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

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 Poké 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


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

Berkeley, Illinois

Source: Flickr

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

Source: Flickr

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Flickr

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

Pontoon Beach, Illinois

Source: Flickr

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

Countryside, Illinois

Source: Flickr

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

Creve Coeur, Illinois

Source: Flickr

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

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

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