County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,317 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sycamore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sycamore
  • DuPage County
    • Bensenville [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bensenville
      • Bensenville [DuPage County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,943 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bensenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bensenville<3>
    • Wood Dale [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wood Dale
      • Wood Dale [DuPage County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wood Dale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wood Dale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wood Dale<3>
    • Itasca [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Itasca
      • Itasca [DuPage County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,758 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Itasca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Itasca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Itasca<3>
    • Medinah [DuPage County]
    • Elmhurst [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmhurst
      • Elmhurst [DuPage County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,532 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmhurst have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmhurst
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elmhurst<3>
    • Addison [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Addison
      • Addison [DuPage County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,237 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Addison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Addison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Addison<3>
    • Roselle [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roselle
      • Roselle [DuPage County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,550 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roselle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roselle<3>
    • South Elmhurst [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Elmhurst
      • South Elmhurst [DuPage County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Elmhurst have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Elmhurst
    • Villa Park [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Villa Park
      • Villa Park [DuPage County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,291 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Villa Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Villa Park
    • Bloomingdale [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomingdale
      • Bloomingdale [DuPage County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,723 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomingdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bloomingdale<3>
    • Cloverdale [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cloverdale
      • Cloverdale [DuPage County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cloverdale
    • Glendale Heights [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale Heights
      • Glendale Heights [DuPage County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,351 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale Heights<3>
    • Keeneyville [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keeneyville
      • Keeneyville [DuPage County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keeneyville
  • Kane County
    • East Dundee [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Dundee
      • East Dundee [Kane County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,186 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Dundee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Dundee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Dundee<3>
    • Elgin [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elgin
      • Elgin [Kane County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,196 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elgin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elgin<3>
    • Carpentersville [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carpentersville
      • Carpentersville [Kane County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,940 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carpentersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carpentersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carpentersville<3>
    • Sleepy Hollow [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sleepy Hollow
      • Sleepy Hollow [Kane County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,215 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sleepy Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sleepy Hollow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sleepy Hollow<3>
    • South Elgin [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Elgin
      • South Elgin [Kane County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,646 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Elgin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Elgin
    • Saint Charles [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Charles
      • Saint Charles [Kane County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,709 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Charles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Charles
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Charles<3>
    • Geneva [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geneva
      • Geneva [Kane County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,674 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geneva
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Geneva<3>
    • Gilberts [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilberts
      • Gilberts [Kane County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,071 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilberts
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilberts<3>
    • West Dundee [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Dundee
      • West Dundee [Kane County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,768 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Dundee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Dundee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Dundee<3>
    • Batavia [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Batavia
      • Batavia [Kane County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,442 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Batavia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Batavia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Batavia<3>
    • Bonnie [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonnie
      • Bonnie [Kane County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bonnie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bonnie has also been known as:
      • Bonnie Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonnie
    • Bowes Bend [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowes Bend
      • Bowes Bend [Kane County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowes Bend
    • Campton Hills [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Campton Hills
      • Campton Hills [Kane County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,063 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Campton Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Campton Hills has also been known as:
      • Campton Hills village
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Campton Hills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Campton Hills<3>
  • Kendall County
    • Montgomery [Kendall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montgomery
      • Montgomery [Kendall County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,181 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montgomery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montgomery<3>
    • Oswego [Kendall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oswego
      • Oswego [Kendall County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,696 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oswego
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oswego<3>
    • Bristol [Kendall County]
    • Yorkville [Kendall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yorkville
      • Yorkville [Kendall County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,160 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yorkville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yorkville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yorkville<3>
    • Plano [Kendall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plano
      • Plano [Kendall County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,879 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plano have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plano
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plano<3>
  • Lake County
    • Buffalo Grove [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Grove
      • Buffalo Grove [Lake County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,161 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buffalo Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buffalo Grove<3>
    • Deerfield [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deerfield
      • Deerfield [Lake County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,532 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deerfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deerfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deerfield<3>
    • Riverwoods [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverwoods
      • Riverwoods [Lake County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,534 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverwoods have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverwoods
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Riverwoods<3>
    • Braeside [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braeside
      • Braeside [Lake County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Braeside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braeside
    • Ravinia [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ravinia
      • Ravinia [Lake County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ravinia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ravinia
    • Bannockburn [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bannockburn
      • Bannockburn [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,596 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bannockburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bannockburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bannockburn<3>
    • Lincolnshire [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincolnshire
      • Lincolnshire [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,891 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincolnshire have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincolnshire
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lincolnshire<3>
    • Prairie View [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie View
