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 rated tornado tore through Hometown, devastating the area , destroying 86 homes and damaging 500 others.
Hometown is located at(41.730533, -87.731982).
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.
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