A distinguished village with eye-catching architecture, Oak Park is just 10 miles outside of downtown Chicago. Residents living in Oak Park are surrounded by some of the city’s most notable landmarks and walk the same streets as famous folks who have at one time or another called the neighborhood their home.
Oak Parkers are proud of their native son Ernest Hemingway, the iconic American author whose birthplace remains one of its top attractions. Other famous people who hail from Oak Park include Betty White and Mike Shanahan.
Oak Park is a great neighborhood for new homebuyers thanks to its variety of single-family homes, bustling downtown area and close proximity to downtown Chicago. The average sales price for homes is $258,646, with price per square foot $186 and an average difference from sales to list price at $13,833. Home prices are still below their pre-recession peak values, meaning homebuyers can find more affordable properties in this suburb. The population is just under 52,000, and residents enjoy great schools and a downtown brimming with a good variety of dining and drinking options. Those commuting to the city will find that public transportation is the best choice: A subway ride will get you down town in 30 to 40 minutes.
Living in Oak Park offers friendly faces in the community and picture-perfect landscaping gracing even the most modest homes. The neighborhood is made up mostly of families, professionals and artistic types.
For those looking for diverse dining and drinking options, Lake and Marion Streets are where most of the action occurs. Clusters of globally influenced eateries like Katy’s Dumpling House and La Notte Ristorante intersect with art galleries, live-music venues and one-of-a-kind shops. Plans are underway for a new downtown development set to add hundreds of high-rise luxury apartments and more than 60,000 square feet of new retail and office space.
Residents are never bored in this Oak Park Festival Theatre, the Midwest’s oldest professional classical outdoor theater, showcases summer productions of Shakespeare’s most notable works. There are 13 parks in the village, as well as two outdoor pools, a year-round indoor ice rink, the Oak Park Conservatory and a gymnastics and recreation center.
The largest collection of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright can be found in Oak Park, according to Curbed. This neighborhood is said to be the place where he perfected his signature Prairie-style architecture, emphasizing the use of interior light and open spaces in low, earth-hugging buildings.
Getting Around Town
Parking is relatively easy in Oak Park, and the downtown area provides parking lots at more affordable rates than those in Chicago. The many public parks in Oak Park offer great opportunities for exercise and dog walking. Most residents walk to the grocery store or drive just a few minutes to shop. There are a number of hospitals in the area, most notably Rush Oak Park and Shriners Hospital for Children. Public transportation options include the Metra and the Blue and Green Line elevated trains.
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