      • Prairie View [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie View
    • Highland Park [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highland Park
      • Highland Park [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,427 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highland Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highland Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Highland Park<3>
    • Highwood [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highwood
      • Highwood [Lake County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,301 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Highwood<3>
    • Kildeer [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kildeer
      • Kildeer [Lake County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,993 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kildeer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kildeer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kildeer<3>
    • Long Grove [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Grove
      • Long Grove [Lake County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,868 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Long Grove<3>
    • Deer Park [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deer Park
      • Deer Park [Lake County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,199 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deer Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • McHenry County
    • Fox River Grove [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fox River Grove
      • Fox River Grove [McHenry County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,518 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fox River Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Cary [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cary
      • Cary [McHenry County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,929 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cary have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Trout Valley [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trout Valley
      • Trout Valley [McHenry County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 508 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trout Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Island Lake [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Island Lake
      • Island Lake [McHenry County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,951 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Island Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Lake-in-the-Hills [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake-in-the-Hills
      • Lake-in-the-Hills [McHenry County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,345 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake-in-the-Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Oakwood Hills [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakwood Hills
      • Oakwood Hills [McHenry County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,011 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oakwood Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Algonquin [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Algonquin
      • Algonquin [McHenry County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,730 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Algonquin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Barreville [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barreville
      • Barreville [McHenry County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
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    • Holiday Hills [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holiday Hills
      • Holiday Hills [McHenry County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 574 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holiday Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Prairie Grove [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie Grove
      • Prairie Grove [McHenry County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,920 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Crystal Lake [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Lake
      • Crystal Lake [McHenry County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,642 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crystal Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Lakemoor [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakemoor
      • Lakemoor [McHenry County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,912 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakemoor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Lakewood [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakewood
      • Lakewood [McHenry County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,967 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Will County
    • Winston Village [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winston Village
      • Winston Village [Will County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winston Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Colonial Village [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonial Village
      • Colonial Village [Will County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonial Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bloomfield Village [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomfield Village
      • Bloomfield Village [Will County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bloomfield Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bolingbrook [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolingbrook
      • Bolingbrook [Will County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 74,025 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolingbrook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Goodings Grove [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodings Grove
      • Goodings Grove [Will County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodings Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Homer Glen [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homer Glen
      • Homer Glen [Will County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,281 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homer Glen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Homer Glen has also been known as:
      • Homer Glen village
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    • Romeoville [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Romeoville
      • Romeoville [Will County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,770 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Romeoville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Lockport [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockport
      • Lockport [Will County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,887 people
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    • Plainfield [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainfield
      • Plainfield [Will County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,542 people
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    • Crest Hill [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crest Hill
      • Crest Hill [Will County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,209 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crest Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mokena [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mokena
      • Mokena [Will County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,050 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mokena have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Joliet [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joliet
      • Joliet [Will County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 146,673 people
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    • New Lenox [Will County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Lenox
      • New Lenox [Will County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,088 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Lenox have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Lake County (IN)
    • Whiting [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whiting
      • Whiting [Lake County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,814 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whiting have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • East Chicago [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Chicago
      • East Chicago [Lake County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,742 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Chicago have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Hammond [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hammond
      • Hammond [Lake County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 75,342 people
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    • Munster [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Munster
      • Munster [Lake County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Munster have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Highland [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highland
      • Highland [Lake County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,283 people
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  • Kenosha County (WI)
    • Pleasant Prairie [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Prairie
      • Pleasant Prairie [Kenosha County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,373 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Prairie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bristol [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bristol
      • Bristol [Kenosha County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,145 people
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    • Salem Lakes [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem Lakes
      • Salem Lakes [Kenosha County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Former names for Salem Lakes:
      • Salem
      • Silver Lake
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    • Kenosha [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kenosha
      • Kenosha [Kenosha County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 99,570 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kenosha
    • Paddock Lake [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paddock Lake
      • Paddock Lake [Kenosha County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,232 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paddock Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Twin Lakes [Kenosha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Lakes
      • Twin Lakes [Kenosha County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,234 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Lakes
  • Walworth County (WI)
    • Genoa City [Walworth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Genoa City
      • Genoa City [Walworth County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,981 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Genoa City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Genoa City

