Hometown is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,349 at the 2010 census.
Joseph E. Merrion developed inexpensive duplex houses in Hometown after World War II, targeting former GIs and their families. Hometown incorporated in 1953, and its population peaked at over 7,000 in 1958. On April 21, 1967, an F4/F5 rated tornado tore through Hometown, devastating the area, and destroying 86 homes while damaging 500 others.
According to the 2010 census, Hometown has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), all land.
Hometown borders the city of Chicago along 87th Street between Cicero Avenue and Pulaski Road. The town's southern border is located one-half mile south of 87th, where 91st Street would be.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,467 people, 1,895 households, and 1,171 families living in the city. The population density was 9,354.6 people per square mile (3,593.2/km2). There were 1,938 housing units at an average density of 4,058.5 per square mile (1,558.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.29% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.01% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races.