The United States Postal Service provides Americans nationwide with a way to send letters and packages to friends and family in the U.S. and across the world. The USPS has post office branches in every city and village with a designated ZIP code, including those in Illinois. The size of the community and the amount of traffic in and out of each post office will determine its hours of operation, so use this information to find a few of the nearest offices to your home or work to see which one stays open the latest. The information in this article is current as of January, 2011.
Post office hours in the city of Chicago vary with each location. In Wicker Park, the post office near Ashland and Division is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays. The Loop post office, on south State Street, and the branch in the Merchandise Mart downtown are open until 6 p.m. but closed on Saturday and Sunday. Elsewhere throughout the city's neighborhoods, the branches close at 5 p.m.
North and North Central Illinois
Scroll through the post office locations the search provides you (see the link in "Resources" below). For instance, a search for 60005, or Arlington Heights, gives you a post office at the Meijer supermarket in Rolling Meadows, which is open until 9 p.m., and the office near the downtown area of the village that is open until 6 p.m. A search for 61356, or Princeton, shows you the location is open until 5 p.m. In Rockford, the city's post offices all close by 5 p.m. Each office has earlier hours on Saturdays.
In central Illinois, in towns like Bloomington, the USPS office branches vary in closing times from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with the latest being closer to Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan Universities. In the small town of Shirley, the post office is only open until 4 p.m., with a one-hour break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The post offices in the southern Illinois town of Edwardsville are open only as late as 5 p.m., but in Carbondale they are open until 5:30 p.m. Even farther south in towns like Cairo, the post office is open until 4:30 p.m.
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