Niles, Illinois

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Niles is a village in Maine and Niles Townships, Cook County, Illinois, United States. The 2008 population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau is 28,666.

The current mayor of Niles is Robert M. Callero.



Niles was first settled in 1827.[3]

The village of Niles was incorporated on August 24, 1899. The village had a population of 500 people at that time.

Along with neighboring Skokie, Illinois, and several other suburbs, Niles is partly in Niles Township, from whence it draws its name. It should not be confused with "Niles Center," the original name of Skokie.

There is no clear indication of the origin of the name "Niles." In 1929, the Chicago Tribune ran an article opining that the name was taken from the Niles Register, a newspaper published in the 1820s out of Washington, D.C. and distributed nationally; however, no proof of that has yet been discovered; accounts state only that the name was chosen at public meeting prior to township organization in 1850.

Another belief is that the name "Niles" was named after Niles Construction which did much of the building early during the city's founding.

Niles was the first community in Illinois and one of the first in the United States to establish free ambulance service, in 1946.


The civil location coordinates of the Village of Niles are 42°1′40″N 87°48′36″W / 42.02778°N 87.81°W / 42.02778; -87.81 (42.0277127, -87.8100990).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²), all of it land.

Niles is adjacent to Chicago to the south, Skokie to the east, Morton Grove and Glenview to the north, and Park Ridge and unincorporated Cook County (and portions of Chicago) to the west.

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