Crete, Illinois

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Crete is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,346 at the 2000 census. Originally named Wood's Corner, it was founded in 1836 by Vermonters Dyantha and Willard Wood.[1]



Crete is located at 41°27′21″N 87°37′8″W / 41.45583°N 87.61889°W / 41.45583; -87.61889 (41.455910, -87.618798).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.47%) is water. Crete is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Illinois Route 394 and within 40 miles (64 km) of downtown Chicago.


Crete is home to the Bible League's International Headquarters, Balmoral Park Racetrack, the Badlands paintball park, Heritage Park, and many other recreational activities. United States congresswoman from the 11th district Debbie Halvorson resides in Crete. Crete is also home to the critically acclaimed environmental scientist, Eric Jensen. Crete is home to acres of forest preserve along with Plum Creek (Goodenow Grove), a park with ice skating and sledding in the winter, and hiking in the summer.(Goodenow Grove does, however, have a Beecher, Illinois address.)

Crete was formerly known for having Cruise Nights on Thursdays, where antique cars could be presented. It also formerly had Wild West Days for a few days during the summer (lasting fifteen years). Both of these activities were discontinued in 2008. But since Early June of 2010,Cruise Nights have been brought back,and are now on Mondays.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,346 people, 2,704 households, and 2,090 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,151.8 people per square mile (444.6/km²). There were 2,807 housing units at an average density of 440.1/sq mi (169.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 86.46% White, 10.47% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.63% of the population.

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