About Prospect Heights
If Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights had a baby, it would be named Prospect Heights.
The Cook County city located 21 miles northwest of the Loop was born out of necessity. Booming development and fear of annexation pushed the community to incorporate to manage its growth and shape its future.
The first housing development was built in the rural area in 1935, designed to help Depression-weary families achieve the American dream of homeownership with affordable homes. By 1955, there were 600 homes in the unincorporated area.
The Prospect Heights Improvement Association served as the unincorporated community’s ad hoc government for 38 years before incorporation.
The city continues to grow while maintaining its character. In addition to housing, the city attracted business and industry. The east side of town includes commercial business and the airport. The west side includes single-family homes on large lots.
Prospect Heights School District 23 serves most of the community; with some areas served by District 21 or District 26. High School students attend Township High School District 214, including two highly rated schools: Wheeling High School and John Hersey High School.
Steve Chen, one of the founders and the chief information office of the video sharing service YouTube, attended Prospect Heights public schools through his freshman year at Hersey High School before going on to the Math and Science Academy in Aurora and ultimately fame and fortune as a tech innovator.
Prospect Heights is served by two Metra lines with a station on the North Central Service line to Union Station; and two stations in the southern part of the city on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line. The community jointly owns Palwaukee Airport with nearby Wheeling.