Oak Park, a 4.5 square mile village that sits just west of Chicago, has an urban/ suburban vibe that attracts a diverse and welcoming community. Residents appreciate the ability to walk to shops and restaurants, the excellent library system, year round activities through the park district and the many festivals.
Oak Park is well connected to Chicago through the Green Line and Blue Line, and the Metra’s Union Pacific/West Line. It is possible to live in Oak Park and not have a car, but if you do, it’s easy to access I-290 (the Eisenhower Expressway). Frequent travelers will enjoy easy access to both Midway and O’Hare airports.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School was ranked in the top 5% of high schools nationally by the US News and World Report [link]. District 97, the public school district serving Kindergarten through 8th grade produces well-rounded students who are ready for high school. There are a diverse array of clubs, sports, and activities from the award winning Bravo musical theatre troupe, to the Vex Robotics competitions sponsored by the Oak Park Education Foundation.
Oak Park has festivals and traditions that bring neighbors together throughout the year. You might attend a block party or progressive dinner on your street. All summer long, downtown Oak Park hosts a block party called Thursday Night Out that feels like a taste of Oak Park, with live music and samples from all of the best restaurants on Marion and Lake streets. On Saturdays, locals line up early for the freshly made donuts at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market. Oaktoberfest officially welcomes the fall.
Many famous people have called Oak Park home including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Kroc (McDondald’s), Kathy Griffin, Bob Newhart, and Iman Shumpert. With over 21,000 trees taken care of by the Village and the Park District, Oak Park is the first official municipal arboretum in Illinois (https://www.oak-park.us/news/oak-park-named-state’s-first-municipal-arboretum).
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