The first settlers in Niles, Illinois were German farmers who came to the area in search of better farming opportunities. The township of Niles was established in 1850 and the town was incorporated in 1899. Niles had a population of 500 people at the time of its incorporation. The name for the town was likely taken from the Niles Register, a nationally circulated newspaper at the time. The Chicago Surface Lines street railway was built around the turn of the century. This allowed more immigrants to come to Chicago to settle in Niles.
Niles, Illinois is located in Cook County and has a population of 29,831 people. There are approximately five percent more females than males living in Niles. The typical Niles resident is 48.2 years old and earns a household income of $49,686. Throughout Illinois, the average age is 42.2 years old and the median household income is $53,966. However, housing values in Niles are significantly higher than the rest of the state. In 2009, the average selling price for a home in Niles was $325,434. It was $202,000 for Illinois as a whole.
Typical Weather Patterns in Niles
The average temperature in Niles ranges from a low of 16 degrees to a high of 83 degrees. January is the coldest month, with a temperature range of 16 to 32 degrees. By April, the average low increases to 38 degrees and the high temperature is around 57 degrees. July is the warmest month, with a typical high temperature of 83 degrees and a low temperature of 63 degrees. October is only slightly warmer than April, with a temperature range of 42 to 62 degrees.
Activities for Tourists and Residents
The Leaning Tower of Niles is a half-size replica of the famous tower in Italy. It was originally built as a utility tower in 1934. The Leaning Tower of Niles is 94 feet high and leans approximately seven feet off center. People who can't quite make it to Italy enjoy taking their picture in front of the tower in Niles. It was renovated in 1990 to include a fountain.
Sky High Sports Niles is a great way for kids to burn off energy on a cold winter day. It is equipped with several trampolines that can be rented by the hour. Kids and parents can also have fun playing dodgeball together. Sky High Sport Niles has hours available exclusively for children with special needs. It is open Monday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Shopping and Dining in Niles
Golf Mill Shopping Center is the primary shopping mall in Niles. It has dozens of specialty stores, a food court, a movie theater and a play area for children. There are also four casual sit-down restaurants for shoppers who want more time to eat and relax.
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