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Des Plaines, see our County-by-County Page for Des Plaines.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Des Plaines ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Des Plaines.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Des Plaines. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Des Plaines and those printed in the larger area surrounding Des Plaines.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km] of Des Plaines.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Des Plaines:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Illinois
    • Stories from Indiana
    • Stories from Wisconsin

Cemeteries Near Des Plaines ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Des Plaines.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Des Plaines covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • All Saints Catholic Cemetery
  • Town of Maine Cemetery
  • St. Marys Cemetery
  • Maryhill Catholic Cemetery
  • Ridgewood Memorial Park
  • St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • St. Johannes Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Johannes Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Johannes Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Johannes Cemetery
    • All Saints Polish National Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the All Saints Polish National Catholic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the All Saints Polish National Catholic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • St. Matthews Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Matthews Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Matthews Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Matthews Cemetery
    • St. Johns Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Johns Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Johns Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Johns Cemetery
    • Northfield Oakwood Cemetery
    • English Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the English Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the English Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on English Cemetery
    • Memory Gardens Cemetery
    • St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Des Plaines had a population of 986 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Des Plaines had a population of 58,179 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Des Plaines, with the one closest to Des Plaines listed first.

  • Des Plaines [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Des Plaines
    • Des Plaines [Cook County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 986 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,179 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Des Plaines had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Des Plaines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Des Plaines
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  • Mount Prospect [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Prospect
    • Mount Prospect [Cook County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,299 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mount Prospect had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Prospect have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Park Ridge [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Park Ridge
    • Park Ridge [Cook County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 987 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,514 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Park Ridge had a post office and railroad service
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  • The Grove [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for The Grove
    • The Grove [Cook County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, The Grove had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for The Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on The Grove
  • Elk Grove Village [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk Grove Village
    • Elk Grove Village [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,831 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Elk Grove Village had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elk Grove Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Bensenville [DuPage County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bensenville
    • Bensenville [DuPage County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 295 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,943 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bensenville had a post office and railroad service
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    • Niles [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Niles
      • Niles [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 239 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,615 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Niles had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Morton Grove [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morton Grove
      • Morton Grove [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 81 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,564 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Morton Grove had a post office and railroad service
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    • Arlington Heights [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington Heights
      • Arlington Heights [Cook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,424 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,999 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Arlington Heights had a post office and railroad service
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    • Wheeling [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wheeling
      • Wheeling [Cook County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 811 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,958 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Wheeling had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wheeling have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Franklin Park [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin Park
      • Franklin Park [Cook County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Des Plaines
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,402 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Franklin Park had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklin Park<3>
    • Ridgeland [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgeland
      • Ridgeland [Cook County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 270 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ridgeland had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ridgeland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgeland
    • Itasca [DuPage County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Itasca
      • Itasca [DuPage County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Des Plaines
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 333 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,758 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Itasca had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Itasca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Itasca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Itasca<3>
    • Dunning [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunning
      • Dunning [Cook County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Des Plaines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dunning had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunning
    • Shermerville [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shermerville
      • Shermerville [Cook County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Des Plaines
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Shermerville had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shermerville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shermerville

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Des Plaines. See our List of 1890's Communities around Des Plaines.

Mentions & References for Des Plaines

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Illinois

About Cook County

About Illinois

The official website for Des Plaines: www.desplaines.org/

The official website for Cook County: www.co.cook.il.us/

The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Des Plaines) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Des Plaines. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Des PlainesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Des Plaines. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0344, Longitude: -87.9009       In this case, the coordinates for Des Plaines have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Des Plaines, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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