Lincolnwood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,590 at the 2010 census. Johann Tess, for whom the village was originally named, and his family came from Germany in 1856, purchasing 30 acres (110,000 m2) of barren land in the area. Tessville was long reputed for drinking and gambling until the 1931 election of its longest-serving mayor, Henry A. Proesel. Proesel finally changed Tessville's image when he renamed the village Lincolnwood in 1936. Lincolnwood is a leafy village with 13 parks and an aquatic centre. Lincolnwood is located south of Skokie and is 10 miles north of Chicago and about 10 minutes away by car.