In 1885 a Dutch man by the name of Frank Alsip opened a brickyard in a plot of land just south of what is know today as Crestwood. The area was rich in clay and served as a good location for the burgeoning business. Having been settled by Dutch and German farmers half a century earlier, the area would be named for Alsip and begin to grow significantly after the Tri-state Toll way was built there in 1959.
The Village of Alsip grew largely due to its proximity to its neighbors, Blue Island, Oak Lawn and Worth.
By the 1900s several cemeteries had been established in the nearly two well-known predominantly African-American cemeteries in the area are Burr Oak and Restvale cemeteries, which serve as the resting places for several legendary Chicago Blues musicians (including Muddy Waters, Dina Washington and Willie Dixon), high profile professional athletes (including Jimmy Crutchfield) and other notable celebrities. Emmitt Till, whose murder in 1955 at the age of 14, became a seminal moment in the Civil Rights movement is buried in Burr Oak.
By the year 2000, Alsip's population had grown to nearly 20,000 residents.
Most of Alsip today rests in the 1st Congressional District of the State of Illinois. A portion of the village remains in the 3rd Congressional District.
Today, Alsip is home to the international headquarters of Griffth Laboratories. One of Coca Cola's two Chicago area bottling plants is also located in Alsip. Catholic high schools Marist High School, Brother Rice and Mother McAuley all call the Village of Alsip home.
As of the 2000 census, there were 19,725 residents, 7,536 households and 5,011 families residing in the village of Alsip.
Average household income was listed as $47,963, and the average family income $54,846. Males posted an average income of $42,233 versus $31,395 for females. About 5.2% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line. 8.2% of those were under 18 and 9.1% were over the age of 65.