These Are The 10 Best Places In Illinois To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in Illinois where you have the best chance to catch ’em all, based on the data of where Pokemon are traditionally found.

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So, you want to catch ’em all, huh?

Pokemon Go has swept the nation, and the app has broken records for the most downloads in the first week of release. All over the country, people are swarming, gathering, and all around going nuts, playing this interactive game.

Since we’re a data analytics website, and because we’re often cited as the ‘go to’ place for regional infotainment, we thought it was our duty to be as helpful as we can for people in Illinois who want to have the inside scoop as to where they should go if they want to dominate this addicting game.

After analyzing every place in Illinois, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokemon in the Prairie State:

  1. Centreville (Photos)
  2. Berkeley
  3. Northfield (Photos)
  4. Olympia Fields
  5. Highwood (Photos)
  6. Spring Valley (Photos)
  7. Stickney (Photos)
  8. Pontoon Beach
  9. Countryside
  10. Creve Coeur

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in Illinois. That’s because in smaller cities, there are a higher number of places per capita where Pokemon are traditionally found. Meaning you’ll find more Pokemon in a much smaller area. When you read the analysis below, this will all make sense. Trust us.

So, grab your avatars, cell phones, and your Poke Balls as we uncover the truly best places in Illinois in which to find the most Pokemon, based on data.

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How do you decide where the best place is to catch Pokemon?

In order to rank the best places in Illinois in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in Illinois have the most places to find Pokemon.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Maps, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of parks per capita
  • Number of museums per capita
  • Number of churches per capita
  • Number of memorials and public gathering places per capita

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a chart of the top cities.

Note: When measuring the locations listed above, we measured the locations within a short drive of the center of each place in Illinois.

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1. Centreville

Centreville, Illinois

Population: 5,208
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.33
Museums Per 1,000 People: 6.34
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.52
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 7.3

2. Berkeley


Population: 5,219
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.5
Museums Per 1,000 People: 5.37
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.3
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 7.09

3. Northfield

Northfield, Illinois

Population: 5,332
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.25
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.5
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.25
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 6.56

4. Olympia Fields


Population: 5,022
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.95
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.39
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.95
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 6.37

5. Highwood

Highwood, Illinois

Population: 5,400
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.11
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.96
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.11
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 5.37

6. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, Illinois

Population: 5,441
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.48
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.76
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.03
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 5.33

7. Stickney

Stickney, Illinois

Population: 6,810
Parks Per 1,000 People: 8.81
Museums Per 1,000 People: 8.81
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.81
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 8.81

8. Pontoon Beach


Population: 5,804
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.34
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.65
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.34
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 4.31

9. Countryside


Population: 5,974
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.04
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.85
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.04
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 6.7

10. Creve Coeur


Population: 5,717
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.5
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.57
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.5
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 10.5

There You Have It

If you’re looking at communities in Illinois where you have a much higher chance of catching Pokemon, this is an accurate list.

If you’re also curious enough, here’s how the larger cities in Illinois with the most reliable locations to catch a Pokemon rank, according to science.

  1. Cicero (Photos)
  2. Naperville (Photos)
  3. Waukegan (Photos)
  4. Aurora (Photos)
  5. Springfield (Photos)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In Illinois To Catch Pokemon

Rank City Population
1 Centreville 5,208
2 Berkeley 5,219
3 Northfield 5,332
4 Olympia Fields 5,022
5 Highwood 5,400
6 Spring Valley 5,441
7 Stickney 6,810
8 Pontoon Beach 5,804
9 Countryside 5,974
10 Creve Coeur 5,717
11 Lake Bluff 5,867
12 Willow Springs 5,692
13 North Riverside 6,940
14 Peoria Heights 6,056
15 Bartonville 6,440
16 Elburn 5,733
17 Milan 5,122
18 Oak Brook 7,967
19 Robbins 5,221
20 Riverside 8,915
21 Pingree Grove 5,062
22 Harwood Heights 8,656
23 Clarendon Hills 8,548
24 Lincolnshire 7,270
25 Winthrop Harbor 6,744
26 Itasca 8,579
27 Calumet Park 8,189
28 Willowbrook 8,607
29 Carterville 5,635
30 Posen 5,934
31 East Alton 6,231
32 Long Grove 8,017
33 Lyons 10,667
34 Monee 5,133
35 Winfield 9,368
36 River Forest 11,211
37 Glencoe 8,824
38 Inverness 7,516
39 University Park 6,852
40 Summit 11,367
41 Hawthorn Woods 7,727
42 Gilberts 7,256
43 Hillside 8,192
44 River Grove 10,268
45 Lakemoor 6,576
46 Willowbrook 8,607
47 Lynwood 9,260
48 Glenwood 9,040
49 Mount Zion 5,830
50 Colona 5,057
51 Burr Ridge 10,678
52 Silvis 7,525
53 Steger 9,569
54 Flossmoor 9,339
55 Spring Grove 5,390
56 Round Lake Park 7,758
57 West Dundee 7,367
58 Forest Park 14,202
59 Lincolnwood 12,653
60 Winnetka 12,366
61 Wood Dale 13,882
62 Johnsburg 6,322
63 Crete 8,284
64 Mahomet 7,592
65 Worth 10,827
66 Hampshire 6,053
67 Spring Valley 5,441
68 Warrenville 13,361
69 Western Springs 13,066
70 Poplar Grove 5,498
71 Savoy 7,835
72 Cahokia 14,905
73 Norridge 14,713
74 Justice 13,001
75 Sugar Grove 9,096
76 Crestwood 11,006
77 Highland 9,738
78 Broadview 7,956
79 Barrington 10,830
80 Island Lake 8,033
81 Rockton 7,461
82 Lake Villa 8,860
83 Manhattan 7,017
84 Chicago Ridge 14,410
85 Bethalto 9,443
86 Metropolis 6,466
87 Hazel Crest 14,102
88 Campton Hills 10,908
89 Wood River 10,477
90 Bridgeview 16,550
91 Bensenville 18,457
92 Chillicothe 6,181
93 Orland Hills 7,252
94 Columbia 9,889
95 Northlake 12,368
96 Hinsdale 16,898
97 Palos Heights 12,572
98 Riverdale 13,278
99 Roscoe 10,724
100 Villa Park 22,073

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